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Fair Oaks Celebrates Olympic Spirit

The Olympic Spirit is alive and well at Fair Oaks Elementary School. Organized and spurred on by self-proclaimed Olympic buff and fifth/sixth grade teacher Michelle Danner, the whole school joined in the activities and learned about the games.

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


Young Scientists Prep For Regional Science Olympiad

Oakdale student scientists from the junior high and high school are gearing up for the 24th Annual Stanislaus County Science Olympiad on Saturday, March 6. They will be competing amongst more than 550 students representing area junior and senior high schools in the daylong event.

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


Joint Staffing - Fire Agencies Fuse

The two local fire agencies - Oakdale Rural Fire Protection District and Oakdale City Fire - are blending families as of March 1 in a joint staffing agreement that will run on a trial basis for six months.

February 24, 2010 | Kim Van Meter | Local News


Pond Mud Permit Modified

The second application to spread byproduct mud from Oakdale's Con Agra plant aerated ponds has been modified. This permit modification included the removal of properties adjacent to Oakdale's Woodward Reservoir.

The JND Thomas Company, Inc. that represents two separate Oakdale farming operations planning to use the byproduct pond mud as soil amendments from the Con Agra ponds filed a withdraw of three parcels earlier this month from its Stanislaus County Food Processing By-product Use project application made to the Stanislaus County Department of Environmental Resources.

February 24, 2010 | Dawn M. Henley | Local News


Sierra View Students Go A Little Batty

Birds and bats both fly, but they are very different animals. Second graders at Sierra View Elementary School recently learned about the similarities and differences between these animals during a presentation that dovetailed with a story they'd just read called The Great Ball Game: A Muskogee Story.

February 24, 2010 | Dawn M. Henley | Local News


Area Teen Expands Literary Horizons

When 17-year-old Taylor Hobbs left home for Oregon in late October of last year, the task at hand was pretty cut and dry - 50,000 words in 30 days. The task was presented as 1667 words a day, the equivalent of a 175-page novel in a month.

As a home schooled student, Taylor's mother Bridgette Hobbs, shared that as parents, she and her husband are always looking for experiences to challenge their children through 'unschooled' activities. On her quest to keep things engaging for her children Hobbs located Unschool Adventures. The Oregon-based organization was founded in 2008 by Blake ...

February 24, 2010 | Teresa Hammond | Local News


OHS Drama Club Presents The Crucible

Under the direction of OHS drama teacher Bryan Mills and student Jacob Korupp, the classic drama, "The Crucible," will be presented by the Oakdale High School Drama Club on Friday, Feb. 26 at 7 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 27 at 7 p.m. and on Sunday, Feb. 28 at 2 p.m. at the OHS theater. Tickets may be purchased at the OHS Main Office or at the door. Cost is $5 for students and $8 for adults.

The play recounts the experiences of the men and women of Salem, Mass. in 1692 during the witch hunt hysteria. It is ...

February 24, 2010 | | Local News


Bunny Photo Fundraiser Helps 4-H Club

It's almost springtime and a local 4-H club is offering a good way to commemorate the season by offering to take pictures of kids and bunnies.

February 17, 2010 | Dawn M. Henley | Local News


Rural Fire District Laying Off Personnel

The Oakdale Rural Protection District is tightening its belt and making changes that, according to rural chief Lee Winton, have been long overdue.

February 17, 2010 | Kim Van Meter | Local News


Rotary Clubs Recognize Public Service Standouts

For the seventh year running, a selection of Oakdale's finest public service employees received the red carpet treatment Tuesday evening, Feb. 9 at the awards dinner event held at the community center, hosted by the dual Rotary Clubs of Oakdale.

February 17, 2010 | Kim Van Meter | Local News


Community Mourns Loss Of Antinetti

Longtime Oakdale educator and administrator Pam Antinetti died Friday, Feb. 5 after a lengthy battle with ovarian cancer. She was 66.

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


OID Revisits New Office Location

The Oakdale Irrigation District has grown out of its office space and the issue has been an ongoing topic of discussion for the past few years. The district office currently leases office space at a neighboring property to accommodate the water department staff members for irrigation and domestic water. The district's Board of Directors discussed the district office's need to expand and possibly relocate at the Feb. 2 regular meeting.

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


School Board Must Cut $1.5M

Trustees for the Oakdale Joint Unified School District met Jan. 25 to discuss how to cut $1.5 million from the 2010-2011 budget during a special budget workshop. District staff said that cutting that amount from the budget will leave the district in good shape for cash, even in declining revenues.

