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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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Public Works Drama Continues

Just a few short months after settling his hostile workplace lawsuit resulting from defending the city's only African-American worker in another lawsuit, the City of Oakdale placed Public Works Supervisor Mark Ozbirn on administrative leave claiming an investigation now into his work performance.

October 30, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Oakdale Thanksgiving Spirit Strong

Members of the Spirit of Oakdale Committee are gearing up for the 20th annual Oakdale Thanksgiving Dinner, to be served at the Gene Bianchi Community Center, 110 S. Second Ave., Oakdale.

October 30, 2013 | | Local News


Bold Midday Bank Robbery

Oakdale Police are investigating a bank robbery where a brazen robber presented his handwritten demand note on a napkin and fled with an undisclosed amount of cash.

October 29, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Arrest Made In Monday Bomb Threat

Oakdale Police responded to a reported bomb threat shortly before 1 p.m. Monday, Oct. 28 in a call that prompted a 'shelter in place' for students at nearby Oakdale High School.

October 28, 2013 | | Local News


Arrest Made In Shooting

After a week long investigation, Oakdale Police have made one arrest and are anticipating the arrest of a second identified suspect from the Oct. 17 shooting near the Oakdale Market where a 23-year-old male from Riverbank was shot two times.

October 25, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Operation Fog Ready To Kick In

During the winter months, San Joaquin, Stanislaus and Merced Counties are plagued by extremely dense fog which poses a severe hazard to drivers. Typically the fog season begins during the month of November and continues through February. Despite this predictable seasonal occurrence, multi-vehicle accidents are commonplace due to the combination of fog, excessive speeds and traffic congestion.

October 25, 2013 | | Local News


Shooting Believed Gang Related

The serenity of a cool autumn morning was disrupted on Thursday, Oct. 17 around 11:30 a.m. when shots rang out on I Street near the front of the Oakdale Market.

October 23, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Ex-Fire Chief Files Suit

Citing that he has the right to an appeal hearing under the district's disciplinary policy and that he was not afforded the opportunity to confront witnesses, former Stanislaus Consolidated Fire Chief Steven Mayotte filed suit at Stanislaus Superior Court on Thursday, Sept. 12.

October 23, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Homecoming Week Wraps

Homecoming Week festivities wrapped up successfully on Friday, Oct. 18 when the Oakdale High School Mustangs beat Sierra High School at the OHS Corral by a 24-17 final in Friday night football. The satisfying win (See story, photos in Sports, Page B1) capped a busy week that also saw a repeat Powder Puff victory by the Class of 2014 (Page B2) and the crowning of new royalty in the Homecoming Court.

October 23, 2013 | | Local News


Salmon Festival This Weekend

The Salmon Festival is a go," said Krista Smith, 2013 Stanislaus River Salmon Festival co-organizer.

October 22, 2013 | Dawn M. Henley | Local News


Hillside Rescue At Park

Oakdale fire and rescue crews responded to Valley View Park on Sunday, Oct. 20 regarding a 17-year-old male that had fallen down the hillside toward the river.

October 21, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Farm Bureau Helps Sheriff’s Detectives

On Tuesday, Oct. 15 Stanislaus County sheriff's deputies responded to the report of a suspicious person and vehicle in the 3800 block of Service Road. Deputy Veronica Esquivez and Deputy Kyle Briggs found Irvin Turpitt, 53 of Modesto who tried to flee when deputies arrived. Turpitt, a well-known career criminal, was immediately apprehended and found to be in possession of a reported stolen vehicle. He was also in possession of illegal narcotics, stolen property and had several outstanding warrants for his arrest.

October 18, 2013 | | Local News


Morning Shooting Believed Gang Related

The serenity of a cool autumn morning was disrupted on Thursday, Oct. 17 around 11:30 a.m. when shots rang out on I Street near the front of the Oakdale Market.

October 17, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Mayor Pat Paul Hospitalized

Oakdale Mayor, Pat Paul, was hospitalized at Doctor's Medical Center in Modesto on Tuesday, Oct. 15 for an undisclosed reason. Staff at Doctor's Medical Center confirmed she was still there on Wednesday Oct. 16.

October 16, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Jog-A-Thons Help Fund School Needs

A stampede, of sorts, began in the morning hours when the signal was given and running students careened around their respective tracks to the beat of music played over loud speakers, in the name of raising money.

October 16, 2013 | Dawn M. Henley | Local News


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