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Diversification Key To Success

The Bountiful Valley is a three-part series that will focus on different aspects of the agricultural industry in Stanislaus and parts of San Joaquin County. The series kicks off with various field crops.

July 11, 2012 | Kim Van Meter | Local News


Nature Photography Course Offered

Spend three days with National Geographic Photographer Phil Schermeister learning the art of nature photography at the High Sierra Institute's Baker Station located on Highway 108 near Kennedy Meadows. Two new 1.5-unit courses, Nature Photography, will be available to all students and the general public. The first class will take place July 30 with orientation at Columbia College, and Aug. 3-5 at Baker Station. The second class will be Aug. 6 for orientation at Columbia College, and Aug. 10-12 at Baker Station.

July 10, 2012 | | Local News


Early Morning Armed Robbery At Gas Station

The Valero gas station on East F Street was robbed at gunpoint early Sunday, July 8, according to police reports.

July 09, 2012 | | Local News


Public Works Layoffs Go Forward

In a move that contradicts the Oakdale City Council's pledge to evaluate privatization proposals and bids before making any changes, the City of Oakdale issued layoff notices to two public works employees that were in Segment Two of the privatization plan discussed at last Monday's council meeting.

July 06, 2012 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Brush Fires, Illegal Fireworks Make For Busy Fourth

Illegal fireworks and two brush fires started by fireworks in two separate areas kept fire crews busy all night, Wednesday, July 4.

July 06, 2012 | Kim Van Meter | Local News


Former Councilman Chastised By Grand Jury

The Stanislaus County Grand Jury issued a report critical of former Oakdale City Council Member Jason Howard's actions when serving on the council during his shortened term.

July 05, 2012 | Richard Paloma | Local News


City Weighs Concern Over Chapter 9

As local leaders watch the financial troubles of neighboring Stockton, many wonder if other cities in the region, such as Oakdale, are at the same risk for filing bankruptcy.

July 04, 2012 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Serious Steps - City Services Privatization?

(Editor's note: Due to early holiday deadlines, this article went to press prior to the July 2 Oakdale City Council meeting. Log on to www.oakdaleleader.com for updates to this story and a report on the council meeting.)

July 04, 2012 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Woman Rescues Dog From Hot Car

Lynne Podesta didn't set out to be a hero that Monday, June 18, when she went to Costless Market for a few items but that's exactly what happened when she rescued a distressed Chihuahua from the confines of a locked car.

July 04, 2012 | Kim Van Meter | Local News


Rafters Rocking River Fun

More than 120 people converged on Knights Ferry on Sunday, July 1 for the 96.7 co-sponsored 'Rock on the River' event to enjoy the rapids of the Stanislaus River. The event was co-sponsored by River Journey Adventures and the Institute of Technology (IOT) of Modesto and featured water games, a hot dog eating contest and various fun activities once the rafters reached the Orange Blossom Recreation Center. The IOT culinary program donated food and staff to provide a free lunch for the first 100 rafters to reach the end point at Orange Blossom. It was a day of laughter ...

July 04, 2012 | | Local News


Hospital Board Passes Budget, Plan

Members of the Oak Valley Hospital Governing Board moved the facility forward on Wednesday, June 27, approving the 2012-2013 Fiscal Year budget and a three-year strategic plan to carry the hospital into 2015 as it transitions into a new facility.

July 04, 2012 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Holiday Boat Parade, Safety Take Stage

To help celebrate the Fourth of July holiday, there will be a special Lighted Boat Parade on Lake Tulloch, set for 9 p.m. on Wednesday, July 4. Boaters should meet at the South Shore Marina. All are welcome to attend and enjoy the holiday lighting on the variety of boats. Last year, over 60 boats participated, according to parade organizers.

July 03, 2012 | | Local News


Taskforce Targeting Illegal Fireworks

Stanislaus County fire and law enforcement officials will be out in full force during the Fourth of July holiday period to vigorously enforce state laws that allow them to cite those who sell, possess or use illegal fireworks.

June 30, 2012 | | Local News


Suspicious Character Puts School on Alert

Parents with students enrolled at the Oakdale High School were alerted to the possiblity of a man seen videotaping a young high school girl Wednesday, June 27. In light of the recent report of a 16-year-old girl who was kidnapped Wednesday, June 13 as she was walking home from summer school and later raped before being returned to campus, the school thought it prudent to inform parents.

