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Operation Safe Driver Targets Unsafe, Aggressive Drivers

Although there has been a 25 percent decline in large truck-involved fatal collisions from (2007-2010) nationally, the California Highway Patrol (CHP) is working daily to save even more lives through enforcement and education. To further enhance that progress, the CHP is joining forces with other law enforcement agencies throughout the U.S., Canada, and Mexico for the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance's Operation Safe Driver, Oct. 14 to 20. This operation targets unsafe and aggressive driving by both passenger and commercial vehicle drivers by conducting high visibility enforcement operations and public outreach.

October 16, 2012 | | Local News


Return Of Street Lighting And Sweeping On Agenda

The Oakdale City Council, at its Monday meeting, will hear a presentation from Finance Director Albert Avila regarding the possible return of street sweeping of residential areas and restoration of street lighting to areas that were discontinued due to budget cuts.

October 12, 2012 | | Local News


Agencies Focus On Aging Support, Services

The 10th anniversary of the Healthy Aging and Fall Prevention Summit is scheduled for Friday, Oct. 12 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Modesto Centre Plaza, 10th and K streets in Modesto. The free health screenings and Health Fair event for older adults (50-plus) and their caregivers is presented by the Healthy Aging Association, Kaiser Permanente and Stanislaus Area Agency on Aging. More than 1,000 people attended last year.

October 11, 2012 | | Local News


Books Closed On Housing Fund

The Oakdale Oversight Board to the Successor Agency to the Redevelopment Agency approved an auditor's report that proposes sending the remaining $123,000 to Stanislaus County from the former redevelopment agency's low and moderate income housing fund.

October 10, 2012 | Richard Paloma | Local News


City Budget Update Shows Promise

Oakdale Interim City Manager Stan Feathers gave an optimistic update on the city's current budget situation at the Monday, Oct. 1 city council meeting highlighting that Measure O has brought in more money than initially expected along with city payroll savings to the general fund from organizational changes.

October 10, 2012 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Local Gas Prices Overwhelming

The California gas prices that had been creeping down ever-so-slowly at the end of September have now shot up by as much as 60 cents a gallon. At the end of September, prices in Oakdale were as low as $3.85 a gallon. On Oct. 8 those stations were charging $4.45.

October 10, 2012 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Clubs Celebrate 4-H Week

National 4-H Week is Oct. 7-13 and many 4-H clubs in the area are participating in different activities to bring attention and show people what 4-H is all about. The theme this year is "Join the Revolution of Responsibility." The week celebrates the 4-H youth who have made an impact on the community, and are stepping up to the challenges of a complex and changing world.

October 09, 2012 | | Local News


Budget Update Shows Promise

Oakdale Interim City Manager Stan Feathers gave an optimistic update on the city's current budget situation at the Monday, Oct. 1 city council meeting highlighting that Measure O has brought in more money than initially expected and savings from organizational changes.

October 05, 2012 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Driving Down Vehicle Theft In California

California is making progress in its ongoing battle with auto thieves. According to recently released statistics from the California Highway Patrol (CHP), last year 156,796 vehicles were stolen in California, a 1.3 percent reduction from 2010. The rate of vehicle theft in California has dropped since 2006, a positive trend attributed to enforcement, education, and advancing theft deterrent technologies employed by the automotive industry.

October 04, 2012 | | Local News


Bypass Concerns Brought To Council

Residents from Stearns Road showed up at the Monday, Oct. 1 Oakdale City Council meeting to voice their concerns about a proposed bypass that would cut through their property as part of the planned North County Corridor.

October 03, 2012 | Richard Paloma | Local News


ROTA Service Nearing End Date

Tuesday's meeting of the ROTA, Riverbank-Oakdale Transit Authority, Board of Directors is scheduled to include approval of a Memorandum of Understanding to transfer operation of the service to Stanislaus Regional Transit, StaRT.

October 03, 2012 | Marg Jackson | Local News


Barktoberfest Plans Shaping Up

The Oakdale Shelter Pet Alliance will be hosting its Fourth Annual Garden Party to benefit the Oakdale Animal Shelter on Saturday, Oct. 6 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

October 03, 2012 | Mike Moon Special To The Leader | Local News


OID Approves Draft Terms With Brisbane

The draft term sheet with the City of Brisbane for a water transfer agreement was approved 4-1 by the Oakdale Irrigation District Board of Directors at the Oct. 2 regular meeting. Director Al Bairos was the dissenting vote.

October 03, 2012 | Dawn M. Henley | Local News


Local Candidates Deliver Views At Forum

Six of the seven slated Oakdale City Council candidates, some appearing more polished and prepared than their competition, went before voters for a candidate forum sponsored by the Oakdale Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday night, Sept 26.

October 03, 2012 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Shooting Call Leads To Pot Bust

Stanislaus County narcotic task force agents arrested two individuals for marijuana cultivation and gun charges in response to an Oakdale Police Department investigation into a shots fired call from the 2000 block of East F Street at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Sept 26.

