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Questionable Past For Fire Chief Candidate

After going nearly a year without a permanent fire chief due to the placing of former Fire Chief Steven Mayotte on administrative leave and his subsequent departure amidst a plethora of misconduct allegations, reliable sources have informed The Leader that a serious candidate is in the final stages for appointment to the position that will lead the department.

January 13, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Late Night Liquor Store Burglars Arrested

Quick and decisive action by an alert midnight shift patrol officer led to the arrest of two burglars accused of breaking into Circle D Liquors in the early morning hours on Thursday, Jan. 9.

January 10, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Major Accident At Highway, Stearns Road

A multi-vehicle accident near the intersection of Highway 108/120 and South Stearns Road just east of Oakdale resulted in injuries to several people and one fatality.

January 09, 2014 | Marg Jackson | Local News


New Legislation Aimed At Prohibiting Transit Strikes

Senator Tom Berryhill (R-Twain Harte) has co-authored Senate Bill 423, legislation that will protect California's public transportation systems by prohibiting public transit employees from going on strike.

January 09, 2014 | | Local News


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


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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


Fire Contract - Council Moves Forward, Re-Opens Hershey Sale

The cost-saving move to contract with Stanislaus Consolidated Fire District for fire department services moved to its final step with a presentation by Stanislaus Consolidated Fire Chief Randall Bradley at the Monday June 16 Oakdale City Council Meeting.

June 18, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Reptiles Visit Library

Lizards, snakes, a big, hairy spider, and an extra-large cockroach were found in the front room of the Oakdale Library on June 5 – much to the delight of library visitors.

June 18, 2014 | Dawn M. Henley | Local News


OID ‘Very Good’ Financially

The financial condition of the Oakdale Irrigation District is in "very good" shape, according to the district's auditor Brian Nash of Richardson and Company.

June 18, 2014 | Dawn M. Henley | Local News


Local Realtors Express Fury With City

Learning of the city's move to go with Prudential Commercial Real Estate of Modesto to list the Downtown Hershey Building caused Oakdale real estate agents to voice their ire towards city officials at a monthly Realtors meeting at the Oakdale Country Club on Thursday, June 12. In return, the city has reversed its decision to contract with Prudential Commercial Real Estate and will now reintroduce the item at Monday's June 16 city council meeting.

June 13, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


APP: Stat Game Or Effective Program? Part II – Second Amendment In The Crosshairs

(Editor's note: This is the second of a two-part piece. Part 1 was featured last week)

June 11, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Richard Paloma to appear on Power Talk Radio 1360 AM today at 4pm

Oakdale Leader reporter, Richard Paloma, will be appearing on Power Talk Radio 1360 AM on the Dave Bowman Show today at 4:00 pm. Paloma will be discussing his article from today's Leader on firearm seizures by the DOJ.

June 04, 2014 | | Local News


Visitors Bureau Focusing On Public Market

With the goal of taking the weekly farmer's market and making it into an area known public market, the Oakdale Travel and Visitors Bureau (OTVB) along with Roger Brooks of Brooks International, recently completed a day-and-a-half community workshop at the Gene Bianchi Community Center to improve tourism to the city.

June 04, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


City’s Proposed Budget Presented To Council

Because the Measure O sales tax enhancement carries the city through March 2015, the preliminary 2014-2015 budget presented by Oakdale City Manager Bryan Whitemyer at the Monday, June 2 city council meeting didn't foresee any service cuts.

June 04, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


APP: Stat Game Or Effective Program?

(Editor's Note: This is the first in a two-part special series.)

June 04, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


No 10-Day OID Rotations

"In light of drought and continuing water conditions," the Oakdale Irrigation District will forgo 10-day irrigation rotations for the 2014 water season, which will also leave some water in the district's "conservation account" at New Melones Reservoir, said OID General Manager Steve Knell at the June 3 regular meeting of the OID Board of Directors.

June 04, 2014 | Dawn M. Henley | Local News


Market Gears Up For Summer Run

The Oakdale Farmers Market is seeing a few changes this year. In addition to moving the Market to Wednesday nights and extending the hours just a bit, from 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., visitors will notice a huge change when they visit. The closure of E Street will allow market goers to safely browse all that the market has to offer. With this small closure it allowed organizers to move things around and get produce stands and other food offerings out of the sun.

May 28, 2014 | | Local News


Citizens Group Hears Groundwater Concerns

Over 75 people attended a two-hour town hall meeting on groundwater concerns at the Oakdale Community Center on May 21.

May 28, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


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