Emergency responders likely exhaled a collective sigh of relief as the Fourth of July holiday passed without much of a hiccup and with only one notable rescue on the Stanislaus River involving a 90-year-old woman.
Weeding out a list that started with 23 possible names for Oakdale's part-time city manager, the city council's ad-hoc committee has narrowed down the choices from 16 potential applicants to two serious considerations and is now weighing the qualifications and fit of a potential candidate.
The saga that has centered on preserving Oakdale's redevelopment agency is still filled with as much jarring and ups and downs in the legislative arena as an eight-second ride on the back of a bull in a rodeo arena.
Capping off his morning travels on Tuesday, June 28 with a lunch stop at the local H–B Saloon, Congressman Jeff Denham heard from local constituents as he enjoyed the "Kim & Jim" special from the menu.
A 90-year-old woman was rescued from the Stanislaus River Monday, July 4 when her River Journey boat capsized near the Russian Rapids. She wasn't injured but she was sinking fast in spite of her life jacket. For full details and a snapshot of the Fourth of July holiday, don't miss the July 6 issue of The Oakdale Leader
Safety first should be the watchword this long holiday weekend, according to local officials.
River water is still running high and cold, making it all the more important for rafters and swimmers to use life jackets. Authorities also caution against boating and drinking, or 'floating' and drinking for rafters, as the alcohol will slow response time and could create added danger for those trying to enjoy a day on the water. Extra patrols will be implemented on the area's waterways as deputies crack down on drunken or impaired boaters.
Over 40 members of the Oak Valley Hospital Foundation gathered at the home of Bill and Saundra West earlier this month to recognize the year's accomplishments by the organization and present awards to some of its members.
During the Oak Valley Hospital monthly meeting on Wednesday, June 22, the governing board released its written response to the Grand Jury Report from May 5 regarding Brown Act violations and not following established policy on awarding bids.
The first thing Oakdale Rural Fire Protection District Chief Lee Winton noticed when he took his post at the helm of the rural district was a distressing fact: they were perpetually in the red.
Annually in the month of June, the San Joaquin/Stanislaus CattleWomen donate $500 worth of beef to a charity, at $250 each, in the two counties. This year, the Salvation Army of Modesto (Stanislaus) and of Stockton (San Joaquin) were chosen to receive the donation of beef. The Salvation Army centers were able to choose any cut or combination of cuts of beef.
Flows on the Stanislaus River will be lowered over the Fourth of July weekend. Recently, the Stanislaus has been running high and cold at 2,000 cubic feet per second (cfs).
A decision by the Oakdale Finance Department to hold over $11,000 in directed funds drew ire from the Oakdale Chamber of Commerce resulting in the funds being immediately released.
A Thursday accident along a rural road outside the city resulted in the death of a 17-year-old Oakdale girl, killed June 23 when her ATV entered the path of a 2002 Chevrolet. The Chevy was traveling westbound on Rice Road at about 45 mph early Thursday evening when the vehicles collided.
Fireworks booths throughout Oakdale are open for business and the temperatures are predicted to heat up for the weekend, with plenty of people liable to hit the local waterways for the Fourth of July holiday.
Out of concern for the senior citizens and a frustration with government inefficiency, a construction professional wishing to remain anonymous gathered his crew and took a few hours of his time on Saturday, June 25, to install a 95-foot sidewalk on A Street near Yosemite Avenue.
A year from now, if all goes as planned, some 3,250 acres within the Oakdale Irrigation District will use water much more efficiently.
U.S. Representative Jeff Denham (R-Turlock) introduced a bill on Wednesday, Jan. 14 to lessen the burden on disabled veterans by extending military commissary and exchange store privileges to former service members and their families.
Oakdale Chamber of Commerce will host its 69th Annual Awards on Friday, Jan. 16, 2015 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., staged at the Gene Bianchi Community Center, 110 S. Second Ave., Oakdale.
The Bacigalupi family is well known throughout the Oakdale area. Not only for the infamous H-B Saloon on F Street, but also for their philanthropy including sponsoring the Cowboy Golf Tournament, the annual AFC-NFC Championship Tailgate Party to benefit local causes, donations to Spirit of Oakdale, Community Sharing, the Lions Club Children's Christmas Shopping Tour and several contributions to Oakdale High School sports.
Crab season is alive and well and Oakdale Junior High School's Parent Teacher Club is ready to get cracking.
Life is not being wasted on Bill and Joanne Parker. At the ages of 85 (Bill) and 84 (Joanne), this couple did not wait for New Year's Day to make a resolution or begin a new health plan. On Jan. 2, 2015 the couple could be found in the same place they were on Dec. 31, 2014 … putting in some time at Fitness Plus in Oakdale.
The adage 'one man's trash is another man's treasure' was well portrayed in a recent Stanislaus River homeless camp clean up on Wednesday, Dec 31.
Like many families do, the 'family' of kids, parents and teachers at The Learning Tree Preschool in Oakdale recently completed their holiday 'Gingerbread House' craft making activity, with the children able to take home their sweet treats to display (or eat) over the holidays. Following are some photos from the special craft day.
Law enforcement fatalities in the U.S. rose 24 percent in 2014, reversing what had been two years of dramatic declines in line of duty deaths, based on preliminary data compiled and released by the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund (NLEOMF).
Assembly Republican Leader Kristin Olsen, (R-Modesto), issued a statement following Governor Jerry Brown's inaugural address on Monday, Jan. 5:
Major construction activities associated with the State Route 99/State Route 219 Kiernan Avenue Interchange Reconstruction Project are now under way.
The California Highway Patrol reported that units responded to a single vehicle collision on Camanche Parkway South, just south of Campo Seco Road in Calaveras County on Saturday morning, Dec. 27, just after 6:45 a.m.
As the summer hit full force, there was talk of drought, and the city continued to deal with budget issues. School resumed in August, locals brought home honors from the county and state fairs and eventually we hit the holiday season – kicking off with Halloween and continuing through the Christmas shopping season.
The California Highway Patrol (CHP) is urging motorists to start the New Year on the right path by celebrating responsibly. If the night's events include alcohol, make the smart choice and designate a driver before the celebrating begins. The CHP will be ringing in the New Year on the roadway with motorists as part of a Maximum Enforcement Period (MEP), which begins at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2014, and continues through 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 4, 2015.
One lane of eastbound F Street traffic near South Fourth Avenue was closed down for about 90 minutes on Wednesday, Dec. 24 while Oakdale Police, the city's Public Works department and Reliable Tow of Oakdale worked on clearing the roadway after a solo vehicle rollover accident.