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Irrigation Districts Sue Water Board

A group of Central California irrigation districts filed a lawsuit Friday, June 19 that challenges the state's authority to curtail their century-old water rights on the Stanislaus River.

June 24, 2015 | Report Abuse account | Local News


Fresh From The Farm

It was a setting befitting a fine Home and Garden magazine as guests arrived for the inaugural Farm to Table dining experience hosted Friday night on the east end of town at Bloomingcamp Ranch. Under the watchful eye and hospitality of husband/wife team Matt and Courtney Smith, along with Bake Shop manager Vickie Thompson, guests were welcomed and encouraged to have something to drink and get comfortable.

June 24, 2015 | Teresa Hammond | Local News


Gas Prices Still Top $3 Per Gallon

Average retail gasoline prices in Modesto have fallen 4.8 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.20/gallon on Sunday, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 201 gas outlets in Modesto. This compares with the national average that has fallen 1.1 cents per gallon in the last week to $2.80/gallon, according to gasoline price website GasBuddy.com.

June 23, 2015 | | Local News


Businessman Fights Carjacker To Avoid Abduction

A local check cashing business owner thwarted his own kidnapping during a carjacking Friday morning, June 18 that left him with only a scraped knee and a bump on his head. His car, a black BMW 525i was taken during the incident but later recovered.

June 22, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Council Moves Forward With Vacant Properties

With three city properties standing vacant, some for years, the Oakdale City Council decided to resolve their statuses, one of which consisted of having a building on one of the properties demolished despite a proposal by a local business person to use it to expand its existing services.

June 20, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Multiple Agencies Respond To Wildfire

A fast-moving fire in the area of River Road and McHenry Avenue along the Stanislaus River in Escalon prompted closure of the McHenry Avenue bridge that links San Joaquin and Stanislaus counties at midafternoon Thursday.

June 18, 2015 | Marg Jackson | Local News


Oakdale Woman $5 Million Lotto Winner

Jennifer Daniel is $5 million richer after hitting the maximum jackpot on a $20 California Lottery Scratch-off ticket.

June 18, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Carnival Continues For Eighth Annual Event

In just a little over a week Riverbend Ranch will be transformed from the everyday chaos and homestead of Eric and Lisa Kjeldgaard and their family of eight children as they open the property to the community for the Eighth Annual Riverbend Ranch Charity Carnival.

June 17, 2015 | Teresa Hammond | Local News


Council Hears Budget Plan

With the 2015-2016 fiscal year set to take begin in a few weeks, Oakdale City Manager Bryan Whitemyer presented the preliminary city budget for approval at the Monday, June 15 Oakdale City Council meeting.

June 17, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Super Summer Camp Continues

Local children need not go far for the feel and experience of Summer Camp as Oakdale Joint Unified School District is once again offering Oakdale's Super Summer Camp.

June 17, 2015 | Teresa Hammond | Local News


School District, City Consider Return Of Resource Officers

For a few years in Oakdale, school resource officers (SROs) were as much a part of campus life as hall passes and cafeteria food.

June 17, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


State Wrong To Restrict Senior Water Rights

With the State of California curtailing water rights for senior users, the Oakdale Irrigation District is speaking out, calling the move by the State Water Control Board unjustified and illegal.

June 17, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Up And Down Week For Gas Prices

Average retail gasoline prices in Modesto have fallen 6.6 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.24/gallon Sunday, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 201 gas outlets in Modesto. This compares with the national average that has increased 5.5 cents per gallon in the last week to $2.81/gallon, according to gasoline price website GasBuddy.com.

June 15, 2015 | | Local News


Red Cross Issues Tips To Beat The Heat

Dangerously hot weather will likely hit the region many times this summer, and the American Red Cross wants to remind everyone of the steps they should take to stay safe when the temperatures rise.

June 13, 2015 | | Local News


Escalon’s Big Dipper Marks Anniversary

All are welcome to come celebrate The Big Dipper's one-year anniversary.

June 12, 2015 | | Local News


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Hutton Stages ‘Wax Museum’

Next up at Hutton's Hamlet will be a performance of "Night at the Wax Museum" on Friday and Saturday, July 7 and 8. Six ...

June 28, 2017 | | Local News


Angry Birds Craft Project A Smash At Library

This past Thursday, nearly 50 kids packed the Oakdale Library for a craft activity, Design Your Fun. While the temperature outside climbed into the triple ...

June 28, 2017 | | Local News


SHOW IN SNOW

The Snow Queen staged a successful weekend run at Hutton's Hamlet in Oakdale on June 23 and 24. Top photo, as Gerda – portrayed by ...

June 28, 2017 | | Local News


Community Briefs

Bunco Night Set

June 28, 2017 | | Local News


Leos To Lions: Paving A Future

A new organization is available in Oakdale for girls and boys ages 12 to 18: the Leo Club.

June 28, 2017 | By AUTUMN NEAL Leader Correspondent | Local News


Fire Crews Battle To Contain Ferry Blaze

Crews were on scene at what Cal Fire listed as the #OrangeFire off Sonora and Orange Blossom roads on Wednesday for several hours, containing the ...

June 28, 2017 | Marg Jackson | Local News


Inaugural Local Event Anticipates Large Crowd

The concept seemed simple enough in a setting perhaps not foreign to a number of men. Two guys sitting in the garage, shooting the breeze ...

June 28, 2017 | Teresa Hammond | Local News


Library Is Designated Cooling Center

Oakdale Public Library officials are reminding local residents that the library at 151 S. First Ave. is a designated cooling center for the community.

June 23, 2017 | | Local News


Life Jacket Giveaway Friday

The Stanislaus County Sheriff's Department has received a grant from the California State Department of Health "Kid Plates" of 300 children sized life jackets ...

June 22, 2017 | | Local News


Total Of 65 Acres Burned In Ferry Fire

Crews were on scene at what Cal Fire listed as the #OrangeFire off Sonora and Orange Blossom roads on Wednesday for several hours, containing the ...

June 22, 2017 | Marg Jackson | Local News


Knights Ferry Acreage Blackened

Fire crews from multiple agencies were attacking a fast-moving multi-acre fire near Knights Ferry on Wednesday afternoon, June 21.

June 21, 2017 | Marg Jackson | Local News


Extreme Heat Prompts Market Closure

The weekly Oakdale Farmers Market normally schedule for Wednesday evenings has been cancelled for this evening, Wednesday, June 21.

June 21, 2017 | | Local News


OID Finalizes Annexation To Add 10,000-Plus Acres

Oakdale Irritation District (OID) recently completed an annexation deal that was in the works for several years, adding 10,476 acres to the district's ...

June 21, 2017 | By KIM VAN METER Leader Correspondent | Local News


Woodward Drowning Claims Modesto Man

A 51-year-old Modesto man, identified by Stanislaus County officials as John Nelson, drowned at Woodward Reservoir on Monday afternoon. Several 9-1-1 calls were received at ...

June 21, 2017 | Marg Jackson | Local News


Proposed Pot Ordinance Depends On Prospects

What can cannabis do for Oakdale?

June 21, 2017 | By KIM VAN METER Leader Correspondent | Local News


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