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Thief Takes Off With Coin-Op Washing Machine

Police are looking for thieves suspected of stealing a coin-operated washing machine from a Ponderosa Drive apartment complex sometime over the weekend.

The manager discovered theft Monday, March 21 and noted all the community mailboxes had also been pried open. The estimated value of the washing machine is $1,000.

March 25, 2011 | Kim Van Meter | Local News


Bleak Budget Forecast For City

Oakdale's city council chambers were at standing room only capacity on Monday night as Oakdale City Manager Steve Hallam painted a gloomy picture of the city's budget for the 2011-2012 fiscal year. By the time Mayor Pat Paul's gavel sounded at a few minutes before midnight to close the proceedings, very few of the citizens remained.

March 23, 2011 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Weather Or Not – Civil War Battles Rage On

Like the U.S. Postal Service, neither rain, nor sleet … nor gale-force winds, nor blaring car alarms could keep the American Civil War Association from its expected date of a reenactment.

March 23, 2011 | Ike Dodson | Local News


OID Puts Hold On Water Season

Significant rains have delayed the start of the Oakdale Irrigation District's water irrigation season. OID was initially slated to start the season on Tuesday, March 22.

March 23, 2011 | Dawn M. Henley | Local News


Mine Project Battle Galvanizes Cities

City officials from Riverbank and Oakdale joined forces to battle with the Tuolumne County Board of Supervisors at its Tuesday, March 15 meeting. At issue - a hearing on an open-pit rock mine bordering Stanislaus County off Cooperstown Road that would increase rail traffic through both cities.

March 23, 2011 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Local Cheesemaker Wins Awards

Oakdale's John Bulk is now able to add to his family's award wall at Oakdale Cheese and Specialties.

March 23, 2011 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Bridle Ridge Residents Waiting For Trail Light Repairs

After suffering from the theft of copper wiring and the vandalism to several lamps, some Bridle Ridge residents now fear becoming victimized when using the walking trails after dark or their property becoming vulnerable due to lack of illumination.

March 23, 2011 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Crosswalk Sting - Cops Cite Multiple Drivers In Downtown Detail

"Houston…we have a problem."

March 16, 2011 | Kim Van Meter | Local News


Two-Day Event Success

The annual Home and Garden show hosted by the Oakdale Chamber of Commerce switched up their game this year by extending it to two days and the additional day was a huge hit for vendors and attendees, said chamber officials.

March 16, 2011 | Kim Van Meter | Local News


Civil War Weekend

The American Civil War Association will be doing authentic battle reenactments in Knights Ferry this weekend, Saturday, March 19 and Sunday, March 20 near the Knights Ferry Covered Bridge.

March 16, 2011 | | Local News


Water Season Looms

The water season in the Oakdale Irrigation District is slated to begin with deliveries on Tuesday, March 22, in an action taken at the March 14 regular meeting of the OID Board of Directors.

March 16, 2011 | | Local News


Council Chambers To Exhibit Local Artists

The bare plaster walls of the Oakdale City Council chambers may soon be adorned with works featuring local artists.

March 16, 2011 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Revision Approved In City Office Closure

Officials for the City of Oakdale have revised the original recommendation to have city offices closed one day per week - Fridays - in favor of having city offices open up two hours later at 10 a.m., four days a week, Tuesday through Friday.

March 16, 2011 | Richard Paloma | Local News


30 Years And Still Hangin’- Favorite Fun-Raiser Returns For Another Year

Preparations for the 30th annual Oakdale Testicle Festival are winding down as the March 28 date for the event draws closer.

March 16, 2011 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Oakdale Fire Cuts Looming

In protracted budget reductions that go on for years, such as the nation has experienced, there comes a time when there's simply no more fat to trim, no more tricks to pull, and the reductions are found in flesh and blood.

March 09, 2011 | Kim Van Meter | Local News


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Economics Focus - Ad Hoc Committee Sets Specific Goals

With the mission of recruiting new business as well as maintaining existing businesses in Oakdale, city officials have established a blue ribbon committee of local business and city leaders that have begun moving forward with an economic game plan.

