The Oakdale Irrigation District brought water into its canal system on Saturday, March 15 to prepare for the start of the irrigation season, as reported by OID General Manager Steve Knell at the March 18 regular meeting of the Board of Directors. The season was initially planned to start on March 3 but rains allowed for the delay. It was reported that there were no major issues and only one minor issue with tumbleweed when bringing water into the canals.
A report at the March 17 Oakdale City Council meeting by City Manager Bryan Whitemyer regarding the city budget, showed the city with only a $72,000 variance of its final budget proposed from October of last year.
A celebration of the new Stanislaus Veterans Medical Transport Program, a collaborative effort to serve Stanislaus area veterans, will be held on Wednesday, March 19, at the Stanislaus County Courthouse Lawn near 12th and I streets in Modesto at 5 p.m. Special guest speaker will be Representative Jeff Denham (R-10th District).
As Californians throughout the state plan to celebrate the St. Patrick's Day holiday, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the Office of Traffic Safety (OTS), and the California Highway Patrol (CHP) encourage motorists to plan ahead and designate a sober driver, or arrange for a safe and sober ride home.
Financial scams have become prevalent among seniors. They often go unreported and are devastating to the senior, leaving them in a vulnerable position with little time to recoup their losses. The most common scams are done over the phone, with no face-to-face interaction, and no paper trail, theses scams are incredibly hard to trace. Lonely seniors with nobody to talk to are prime targets. Once a successful deal has been made, the senior's name is then shared with similar schemers looking for easy targets, defrauding the same person repeatedly.
The annual climb in retail gasoline prices that pushes refineries to meet clean energy mandates has elevated the national average price of gas to $4.01 per gallon, a rise of 32 cents since Jan. 1. And Wednesday, Los Angeles became the first major metro area in the continental U.S. see its average price reach $4 per gallon.
With four of the nine vehicles in its fleet with over 120,000 miles, the Oakdale Police Department is making a gradual change in vehicles, shifting from its mainstay police sedan, the Ford Crown Victoria, to the Chevrolet Tahoe SUV.
U.S. Representative Jeff Denham (R-Turlock) has announced the details of California's 10th District Congressional Art Competition. The competition provides aspiring student artists with the chance to display their talent and creativity. One winner from the 10th District will be invited to share their artwork with the rest of the nation in the U.S. Capitol.
Community Hospice announced this week they were awarded a $100,000 grant from the New York Life Foundation. Community Hospice was one of 20 bereavement service providers that received the funding as part of an effort to help expand grief support services to diverse and disadvantaged youth across the country.
As trees across the state begin to blossom for spring, California's Arbor Week is emphasizing the importance trees have on communities and their residents. Officials from CAL FIRE and California ReLeaf, an organization working to preserve, protect and enhance California's urban forests, have announced the winners of the statewide Arbor Week poster contest.