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Flower Planting Effort Saturday

Mimi Medlen and a crew of family and friends will be planting spring flowers around the Eric Medlen memorial statue in Oakdale this Saturday, March 16 starting at 11 a.m. They are looking for additional volunteers to come out and help plant the flowers around the Eric Medlen memorial.

March 14, 2013 | | Local News


Home Search Leads To Large Drug Bust

Oakdale Police arrested a documented gang member and seized large quantities of illegal narcotics with a street value of over $31,000 on Monday, March 11 during a home detention search.

March 13, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Life Skills Learned After School

Learning how to grow vegetables and fruit, learning to sew, and preparing food are a few life skills that some students in the Aspire program at Magnolia Elementary School are learning weekly during the hours after school.

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


Measure O Spending Detailed For Concerned Citizens

With Measure O proceeds exceeding expectations, some in the community are questioning what exactly the funds have gone toward.

March 13, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Audubon Society Disputes Willms Ranch Divide

After receiving approval from the Stanislaus County Board of Supervisors earlier this year that the owners of the Willms Ranch can divide the nearly 2400-acre site outside of Knights Ferry into 42 parcels, the Stanislaus Audubon Society filed a Writ of Mandate on Monday, March 4 challenging the parcel split.

March 13, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


EMS Director Placed On Leave

A few days after bringing aboard two brand new ambulances donated by the Oak Valley Foundation, Oak Valley Hospital Emergency Services Director Ray Leverett was placed on administrative leave by Hospital CEO John McCormick.

March 13, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Audubon Society Disputes Willms Ranch Parcel Divide

After receiving approval from the Stanislaus County Board of Supervisors in January that the owners of the Willms Ranch can divide the nearly-2400 acre site outside of Knights Ferry into 42 parcels, the Stanislaus Audubon Society filed a Writ of Mandate on Monday, March 4 challenging the parcel split.

March 08, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Hospital Board Votes To Close Obstetrics

By a vote of six to one, the Oak Valley Hospital Board of Directors decided to close the obstetrics unit of the hospital that has delivered babies since the early 1970s.

March 06, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Council Antes Up On Ordinance

With only one item on its public hearing agenda, the Oakdale City Council modified a zoning ordinance for card room operations to facilitate an anticipated location change by Mike's Card Room currently located on North Yosemite Avenue.

March 06, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


OID Plans Start To Water Season

The start of the 2013 Oakdale Irrigation District water season will be Monday, March 11. The OID Board of Directors unanimously approved the date in an action at the March 5 regular meeting.

March 06, 2013 | Dawn M. Henley | Local News


Flocking For A Cure

If you went to bed at night with your yard looking normal and woke with several plastic pink flamingos in your yard, then you have probably been 'Flocked.' Cindy Logan and her team have been 'Flocking for a Cure' for the American Cancer Society's Relay For Life.

March 05, 2013 | Virginia Still | Local News


Hospital Board Votes To Shut Obstetrics

By a vote of six to one, the Oak Valley Hospital Board of Directors decided to close the obstetrics unit of the hospital that has delivered babies since the early 1970s.

February 28, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Administrative Matters - District Fire Chief On Paid Leave

Stanislaus Consolidated Fire Protection District embattled Fire Chief Steve Mayotte has been placed on paid administrative leave, effective Friday, Feb. 15. Officials are tight lipped regarding the reason, citing personnel confidentiality.

February 27, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Lawsuit Filed In Officer's Off Duty Death

The family of the late Oakdale Police Officer Paul Katuszonek, who was tragically killed on Nov. 8, 2012 when his Honda Accord was rear ended by a semi-tractor trailer on Highway 132 in Modesto, has filed a lawsuit claiming wrongful death, negligence, and "survivor actions."

February 27, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Hospital Obstetrics Closure Action Likely

Despite two heated public forums on the matter where citizens and employees alike opposed closing Oak Valley Hospital's Obstetrics Unit, CEO John McCormick will be recommending shutting the department at the hospital's Board of Directors meeting tonight, Wednesday, Feb. 27 at 5:30 p.m.

