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Volunteers Offer Helping Hands

Many volunteers in the community perform tasks without any type of recognition simply because they enjoy it. Many of these people quietly contribute their time and effort, making their part of the world a better place.

Read the April 20 issue of The Oakdale Leader to see the first in what will become a regular feature series and get inspired about volunteers who are making difference in Oakdale.

April 15, 2011 | Dawn M. Henley | Local News

Countdown To Relay

Time is ticking down until the start of Oakdale's 10th annual Relay For Life, the signature fundraising event of the American Cancer Society.

Dozens of teams will take to the track, set up on the soccer fields at Oakdale High School, for a 24-hour period from Saturday, April 16 to Sunday, April 17 to raise money and awareness in the fight against cancer.

April 14, 2011 | Marg Jackson | Local News

Local Author Snags Nomination

Reporter by day, romance novelist by night - and weekends - Kimberly Van Meter recently learned that she'd joined the ranks of Nora Roberts, Debbie Macomber, and Brenda Novak when she received a call from the Romance Writers of America (RWA) Friday, March 25 notifying her she'd been selected as a finalist in the 2011 RITA race.

April 14, 2011 | Staff reports | Local News

Wild Rodeo Weekend

A DUI checkpoint sparked a wild pursuit that sent a rented 15-passenger U-Haul van hurtling onto the sidewalk on East F Street in an attempt to bypass the officers, Saturday night, April 9.

April 13, 2011 | | Local News

OVH Board - No Decision On CEO Extension

Despite calling a special meeting on the subject on Wednesday, April 6, the Oak Valley Hospital District Governing Board still has not come to a decision on the fate of Chief Executive Officer John Friel on whether or not to extend his contract as the hospital's top administrator. Friel's current contract ends in October of this year.

April 13, 2011 | Richard Paloma | Local News

City Hours Change In Effect Monday

Starting Monday, April 18, the City of Oakdale will change its customer service office hours for all non-police city buildings.

April 13, 2011 | | Local News

Champagne Up, Cowgirl - Hundreds Join In Annual Rodeo Week Tradition

Every year, Christie Camarillo, executive director of the Cowboy Museum, squeezes a few more seats into the event – and every year, it sells out months in advance.

April 13, 2011 | Kim Van Meter | Local News

Grand Central Station Serving Up ‘Gut Sticking Good’ Grub

Mary Beth Fullerton and her kitchen accomplice (and mother), Kathy Petsch subscribe to the Paula Deen mantra when it comes to creating culinary dishes: they don't cook for dieting, they cook for eating.

April 13, 2011 | Kim Van Meter | Local News

Ad Hoc Committee To Explore Sales Tax Increase

In an illustration of "politics makes strange bedfellows," the Oakdale City Council appointed two community members known for being on opposite sides of issues to co-chair an ad hoc committee on exploring a sales tax increase for the city to cover its recent deficits and cuts.

April 13, 2011 | Richard Paloma | Local News

Tuolumne County Supervisors Approve Cooperstown Mine

In an expected move on Tuesday April 5, the Tuolumne County Board of Supervisors approved a 135-acre mine located in southwest Tuolumne County, adjacent to Stanislaus County, off Cooperstown Road.

April 13, 2011 | Richard Paloma | Local News

Rodeo Spirit Rides Into Oakdale

Rodeo entertainment and weekend antics kept people kicking up their heels in Oakdale as the 60th Annual Oakdale Saddle Club PRCA Rodeo took place on April 9-10 at the rodeo grounds.

Celebrating rodeo week in Oakdale is an annual tradition that kicks off each year with the Cowgirl Luncheon to raise money for the Oakdale Cowboy Museum. Find out what happens when you put 430 women, 60 good-natured cowboys, and free-flowing champagne in a room together.

April 12, 2011 | Dawn M. Henley | Local News

Chilly Kick-Off

Oakdale Rodeo Queen hopefuls were shivering in their custom leather outfits Thursday, April 7 at the annual Cowboy Museum mixer as they waited to learn who had earned the title of this year's rodeo royalty. The rain began around 5 p.m. and for a brief moment, snowflakes started to drift from the sky. Of course, nothing stuck and it was over before most people realized it had begun, but it certainly made for good conversation. For complete rodeo coverage of all the week's festivities and competition, don't miss the April 13 issue of The Oakdale Leader.

