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Winter or Spring?

Mother Nature turned chilly Wednesday, Feb. 16 with a cold storm, ending the week-long sunny weather and spring-like temperatures that coaxed wildflowers into an early appearance throughout the city. The storm, expected to produce thundershowers and 20 mph winds, also promised snow in the high country. Pictured, a view of the clouds and the flowers from Yosemite Avenue.

February 17, 2011 | Kim Van Meter | Local News


Catch Up? - Closure Eyed For City Offices

With the goal of allowing backlogged city workers to catch up on paperwork, schedule meetings, and attend training sessions, Oakdale city leaders are contemplating the idea of closing City Hall and the Development Services Building one day per week – Fridays – to meet the workload demands.

February 16, 2011 | Richard Paloma rpaloma@oakdaleleader.com | Local News


Foreclosure Costs City $51,000

The City of Oakdale is out over $50,000 in unpaid taxes from the bank foreclosure of the Quality Inn located at 825 East F Street.

February 16, 2011 | Richard Paloma rpaloma@oakdaleleader.com | Local News


OID Plans Trip To D.C.

The Oakdale Irrigation District Board of Directors unanimously approved a proposal to send two directors and appropriate staff to Washington D.C., possibly in April, to meet with congressional members or staff. The action came at the Feb. 15 regular meeting.

February 16, 2011 | Dawn M. Henley | Local News


Cops: Program Local Dispatch Into Phones

In case of an emergency, call 911 - it's ingrained in people - but what happens when you need an officer, such as the case with theft or a suspicious person lurking around your property, what number do you dial then?

February 16, 2011 | Kim Van Meter | Local News


New Speed Limits Designated For Select Streets

After a recently completed speed survey by the traffic engineering department, 13 Oakdale streets will have their speed limits increased by 5 to 10 miles per hour.

February 16, 2011 | Richard Paloma rpaloma@oakdaleleader.com | Local News


Mayor Calling For COG Volunteers

Oakdale Mayor Pat Paul is seeking an interested Oakdale resident to serve on the Stanislaus Council of Governments (StanCOG) Citizens Advisory Committee. The committee is made up of 15 members from all the cities and unincorporated areas of Stanislaus County. Currently there is no representative from Oakdale.

February 10, 2011 | | Local News


Financial Advisor Takes On Labor Of Love

It's been said there are few things more challenging, more rife for disaster, than the remodel of a historic home. The risks are many, the financial undertaking staggering, and the frustration level epic.

February 09, 2011 | Kim Van Meter | Local News


Police Concerns Resurface

Plenty of issues were on the Oakdale City Council agenda on Monday night, with general information on future bond sales, a budget update, traffic control changes, and city redevelopment. The issue that sparked the most conversation by council members and the audience, however, was the city's response - or lack of response, as claimed by some - to a written communication requesting answers to questions posed in a previous meeting.

February 09, 2011 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Cricket Connection

Even at a young age Brenda McDaniel had had an eye for the bad boy. When Paul McMillen managed to get himself kicked out of kindergarten in Knights Ferry, fate must've earmarked their futures together, for these two sweethearts spent a lifetime crossing each other's paths in one way or another and yet they led separate lives.

February 09, 2011 | Kim Van Meter | Local News


Historic Rodden House Remodeled For Business

There's something special about a historic house - that's exactly what Kenneth Boone thought when he saw the Rodden house on North Third Avenue with its elegant architectural lines and forgotten stature but even as he loved the house, he wasn't quite sure he wanted to take on the project of restoring the old girl to her former glory.

February 04, 2011 | | Local News


Public Hearing Items Highlight Council Agenda

Four items will be up for review and discussion at the Oakdale City Council meeting on Monday, Feb. 7.

February 03, 2011 | | Local News


Council Member Wants Handbook On Behavior

Because of some past public rifts between members of the city council, Oakdale City Council member Katherine Morgan is in the process of developing a policies and procedures handbook for the members.