February 27, 2013 | | Local News


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Chamber’s Annual Awards Dinner Festive, Eventful

More than 200 people came out to the Gene Bianchi Community Center for the Oakdale Chamber of Commerce's 68th Annual Awards Dinner on Friday night, Jan 17.

January 22, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Governor's Hit List - Ag Ed Funding At Risk

Agricultural education funding in the state's public schools has been eliminated in California Governor Gerry Brown's recently released 2014-2015 proposed budget.

January 22, 2014 | Dawn M. Henley | Local News


Flu Season - Health Officials Urge Prevention Measures

Stanislaus County health officials have advised that influenza, specifically the H1N1 virus, is active once again in the county.

January 22, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


OID Talks Water Shortage Plan

The Oakdale Irrigation District's policy on dealing with surface water shortage was the discussion topic at the Jan. 21 Board of Directors regular meeting.

January 22, 2014 | Dawn M. Henley | Local News


New Leaders, Direction For Tourism Board

In what's being described as a "newly refurbished" Oakdale Tourism and Visitor's Bureau, recently appointed Chairman Keith Boggs has set course to give the group more effectiveness in bringing tourism to the city and the community more involvement in the direction it will take.

January 22, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Arrests Made In Walnut Heist

San Joaquin County Sheriff's officials have announced that they made a pair of arrests in the case regarding the $400,000 theft of walnuts from GoldRiver Orchards that occurred last October.

January 22, 2014 | | Local News


San Joaquin, Stanislaus Counties Eligible For Disaster Aid

Small, nonfarm businesses in 35 California counties and neighboring counties in Arizona and Nevada are now eligible to apply for low-interest federal disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).

January 20, 2014 | | Local News


Health Officials Advise Residents To Be Vigilant Against H1N1

Stanislaus County health officials have advised that influenza, specifically the H1N1 virus, is active once again in the county.

January 17, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


State Receives Subpar Health Report Card

California moved into the top half of the nation with a rank of 23rd and a grade of C- in the 2014 American College of Emergency Physicians' state-by-state report card on America's emergency care environment ("Report Card"). The state still ranked near the bottom of the country at 42nd with an F in the category of Access to Emergency Care, the same grade it received in 2009. In 2009, California received a D+ and ranked 37th in the nation.

January 16, 2014 | | Local News


Thursday Crash Claims Two

An early afternoon multi-vehicle accident near the intersection of Highway 108/120 and South Stearns Road just east of Oakdale on Thursday, Jan. 9 claimed the lives of two local residents.

January 15, 2014 | and Rich Paloma rpaloma@oakdaleleader.com | Local News


Community Helps Care Closet

A last minute call out just before Oakdale High School's Christmas break resulted in the community showing up with donations of food, clothing, and gifts for underprivileged students who are served through the school's Care Closet, just in time for the holidays.

January 15, 2014 | Dawn M. Henley | Local News


Wes Stewart: Lifetime Achievement Winner

Decades worth of dedicated community service and generous volunteerism has landed long-time Oakdale resident Wes Stewart the Oakdale Chamber of Commerce's Lifetime Achievement Award.

January 15, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


School Board Ratifies Unions’ Agreements

The tentative agreements between the Oakdale Joint Unified School District and the Oakdale Teachers Association as well as the California School Employees Association #830 were ratified by the OJUSD Board of Trustees at the Jan. 13 regular meeting. OTA voted to ratify the tentative agreement on Dec. 16 and Dec. 17.

January 14, 2014 | Dawn M. Henley | Local News


Questionable Past For Fire Chief Candidate

After going nearly a year without a permanent fire chief due to the placing of former Fire Chief Steven Mayotte on administrative leave and his subsequent departure amidst a plethora of misconduct allegations, reliable sources have informed The Leader that a serious candidate is in the final stages for appointment to the position that will lead the department.

January 13, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Late Night Liquor Store Burglars Arrested

Quick and decisive action by an alert midnight shift patrol officer led to the arrest of two burglars accused of breaking into Circle D Liquors in the early morning hours on Thursday, Jan. 9.

January 10, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


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