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Jenkins Named Interim Chief

Members of the Oakdale City Council were scheduled to name Oakdale Police Department Lt. Lester Jenkins as the interim police chief at the Tuesday, Jan. 17 meeting.

January 18, 2012 | Kim Van Meter | Local News


Company Mobilizes To Aid Family

Team Depot, a volunteer program for Home Depot employees, is making a difference across the Central Valley. Team members from Sacramento to Turlock volunteer their time to work on construction projects that give back to their community. Team Depot's latest project brought them to Oakdale, where they helped a local family regain independence in their own home.

January 18, 2012 | Andrea Goodwin | Local News


City Council Had Full Agenda

The Oakdale City Council had a packed agenda on Tuesday night. The previous meeting, on Jan. 3, had only one item on the agenda due to the city's limited holiday hours. The Jan. 17 meeting, however, picked up the slack with more action items than usual before the council.

January 18, 2012 | Andrea Goodwin | Local News


OID Rules On Dry Winter Actions

There was not a ruling to bring water into the Oakdale Irrigation District canal system, but the OID Board of Directors unanimously agreed to waive all fees associated with canal conveyance and to provide ditch tender services at no cost to assist farmer to farmer water transfers at the Jan. 17 regular meeting.

January 18, 2012 | Dawn M. Henley | Local News


Public Service Personnel Tapped For Annual Honors

The top firefighters and police officer of the year for their respective departments were recently named, celebrating their individual accomplishments as decided by their peers. Each honoree represents the best of their departments by setting an excellent example to their peers for their stellar work ethic and overall superior performance coupled with a good attitude.

January 18, 2012 | Kim Van Meter | Local News


Spotlight On Saddle Club

Curious about the Oakdale Saddle Club? Find out interesting tidbits about Saddle Club history and its operations in a three-part series that kicks off in the Jan. 18 issue of The Oakdale Leader as a B-1 feature.

January 17, 2012 | | Local News


Top Notch Cop and Firemen

Each year the Oakdale Police Department and the Oakdale City Fire Deparment, along with Oakdale Rural Fire Protection District award one member of their personnel a distinguished honor - the police officer and fireman of the year.

January 13, 2012 | Kim Van Meter | Local News


Grass Fire Darkens Area

An early morning grass fire in the Albers Road area south of Oakdale on Wednesday was connected to a power outage that left several thousand Pacific Gas & Electric customers in the city in the dark.

January 12, 2012 | | Local News


Going Green? - Electric Scooter Purchase Eyed

In an environmentally-friendly and cost-saving move, City of Oakdale employees could soon be ridding greener thanks to a rebate program offered through the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District. The Oakdale Police Department is considering purchasing one or more electric scooters for short-distance trips within the city to avoid driving gas powered vehicles.

January 11, 2012 | Andrea Goodwin | Local News


Residents Wary Of Cell Tower

In a move likely to frustrate some local residents, Oakdale City Council members will not be discussing a lease agreement for the installation of a 70-foot cell phone tower at their Jan. 17 meeting as previously anticipated. The discussion was pushed to a later meeting, officials said, because of the longer than normal agenda for Jan. 17.

January 11, 2012 | Andrea Goodwin | Local News


Dry Weather Pattern Cause For Concern

Unseasonably dry weather so far this winter is leaving the area in an unsettled condition.

January 11, 2012 | | Local News


Wastewater Treatment Plant Subject Of City Tour

Upgrades and repairs to the Oakdale Wastewater Treatment Plant are finally complete, and Oakdale City Council members toured the completed facility on Monday, Jan. 9. The tour was considered a special meeting of the Oakdale City Council, but the council took no action during the session.

January 11, 2012 | Andrea Goodwin | Local News


Lifetime Achiever - Bill Dyer Tapped For Recognition

The Oakdale Chamber of Commerce has awarded Bill Dyer, a former Oakdale High School teacher, the former familiar face behind Community Sharing, and an overall volunteer extraordinaire the honor of Lifetime Achiever for his years of humble service with various causes, clubs, and organizations.

January 11, 2012 | Kim Van Meter | Local News


Will OID See Winter Irrigation?

The Oakdale Irrigation District's Tuesday, Jan. 17 meeting agenda will contain an item related a possible "winter" irrigation, said OID General Manager Steve Knell. He said that OID has had a number of inquiries about having an irrigation rotation due to the lack of rainfall but that the decision is up to the board of directors.

January 10, 2012 | Dawn M. Henley | Local News


Oakdale Man Sentenced In Federal Court For Drugs

Modesto Area Drug Traffickers Sentenced to Lengthy Prison Terms

January 06, 2012 | | Local News


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New Mom Forging Forward Through Unexpected Tragedy

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May 31, 2017 | Teresa Hammond | Local News


Community Gathers In Observance Of Memorial Day

An audience of close to 50 community members assembled on Monday, May 29 in observance of the Memorial Day holiday and to offer respects to ...

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Woodward Reservoir Hosts Boat, Sport Expo

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Summer Family Fun Can Be Found Close To Home

Summer revelers often take to the skies, rails and waves to embark on a vacation adventure. With the kids out of school and relaxed hours ...

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Keeping Kids Engaged During Summer Vacation

'Summer Slide' is a term parents may hear at the end of the school year. No, it doesn't have anything to do with playground ...

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Community Briefs

Art Show Finale

May 31, 2017 | | Local News


How Families Can Make Staycations More Unique

As a result of the economic downturn that began in 2008, many families found themselves forgoing traditional vacations in favor of 'staycations.' In such instances ...

May 31, 2017 | | Local News


Production At Hutton’s Hamlet

Hutton's Hamlet is planning for its 19th season of Summer Youth Theater and they're as excited as ever to get the practices and ...

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Pump Prices Edge Up

Average retail gasoline prices in Modesto have risen 2.2 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.03/gallon Monday, according to GasBuddy ...

May 31, 2017 | | Local News


Connector Ramp Closure

The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) will close the connector ramp from northbound State Route 99 (SR-99) to westbound SR-120/Manteca Bypass for striping operations.

May 31, 2017 | | Local News


Find A New Best Friend At Petco Adoption Event

The Oakdale Shelter Pet Alliance is hosting a Pet Adoption Event at Petco in the Crossroads Shopping Center on Saturday, June 3 from 10 a ...

May 31, 2017 | | Local News


Red Cross Calls For Donors To Prevent Blood Shortage

The American Red Cross urges those who have never given blood before – as well as those who haven't given recently – to make an appointment ...

May 31, 2017 | | Local News


Modesto Rotary Hosts Annual Senior Walk

Coming up in September, the Senior Stride Fun Walk event put on by the Modesto Rotary Club provides seniors, families and friends the opportunity to ...

May 31, 2017 | | Local News


Scholarship Contest Open To Girls Ages 16 And Over

Yonan's Jewelers is giving away a $1,000 scholarship as part of the empowHER Lounge at the upcoming Stanislaus County Fair. Girls ages 16 ...

May 31, 2017 | | Local News


UOP Business Research Center Releases Economic Forecast

The California economy continues to perform well despite an uncertain policy environment according to the latest projection from the Center for Business and Policy Research ...

May 31, 2017 | | Local News


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