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Peabody Returns From Capitol

As previously reported, Mickey Peabody, a local activist, volunteer and overall busy woman traveled to the State Capitol as a member of the California Senior Legislature (CSL) representing Stanislaus County as a senior senator to attend the annual session of the CSL, held in Sacramento.

December 02, 2009 | Kim Van Meter | Local News


Supervisors Meet On Pond Sludge

The Stanislaus County Board of Supervisors will consider ConAgra's application for a permit to spread aerated pond sediment onto Oakdale farmlands owned by John Brichetto at a public meeting at 9:15 a.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 8. The meeting will be held at the Basement Chambers, 1010 10th St., Modesto, where the board will conduct a public hearing to consider adoption of a Negative Declaration.

December 02, 2009 | Dawn M. Henley | Local News


Pond Sludge Spreading Goes To Supervisors

The potential spreading of by-product waste material from ConAgra's aerated ponds onto Oakdale farmlands is going before the Stanislaus County Board of Supervisors at a public meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 8. The meeting will be at 9:15 a.m. at the Basement Chambers, 1010 10th St., Modesto, where the board will conduct a public hearing to consider adoption of a Negative Declaration for the ConAgra permit application.

November 25, 2009 | Dawn M. Henley | Local News


Christmas Tree Gala To Fund Books For Students

Budget cutbacks have affected school districts throughout the state. Smaller districts have been especially vulnerable because of smaller operating budgets, but the Valley Home Parent Teacher Club (VHPTC) has come up with a creative way to raise some extra funds needed for the school.

November 25, 2009 | Dawn M. Henley | Local News


Cowboy Christmas Arrives Saturday

The 17th Annual Cowboy Christmas Gift and Craft Show will take place on Saturday, Nov. 28, at the Gene Bianchi Community Center in downtown Oakdale from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

November 25, 2009 | | Local News


City Begins General Plan Update

An estimated four dozen residents turned out for a community meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 10 at the Gene Bianchi Community Center, hosed by the City of Oakdale to discuss the updating of Oakdale's general plan.

November 18, 2009 | Corey Rogers | Local News


Doornenbal Wins OID, Gilbert Unseats Jones

San Joaquin County voters swung the vote in favor of Herman Doornenbal of Escalon to take the Oakdale Irrigation District Division 2 seat.

November 18, 2009 | Dawn M. Henley | Local News


Teachers Spearhead Safety Petitions

Oakdale High School science teacher Cameron Nickerson and French teacher Jessica Lawrence have taken up a cause for student safety. The two are circulating petitions on the high school campus, one for staff and one for students, to enhance the safety at the Bryan Avenue and F Street intersection crosswalk.

November 18, 2009 | Dawn M. Henley | Local News


Salmon Festival Spawns Knowledge

In what they hope will be an annual event, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service reported about 1,500 people attended the 2009 Salmon Festival in Knights Ferry on Saturday, Nov. 7.

November 11, 2009 | | Local News


Oakdale Races Close, Results Unofficial

Election Day is over but the counting of votes still continues for the Nov. 3 Consolidated District Election canvass process.

November 11, 2009 | | Local News


Two New Tanks Due For City

Looking to meet future needs, members of the Oakdale City Council approved a plan to construct two new 600,000-gallon water tanks at the Nov. 4 council meeting.

November 11, 2009 | | Local News


Teen Hit By Vehicle

A 16-year-old girl sustained major injuries Monday evening, Nov. 9 when she was struck by a vehicle while crossing near the intersection of F Street and Bryan Avenue. No fault has been determined, though the 20-year-old male westbound driver from Oakdale was not found to be under the influence of alcohol.

November 11, 2009 | | Local News


CHANCE OF CHOCOLATE

Oakdale Parks and Recreation Director Cheryl Bolin, top photo, gets ready to roll the dice at the Craps table during the 19th annual Chocolate Ball hosted by the Oakdale Chamber of Commerce on Saturday, Nov. 4. The Roaring '20s-themed event featured the usual spread of delectable chocolate treats from local and out-of-town bakeries but as an added bonus the community center was transformed into a mini casino for the night and attendees gambled with play money but had lots of real fun. At side, Oakdale Mayor Farrell Jackson, left, and Jerry Jones tried their hand at the Blackjack tables ...

November 10, 2009 | | Local News


Election Brings New Leadership

With a light turnout on Election Day, voters appeared to bring some new leadership on board, though the results will remain unofficial until all absentees are in and all votes are certified by the Stanislaus County Registrar of Voters. Turnout was just under 16 percent.

Initial results show Oakdale voters electing newcomer Diane Gilbert to the Oakdale Joint Unified School District board, with 2,011 votes - for 26 percent - the leading vote getter of four people running for three available seats. All others were incumbents, with Mke House, 1962 votes, and William Dyer, 1882, poised to reclaim their seats. Incumbent ...

November 04, 2009 | | Local News


OID Concerned About Riverbank

The Oakdale Irrigation District Board of Directors expressed concern for the district and farmers in the Ag Improvement District 48 during a lengthy discussion about issues regarding the "Reinvestment Project Area" (RPA) in Riverbank at the Nov. 3 regular meeting.

November 04, 2009 | Dawn M. Henley | Local News


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City Meeting Water Goals

With California in its fourth year of drought and Governor Jerry Brown putting out an executive order calling for cutbacks of 20 percent, the City of Oakdale announced that their figures show that the city and its residents have nearly met that mark based on 2013 figures.

April 15, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Kids Spring Fest Fun

Saturday, April 4 marked the 2015 Kids Spring Fest as over 1,000 kids and adults gathered at Kerr Park for a fun day under the sun. The ninth annual event, presented by City of Oakdale and the Kiwanis Club, held four separate egg hunts for kids in varying age groups, up to age 12, along with lunch, games and prize drawings among other activities for both kids and adults.

April 08, 2015 | | Local News


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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