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Sex Arrests Concern Community

The arrest by Ceres Police Department of Oakdale Bethel Assembly of God youth minister Tyler Bliss on suspicion of possessing child pornography last week marks the third time in less than six months that a person in a position of trust has been arrested for a sexual offense involving children in the City of Oakdale.

February 27, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Woodward Recreation Marooned

Woodward Reservoir will remain at its current level for the foreseeable future.

February 26, 2014 | BY JASON CAMPBELL Special To The Leader | Local News


Council Hears Tax Measures

Oakdale voters may have to consider if they want to raise their local sales tax by 3/4 of a cent with two proposed measures that could be on the November 2014 ballot.

February 26, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


MJC Faculty Recital Planned

The Modesto Junior College Friends of Music concert series will present a Faculty Recital on Wednesday, Feb. 26 at 7:30p.m. in the Music Recital Hall on MJC's East Campus.

February 25, 2014 | | Local News


Body Found Shot Outside Of City

The Stanislaus County Sheriff's Department reported on Monday, Feb. 24 that a body was found at the Horseshoe Recreation area, located on Orange Blossom Road just east of Oakdale.

February 25, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Psychiatric Health Facility Dedication Scheduled

It is estimated that one in four adults in the United States suffer from a diagnosable mental disorder each year. With proper treatment, there can be hope for recovery and a fulfilled life. Stanislaus County is opening a new, 16-bed inpatient psychiatric care facility designed for short-term stays for patients in need of assistance.

February 24, 2014 | | Local News


Funerals Set For Fallen CHP Officers

Funeral arrangements have been finalized for a pair of Fresno Area CHP Officers who died in the line of duty last week.

February 23, 2014 | | Local News


Visitor Brings World Travels To Class

A class of Fair Oaks Elementary School students was able to connect first-hand accounts of modern day travel to their studies about an ancient culture thanks to a visiting speaker.

February 21, 2014 | Dawn M. Henley | Local News


Council Hears Two Proposed Sales Tax Measures For November Ballot

Oakdale voters may have to consider if they want to raise their local sales tax by 3/4 of a cent with two proposed measures that could be on the November 2014 ballot.

February 21, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Caltrans Activates Signs To Urge Water Conservation

In response to the state's severe drought, Caltrans has launched a statewide educational campaign on the state's highways, urging all Californians to conserve water. California's more than 700 electronic highway signs will now periodically display the following water conservation message:

February 20, 2014 | | Local News


Crane Road Plans Concerns Residents

Oakdale, in a series of public postings, has announced plans to develop the west side of town near Crane Road that will call for more than 1,000 homes and over 700,000 square feet of office buildings, stores and other commercial development.

February 19, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Albright Succumbs To H1N1 Virus

Oakdale resident Wayne Albright, 56, passed away in a New Mexico hospital on the evening of Wednesday, Feb. 12.

February 19, 2014 | | Local News


City Justifies Spending For Measure O Funds

Over 78 percent of revenue collected from Measure O has gone toward public safety and all the funds have been spent correctly, according to a presentation by Oakdale City Manager Bryan Whitemyer on Feb. 13 to the members of the city's oversight committee.

February 19, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Drought Conditions - OID Authorizes March 3 Irrigation Season Start

The start of the 2014 water season will be March 3, as approved in an action by the Oakdale Irrigation District Board of Directors at the Feb. 18 regular meeting. Also approved in the action was the adoption of Level II drought measures.

February 19, 2014 | Dawn M. Henley | Local News


Police Canine Chevy Gets First Arrest

Oakdale's new police canine, Chevy, sprang into action tracking the path of a fleeing wanted felon and eventually getting the hiding suspect to surrender to police via bark and threat of bite if he resisted.

February 18, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


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Florida Artist Wins 2014 California Duck Stamp Contest

A painting by John Nelson Harris of Groveland, Florida, was chosen as the winner of the 2014 California Duck Stamp Contest. The painting, which depicts a lesser scaup, now becomes the official design for the 2014-2015 stamp.

June 30, 2014 | | Local News


Motorcycle Accident Claims Oakdale Man

A late Saturday afternoon accident resulted in fatal injuries to the motorcyclist involved and tied up traffic for hours as police investigated the crash.

June 25, 2014 | | Local News


Employee Action - Stanislaus Consolidated Settles Lawsuits

The actions of a former embattled Stanislaus Consolidated fire chief, who himself was the plaintiff of his own lawsuit last year, has resulted in the approval of settlements in three separate actions filed by subordinate employees in 2011 and 2012.

June 25, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Fire Contract - Council Moves Forward, Re-Opens Hershey Sale

The cost-saving move to contract with Stanislaus Consolidated Fire District for fire department services moved to its final step with a presentation by Stanislaus Consolidated Fire Chief Randall Bradley at the Monday June 16 Oakdale City Council Meeting.

June 18, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Reptiles Visit Library

Lizards, snakes, a big, hairy spider, and an extra-large cockroach were found in the front room of the Oakdale Library on June 5 – much to the delight of library visitors.

June 18, 2014 | Dawn M. Henley | Local News


OID ‘Very Good’ Financially

The financial condition of the Oakdale Irrigation District is in "very good" shape, according to the district's auditor Brian Nash of Richardson and Company.

June 18, 2014 | Dawn M. Henley | Local News


Local Realtors Express Fury With City

Learning of the city's move to go with Prudential Commercial Real Estate of Modesto to list the Downtown Hershey Building caused Oakdale real estate agents to voice their ire towards city officials at a monthly Realtors meeting at the Oakdale Country Club on Thursday, June 12. In return, the city has reversed its decision to contract with Prudential Commercial Real Estate and will now reintroduce the item at Monday's June 16 city council meeting.

June 13, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


APP: Stat Game Or Effective Program? Part II – Second Amendment In The Crosshairs

(Editor's note: This is the second of a two-part piece. Part 1 was featured last week)

June 11, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Richard Paloma to appear on Power Talk Radio 1360 AM today at 4pm

Oakdale Leader reporter, Richard Paloma, will be appearing on Power Talk Radio 1360 AM on the Dave Bowman Show today at 4:00 pm. Paloma will be discussing his article from today's Leader on firearm seizures by the DOJ.

June 04, 2014 | | Local News


Visitors Bureau Focusing On Public Market

With the goal of taking the weekly farmer's market and making it into an area known public market, the Oakdale Travel and Visitors Bureau (OTVB) along with Roger Brooks of Brooks International, recently completed a day-and-a-half community workshop at the Gene Bianchi Community Center to improve tourism to the city.

June 04, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


City’s Proposed Budget Presented To Council

Because the Measure O sales tax enhancement carries the city through March 2015, the preliminary 2014-2015 budget presented by Oakdale City Manager Bryan Whitemyer at the Monday, June 2 city council meeting didn't foresee any service cuts.

June 04, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


APP: Stat Game Or Effective Program?

(Editor's Note: This is the first in a two-part special series.)

June 04, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


No 10-Day OID Rotations

"In light of drought and continuing water conditions," the Oakdale Irrigation District will forgo 10-day irrigation rotations for the 2014 water season, which will also leave some water in the district's "conservation account" at New Melones Reservoir, said OID General Manager Steve Knell at the June 3 regular meeting of the OID Board of Directors.

June 04, 2014 | Dawn M. Henley | Local News


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