February 02, 2011 | Richard Paloma Special To The Leader | Local News


Tattoo Boutique Seeks To Change Stereotype

It took six months of hang-ups, unreturned calls, and flat out refusals before Cristin and Jim McCoy, owners of Tainted Arts, found a landlord who would rent to them.

February 02, 2011 | Kim Van Meter | Local News


Cop Consolidation? - Officials Eye Police Changes

In light of continuing tough budget times, change could be coming to the way in which police protection is delivered for Oakdale and Riverbank.

February 02, 2011 | Richard Paloma Special To The Leader | Local News


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Passions Rise At OID

With the irony of rain and stormy skies outside, the Oakdale Irrigation District held a water committee meeting to discuss this year's continuing drought from lack of rain and how the 106-year-old district was allocating its water to customers.

May 20, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Music Download Aids Nepal Earthquake Victims

Two local independent record labels – Ronald Records (owned/operated by Jonathan Jennings of Turlock) and Way Grimace Records (owned/operated by Sean Duncan of Oakdale) – are spearheading an effort to raise money and awareness for the recent events that took place in Nepal.

May 18, 2015 | | Local News


Merchants Fuming Over Farmers Market Move

If there was a common reaction among the Third Avenue merchants Thursday afternoon, May 14, it was one of frustration to why the Oakdale Tourism and Visitors Bureau moved the weekly farmers market from the downtown area to the Oakdale Community Center Plaza.

May 16, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


California Observes Endangered Species Day

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) will recognize the 10th National Endangered Species Day on May 15 with a focused environmental concern. The purpose of the Endangered Species Act is to conserve imperiled species and the ecosystems upon which they depend to prevent extinction.

May 14, 2015 | | Local News


Escalon Golf Celebrates 35 Years In Business

Escalon Golf, in commemoration of its 35th Anniversary, is presenting a $50,000 Hole-In-One Shoot-Out on Sunday, May 17.

May 13, 2015 | | Local News


Accolades, Farewells At School Board

It was a night of acknowledgements, general business and a fond farewell as the Oakdale Joint Unified School District hosted its final school board meeting of the traditional school year.

May 13, 2015 | Teresa Hammond | Local News


Bicyclist Injured In Collision

A Friday night accident left one woman with major injuries and saw traffic along a bus stretch of North Yosemite shut down for a brief time while traffic was detoured around the scene.

May 13, 2015 | | Local News


Pabalan Captures Volz Scholarship

The newspaper business will be minus one well spoken, mature-beyond-her-years teen as Oakdale High School senior Rachelle Pabalan turns her sights elsewhere heading into her collegiate future.

May 13, 2015 | Teresa Hammond | Local News


Crowds Come To Market

It didn't appear to be the largest opening night crowd in history – but it was also a little difficult to tell.

May 13, 2015 | Marg Jackson | Local News


Savvy Theft Victim Helps Trap Suspect

A citizen who thought she was helping a family friend became the victim of a large theft of personal items but turned things around in getting one of the thief's accomplices arrested when they tried to sell the stolen items back to her.

May 11, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Probation Search Nets Drugs, Two Arrested

A mid-day probation search in a quiet upscale neighborhood resulted in the seizure of narcotics, paraphernalia, and two subjects from the house taken to jail on drug charges.

May 09, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Man Tries To Light Roommate On Fire

A dispute between cohabitants on Thursday morning, May 7, escalated to the point where one of the participants was arrested for attempted murder after he doused his female roommate with gasoline and attempted to light her on fire.

May 08, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


National Police Week Begins May 10

The Oakdale City Council proclaimed recognition for National Police Week from Sunday, May 10 to Saturday, May 16 at its meeting on May 4.

May 06, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Directors, Farmers Battle In OID Water War

An emotionally charged debate about water allocations in the fourth year of drought broke out at Tuesday's Oakdale Irrigation District board meeting.

May 06, 2015 | | Local News


Every 15 Minutes: Lessons Learned

Upper grade classrooms were empty, halls sounded a bit hollow and local first responders stayed busy as Oakdale High School observed and brought to life the Every 15 Minutes Program on Thursday and Friday.

May 06, 2015 | Teresa Hammond | Local News


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