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Solar Panel Proposal Lights Up Council Meeting

The Tuesday, Sept. 4 Oakdale City Council meeting – held a day later than usual due to the Labor Day holiday ‑ was highlighted with city officials discussing the likelihood of moving forward with a solar panel site at the wastewater treatment plant that is expected to dramatically reduce energy costs.

September 12, 2012 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Pair Delivers For Parks And Rec

When Oakdale Parks and Recreation Supervisor Linda Royalty approached the Wednesday morning Downtown Merchants Meeting asking for sponsors for disadvantaged youth, Oakdale residents Frank Clark and Farrell Jackson knew they needed to step up.

September 12, 2012 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Soothing Sounds - Musician Donates Proceeds To Help Vets

Native Alabama man and Vietnam veteran Richard Hall knows what it's like to be injured in the line of duty and left to fend for himself as a damaged civilian.

September 12, 2012 | Kim Van Meter | Local News


Mayor Wants ‘Stronger Message’ Sent To Grand Jury

Calling the prepared response by City Attorney Tom Hallinan "soft," Oakdale City Mayor Pat Paul called for a consent agenda item regarding the city's response to the Stanislaus County Grand Jury to be pulled and opened for discussion at the Tuesday, Sept. 4 Oakdale City Council meeting.

September 12, 2012 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Stearns Area Residents Eager For Session

In a letter from Stanislaus County dated Aug. 24, Department of Public Works Director Matt Machado offered an apology to those Stearns Road area residents who were not notified of prior meetings regarding the North County Corridor Project.

September 12, 2012 | Marg Jackson | Local News


Volunteer For Natural Bridges Cleanup, Trail Restoration

In celebration of National Public Lands Day and the annual Great Sierra River Cleanup, the Bureau of Reclamation's Central California Area Office will partner with the Tuolumne Resource Conservation District to host a recreation area cleanup and trail restoration event at New Melones Lake's Natural Bridges Recreation Area this Saturday, Sept. 15, from 9a.m. to 2p.m.

September 11, 2012 | | Local News


Patterson Man Awaiting Lifesaving Transplant

In 2010, while on vacation, Arthur Lopez, 53, began experiencing swelling and extreme fatigue. Upon returning home, he visited his doctor and was shocked to be diagnosed with stage-four nonalcoholic cirrhosis of the liver. Doctors say a liver transplant is essential to his survival, and he has been on the transplant waiting list for more than a year.

September 08, 2012 | | Local News


Fundraising Dinner Benefits Cancer Fighter

Mark the calendar and set aside some time to help out a local family in need this weekend.

September 07, 2012 | | Local News


Police Busy With Brazen Burglars

Oakdale Police are keeping busy following up on leads to identify the suspects in what looks to be two related brazen mid-day burglaries from Tuesday morning, Sept. 4.

September 06, 2012 | Richard Paloma | Local News


City Response Agrees With Grand Jury Finding

In a very brief and to-the-point response drafted by City Attorney Tom Hallinan, the City of Oakdale will notify the Stanislaus County Grand Jury that it agrees with the four findings and all four recommendations from a report that criticized the actions of former councilman Jason Howard.

September 05, 2012 | Richard Paloma | Local News


OID Crews Wrapping Riverbed Restoration

Working in conjunction to reestablish salmon spawning and juvenile salmon rearing areas to the Stanislaus River at Honolulu Bar, Oakdale Irrigation District, FishBio, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's Anadromous Fish Restoration Program (AFRP) have put in about $520,000 of shared cost into the habitat restoration project. OID and AFRP split the cost 50/50.

September 05, 2012 | Dawn M. Henley | Local News


Labor Day Weekend

Residents complained of a two-hour crawl on Monday, Sept. 3 as they attempted to return to Oakdale via Sonora on Highway 120/108 at the end of a long Labor Day weekend.

September 05, 2012 | Kim Van Meter | Local News


Tractor Supply Enters Partnership For Television Show

Rural property owners never have a shortage of projects on their to-do list. With this in mind, Tractor Supply Company and GRIT magazine will team up to share their rural know-how in the new television show, "Tough GRIT."

September 04, 2012 | | Local News


Riverbank Girl Ambassador For Ripon Balloon Festival

Bring your family and friends and enjoy the largest hot air balloon festival in Central California! The 7th annual Color the Skies festival takes to the skies this Labor Day weekend, Sept.1-2, in Ripon. In a breathtaking ascent, the sky will fill with the color of 20 balloons during the carnival-like festival that donates all proceeds to Children's Hospital Central California.