April 08, 2011 | Kim Van Meter | Local News

Law Enforcement Preps For Rodeo Days

If you want to see crazy in action, just catch Oakdale before and during the rodeo weekend, and while it's a wild good time for most, for law enforcement and certain city agencies, it spells overtime, a black out on vacation time, and most certainly all hands on deck.

April 06, 2011 | Kim Van Meter | Local News

Hospital Faces Tumultuous Times

Battle lines are being clearly defined between the members of the Oak Valley Hospital Governing Board. The polarization between members was clear after the last meeting of the hospital's governing board of directors on March 23.

April 06, 2011 | Richard Paloma | Local News

Seniors Voice Concerns At Council Meeting

Purple was the predominant color in the audience at Monday night's city council meeting, April 4, as concerned seniors wearing Gladys Lemmons Senior Center shirts gathered, concerned about perceived threats posed to their facility.

April 06, 2011 | Richard Paloma | Local News

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Saturday's sunny skies and mild temperatures were the perfect fit to offer up the annual Salmon Festival, put on at the Army Corps of ...

November 18, 2015 | Marg Jackson | Local News

“Ineffective” Homeless Meeting Causes Business Owners To Meet

"If you build it, they will come."

November 18, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News

Homeless Dialogue Dominates Meeting

Once again community interests of Oakdale's homeless and its associated problems were brought up to the city council resulting in the majority of the ...

November 18, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News

Distinguished Young Women Applicants Sought

Soroptimist International of Oakdale is seeking Junior Class girls to participate in the Distinguished Young Women of Oakdale for the Class of 2017 scholarship program ...

November 12, 2015 | | Local News

“Autumn Broadway Blast” Debuts On Stage Sunday

YES (Youth Entertainment Stage) Company will stage its first-ever production of "Autumn Broadway Blast," a Broadway music review in a coffeehouse type setting with desserts ...

November 11, 2015 | | Local News

Soroptimists Offer Pair Of Scholarship Programs

Local service organization Soroptimist International of Oakdale is accepting applications for its annual Scholarship Award and Live Your Dream Award.

November 11, 2015 | | Local News

Transportation Bill Moving Forward Through Congress

Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials Chairman Jeff Denham (R-Turlock) voted for passage of a six-year highway bill to reauthorize the nation's crucial ...

November 11, 2015 | | Local News

Refurbished Play Park Re-Opens To New Name

On Tuesday, Nov. 3, the Oakdale Children's Play Park re-opened with a ribbon cutting and new name: The Alex and Emma Play Park.

November 11, 2015 | | Local News

Saturday Salmon Fest Slated In Knights Ferry

Now that it's November, the view from the Knights Ferry Bridge is sure to include Chinook salmon during the peak of their migration. To ...

November 11, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News

Spirit Of Oakdale Prepares For 22nd Year Of Giving

It's that time of year again and the Spirit of Oakdale Committee is once again gearing up for its annual Oakdale Thanksgiving Dinner so ...

November 11, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News

Dump Site Cleanup Adds $80K To Park Project

Environmental concerns by a state agency over the safety of a former dump site has caused the City of Oakdale to spend an unexpected $80 ...

November 11, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News

Holiday Boutiques Usher In November

The first Saturday of November heralded the arrival of the holiday shopping season with a couple of festive boutiques. The annual St. Mary' Catholic Church ...

November 11, 2015 | Marg Jackson | Local News

Challengers Take OID Board Posts

With each taking 60 percent of the votes cast, the challengers to the Oakdale Irrigation District Board positions for Divisions 1 and 4 have defeated ...

November 11, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News

Fire Chief Headed For Tracy

The City of Tracy has named Stanislaus Consolidated Fire Protection District Chief Randall Bradley as its new fire chief to head its 65-staff, seven station ...

November 06, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News

Challengers Take OID Board Posts

With all Stanislaus County precincts reporting, the challengers to the Oakdale Irrigation District Board positions for Divisions 1 and 4 have defeated the longtime incumbents.

November 04, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News

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