The ugly scrawl of profanity, the illegible ramblings of rival gang members in a turf war, the inconsiderate scribbling of someone with nothing better to do - nothing drags a community down faster than the blight of graffiti.
Oakdale is the home to Me And My Feet, an online shoe store that fits and sells shoes for children and women.
Several members from Oakdale's Sierra and River Oaks 4-H clubs competed in Davis recently at the State Field Day for the Fashion Revue and Presentation Day. Stanislaus County had five participants in the Fashion Revue, three representing Sierra 4-H and two representing River Oaks 4-H. Each of them won awards at the county and regional contests in order to advance to the state level.
When the going gets tough, the tough get … new sign ordinances that will enable the city to rake in some much-needed dough from minor traffic infractions.
Oakdale City Council members approved a code text amendment to the Oakdale Municipal Code at the last council meeting, Monday, June 7, that is modeled after the successful implementation of similar amendments in Newman and Riverbank.
Riverbank Oakdale Transit Authority members made progress on June 8 with polishing a plan to set up an intercity shopping trip by trolley every Tuesday but delayed a decision to go ahead until next month.
The temperatures are climbing quickly into the 'is it summer already?' zone and Oakdale is lucky to have the cool, crisp waters of the Stanislaus River winding its way through the zip code. However, officials with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers are quick to remind people that the river is running swift from high country snow run-off and cold with brisk temperatures between 55 and 60 degrees.
Cooler than normal spring weather brought late season snow to the mountains, delaying the annual melting by about three weeks, according to reports by the National Weather Service in Sacramento.
After serving 18 years and nine months on the Oakdale Rural Fire Protection District Board, Elizabeth Brichetto has decided it's time to do something else.
The Oakdale Irrigation District Board of Directors unanimously approved the implementation of a demonstration project for Total Channel Control (TCC) on the Claribel and Cometa laterals by Rubicon Systems, an Australian company that manufactures water control gates, precision water measurement instruments using wireless technology, and monitoring and control software that enables water authorities to manage and operate their systems more efficiently.
The words 'quiet on set!' could be heard from production crew members in the Chateau Meroux, the countryside home of Sean Gnekow, which is nestled next to Woodward Reservoir, about four miles north of Oakdale.
There's no doubt the unseasonably cool spring weather coupled with late rains have kept the temperatures in a pleasant zone but not without cost. The rainy season has created an extra heavy fuel load as the official fire season declared by CAL FIRE - albeit delayed - approaches with an estimated late June or early July target. The date is driven by local and state burning conditions and activity.
The Memorial Day holiday weekend traffic, both Friday and Monday, backed up Yosemite Avenue and clogged up F Street but in spite of heavy traffic flow and increased visitors through the city, law enforcement reported a relatively quiet holiday with the only spike being in DUI arrests due to the special grant-funded traffic enforcement.
"The calls were really run-of-the-mill," Lt. Lester Jenkins of the Oakdale Police Department said. "We had very heavy traffic throughout the weekend but not a lot of accidents."
The Stanislaus County Chief Executive Office has released the county's recommended proposed budget for the 2010-2011 budget year. The recommended proposed budget will serve as an interim spending plan for Stanislaus County operations until a final budget for 2010-2011 is adopted in September.
Delta BC Mexico: The largest earthquake in the California Region since the 8+ in 1906 that hit San Francisco did not stop 22 U.S. citizens from going six miles from the epicenter to do their service work through area clubs in April this year. Forty-two miles south of the border the town of Delta had no water and very little electricity, which made doing the medical clinics and work at the local elementary school a challenge. In spite of this, a total of over $92,000 worth of clinics, refurbishing and delivery of materials took place in two days.
The investigative results are in from the Western Region Paranormal Research (WRPR) group - and it's enough to raise the hair on your arm if you're inclined to believe them.
A million dollars from the South San Joaquin Irrigation District is helping upgrade one of the more popular regional summer recreation destinations - Woodward Reservoir.
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.
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.
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.
Escalon Golf, in commemoration of its 35th Anniversary, is presenting a $50,000 Hole-In-One Shoot-Out on Sunday, May 17.
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.
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.
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.
It didn't appear to be the largest opening night crowd in history – but it was also a little difficult to tell.
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.
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.
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.
The Oakdale City Council proclaimed recognition for National Police Week from Sunday, May 10 to Saturday, May 16 at its meeting on May 4.
An emotionally charged debate about water allocations in the fourth year of drought broke out at Tuesday's Oakdale Irrigation District board meeting.
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.
After a multitude of proclamations honoring Older Americans Month, National Police Week, Bike to Work Week, and National Public Works Week, the Oakdale City Council went to work approving funds for a host of projects across the city.