History came to life in Knights Ferry on March 23-24 as American Civil War enthusiasts re-enacted battles and daily life in the Union and Confederate camps during Civil War Days put on by the American Civil War Association.
Basically bursting at the seams, the Oakdale Animal Shelter will be the subject of an upcoming needs assessment to determine what size of building they should have to meet future needs and what kind of costs would be incurred. Animal experts at the A.S.T.R.O. Foundation will be doing the assessment.
Work crews have been out in force around Oakdale the last couple of weeks as part of a wide-ranging water line replacement project. Monday morning, the crews had part of West G Street blocked off as they continued the work, prompting a detour around the project area. The brief road closures have been scattered all around the downtown area and motorists are advised to be prepared for the occasional detours and traffic tie ups as the water line work continues.
Nicole Todd-Smith, the mother accused of overdosing her 44-day-old baby with methamphetamine, pleaded no contest to felony child endangerment and causing great bodily injury or death on Friday, March 22.
In a move it is referring to as an "advisement," but taken as "extortion" by some city officials, a Latino organization is recommending that the pint-sized six square mile town of Oakdale implement district elections for its city council and school board elected offices.
The Oakdale High School Academic Decathlon team captured a second place spot in Division II and were ranked 11th overall, with a team score of 46,680.6 points, at the California Academic Decathlon State Finals in Sacramento, March 14-17.
In a document released by the Oakdale City Manager's Office on city salaries, the City of Oakdale paid over $415,000 to just three employees who were initially designated as temporary, part-time, hourly employees, hired to guide the city to solvency during the absence or after the removal of certain upper-management employees.
The operation of the City of Oakdale's public swimming pool has been rescued again this year due to the 4-0 approval of a $72,500 donation from the Oakdale Irrigation District Board of Directors at the March 19 regular meeting. Director Al Bairos was absent.
The Knights Ferry Civil War Days event, put on by the American Civil War Association, takes place on Saturday, March 23 and Sunday, March 24 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Knights Ferry covered bridge area. Battle times on Saturday are at 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. Battle times on Sunday are at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.
The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in California will host an open house at the Lockeford Plant Materials Center (PMC) on Wednesday, March 27 from 10a.m. to 3p.m. The event, to be held in Lockeford will present opportunities to learn from conservation and science professionals about pollinator hedgerows, cover crops, soil health and related subjects in a setting focused on group learning and field tours.