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Health Experts Urge Caution During Summer Months

Hot weather is dangerous, and seniors are particularly prone to its threat. Elderly heat stroke and heat exhaustion can be a real problem. A recent University of Chicago Medical Center study, in fact, found that 40 percent of heat-related fatalities in the U.S. were among people over 65.

June 22, 2016 | | Local News

Statewide Caltrans Survey: Motorists Guilty Of Littering

Caltrans released new survey data this week that shows nearly half of all motorists surveyed admit to sometimes littering along the state's highways. Nearly one in five California motorists report intentionally dumping something on the side of the highway. Survey respondents confirmed they improperly disposed of items ranging from old furniture and appliances to green waste from their yard such as lawn clippings, branches or leaves. In addition, another six percent of motorists admitted that they fail to pick up waste left by pets on the side of the highway.

June 22, 2016 | | Local News

Federal Survey Will Help Shape Transportation Plans

This year, Caltrans and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) are asking thousands of Californians how they get around. Surveys are being distributed now through April 2017 and Caltrans is asking the public to take part and help plan for future transportation needs.

June 22, 2016 | | Local News

Motorists Enjoy Sub-$3 Pump Prices Nationwide

Average retail gasoline prices in Modesto have risen 0.6 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.73/gallon Sunday, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 201 gas outlets in Modesto. This compares with the national average that has fallen 4.5 cents per gallon in the last week to $2.34/gallon, according to gasoline price website

June 22, 2016 | | Local News

Special Shopping Spree

This past April at the Oakdale Cowgirl Luncheon, Carl and Kathy La Force, owners of the Oakdale Grocery Outlet, donated a two-minute shopping spree as an auction item. Heather Porter purchased the shopping spree at the luncheon and donated it to friend Carol Botsford.

June 22, 2016 | | Local News

Former Raider Makes Appearance At Kmart

Known as "The Judge" and "Lester the Molester" former Raider great Lester Hayes made a three-day appearance at the Oakdale KMart this past week. The two-time Super Bowl champion and five-time National Football League Pro Bowler made his way to town as part of a 17-state stop for the children's charity, March of Dimes.

June 22, 2016 | Dennis D. Cruz | Local News

CHP Safety Tips Offered For Hot Summer Travel

California summers are an exciting time to enjoy traveling, vacations, and road trips. Many people consider the summer months a perfect opportunity to spend time with family and friends. During this time, vehicle traffic increases and so do the temperatures. The California Highway Patrol (CHP) wants everyone to have a safe and enjoyable summer. However, driving safely during the summer months requires some preparation.

June 22, 2016 | | Local News

Vote Aims To Strengthen U.S. Security, Preparedness

U.S. Representative Jeff Denham (R-Turlock) on June 16 supported the passage of H.R. 5293, appropriations for the Department of Defense for fiscal year 2017 and H.R. 5471, the Countering Terrorist Radicalization Act.

June 22, 2016 | | Local News

Delicato’s Photo Show Wraps Up With Awards

The 20th annual Delicato Photography Show is in full swing at the winery's Tasting Room, off Highway 99 four miles north of Manteca. Off French Camp Road, turn left over the railroad tracks and travel a half mile to get Delicato.

June 22, 2016 | | Local News

Turlock Teen Selected District 6 Dairy Princess

Nicole Sanders of Turlock was selected as the 2016 Dairy Princess for the California Milk Advisory Board's (CMAB) District 6. The crowning took place before a crowd of approximately 275 dairy industry members and their families and friends, on Thursday, June 16 at Our Lady of Assumption Hall in Turlock.

June 22, 2016 | | Local News

First Travel-Related Case Of Zika Confirmed In County

Stanislaus County Health Services Agency has confirmed that a 19-year-old male county resident has tested positive for Zika virus. The affected individual contracted the virus during travel outside of the United States. As of June 20, 2016, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that all Zika cases reported in the United States were acquired as a result of travel outside the United States. Community acquired cases of Zika remains at zero.

June 22, 2016 | | Local News

MJC Celebrates History Of Educational Excellence

The Modesto Junior College Foundation is 'Celebrating 95 Years of Educational Excellence' as the theme for this year's Summer Sonata which is slated for Thursday, July 21 at Greens on Tenth, 947 10th St., in downtown Modesto. The elegant evening will feature food catered by Greens, a selection of fine wines and a program showcasing a 95th anniversary celebration video, as well as alumni stories of how MJC touched their lives.

June 22, 2016 | | Local News

Mustang Alumnus Makes The Cut With Salon Location

Kelly Ashby is living a full-circle moment.

June 22, 2016 | Teresa Hammond | Local News

Stanislaus County Libraries Offer More Operating Hours

The Stanislaus County Board of Supervisors recently approved a plan to expand library operating hours, effective July 8, 2016. This will mean opening all 13 library branches – including those in Oakdale and Riverbank – on Fridays and opening two hours earlier at the Ceres Library on Saturdays. The change in hours also includes closing one hour earlier – 8 p.m. instead of 9 p.m. – at libraries in Modesto and Turlock. The new hours represent a net increase of 84 hours per week countywide.

June 22, 2016 | | Local News

Salmon Threatened By Non-Native Fish

Increasing the daily bag limit for bass fishing in the Delta and reducing the fish size limit could go a long way to reducing the decline of endangered salmon and smelt while saving water for urban, farm and other environmental uses.

June 22, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt Special to The Leader | Local News

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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

ASTRO Fundraiser Sets Sights On New Heights

Saint Patrick's Day has taken on a new spin for the Oakdale/Riverbank area thanks in part to the ASTRO Foundation.

March 07, 2018 | Teresa Hammond | Local News

Local AAUW Hosts Career Development Grant Recipient

Members, guests and prospective members of the American Association of University Women, Oakdale-Riverbank-Escalon Branch won't want to miss the chance to meet one of ...

March 07, 2018 | | Local News

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