September 01, 2012 | | Local News


COPS SEEK JUVENILE WEAPONS SUSPECT

Oakdale Police are in search of a known 17-year-old suspect who fled the scene leaving behind a sawed-off shotgun and ski mask after officers were called to the area of Stenson Drive and Branding Iron Street on Sunday, Aug 19.

August 31, 2012 | Richard Paloma | Local News


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Fire Merger Study Presented

Officials from the Stanislaus Consolidated Fire Protection District on Monday, Oct. 14 moved forward on the possibility of a merger with the City of Oakdale Fire Department and the Oakdale Rural Fire Protection District with the presentation of a study that looked into staffing, finances, and combining operations.

October 16, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Army Corps Of Engineers Closes All Regulatory Offices

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Sacramento District today announced it has closed its seven regulatory offices in California, Utah, Nevada and Colorado due to the absence of available federal funding.

October 15, 2013 | | Local News


City Workers Sign Contract

City of Oakdale workers will get a five percent raise in July with the signing of the recent contract for its police, fire, miscellaneous, and management employees. In return the employees have agreed to pay the full eight percent employee share of the PERS retirement costs with the sworn police and fire members paying their full nine percent share.

October 15, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Citizens Meet To Discuss Aquifer Concerns

Concerns about the future of water in the region will take center stage on Monday night.

October 14, 2013 | | Local News


Scabies Outbreak Concerns Care Facility Staff

Staff at Oak Valley Hospital's Oak Valley Care Center has confirmed they are taking precautionary measures for an outbreak of scabies at the facility.

October 11, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Events Canceled At New Melones Lake

Due to the federal government shutdown, some upcoming events planned at New Melones Lake have been cancelled. They are listed below.

October 10, 2013 | | Local News


Chamber Expo Helps Local Businesses Grow

The Gene Bianchi Community Center was the place to be on Thursday, Oct. 3 when the Oakdale Chamber of Commerce hosted its second Grow Your Business Expo.

October 09, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Annual Block Party Brings Out Community

A full "Block Party" – complete with a closed street – and put on by the Center for Human Services (CHS) - Oakdale Family Resource and Counseling Center on Oct. 4, hosted 33 vendors and service providers for local families. The third annual event, which was open to the community, took place on Mann Avenue between F and G streets. It provided information about community services, free food, music, giveaways, face painting and more.

October 09, 2013 | Dawn M. Henley | Local News


Budget Woes - Firefighters Take City Hit

Despite warnings of inadequate service levels by its line personnel, a plea from its past long-term fire chief, an administrative advisement by the current command staff against future cuts, and going against a recent $32,000 fire study by the city on fire department staffing, the Oakdale City Council accepted City Manager Bryan Whitemyer's recommendation by a vote of 4-1 to lay off two firefighters at the end of the calendar year.

October 09, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


AAUW Branch Celebrates Success

Alma Martinez Torres was given the opportunity to pursue her dreams, and has realized them by becoming an optometrist, due in part to a scholarship from the American Association of University Women (AAUW) Oakdale-Riverbank-Escalon Branch.

October 09, 2013 | Dawn M. Henley | Local News


Bikes, Kids, Cars: Rocky Road Rapport

It's just after 4 p.m. on a typical weekday and the streets in Oakdale hustle with the usual afternoon traffic rush. Fridays are the worst due to those departing for outside weekend destinations as rows of cars, RVs, trucks, and even agricultural equipment rumble along city surface streets designated as state highways.

October 09, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Federal Recreational Facilities, Army Corps Parks Closures

The Bureau of Reclamation announced the status of Mid-Pacific Region recreational facilities and amenities available to the public during the federal government shutdown. Facilities operating with lapsing federal appropriations are closed; those that are funded through concessions or operated by California State Parks are open.

October 08, 2013 | | Local News


Highway 108 Information Session

A public information session led by Laura Podolsky of the Local Government Commission, on behalf of the City of Oakdale, will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 8, from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 pm at the Gladys L. Lemmons Senior Center at 450 East A Street.

October 07, 2013 | | Local News


7-11 Robber Identified And Arrested

After obtaining video footage of two Friday, Oct. 4 early morning robberies, Oakdale Police were able to identify the suspect and make an arrest shortly after midnight on Saturday, Oct. 5.

October 05, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Early Morning 7-11 Robberies Minutes Apart

Oakdale Police are looking for a lone individual suspected of robbing two 7-11 convenience stores in the early a.m. hours on Friday, Oct. 4.

October 04, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


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