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Jobless Rates Still High

Yearly unemployment figures for the area saw only a slight drop from where they started in January 2010, raising uncertainty regarding recovery in 2011.

January 12, 2011 | | Local News


Superintendent Search

A timeline of the Superintendent search process was covered at a special meeting of the Oakdale Joint Unified School District Board of Trustees on Monday, Jan. 10. Dr. Wendell Chun of Educational Leadership Services (ELS), who was selected to conduct the school district's search for a new superintendent, provided the review.

January 12, 2011 | Dawn M. Henley | Local News


OID Creates New Job

The Oakdale Irrigation District is at a point in modernization and automation of its canal facilities that it needs to hire a technological person to manage and maintain its control and data acquisition (SCADA) sites, said OID General Manager Steve Knell at the Jan. 4 regular meeting of the Board of Directors. The board unanimously approved a new staff position for an information technology/SCADA coordinator.

January 05, 2011 | Dawn M. Henley | Local News


Oakdale Chamber Announces Annual Award Nominees

At the Oakdale Annual Awards Banquet each year the Oakdale Chamber of Commerce honors members of the community for Citizen of the Year, Junior Achievement, Community Service, Business of the Year and Lifetime Achievement. The purpose is to honor individuals, organizations and businesses who have worked unselfishly to improve our Oakdale community and help others.

January 05, 2011 | | Local News


Council Extends Public Invitation

Calling on citizens for input, members of the Oakdale City Council asked residents to attend two important meetings that will shape the city's budget and strategic plan for the next few years.

January 05, 2011 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Fund Transfer Sought

Oakdale city officials are asking the city council to borrow up to $450,000 from the Bridle Ridge South Trail fund to pay for completion of the update for the city's General Plan.

December 29, 2010 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Toy Giveaway Spreads Christmas Joy

For Samantha Carr, a young mother struggling to put food on the table, the toy giveaway spearheaded by Anne Farmer, Community Service Officer with the Oakdale Police Department, made Christmas possible for her 2-year-old son Johnny.

December 29, 2010 | Kim Van Meter | Local News


HOLIDAY HOMECOMING

After being on a combat tour in Afghanistan for more than six months, U.S. Marine Corps Cpl. Vince Havelaar recently arrived home in Oakdale with his new wife Shelby (Hamilton) on Dec. 23, in time to celebrate Christmas with his family.

December 29, 2010 | Dawn M. Henley | Local News


Concerns For City’s Homeless

As the year comes to an end with its cold weather, community leaders are showing an interest in the welfare of Oakdale's homeless population.

December 29, 2010 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Fire Officials Provide Investigation Update

An estimated dozen residents attended an incident review at Oakdale's Fire Station 1 on Dec. 15 regarding a California Avenue house fire and the delayed response in late October that allowed the fire to gain a stronghold before crews arrived on the scene.

December 22, 2010 | Richard Paloma Special To The Leader | Local News


Newest Council Member Chastised

In a meeting where transferring Bridle Ridge funds and the health of the city budget were discussed, newly-elected Oakdale City Council member Jason Howard was chastised and reprimanded by fellow council members for his taking of confidential documents from city hall.

December 22, 2010 | Richard Paloma Special To The Leader | Local News


Volunteer Adds Mounted Patrol To OPD Ranks

There's a new police officer on the streets, his name is Lobo - and he's not going to cost the City of Oakdale a dime.

December 22, 2010 | Kim Van Meter | Local News


Christmas Joy - Shopping Spree Delights

"Thank you for making my Christmas special."

December 22, 2010 | Kim Van Meter | Local News


Drugs Involved In Fatal Shooting

New developments have evolved in the fatal shooting that occurred Friday, Dec. 10 on the Oakdale Waterford Highway, near Milnes Road, following what was originally believed to be a botched home invasion in Hickman, causing investigators to suspect the attack was motivated by drugs.

December 15, 2010 | | Local News


Unsafe Motorists Put Children At Risk

A Valley Home School kindergartner had a close call recently as he boarded the bus for school one morning at the stop in front of his home on Valley Home Road.

December 15, 2010 | Dawn M. Henley | Local News


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Area Trio Opening Dialogue On Mental Illness

One in four adults, or approximately 61.5 million Americans, have an experience with mental illness in a given year. With a current estimated population of over 21,000 within the Oakdale City limits that's over 5,000 Oakdale community members who will be affected by mental illness in some way.

April 08, 2015 | Teresa Hammond | Local News


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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