June 29, 2012 | Kim Van Meter | Local News


Serious Steps Toward Privatization Of City Services

In a staff report released by Oakdale Interim City Manager Greg Wellman, the city will be considering privatization of all its public works services with the exception of two city garage mechanics.

June 28, 2012 | Richard Paloma | Local News


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Rim Fire Sends Smoke To Valley Floor

The Rim Fire in Tuolumne County has prompted local air officials to issue a health cautionary statement for smoke impacts in six Valley air basin counties: San Joaquin, Stanislaus, Merced, Madera, Fresno and Tulare, especially the foothill and mountain areas. The caution is in place through Labor Day weekend, when visitors will be traveling to the Sierra Nevada.

August 31, 2013 | | Local News


OTVB Administrator’s Email Continues To Draw Heat

An email criticizing Councilman Farrell Jackson's position on not banning alcohol in city parks remains in the forefront as some business officials attempt to distance themselves from a correspondence they described as "a personal attack" and "personal vendetta."

August 30, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Conservation Corps Members Called In To Service

More than 400 young men and women of the California Conservation Corps are working 16-hour shifts supporting firefighters throughout California, according to the CCC Foundation.

August 29, 2013 | | Local News


FEMA Funds Available For Rim Fire Fight

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has authorized the use of federal funds to assist the state of California combat the Rim Fire currently burning in Tuolumne County.

August 28, 2013 | | Local News


Oakdale Saddle Club Aids Fire Evacuation

With area fire crews battling one of the biggest wildfires in recent years, members of the Oakdale Saddle Club are supporting the Tuolumne County Sheriff's Posse and Animal Control staff with the evacuation of livestock in threatened areas.

August 28, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Donations Needed For Firefighters

As firefighters continue to battle the Rim Fire near Yosemite National Park, local collections are gathering much needed items for them.

August 28, 2013 | | Local News


Park Alcohol Ban Feud Spreads

Oakdale's rising civil war over the decision to ban city park drinking has risen to other battlegrounds as two former city council candidates with opposing views exchanged shots, both contending their statements, criticized by the other, were made as private citizens and not part of the official city-related roles they now hold.

August 28, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Park Alcohol Ban Feud Spreads

Oakdale's rising civil war over the decision to ban city park drinking has risen to other battlegrounds as two former city council candidates with opposing views exchanged shots, both contending their statements, criticized by the other, were made as private citizens and not part of the official city-related roles they now hold.

August 23, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Crime Stopping Cuisine Food And Wine Tasting

Come to the annual Crime Stopping Cuisine Food and Wine Tasting on Friday, Sept. 20 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Peterson Hall, 720 12th St. in Modesto.

August 22, 2013 | | Local News


Citizens Speak Out On Park ‘Drunkards’

An agenda item at the Aug. 19 Oakdale City Council meeting on a proposal to prohibit city park drinking brought out public comments by several residents, some spirited, in support of the ban.

August 21, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


‘Negative Outlook’ Removed From City Bond

After the city's sewer enterprise bond rating took a beating last year from Moody's Investor Services and being downgraded, the financial firm announced on Friday, Aug. 16 that it had removed the "negative outlook" tag attached to the sewer bond.

August 21, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Taste Of Oakdale On The Horizon

The rousing aroma of delicious dishes will fill the air at the Gene Bianchi Community Center on Tuesday, Aug. 27 when the Oakdale Chamber of Commerce's Fifth Annual Taste of Oakdale opens its doors at 5 p.m.

August 21, 2013 | | Local News


Son Arrested In Pettit Homicides

With a history of being a security guard with a license to carry a firearm and reported past boasting of phantom employment within the fire service, it may not be surprising that Brandon Pettit, 25, was arrested in connection with the murder of his parents. The bodies of his mother and father were discovered after an Aug. 8 house fire in Modesto.

August 19, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


First Air Alert of season scheduled to begin Monday

In order to prevent the valley air basin from exceeding critical 1-hour ozone levels, local air officials are declaring the season's first Air Alert, to begin Monday, Aug. 19 and continue through Wednesday, Aug. 21.

August 17, 2013 | | Local News


Senior Center Taking Steps To Maintain Financial Health

With its funding severely slashed in the city's tough financial times, resourceful seniors are keeping their center afloat with fundraising activities, donations, and volunteering their time.

August 16, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


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