January 27, 2010 | Dawn M. Henley | Local News


Drinking Water Risk? New Player Surfaces In Pond Mud Saga

A public meeting on Jan. 20 for a new, second permit filed to spread the remainder of Con Agra's byproduct pond mud onto rural Oakdale properties brought out less than a dozen people, including the presenters, but a new player is now in the mix.

The South San Joaquin Irrigation District (SSJID) owns the Woodward Reservoir on the outskirts of Oakdale, which is bordered on the east side by portions of land listed on the permit that shed water to the reservoir.

January 27, 2010 | Dawn M. Henley | Local News


Promotion Pins: Oakdale Fire Honors Retirees

When retiring Oakdale City Fire Captain Gary Cortes made his farewell speech at the special promotional and retirement ceremony at Station II on Tuesday, Jan. 19, a person would have to have been made of stone not to feel something as the famously stoic man admitted with a tearful glitter that he didn't quite know how to put a cap on 30 years of service.

January 27, 2010 | Kim Van Meter | Local News


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Schools Reach Some Contract Agreements

For the third consecutive month vacant seats were at a minimum for the Oakdale Joint Unified School Board meeting conducted Monday night, March 9. Oakdale City Council chambers were once again filled to capacity as teachers and parents stood along the sides, back and spilled out into the entry way.

March 12, 2015 | Teresa Hammond | Local News


Fatal Crash Results In Charges To Driver

The driver involved in a late summer fiery Knights Ferry crash that claimed the life of a Modesto man was arrested on Friday, March 6 and now faces murder charges for causing the collision.

March 12, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Gallo Center Seeking Local Talent For Competition

Valley's Got Talent, the popular community talent contest that debuted in 2010 as a fundraiser for the non-profit Gallo Center for the Arts, is now accepting contestant applications for its sixth annual event.

March 12, 2015 | | Local News


Pioneer Perfect Slogan Introduced To Council

As the Oakdale Travel and Visitors Bureau attempts to market the city, the topic of "Find Your Inner Pioneer" was presented to members of the city council at their regular meeting on March 2.

March 11, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Long Term Traffic Control On Highway 12

The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) will perform long-term, one-way traffic control via traffic signal on State Route (SR-12) at the Mokelumne River Bridge.

March 09, 2015 | | Local News


Pioneer Perfect Introduced To Council

As the Oakdale Travel and Visitors Bureau attempts to market the city, the topic of "Find Your Inner Pioneer" was presented to members of the city council at their regular meeting on March 2.

March 06, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


City Sets Sights On Fire Grant

Over the last seven years the City of Oakdale has made budgetary reductions including dropping fire department staffing from six on-duty firefighters – three at each of its two stations – to four, with the two city fire stations now staffed with two personnel, one of which is funded by another agency through a partnership.

March 04, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Tulloch Lake Lowering Dominates OID Session

With each passing week without a significant storm, the grip of the four-year California drought squeezes more tightly on water agencies up and down the state. And members of the Oakdale Irrigation District board are feeling the pressure.

March 04, 2015 | | Local News


Armed Teen Arrested Friday Near OHS

An 18-year-old man was arrested by Oakdale Police for possessing a loaded handgun near the high school campus on Friday, Feb. 27 while students were out for the lunch break.

February 27, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Symbiosis Gathering To Return To Woodward Reservoir This September

Symbiosis Gathering is returning to Woodward Reservoir in Oakdale, CA on September 17 - 20, 2015 … and they're celebrating their 10 year anniversary! The Super Early-Bird tickets go on sale on March 3rd and the people behind Symbiosis want the local community to have first dibs on these. Producer Kevin KoChen promises, "This event will draw from the best of years past and look to the future in a production worthy of the decade of decadence."

February 27, 2015 | | Local News


Trio Of Deaths Impact Community

From the unexpected death of a Magnolia Elementary School sixth grader to a pair of deaths in violent auto accidents, the Oakdale community was reeling this week from the recent losses.

February 25, 2015 | Marg Jackson | Local News


Local Support For Those Living Through Loss

Fay Jacobsohn and Dorothy Villines are making lemonade from lemons, in the way of helping others. The two-woman team will facilitate the GriefShare Support Group as a service to the community.

February 25, 2015 | Teresa Hammond | Local News


Council Approves Property Transfers

Members of the Oakdale City Council are still sorting out and finalizing property issues associated with the now-defunct Oakdale Redevelopment Agency.

February 25, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Local Pooch Takes Best Of Breed At Westminster Show

True to his breed, "Stitch," is a lively spirited 7-year-old Standard Manchester Terrier that has game he loves to show.

February 20, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Council Approves Property Transfers

The Oakdale City Council is still sorting out and finalizing property issues associated with the now-defunct Oakdale Redevelopment Agency.

February 19, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


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