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Oakdale Welcomes In Black Friday

The Black Friday holiday shopping experience was alive and well in downtown Oakdale over the Thanksgiving holiday, according to a sampling of downtown merchants.

December 01, 2010 | | Local News


New Approach To Health Care Going To The Dogs

Anyone who has ever owned a pet knows of the incredible love and acceptance they bring. Pets don't care how the person looks or acts and accepts them unconditionally. For residents in challenging life situations at the Oak Valley Care Center, pets can be of special benefit.

December 01, 2010 | Richard Paloma Special To The Leader | Local News


Brennan Claims Council Seat By Nine Votes

The results are in, and Oakdale has a new mayor.

November 24, 2010 | | Local News


Community Hosts Holiday HappeningsIt will be almost like Thanksgiving and Christmas rolled into one

It will be almost like Thanksgiving and Christmas rolled into one this week in Oakdale, with the annual community dinner on Thursday and Cowboy Christmas on Saturday.

November 24, 2010 | | Local News


Season Of Giving

We want your 'feel good' stories. The ones about people - or organizations - in the community that are working hard already to make the upcoming holidays a bit brighter. And we want to promote the efforts designed to aid those in need in our area.

November 17, 2010 | Marg Jackson | Local News


Two Votes Separate Brennan, Murray

The race for the second Oakdale City Council seat remains close with current council member Michael Brennan leading city treasurer Mike Murray by two votes.

November 17, 2010 | | Local News


Late Mayor Garcia Honored With Tree Planting

On Saturday Oct. 30, Oakdale Mayor Farrell Jackson and his wife Gayle, joined the family of the late Mayor Elmo Garcia to accept, on behalf of the City of Oakdale, a tree that was donated by the family of Elmo Garcia. The day started off with a potluck luncheon at the residence of Alice Garcia and was attended by 45 family members and friends. The dedication of the Valley Oak tree (Quercus Lobata) was presented at L.B. Gilbert Park, which was the first park on the east side of Oakdale that Elmo helped initiate. Adolphe and Shirley Garcia and ...

November 17, 2010 | | Local News


Trustees Reduce Own Pay

Reducing board compensation and freezing travel and conference expenses were items approved by the Oakdale Joint Unified School District Board of Trustees at the Nov. 8 regular meeting.

November 10, 2010 | Dawn M. Henley | Local News


Salmon Fest Slated

The annual Stanislaus River Salmon Festival, a free, family-friendly event, is swimming into the Knights Ferry Recreation area on Kennedy Road, off Highway 108/120 this weekend.

November 10, 2010 | | Local News


Reach For The Sky! - Oakdale Freshman Sets World Fast Draw Record

If you would like to see Oakdale High freshman Colby Qualls draw his firearm and shoot a target, you'd better not blink.

November 10, 2010 | Ike Dodson | Local News


In The Trenches - Fire Agencies Undergo Training

Trench rescues are inherently dangerous and require specialized training to avoid further injury or death - that was the message received loud and clear at the two-day trench training exercise, Oct. 26-27, made possible by a generous donation by Oakdale Irrigation District.

November 03, 2010 | Kim Van Meter | Local News


Squatters And Vandals Wreaking Home Havoc

Police arrested a trio of young men in late August on charges of trespassing and possession of marijuana after they were found in an empty home on Dominic and Pedersen. It was the first time they'd been caught but likely not the first time they'd busted into the empty residence.

November 03, 2010 | Kim Van Meter | Local News


OID Farmers Hope For Rebate

Farmers were on hand to offer their two cents on the Oakdale Irrigation District's setting of water delivery fees at the Nov. 3 regular meeting of the board of directors.

November 03, 2010 | Dawn M. Henley | Local News


OPD Rehires Officers Part Time

The Oakdale Police Department recently rehired four officers part time using creative methods of retaining them, officers who had been given their pink slips in June due to budget cuts.

October 27, 2010 | Kim Van Meter | Local News


Decision Time For Voters

Oakdale area voters will go the polls Tuesday, Nov. 2 to pick candidates for local, state, and federal offices.

October 27, 2010 | | Local News


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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


Reclamation Report: No Change In Water Allocation Status

The Bureau of Reclamation reports that, due to continued dry conditions, the initial 2015 water supply allocation released on Feb. 27 for Central Valley Project agricultural contractors and municipal and industrial contractors remains unchanged.

March 30, 2015 | | Local News


Runners Respond To Jessica’s Law Revisions

Jessica's Law authors George and Sharon Runner have responded to the recent decision by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation to stop enforcing Jessica's Law residency restrictions statewide:

March 27, 2015 | | Local News


Museum Scholarship Offered

The Oakdale Cowboy Museum is proud to announce the 2015 Lowell C. "Doc" Dorius scholarship award to graduating high school seniors in the greater Oakdale area. This scholarship fund is in memory of Lowell C. "Doc" Dorius D.V.M. "Doc" had a passion for his profession and specialized in treatment of beef cattle and herd management. He took joy in mentoring young men and women on the care of cattle and they spent many hours with him making calls. A memorial scholarship was established through the Oakdale Cowboy Museum by friends and family after his passing in July of ...

March 26, 2015 | | Local News


Dried And Confused: Lunch Focuses On Water Rights

With California in its third drought year, the Oakdale Chamber of Commerce's 42nd Annual Ag Scholarship Luncheon on March 19 brought in known attorney, Valerie Kinkaid, to discuss its chosen topic, "Three Major Threats to Water Rights."

March 25, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


OTVB – What Direction Now?

With the recent shoot-down of "Pioneer Perfect," the Oakdale Tourism and Visitor's Bureau decided to finally "embrace" "Cowboy Capital of the World" as it continues its mission to develop and promote tourism for the City of Oakdale.

March 25, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


City Opposes Fed Plan

With the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation planning to release significant water flows down the Stanislaus River during a time of continued drought in the area, the City of Oakdale took a stand and opposed the agency's planned actions, expressing serious concerns with its 2015 Drought Contingency Plan.

March 25, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Civil War Battles Rage

Sometimes, the South won. Sometimes, the North prevailed.

March 25, 2015 | | Local News


Panel Addresses Culture Of Violence In Schools

Audience members waited with bated breath as Oakdale Police Chief Lester Jenkins carefully formulated his answer on whether or not he personally believed that security personnel should be authorized to carry concealed weapons on school campuses.

March 25, 2015 | BY ALYSSON AREDAS | Local News


Four Vying For Open Council Seat

The Oakdale City Clerk's office announced on Thursday, March 19 that four citizens applied and are being considered for the open city council seat vacated by Don Petersen last month.

March 20, 2015 | Richard Paloma | 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


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