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Newest 209 Arrives In Costco

The latest issue of the 209 Magazine, third row down, second from left, is now on the shelves at area Costco stores, with a variety of travel and dining features, interviews with local authors, a tour of an area 'dream home' and more. Pick up your copy today.

February 18, 2018 | | Local News

Oakdale FES Hosts Wedding-Themed Event

It is fair to say there are few people in the community of Oakdale who have not stepped foot inside the Oakdale FES Hall, located at 190 N. Lee Ave., Oakdale. From the annual Oakdale Joint Unified School District Science Fair, to crab feeds and fundraisers, the FES Hall has long served the community and its youth.

February 14, 2018 | Teresa Hammond | Local News

Community Briefs

Enjoy Accordion Music

February 14, 2018 | | Local News

Crafters Put Heart And Soul Into Projects

Several offerings focused on the Valentine's Day theme were offered over the past couple of weeks at the Oakdale Library.

February 14, 2018 | | Local News

Regional Relay Event Slowly Taking Shape

Just a little less than three months away, a combined Relay For Life for the communities of Oakdale, Riverbank, Escalon and Waterford is seeing the pieces fall into place.

February 14, 2018 | Marg Jackson | Local News

OHS Art Show Slated This Month

Some things have changed since Matt McDonald last roamed the halls as an Oakdale High School Mustang 20 years ago. The one thing most notable and most recent would be his recent addition as a staff member at his alma mater.

February 14, 2018 | | Local News

Oakdale Equine Rescue Living Up To Its Name

One truly never knows what any given day will hold for the board members and volunteers of Oakdale Equine Rescue. One thing, however, is for certain: when a call is received by one of their partnered Animal Control organizations, the team jumps into place to respond whenever possible.

February 14, 2018 | Teresa Hammond | Local News

Mayor Paul Delivers State Of City Address

Oakdale Mayor Pat Paul recently delivered the State of the City address to a lunchtime crowd at the Gene Bianchi Community Center, detailing the financial health and prospective growth of the city as it currently stands and going forward in 2018.

February 14, 2018 | | Local News

New Threat Could Impact Regional Wetlands, Agriculture

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) has become aware of a population of invasive nutria (Myocastor coypus) reproducing within the San Joaquin Valley. Given the severity of potential impacts and the impacts realized in other infested states, CDFW believes early intervention actions could be successful in eradicating nutria from the area and is asking the public's help in looking for and reporting nutria sightings in order to determine the extent of the infestation.

February 14, 2018 | | Local News


It was billed as the 'battle of the badges' and plenty of first responders and emergency personnel took part but it was also the general public heeding the call for blood donations that helped the American Red Cross far surpass its goal of two dozen units in a drive on Thursday, Feb. 8 at the Gene Bianchi Community Center. Here, Oakdale Police Lt. Joe Carrillo does what is called a 'Power Red' donation, providing two units of blood in one visit. The process takes longer because the donor has to be rehydrated as part of the donation. With bad weather ...

February 14, 2018 | | Local News

Annual Technology Conference Slated

The Stanislaus County Office of Education (SCOE) will host the 19th Annual Educational Technology Conference, ETC!2018 on Saturday, Feb. 24 from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at California State University Stanislaus (CSUS) One University Circle, Turlock.

February 14, 2018 | | Local News

Documentary Wins International Award

The documentary Halfway Home, directed by Stanislaus State professor Steve Arounsack, has been given a documentary fund award by the Center for Asian American Media. Arounsack is an Associate Professor of Cultural Anthropology and Director of the Keck Visual Anthropology Lab. In 2012 he won the Sony Electronics Faculty Award for Innovative Instruction with Technology.

February 14, 2018 | | Local News

YES KIDS Presenting Disney’s “Peter Pan JR”

Stanislaus County Office of Education's YES (Youth Entertainment Stage) KIDS will present Disney's "Peter Pan JR" at the Gallo Center for the Arts in Modesto next month. Performance dates are Friday, March 9 at 7 p.m. and Saturday, March 10 and Sunday, March 11 at 3 p.m.

February 14, 2018 | | Local News

Balloons Often Become Valentine’s Day Hazard

More metallic balloons are sold for Valentine's Day than any other holiday and, not surprisingly, it's also around this time of year that customers suffer from outages caused by unsecured metallic balloons drifting into power lines. Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) reminds its customers as they celebrate their sweethearts to make sure balloons are always tied to a weight – as required by California law – and to never release them outdoors.

February 14, 2018 | | Local News

Caltrans Employees Raise Money For Charity

In an effort to raise money for charity, Caltrans employees recently donated their time and money to hold a car show. Several Division of Equipment employees, who work every day on fleet automobiles and equipment, channeled their passion refurbishing old cars into restored classics.

February 14, 2018 | | Local News

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Ag Council Members Gather For Annual Meeting

Agricultural business leaders from throughout the state met in Napa, California this past week for Agricultural Council of California's Annual Meeting, which was held ...

March 14, 2018 | | Local News

Motor Madness Fundraiser Features Emcee Rob Ely

Soroptimist International of Oakdale will host its annual Motor Madness fundraiser on Saturday, March 24 at 6:30 p.m., at the Gene Bianchi Community ...

March 14, 2018 | | Local News

Grant Fund Awards Support Regional Fishing Programs

Six California non-profit organizations have been awarded funds to provide fishing programs for Hispanic youth and families.

March 14, 2018 | | Local News


American Veterans First, headquartered in Riverbank, hosted its annual Chili Cook-off on Saturday, March 10 with the tasting sessions and voting offered at the New ...

March 14, 2018 | | Local News

Dordt College Concert Choir Performs In Ripon

The Dordt College Concert Choir from Sioux Center, Iowa, will perform a concert at 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 15, at First Christian Reformed ...

March 14, 2018 | | Local News

Stanislaus County Trash Day

Volunteers are being sought for the first Stanislaus County Trash Day, set for Saturday, March 17 throughout the county.

March 08, 2018 | | Local News

Community Briefs

Weight Loss Support

March 07, 2018 | | Local News

Kash In Concert

Make plans to attend a special afternoon of music, featuring the original music of international songwriters, Alex Kash and Bethany Dalton-Kash

March 07, 2018 | | Local News

Region Still Seeing Rise In Pump Prices

Gas prices in the region continue to slowly climb, with the average retail gasoline prices in Modesto rising 3.3 cents per gallon in the ...

March 07, 2018 | | Local News

Almond Farmers Working Tirelessly To Protect Crops

The month of February wrapped up in an unforeseen manner for almond farmers throughout the Central Valley. An unprecedented stretch of freezing night time temperatures ...

March 07, 2018 | Teresa Hammond | Local News

New Member Tapped For Stanislaus Fire Board

A meeting scheduled for Thursday, March 8 in Riverbank at Stanislaus Consolidated Station 26 meeting room will see the swearing in of a new board ...

March 07, 2018 | | Local News


Students from throughout the Oakdale Joint Unified School District celebrated Read Across America on Friday, March 2 celebrating the birth of popular children's book ...

March 07, 2018 | | Local News

Popular City ‘Plunge’ Getting Solar Panels

Splish splash, The Plunge is going green – with solar energy, that is.

March 07, 2018 | By KIM VAN METER Special To The Leader | Local News

More Life At School Farm

Rain proved not to be a deterrent as a small army of students and community members descended on the Oakdale School Farm this past Friday ...

March 07, 2018 | | Local News

Vote For Top Chili

Mark the calendar for Saturday, March 10, as American Veterans First is hosting its second annual fundraising chili cook-off for another year. For those that ...

March 07, 2018 | | Local News

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