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Two Vie For Treasurer, Clerk Unopposed

Oakdale voters casting a ballot for treasurer will have a choice of two candidates whose interest goes back to earlier this year when both candidates applied to fill the remaining term when the position was vacated. The city clerk candidate is running unopposed, however she has been prepping for the role at city hall since outgoing clerk Nancy Lilly announced her retirement.

October 31, 2012 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Holiday Mail Deadlines To Military

Ensuring care packages arrive in time for the holiday season is a priority for friends and family members of military personnel serving around the world. Priority Mail Flat Rate boxes are available at no cost at local Post Offices, or can be ordered online at shop.usps.com. Postage, labels and customs forms can be printed online anytime using Click-N-Ship.

October 30, 2012 | | Local News


Oakdale Welcomes Climbing Festival

The city of Oakdale will be the gathering place for a climber's festival at the Oakdale Community Center, 110 S. Second Ave. on Friday, Oct. 26 through Sunday, Oct. 28. This three-day event will feature many speakers from the climbing world.

October 26, 2012 | | Local News


Seize Our Opportunities

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October 24, 2012 | | Local News


Need New Team

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October 24, 2012 | | Local News


Regional Transit Plans ROTA Takeover

Due to its inability to meet its portion of operating costs, the Riverbank-Oakdale Transit Authority is having the county take over its dial-a-ride service.

October 24, 2012 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Legislators Visit Proposed Alternative Energy Site

Responding to the rural area between Oakdale and Riverbank amid concerns of an agricultural business pursuing green energy, Congressman Jeff Denham and State Senator Tom Berryhill met with the owners and employees to better understand their energy conversion process and hear their frustrations with power conglomerate PG&E. When they were done, the elected officials assured company representatives they would do what they could on both the state and federal levels.

October 24, 2012 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Five Seek 4-Year Terms

Two four-year Oakdale City Council seats are up for grabs this November with five names on the ballot to choose from. Two are experienced dais members pursuing re-election. The other challengers – the current city treasurer, a known volunteer and small business owner, and a successful owner of a chain of extended care facilities – have hopes of guiding Oakdale for the next four years.

October 24, 2012 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Tax Pursuit

In 2009, Oakdale leaders along with officials from the City of Newman discovered a tax-sharing deal by the City of Modesto with an oil distribution company that was extracting tax dollars normally flowing toward their coffers. Both cities pursued the matter to the State Board of Equalization, but only Newman officials followed it through with appeals to finally receive back compensation. Now, Newman's periodic share of the sales tax revenue is returned to them by Modesto.

October 24, 2012 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Time Stands Still At SRT

As a seasoned photo journalist, Sarah Goodwin has made her living looking through a lens, freezing moments of heartache, horror and humanity in the war-torn corners of the globe. She and her long-time partner, combat reporter James Dodd, have always shared a deep commitment to their work. So when a roadside bomb in Iraq sends her home to New York for months of painful recovery, both are reeling from the trauma. In witty and engaging conversation, the couple explores this new direction their lives have taken, not sure what it's revealing or where this new road will take them ...

October 19, 2012 | Report Abuse account | Local News


Congressman And State Senator Visit Proposed Alternative Energy Site

Responding to the outskirts of Oakdale for concerns of an agricultural business pursuing green energy, Congressman Jeff Denham and State Senator Tom Berryhill met with the owners and employees to better understand their energy conversion process and hear their frustrations with PG&E. When they were done, the elected officials assured company representatives they would do what they could on the state and federal levels.

October 18, 2012 | Richard Paloma | Local News


OID Directors Consider Rate Hike

A discussion on setting water delivery fees for 2013 came before the Oakdale Irrigation District Board of Directors at their regular meeting on Oct. 16.

October 17, 2012 | Dawn M. Henley | Local News


Harvest Reaps Crop Of Another Kind

October is the time for harvest. And in the Central Valley, including Oakdale, local drug agents have been busy taking down marijuana grows throughout Stanislaus County. For the second time in as many weeks, Oakdale Police have raided a pot plantation within the city and made arrests of the growers.

October 17, 2012 | Richard Paloma | Local News


St. Matthias Offers Senior Transportation

A new effort, "St. Matti's for Seniors" is a ministry of Saint Matthias Anglican Church, 101 S. First Ave., Oakdale. The new senior ministry will be providing transportation to local senior citizens who are in need. They will be matching up volunteers with seniors to provide transportation to appointments, the grocery store, or to run errands. They are currently looking for more volunteers who have a heart for seniors and would like to help. They are hoping the volunteers can give at least an hour or two of service during the week.

October 17, 2012 | Virginia Still vstill@oakdaleleader.com | Local News


Three Contend For Two-Year Council Seat

A former mayor and councilman, a former treasurer, and a lifelong Oakdale resident fresh to politics make up the slate to fill the two-year city council seat left vacant mid-term by the resignation of Jason Howard.

October 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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