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Oakdale Officers Joined In Solemn Procession

Coming from departments all across the Central Valley, police officers joined with the Oakdale Police Department for a solemn funeral procession on Friday morning, mourning one of their own.

November 16, 2012 | Marg Jackson | Local News


Oakdale Police Prepare For Officer’s Memorial Service

Funeral services are Friday morning, Nov. 16 for Oakdale Police Officer Paul Katuszonek, killed in an auto accident last week.

November 15, 2012 | | Local News


Former Waterford City Administrator Hired For Oakdale

Interim City Manager Stan Feathers announced on Nov. 5 that retired Waterford City Administrator Chuck Deschenes has joined the city's management team as an interim operations manager. Deschenes replaces retired Merced County CEO Demetrios "Dee" Tatum, who leaves the position due to state regulations on the limited number of hours he can work after retirement.

November 14, 2012 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Citizens Cast Votes, Council Members Seated

Oakdale voters have spoken on the structure they want to see for its city council and the direction they will take the city for the next few years. One newcomer will join a re-elected councilman for full terms and a former mayor will fill the two-year remainder of a vacant seat.

November 14, 2012 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Denham Re-Elected, Has Oakdale Issues On Radar

Congressman Jeff Denham has a list of local matters to take on as he prepares to take over the newly drawn 10th Congressional District. On Tuesday, Nov 6, Denham defeated Democratic challenger Jose Hernandez by taking 54 percent of votes cast.

November 14, 2012 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Oakdale Police Officer Dies In Modesto Crash

Black bands covered the badges of Oakdale Police personnel on Friday as the department mourned the loss of their colleague and friend.

November 14, 2012 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Ballot Tabulation Update

Clerk Recorder and Registrar of Voters Lee Lundrigan recently released this update on the Nov. 6 Presidential Election.

November 13, 2012 | | Local News


Sunday Night Shooting Leaves Two Dead

Two people were killed in a Sunday night shooting in the 300 block of East I Street in Oakdale.

November 12, 2012 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Oakdale Police Officer Killed In Traffic Accident

Black bands covered the badges of Oakdale Police personnel on Friday as the department mourned the loss of their colleague and friend.

November 09, 2012 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Jackson Garners Top Vote For Oakdale Council

Former mayor and city councilman Farrell Jackson polled the most votes in the Oakdale City Council election Tuesday, receiving 2,224 in his bid for a shortened two-year term.

November 07, 2012 | Marg Jackson | Local News


Solar Participation Raises Concerns

An Oakdale City Council member's employment with a local alternative energy firm has raised conflict-of-interest concerns for participating in agenda item discussions as the city explores the possibility of an alternative energy project of its own using solar panels in an attempt to offset city energy costs.

November 07, 2012 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Hurricane Sandy Fund Set Up For Victims

Lifelong Oakdale resident Kathy Shepherd set up a Hurricane Sandy Fund at Valley First Credit Union in Oakdale to directly benefit East Coast residents struggling in the super storm's aftermath.

November 07, 2012 | | Local News


City Receives Bids For Services

The City of Oakdale took its next step toward privatization of public works services on Wednesday, Oct. 31, when it publicly opened bids on a potential contract for city park maintenance.

November 07, 2012 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Council Moves Forward On Multiple Projects

Land decisions underscored a series of votes by the Oakdale City Council on Monday evening, Nov. 5. After discussions, the council chose to re-designate 10 acres in the Bridle Ridge housing development from high-density to medium-density residential zoning, voted to purchase three parcels on Yosemite Avenue between H and J streets for the proposed community plaza and skate park, and moved forward for a new perimeter fence around the city-owned airport.

November 07, 2012 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Dunlop, Jackson Take Lead In Oakdale Council Race

Incumbent Oakdale City Councilman Tom Dunlop appeared headed for re-election to a four-year term with 1,141 votes as of 9:30 p.m. Tuesday, with five of 10 Oakdale precincts reporting in. Newcomer Don Petersen was close behind with 1,111 votes and, if the trend held, would be elected to the other four-year term on the council.

November 06, 2012 | Marg Jackson | Local News


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Veronica’s Care Closet Seeking Donations

As many look ahead to lazy mornings and summer schedules Oakdale High School's Dana McLain has other thoughts on her mind.

April 01, 2015 | Teresa Hammond | Local News


Annual Spring Fest Saturday

The City of Oakdale, in cooperation with the Kiwanis Club of Oakdale, is hosting the ninth annual Kids Spring Fest on Saturday, April 4 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

April 01, 2015 | | Local News


Dried And Confused: Lunch Focuses On Water Rights

With California in its third drought year, the Oakdale Chamber of Commerce's 42nd Annual Ag Scholarship Luncheon on March 19 brought in known attorney, Valerie Kinkaid, to discuss its chosen topic, "Three Major Threats to Water Rights."

March 25, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


OTVB – What Direction Now?

With the recent shoot-down of "Pioneer Perfect," the Oakdale Tourism and Visitor's Bureau decided to finally "embrace" "Cowboy Capital of the World" as it continues its mission to develop and promote tourism for the City of Oakdale.

March 25, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


City Opposes Fed Plan

With the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation planning to release significant water flows down the Stanislaus River during a time of continued drought in the area, the City of Oakdale took a stand and opposed the agency's planned actions, expressing serious concerns with its 2015 Drought Contingency Plan.

March 25, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Civil War Battles Rage

Sometimes, the South won. Sometimes, the North prevailed.

March 25, 2015 | | Local News


Panel Addresses Culture Of Violence In Schools

Audience members waited with bated breath as Oakdale Police Chief Lester Jenkins carefully formulated his answer on whether or not he personally believed that security personnel should be authorized to carry concealed weapons on school campuses.

March 25, 2015 | BY ALYSSON AREDAS | Local News


Area Water Woes Linger As Irrigation Season Looms

Even as water began filling its canals this week, the Oakdale Irrigation District board discussed ways Tuesday morning to ensure there is enough to last until September.

March 18, 2015 | | Local News


Bond Refinancing Results In City Savings

Wearing a cowboy hat to reinforce his point, Oakdale City Manager Bryan Whitemyer pioneered the Monday, March 16 Oakdale City Council meeting, telling everyone that at no time the city was ever considering changing its 'Cowboy Capital' motto (see related story on this page).

March 18, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Residents Shoot Down Slogan

City of Oakdale residents have long felt recognition and pride with the city's motto of "Cowboy Capital of the World" but when the Oakdale Travel and Visitors Bureau introduced a marketing slogan of "Pioneer Perfect," many residents expressed outrage, calling for the city and OTVB not to meddle with something already in place.

March 18, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Residents View ‘Pioneer Perfect’ As Off Track

City of Oakdale residents have long felt recognition and pride with the city's motto of "Cowboy Capital of the World" but when the Oakdale Travel and Visitors Bureau introduced a marketing slogan of "Pioneer Perfect," many residents expressed outrage, calling for the city and OTVB not to meddle with something already in place.

March 12, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


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