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Winter or Spring?

Mother Nature turned chilly Wednesday, Feb. 16 with a cold storm, ending the week-long sunny weather and spring-like temperatures that coaxed wildflowers into an early appearance throughout the city. The storm, expected to produce thundershowers and 20 mph winds, also promised snow in the high country. Pictured, a view of the clouds and the flowers from Yosemite Avenue.

February 17, 2011 | Kim Van Meter | Local News


Catch Up? - Closure Eyed For City Offices

With the goal of allowing backlogged city workers to catch up on paperwork, schedule meetings, and attend training sessions, Oakdale city leaders are contemplating the idea of closing City Hall and the Development Services Building one day per week – Fridays – to meet the workload demands.

February 16, 2011 | Richard Paloma rpaloma@oakdaleleader.com | Local News


Foreclosure Costs City $51,000

The City of Oakdale is out over $50,000 in unpaid taxes from the bank foreclosure of the Quality Inn located at 825 East F Street.

February 16, 2011 | Richard Paloma rpaloma@oakdaleleader.com | Local News


OID Plans Trip To D.C.

The Oakdale Irrigation District Board of Directors unanimously approved a proposal to send two directors and appropriate staff to Washington D.C., possibly in April, to meet with congressional members or staff. The action came at the Feb. 15 regular meeting.

February 16, 2011 | Dawn M. Henley | Local News


Cops: Program Local Dispatch Into Phones

In case of an emergency, call 911 - it's ingrained in people - but what happens when you need an officer, such as the case with theft or a suspicious person lurking around your property, what number do you dial then?

February 16, 2011 | Kim Van Meter | Local News


New Speed Limits Designated For Select Streets

After a recently completed speed survey by the traffic engineering department, 13 Oakdale streets will have their speed limits increased by 5 to 10 miles per hour.

February 16, 2011 | Richard Paloma rpaloma@oakdaleleader.com | Local News


Mayor Calling For COG Volunteers

Oakdale Mayor Pat Paul is seeking an interested Oakdale resident to serve on the Stanislaus Council of Governments (StanCOG) Citizens Advisory Committee. The committee is made up of 15 members from all the cities and unincorporated areas of Stanislaus County. Currently there is no representative from Oakdale.

February 10, 2011 | | Local News


Financial Advisor Takes On Labor Of Love

It's been said there are few things more challenging, more rife for disaster, than the remodel of a historic home. The risks are many, the financial undertaking staggering, and the frustration level epic.

February 09, 2011 | Kim Van Meter | Local News


Police Concerns Resurface

Plenty of issues were on the Oakdale City Council agenda on Monday night, with general information on future bond sales, a budget update, traffic control changes, and city redevelopment. The issue that sparked the most conversation by council members and the audience, however, was the city's response - or lack of response, as claimed by some - to a written communication requesting answers to questions posed in a previous meeting.

February 09, 2011 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Cricket Connection

Even at a young age Brenda McDaniel had had an eye for the bad boy. When Paul McMillen managed to get himself kicked out of kindergarten in Knights Ferry, fate must've earmarked their futures together, for these two sweethearts spent a lifetime crossing each other's paths in one way or another and yet they led separate lives.

February 09, 2011 | Kim Van Meter | Local News


Historic Rodden House Remodeled For Business

There's something special about a historic house - that's exactly what Kenneth Boone thought when he saw the Rodden house on North Third Avenue with its elegant architectural lines and forgotten stature but even as he loved the house, he wasn't quite sure he wanted to take on the project of restoring the old girl to her former glory.

February 04, 2011 | | Local News


Public Hearing Items Highlight Council Agenda

Four items will be up for review and discussion at the Oakdale City Council meeting on Monday, Feb. 7.

February 03, 2011 | | Local News


Council Member Wants Handbook On Behavior

Because of some past public rifts between members of the city council, Oakdale City Council member Katherine Morgan is in the process of developing a policies and procedures handbook for the members.

February 02, 2011 | Richard Paloma Special To The Leader | Local News


Tattoo Boutique Seeks To Change Stereotype

It took six months of hang-ups, unreturned calls, and flat out refusals before Cristin and Jim McCoy, owners of Tainted Arts, found a landlord who would rent to them.

February 02, 2011 | Kim Van Meter | Local News


Cop Consolidation? - Officials Eye Police Changes

In light of continuing tough budget times, change could be coming to the way in which police protection is delivered for Oakdale and Riverbank.

February 02, 2011 | Richard Paloma Special To The Leader | Local News


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Council Taps Murdoch To Fill Vacant Seat

With two members of the Oakdale City Council stating they wanted someone with the same "business sense" as former Councilman Don Petersen, the Oakdale City Council voted 3-1 to appoint local commercial real estate developer Richard Murdoch to the dais for the remaining two years left when Petersen resigned in February.

April 08, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Investigation Recovers Stolen Radioactive Device

An eBay ad and the sharp eye of a tenacious victim led Oakdale Police to recover a $10,000 piece of construction equipment that was taken from a work truck last year.

April 03, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Annual Pioneer Rodeo In Late Fall Offers Oakdale Lasting Success

Covered Calistoga wagons and settlements complete with chow carts will descend on Oakdale this November as various Davy Crockett and Daniel Boone characters arrive in the city for the debut of Pioneer Days and the Pioneer Rodeo, The Leader has learned.

April 01, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Testicle Festival – Romancing The Stones

Monday night marked my fourth Oakdale Testicle Festival, taking me a long way from my first time as a newbie with only a few weeks on for The Leader, and an editorial staff of women (sans sports guy) when I was "chosen" to cover the annual event.

April 01, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Veronica’s Care Closet Seeking Donations

As many look ahead to lazy mornings and summer schedules Oakdale High School's Dana McLain has other thoughts on her mind.

April 01, 2015 | Teresa Hammond | Local News


Annual Spring Fest Saturday

The City of Oakdale, in cooperation with the Kiwanis Club of Oakdale, is hosting the ninth annual Kids Spring Fest on Saturday, April 4 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

April 01, 2015 | | Local News


Area Water Woes Linger As Irrigation Season Looms

Even as water began filling its canals this week, the Oakdale Irrigation District board discussed ways Tuesday morning to ensure there is enough to last until September.

March 18, 2015 | | Local News


Bond Refinancing Results In City Savings

Wearing a cowboy hat to reinforce his point, Oakdale City Manager Bryan Whitemyer pioneered the Monday, March 16 Oakdale City Council meeting, telling everyone that at no time the city was ever considering changing its 'Cowboy Capital' motto (see related story on this page).

March 18, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Residents Shoot Down Slogan

City of Oakdale residents have long felt recognition and pride with the city's motto of "Cowboy Capital of the World" but when the Oakdale Travel and Visitors Bureau introduced a marketing slogan of "Pioneer Perfect," many residents expressed outrage, calling for the city and OTVB not to meddle with something already in place.

March 18, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Residents View ‘Pioneer Perfect’ As Off Track

City of Oakdale residents have long felt recognition and pride with the city's motto of "Cowboy Capital of the World" but when the Oakdale Travel and Visitors Bureau introduced a marketing slogan of "Pioneer Perfect," many residents expressed outrage, calling for the city and OTVB not to meddle with something already in place.

March 12, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


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