November 27, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Dana’s Family Kitchen: Food, Friends And Fun

With a love for food, local resident Dana Johnson is sharing ideas, teaching people how to cook, and hosting a live segment on television's Fox 40 in Sacramento.

November 27, 2013 | Virginia Still | Local News


Holiday Ag Auction At MJC

Modesto Junior College's Agriculture and Environmental Science Division will be hosting its 60th Annual MJC Young Farmers Ag Holiday Auction on Thursday, Dec. 5. The auction features a large offering of gifts for everyone including home and garden items, travel activities, livestock feed and supplies, household goods, and much more.

November 26, 2013 | | Local News


Coordinated Holiday Enforcement Effort Due

The California Highway Patrol (CHP) is joining several other state highway patrol agencies across the nation to participate in two separate traffic safety challenges during the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. Keeping in line with the CHP's mission of saving lives, both campaigns have set a goal of zero fatalities during the five-day period.

November 25, 2013 | | Local News


Asbestos Found In City Water Tank

Demolition of a city water tank has been halted due to city engineers discovering asbestos inside the 100-year-old concrete storage tower.

November 22, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Council Says ‘No’ To Fire Study Payment

A consent agenda item by the city manager requesting the city pay over $8,300 for a joint fire study sparked discussion at the Monday, Nov. 18 Oakdale City Council meeting. The item had some council members questioning the intent of asking the city to pay for something they were told was being taken care of by the Stanislaus Consolidated Fire District.

November 20, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Leader Serves As Collection Site

The Oakdale Leader, 122 S. Third Ave., Oakdale will serve as a collection site for food and other needed items this holiday season.

November 20, 2013 | | Local News


Holiday Cards For Heroes

Oakdale High School Leadership students started a new event at OHS for the holidays. Students and staff who are interested are making cards, which will be mailed to men and woman in the U.S. Armed Services as part of the American Red Cross Holiday Mail for Heroes program.

November 20, 2013 | | Local News


OVH Director Calls Foul On Mayor’s Ambulance Ride

An Oak Valley Hospital District board member is criticizing the city for violating policies with its use of an Oak Valley ambulance the police department summoned for the mayor last month.

November 20, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


OID Discussion - Groundwater Draws Crowd

The topic of groundwater brought a standing-room-only crowd to the Oakdale Irrigation District Board of Directors Nov. 19 regular meeting. OID Water Operations Manager Eric Thorburn presented on groundwater specific to the OID service area where he covered a basic overview of groundwater, its management in OID, and OID's future plans.

November 20, 2013 | Dawn M. Henley | Local News


4-H Makes Holiday Plans

Orange Blossom 4-H Club is gearing up for a year of learning, leadership, new friends, and community service. At their November meeting, members brought their homemade Thanksgiving centerpieces. Some made traditional candle and flower arrangements, while others made fun fall themed ones. A favorite was a basket ready for the hot rolls that looked like a turkey.

November 19, 2013 | | Local News


EPA Move Applauded By Assemblymember Olsen

On Friday, Nov. 15, according to the Wall Street Journal, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed easing the annual Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) requirement for ethanol in gasoline, acknowledging that mandated levels specified in a 2007 law are difficult, if not impossible, to meet.

November 18, 2013 | | Local News


California Joins National Disaster Coordination Program

California recently became the 40th state to join the national Silver Jackets disaster coordination program. The program is designed to improve coordination, collaboration and communication among disaster-response agencies at all levels of government before a disaster strikes to hasten recovery.

November 15, 2013 | | Local News


Conviction In Teen Rape Case

An Oakdale resident pleaded no contest to the December 2012 rape of a 16-year-old girl as part of a plea agreement on Tuesday, Nov. 12 in Stanislaus County Superior Court.

November 14, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Suspected Car Thief Picks Wrong House

A Modesto man, out on bail for drug charges, who police say led them on a high speed chase in a stolen car, was shot by a homeowner in the early a.m. hours of Nov. 13 after attempting to break in to the residence even despite being warned to halt.

November 13, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


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