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Two Vie For Treasurer, Clerk Unopposed

Oakdale voters casting a ballot for treasurer will have a choice of two candidates whose interest goes back to earlier this year when both candidates applied to fill the remaining term when the position was vacated. The city clerk candidate is running unopposed, however she has been prepping for the role at city hall since outgoing clerk Nancy Lilly announced her retirement.

October 31, 2012 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Holiday Mail Deadlines To Military

Ensuring care packages arrive in time for the holiday season is a priority for friends and family members of military personnel serving around the world. Priority Mail Flat Rate boxes are available at no cost at local Post Offices, or can be ordered online at shop.usps.com. Postage, labels and customs forms can be printed online anytime using Click-N-Ship.

October 30, 2012 | | Local News


Oakdale Welcomes Climbing Festival

The city of Oakdale will be the gathering place for a climber's festival at the Oakdale Community Center, 110 S. Second Ave. on Friday, Oct. 26 through Sunday, Oct. 28. This three-day event will feature many speakers from the climbing world.

October 26, 2012 | | Local News


Seize Our Opportunities

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October 24, 2012 | | Local News


Need New Team

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October 24, 2012 | | Local News


Regional Transit Plans ROTA Takeover

Due to its inability to meet its portion of operating costs, the Riverbank-Oakdale Transit Authority is having the county take over its dial-a-ride service.

October 24, 2012 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Legislators Visit Proposed Alternative Energy Site

Responding to the rural area between Oakdale and Riverbank amid concerns of an agricultural business pursuing green energy, Congressman Jeff Denham and State Senator Tom Berryhill met with the owners and employees to better understand their energy conversion process and hear their frustrations with power conglomerate PG&E. When they were done, the elected officials assured company representatives they would do what they could on both the state and federal levels.

October 24, 2012 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Five Seek 4-Year Terms

Two four-year Oakdale City Council seats are up for grabs this November with five names on the ballot to choose from. Two are experienced dais members pursuing re-election. The other challengers – the current city treasurer, a known volunteer and small business owner, and a successful owner of a chain of extended care facilities – have hopes of guiding Oakdale for the next four years.

October 24, 2012 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Tax Pursuit

In 2009, Oakdale leaders along with officials from the City of Newman discovered a tax-sharing deal by the City of Modesto with an oil distribution company that was extracting tax dollars normally flowing toward their coffers. Both cities pursued the matter to the State Board of Equalization, but only Newman officials followed it through with appeals to finally receive back compensation. Now, Newman's periodic share of the sales tax revenue is returned to them by Modesto.

October 24, 2012 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Time Stands Still At SRT

As a seasoned photo journalist, Sarah Goodwin has made her living looking through a lens, freezing moments of heartache, horror and humanity in the war-torn corners of the globe. She and her long-time partner, combat reporter James Dodd, have always shared a deep commitment to their work. So when a roadside bomb in Iraq sends her home to New York for months of painful recovery, both are reeling from the trauma. In witty and engaging conversation, the couple explores this new direction their lives have taken, not sure what it's revealing or where this new road will take them ...

October 19, 2012 | Report Abuse account | Local News


Congressman And State Senator Visit Proposed Alternative Energy Site

Responding to the outskirts of Oakdale for concerns of an agricultural business pursuing green energy, Congressman Jeff Denham and State Senator Tom Berryhill met with the owners and employees to better understand their energy conversion process and hear their frustrations with PG&E. When they were done, the elected officials assured company representatives they would do what they could on the state and federal levels.

October 18, 2012 | Richard Paloma | Local News


OID Directors Consider Rate Hike

A discussion on setting water delivery fees for 2013 came before the Oakdale Irrigation District Board of Directors at their regular meeting on Oct. 16.

October 17, 2012 | Dawn M. Henley | Local News


Harvest Reaps Crop Of Another Kind

October is the time for harvest. And in the Central Valley, including Oakdale, local drug agents have been busy taking down marijuana grows throughout Stanislaus County. For the second time in as many weeks, Oakdale Police have raided a pot plantation within the city and made arrests of the growers.

October 17, 2012 | Richard Paloma | Local News


St. Matthias Offers Senior Transportation

A new effort, "St. Matti's for Seniors" is a ministry of Saint Matthias Anglican Church, 101 S. First Ave., Oakdale. The new senior ministry will be providing transportation to local senior citizens who are in need. They will be matching up volunteers with seniors to provide transportation to appointments, the grocery store, or to run errands. They are currently looking for more volunteers who have a heart for seniors and would like to help. They are hoping the volunteers can give at least an hour or two of service during the week.

October 17, 2012 | Virginia Still vstill@oakdaleleader.com | Local News


Three Contend For Two-Year Council Seat

A former mayor and councilman, a former treasurer, and a lifelong Oakdale resident fresh to politics make up the slate to fill the two-year city council seat left vacant mid-term by the resignation of Jason Howard.

October 17, 2012 | Richard Paloma | Local News


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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


Mental Health Study Outlines Accessibility Issues

Looking at what he termed a 'disproportionate number of mental health cases coming through Pathways clinic near Oak Valley Hospital, physician's assistant intern Zach Greenlee has partnered with some fellow interns in hopes of making a difference.

August 15, 2013 | Marg Jackson | Local News


Help Support The Stanislaus Family Justice Center

The Stanislaus Family Justice Center provides lifesaving solutions through partnerships. They serve to eradicate violence from the community. Their mission is to not rest until every victim of domestic violence and every abused child receives the services, love, comfort and help they deserve.

August 15, 2013 | | Local News


Neighbors Celebrate Oakdale's National Nite Out

Several Oakdale neighborhoods joined in on the 30th Annual National Night Out – America's Night Out Against Crime on Aug. 6, celebrating with block parties and park gatherings.

August 14, 2013 | Dawn M. Henley | Local News


Stanislaus Consolidated Annexation?

In a move to create more efficient and less costly protection for residents and businesses in Oakdale, the Stanislaus Consolidated Fire District approved a plan on Thursday, Aug. 8 to study possible annexation of the city's fire department.

August 14, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Accident Gridlocks Traffic

Afternoon motorists were delayed on the way to their destinations on Sunday afternoon, Aug. 11, when a J.S. West & Company propane tank became dislodged, causing the tanker to roll on its side on Highway 120 north of River Road.

August 14, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Valley Vision Review

After seven months of gathering input and a comprehensive review of the future needs of Stanislaus County, the Stanislaus Council of Governments (StanCOG) is ready to present the four proposed alternatives for the Valley Vision Stanislaus plan; a long range regional transportation plan that will provide the framework for investment in roads, freeways, public transit, bike trails and other ways people move around the county for the next 28 years.

August 14, 2013 | | Local News


Local Tractor Supply Puts Focus On Pet Appreciation

It's time for the third annual Pet Appreciation Week at Tractor Supply Company, an event celebrating pets and the joy they add to our lives. This year's event is going on Aug. 14 through 18. Customers visiting their local Tractor Supply store will enjoy great sale items throughout the pet department and, for the main event on Saturday, Aug. 17, customers will find pet adoptions, giveaways, nutrition demonstrations and more. All pets are also welcome to take part in the festivities.

August 14, 2013 | | Local News


Natural Resource Volunteer Program Applicants Sought

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) is recruiting applicants for the Natural Resource Volunteer Program (NRVP) to serve in the Sacramento area. The NRVP provides conservation and enforcement education through public service while providing biological, enforcement and administrative staff support to CDFW.

August 13, 2013 | | Local News


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