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Stanislaus County Libraries Offer More Operating Hours

The Stanislaus County Board of Supervisors recently approved a plan to expand library operating hours, effective July 8, 2016. This will mean opening all 13 library branches – including those in Oakdale and Riverbank – on Fridays and opening two hours earlier at the Ceres Library on Saturdays. The change in hours also includes closing one hour earlier – 8 p.m. instead of 9 p.m. – at libraries in Modesto and Turlock. The new hours represent a net increase of 84 hours per week countywide.

June 22, 2016 | | Local News

Salmon Threatened By Non-Native Fish

Increasing the daily bag limit for bass fishing in the Delta and reducing the fish size limit could go a long way to reducing the decline of endangered salmon and smelt while saving water for urban, farm and other environmental uses.

June 22, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt Special to The Leader | Local News


Oakdale Library proved to be a popular stop this past Thursday, as close to 40 children and their families attended a "Minute To Win It" event hosted in conjunction with the library's "Read for the Win" Summer Reading Challenge program. In addition to the activities, participants received prizes for completion of seven varying challenges if achieved within less than a minute.

June 22, 2016 | Teresa Hammond | Local News

Final Poll Shows Vogel, Flora In Assembly Race

Republicans Ken Vogel and Heath Flora will face a November General Election run-off with the final count in from both Stanislaus and San Joaquin counties covering California's 12th Assembly District.

June 22, 2016 | | Local News

River Plan Input Sought

Residents who want to have a say on how local river parks are utilized in the future have a chance to get their voices heard.

June 22, 2016 | | Local News

Senior Crafters Earn Big Sales For Center

Wednesdays between 9 a.m. and noon are anything but boring at the Gladys L. Lemmons Senior Center. Like most days, the 450 E. A St. facility offers a variety of activities for the 55 and over crowd.

June 22, 2016 | Teresa Hammond | Local News

Preliminary City Budget Introduced

The City of Oakdale is projecting nearly $35 million in revenues for all city funds for the 2016-2017 fiscal year with its General Fund anticipated at $11.8 million according to City Manager Bryan Whitemyer.

June 22, 2016 | Richard Paloma | Local News

City’s Anti-Camping Ordinance Approved

With city parks taking on the look of a KOA campground and the river's edge developing its own shanty town, the Oakdale City Council on Monday, June 20, took steps to enact four new ordinances targeting its vagrancy problem.

June 22, 2016 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Baking won't be the only thing happening at Bloomingcamp Ranch Bake Shop and Farm Stand this summer. Added to its list of fun events will be a number of activities hosted by Gypsy Cowgirl, with the first beginning this Saturday, June 18. A Pickle it! Canning class will be hosted at the ranch beginning at 1 p.m. For additional info on this and other upcoming events visit

June 15, 2016 | | Local News

Two Homes Damaged In Monday Night Fire

Oakdale firefighters in addition to units from Modesto responded to a pair of homes on fire on Gina Way in Oakdale about 9:15 p.m. Monday, June 13.

June 15, 2016 | | Local News

Historic Knights Ferry Store Back In Business

The register is once again ringing as the Knights Ferry General Store has reopened for business. Store owner and shop tender Andrew Basmajian, along with wife Bethany, could not be more pleased.

June 15, 2016 | By TERESA HAMMOND | Local News

Food Network-Featured Chef Serves Farm to Table

Diners of the Farm to Table event hosted by Bloomingcamp Ranch were in for a special treat this past Friday.

June 15, 2016 | By TERESA HAMMOND | Local News

Denham, Eggman Run Off For Congressional District

Incumbent Jeff Denham will once again face off against Democratic challenger Michael Eggman for the 10th Congressional District seat in the November general election, as they did in 2014.

June 15, 2016 | By RICHARD PALOMA | Local News

Body Cameras Approved For Police Department

Oakdale Police officials anticipate a program for officers to wear body cameras to be in effect within three to four months, according to Interim Police Chief Mike Harden. On Monday, June 6, the city council unanimously approved the purchase of the $43,000 program.

June 15, 2016 | Richard Paloma | Local News

Senior Information Day Deemed Success

Oakdale and surrounding area seniors were once again treated to a complimentary lunch and a wealth of information during the 15th Annual Oakdale Senior Information Day hosted on Friday, June 10. The annual event is presented and sponsored by the City of Oakdale and Oak Valley Hospital District and is free to the community. It is hosted each year at the Gene Bianchi Community Center.

June 15, 2016 | By TERESA HAMMOND | Local News

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Coat Drive Helps AVF Spread The Warmth

The weather has changed a bit from what seemed to be an early spring to the return of winter that is seen normally in the ...

February 28, 2018 | Virginia Still | Local News

Sign-Ups Underway Now For Annual Chili Cook-Off

American Veterans First is hosting its chili cook-off for another year, with the second annual fundraising event scheduled for Saturday, March 10.

February 28, 2018 | | Local News

Oakdale’s Inaugural Father-Daughter Ball A Success

Oakdale Sunrise Rotary is beaming with excitement at the success of their inaugural "Boots and Bows" Father/Daughter Ball, hosted in February at the Gene ...

February 28, 2018 | | Local News

Shelter Pet Alliance Program Reaches Another Milestone

The Oakdale Shelter Pet Alliance (OSPA) recently celebrated the completion of 3,000 dog and cat spay/neuters through its voucher program since the program ...

February 28, 2018 | | Local News

Grants Provided For Variety Of Habitat, Wildlife Projects

At its Thursday, Feb. 22 quarterly meeting, the Wildlife Conservation Board (WCB) approved approximately $17.9 million in grants to help restore and protect fish ...

February 28, 2018 | | Local News

Distinguished Young Women Hopefuls Vie For Title

The annual Distinguished Young Women of Oakdale program will be held on Saturday, March 10 at 7 p.m. at Magnolia School Auditorium. Soroptimist International ...

February 28, 2018 | | Local News

MJC Panel Discussion Focuses On Speech

The Modesto Junior College Civic Engagement Project (CEP) invites the community to Free Speech and Hate Speech: A Panel Discussion with Experts on Thursday, March ...

February 28, 2018 | | Local News

Houck Takes Speech Trek Top Honors

Five students from Oakdale High School tackled the topic "How Can We Stand Up to Sexism?" at this year's Speech Trek Contest on Thursday ...

February 28, 2018 | | Local News


It is officially Girl Scout Cookie Time – the sweet treats benefitting local Girl Scout troops on sale now around the region. This group was busy ...

February 28, 2018 | | Local News

School Board Support Sought For SOS Run

Monday night provided the perfect forum for Support Oakdale Schools (SOS) Fun Run board members Ted Thome, Joey Valencia and Tina Lane to get the ...

February 28, 2018 | Teresa Hammond | Local News

Projects, Volunteers Needed For Love Oakdale Initiative

The date for the 2018 edition of Love Oakdale is Saturday, April 21, with the gathering point to start the day offered this year at ...

February 28, 2018 | | Local News

Dairymen Gather Locally For Unique ProCross Tour

Creative Genetics has added its own unique spin to Oakdale's famous title as "Cowboy Capital of the World." Earlier this month the Oakdale-based business ...

February 28, 2018 | Teresa Hammond | Local News

Robbery Under Investigation

Oakdale Police are investigating another late night robbery, this one occurring at Circle K, 1515 W. F St., marking the second time in less than ...

February 24, 2018 | | Local News

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