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Reform Of Youth Council Benefits City

With the loss of its volunteer coordinator and the inability to have a regularly scheduled meeting since June 2011, the Oakdale Parks and Recreation Department is restructuring its youth advisory commission into a youth council.

August 29, 2012 | Richard Paloma | Local News


No Conflict Ruled For Mayor On Oversight Board

According to a decision by Oakdale City Attorney Tom Hallinan, Mayor Pat Paul is allowed to sit on the board that oversees the Oakdale Successor Agency to the Redevelopment Agency.

August 29, 2012 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Auditions For ‘Winnie the Pooh – Kids’

YES (Youth Entertainment Stage) KIDETTES are seeking students in first through fifth grades to be actors, singers, and dancers for Disney's "Winnie the Pooh KIDS." Open auditions to be held on Wednesday, Aug. 29 at 4p.m. at Johansen High School Theatre. No experience or preparation necessary. All audition materials are provided.

August 28, 2012 | | Local News


Virtual 'Ride-Along' via Twitter with the Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Department

The Stanislaus County Sheriff's Department will host its first-ever "virtual ride-along" via Twitter on Saturday Aug.25 from 6 p.m. to 2 a.m.

August 24, 2012 | | Local News


“Who Let The Dogs Out?” - Committee Barking Up Fundraising Tree

Over a dozen dogs of all sizes, ranging from breeds of Chihuahuas, smooth coat collies, golden retrievers, Bernese mountain dogs, and more pawed their way around Wood Park in Oakdale on Saturday, Aug. 18 for the American Cancer Society's Bark For Life.

August 22, 2012 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Bypass Concerns Stir Up Stearns

It was billed as the 'North County Corridor Project Update for S. Stearns Road Area Residents' –but the problem was, many of those residents were just not made aware of it.

August 22, 2012 | Marg Jackson | Local News


Levee Concerns Aired

Brendan Murphy knows that it's coming.

August 22, 2012 | Jason Campbell The Oakdale (Calif.) Leader | Local News


City Watching Bond Insurer’s Lawsuit

Earlier this month, Syncora Guarantee, a bond insurer out of New York, filed legal action against the State of California for abolishment of 400 redevelopment agencies (RDAs), like Oakdale's.

August 22, 2012 | Richard Paloma | Local News


City Watching Bond Insurer’s Lawsuit

Earlier this month, Syncora Guarantee, a bond insurer out of New York, filed legal action against the State of California for abolishment of 400 redevelopment agencies (RDAs), like Oakdale's.

August 22, 2012 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Oakdale City Attorney CalPERS Questioned

In 2004, Thomas P. Hallinan accepted a contract with Oakdale officials that effectively made him city attorney and included retirement benefits, as well as other benefits given to all employees of the city's management and confidential unit. Some in the city have taken issue with that arrangement.

August 22, 2012 | Richard Paloma | Local News


ROTA Prepares For County Takeover

Big changes are in store for the ROTA (Riverbank-Oakdale Transit Authority) transit service, the details of which were discussed at the ROTA board meeting Tuesday, Aug. 14.

August 22, 2012 | Kim Van Meter | Local News


Wastewater Financing Highlights Meeting

How to make a payment they don't have the money for greeted Oakdale City Council members at their Monday night meeting, with the pending wastewater loan payment the main topic of discussion at the Aug 20 session.

August 22, 2012 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Local Artists Inspire Dancing Poetry

The poem, "Sense of Direction," written by Sandi McGinnis set to music composed by Ross McGinnis, inspired a dance called "Ashes" to be performed by Tami Stark McQueen at the 19th Annual Dancing Poetry Festival in San Francisco.

August 21, 2012 | | Local News


Season's First Air Alert Begins Monday

The Valley air basin's first seasonal Air Alert will begin Monday, Aug. 20 and continue through Tuesday, Aug. 21, with the possibility of being extended. This includes the counties of San Joaquin, Stanislaus, Merced, Madera, Fresno, Kings, Tulare and the Valley air basin portion of Kern.

August 18, 2012 | | Local News


Wanted Shooter Arrested

A man wanted for two separate shootings in Oakdale, being a member of a street gang, and a felon in possession of a firearm was arrested by Stanislaus County sheriff's deputies and a sheriff canine after a brief chase and extensive search late Thursday into early Friday morning, Aug. 17.

August 17, 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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