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Dry Winter Raises Concern, Not Panic

"Farmers are eternal optimists – we always believe the rains will come but we're nervous until it happens," said Tom Orvis with the Stanislaus County Farm Bureau.

January 08, 2014 | Dawn M. Henley | Local News


Numbers Game - Fire Staffing Impacts Evaluated

When a fire hits, minutes are precious. Residents scramble to escape as lives and cherished possessions are threatened by the blaze. Seconds seem to slow as everyone waits the arrival of the fire department to contain a growing inferno.

January 08, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Local Rappers Hit The Stage

Aspiring Rap artists and brothers Ed Baldonado, also known as stage name Ex-D and Joe Baldonado, stage name Twista-J are local guys that have big dreams. They have created a rap duo called Roomstyle.

January 08, 2014 | Virginia Still | Local News


Council Reviews Museum Transfers

At its Monday, Jan. 6 meeting, the Oakdale City Council moved forward to finalize property transfers, including land, structures, and exhibits, from city owned to the Friends of Oakdale Heritage (FOH), operators of the museum since 2009.

January 08, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Free Telescope Nights At Modesto Junior College

The Modesto Junior College Astronomy Club invites the community to view the stars at the Telescope Nights held the first Friday of each month at the new Science Community Center on MJC's West Campus, 2201 Blue Gum Ave, Modesto. Telescope Night admission, viewing and campus parking are free.

January 06, 2014 | | Local News


Fire Staffing Numbers Game

When a fire hits, minutes are precious. Residents scramble to escape as lives and cherished possessions are threatened by the blaze. Seconds seem to slow as everyone waits the arrival of the fire department to contain a growing inferno.

January 03, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Price Trackers Can Earn Free Gas In Giveaway

GasBuddy.com, the retail gas price tracker supported by millions of volunteer price spotters across the United States and Canada, has started giving away $100 in free gas as it will do every single day in 2014. The first winner of the new $100 daily prize was a driver from Aurora, Illinois.

January 02, 2014 | | Local News


Community Sharing Numbers Growing

It's 8 a.m. on Monday morning and a small, core group of volunteers at Oakdale Community Sharing have already accomplished a fair amount of work.

December 31, 2013 | Dawn M. Henley | Local News


Oakdale Man Killed In Hit And Run

The Stanislaus County Sheriff's Department and Waterford Police Services are asking for assistance in identifying a vehicle that fled the scene of a hit and run fatality on Sunday, Dec. 29 in Waterford. The incident is being classified as a homicide.

December 31, 2013 | | Local News


Year In Review - Top Newsmakers, Issues Remembered

From new city leadership and the subsequent financial changes, to the possibility of fire consolidation with the Stanislaus Fire Protection District, 2013 was filled with Oakdale Leader headlines both good and bad. This week, we continue with our annual 'Year in Review' by taking a look at stories from the second half of the year, July through December.

December 31, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


New Laws Impact Motorists For 2014

With the New Year beginning, the California Highway Patrol is reminding motorists of several new laws or changes to existing law that go into effect in 2014. The following are summaries of some transportation-related laws that, unless otherwise stated, go into effect on Jan. 1, 2014.

December 31, 2013 | | Local News


CHP Reminds Revelers To Safely Ring In The New Year

The California Highway Patrol (CHP) is urging motorists to begin the New Year responsibly. If the celebration plans include alcohol, designate a driver before the festivities begin. 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 6p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013, and continues through 11:59p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014.

December 30, 2013 | | Local News


CHP Secures Seat Belt Grant To Help Save Lives

Saving lives by securing vehicle occupants throughout the state is the objective behind the California Highway Patrol's (CHP) "Vehicle Occupant Restraint Education and Instruction III (VOREIIII)" grant. In 2013, California achieved one of the higher seat belt usage rates in the nation at 97.4 percent. Through education and enforcement, the CHP is hoping to increase the seat belt usage rate while simultaneously reducing the number of people killed and injured in collisions.

December 26, 2013 | | Local News


Furlough Schedule Implemented

Lee Lundrigan, Stanislaus County Clerk Recorder and Registrar of Voters reminds the public that the Clerk Recorder and Registrar of Voters Department will experience furlough closures during the holidays.

December 25, 2013 | | Local News


Donations Sought - Family Seeks Help With Genetic Test

At first glance, 2-year-old Landon Shatswell is pretty much like most active toddlers. He loves to jump and run, play with his toys and listen to his mom, Desiree Shatswell read to him at night.

December 24, 2013 | Kim Van Meter Special To The Leader | Local News


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Musical Variety On Tap At County Fair

Entertainment at this year's Stanislaus County Fair has all genres of music to entertain the masses including country artist Rodney Atkins and R&B band Kool and the Gang.

July 09, 2014 | Virginia Still | Local News


Measure Y Kicks Off Campaign Strategy

Oakdale's Measure Y committee commenced its campaign with a meeting to discuss the approach for promoting the Nov. 4 ballot measure to continue the half-cent sales tax for the city's general fund.

July 02, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Be Safe, Sane For July 4 Holiday

It's a shortened work week for many Americans, as Friday is the Fourth of July federal holiday, the observance of our nation's birthday.

July 02, 2014 | | Local News


Crews Converge In Encampment Clean Up

It is no secret that the river that runs by Oakdale Shopping Center off Highway 120 is the home to many of Oakdale's homeless. Several complaints recently came into the Oakdale Police department about issues in that area, including a broken lock by the river gate, so access could be gained into a restricted area.

July 02, 2014 | Dennis D. Cruz | Local News


Court Tosses Out Lawsuit Against Cops And City

A Federal lawsuit filed last December by local insurance agent Dirk Vermeulen against the Oakdale Police Department and the City of Oakdale was dismissed by the United States District Court's Eastern District of California on June 26.

July 02, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Two Confirmed Human WNV Cases

West Nile Virus – in the form of human cases – has arrived in Stanislaus County.

July 02, 2014 | | Local News


Measure Y Kicks Off

Oakdale's Measure Y committee commenced its campaign with a meeting to discuss the approach for promoting the Nov. 4 ballot measure to continue the half-cent sales tax for the city's general fund.

July 02, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Motorcycle Accident Claims Oakdale Man

A late Saturday afternoon accident resulted in fatal injuries to the motorcyclist involved and tied up traffic for hours as police investigated the crash.

June 25, 2014 | | Local News


Employee Action - Stanislaus Consolidated Settles Lawsuits

The actions of a former embattled Stanislaus Consolidated fire chief, who himself was the plaintiff of his own lawsuit last year, has resulted in the approval of settlements in three separate actions filed by subordinate employees in 2011 and 2012.

June 25, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


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