September 28, 2012 | Richard Paloma | Local News


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$8.5 Million - Settlement In Officer’s Death

On the one-year anniversary of the death of off-duty Oakdale Police Officer Paul Katuszonek, the attorney representing the family of the officer announced that Gold Star Foods Inc., a food distribution and long haul trucking company based in Ontario, CA, agreed to pay $8.5 million to Katuszonek's family to settle claims that its truck driver employee caused his death.

November 13, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Veteran Shares Experiences

Each year in honor of Veterans' Day, Linda Kraus, a second grade teacher at Sierra View Elementary School, has hosted a military veteran as a speaker in her classroom.

November 13, 2013 | Dawn M. Henley | Local News


Shook, House, Gilbert Win Election

Unofficial results are in for the Nov. 5, 2013 Consolidated District Election. While the final numbers haven't yet been tallied, it's pretty clear who the local race winners are by viewing the recent Stanislaus County elections update released by Lee Lundrigan, Stanislaus County Registrar of Voters and Clerk-Recorder.

November 13, 2013 | | Local News


Holiday Train, Santa Visits Scheduled In Jamestown

Santa is taking some time out of his busy schedule to make special daytime and nighttime appearances at Railtown 1897 State Historic Park in Jamestown this holiday season.

November 11, 2013 | | Local News


Trucking Company Agrees To Pay $8.5 Million In Officer's Death

On the one year anniversary of the death of off-duty Oakdale Police Officer Paul Katuszonek, Gold Star Foods Inc., a food distribution and long haul trucking company based in Ontario, CA, agreed to pay $8.5 million to Katuszonek's family to settle claims that its truck driver employee caused his death.

November 08, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Intervention Program Announces Grand Opening

Community members are invited to tour the newly renovated Margaret L. Annear Early Intervention campus, 1350 Stonum Road, Modesto, at its Grand Opening on Tuesday, Nov. 12. Tours are available at 8 a.m. and 8:15 a.m., followed by a short program from 8:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. The regular meeting of the Stanislaus County Board of Education will follow at approximately 9 a.m. Operated by the Stanislaus County Office of Education (SCOE), the Margaret L. Annear Early Intervention Program serves children with special needs from birth through five years of age.

November 07, 2013 | | Local News


Recent Oakdale Grad Helps Develop Wii Game

Keeping an eye on the help wanted ads paid off for Oakdale resident Ben Ward in the pursuit of his career goal of becoming a video game programmer and a break into the lucrative video game industry.

November 06, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Council Approves Water, Sewer Rate Hikes

With the threat of state sanctions for default, and over the objections of many residents at its Monday, Nov. 4 meeting, the Oakdale City Council voted to raise water and sewer rates to pay for a $13 million loan.

November 06, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Focus On Fighting Fatigue For Drowsy Driving Prevention

In an effort to reduce the number of fatigue-related collisions and reinforce its mission of saving lives, the California Highway Patrol (CHP) joins the California State Transportation Agency and Office of Traffic Safety in a campaign to remind motorists to stay alert during "Drowsy Driving Prevention Week," Nov. 3 through 10.

November 05, 2013 | | Local News


Search Warrant Leads To Gun, Drugs, Stolen ATV

Oakdale Police with assistance from the Ceres Police Department SWAT team served a search warrant in the 300 block of South Third Avenue on Monday morning, Nov. 4, leading to the discovery of heroin, a stolen ATV, and a loaded handgun.

November 04, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Council To Decide On Rate Hike

The Oakdale City Council will decide at its scheduled meeting on Monday, Nov. 4 whether or not to raise rates to pay for a 13 million loan for its waste water systems plant.

November 03, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Check Smoke Alarms As Time Changes

To help reduce the number of home fire fatalities, CAL FIRE is reminding all Californians to make sure they have working smoke alarms in their homes. Nearly two-thirds of home fire deaths result from fires in homes with no working smoke alarms. A little attention to these important life saving devices can go a long way in increasing your chance of surviving a devastating fire. Many people use the time change – such as this weekend as we 'fall back' early morning Sunday, Nov. 3 – to change the batteries and test their alarms.

November 01, 2013 | | Local News


Check Before You Burn Begins New Season

The Valley's most important regulation for wintertime air-pollution reduction begins its 11th season on Friday, Nov. 1.

October 31, 2013 | | Local News


Corrected: Delta Cross Channel Gates To Be Opened

The Bureau of Reclamation will open the Delta Cross Channel Gates on Thursday, Oct. 31, at approximately 9a.m., to allow for recreational boating through the weekend. The gates will be closed on Monday, Nov. 4, at 9 a.m., in order to meet Bay-Delta flow standards at Rio Vista, according to State Water Resources Control Board Decision D-1641. The gates will remain closed until further notice.

October 30, 2013 | | Local News


Fire Merger Presented In Oakdale Forum

Local residents, including those from Knights Ferry and Valley Home, gathered at the Gene Bianchi Community Center on Monday night, Oct. 28, to hear a presentation at a special Oakdale City Council meeting regarding the Stanislaus Consolidated Fire Protection District absorbing the City of Oakdale Fire Department and Oakdale Rural Fire Protection District. In addition to council members, board members from both fire protection districts were on hand.

October 30, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


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