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OVHD Shuffles As Election Approaches

With four seats up for election this November, the Oak Valley Hospital District Board of Directors held an election of their own at the Wednesday, July 28 board meeting.

August 04, 2010 | | Local News


Le StoryTeller Opens Store Front In Downtown Area

EdaMarie Boschetti, owner and creator of Le StoryTeller, knows locked away in everyone's cache of private memories is a great story waiting to come out - and she's just the lady to make it happen.

Boschetti, a retired Naval accountant who always dreamed of putting her journalistic roots to good use, has found her calling in the creation of customized books for people looking to preserve a moment or a lifetime.

August 04, 2010 | Kim Van Meter | Local News


One Year Later - Family Schedules Memorial Mass For Fallen Oakdale Teen

On Aug. 6, 2009, Raul Arellano, Jr., a boy excited about starting the eighth grade, died from complications stemming from a solo bicycle accident. As the anniversary of Arellano's death draws near, a memorial mass is scheduled on Aug. 5 at St. Mary's Catholic Church at 6:30 p.m. for friends and family.

July 28, 2010 | Kim Van Meter | Local News


Local Plans In Motion For National Night Out

The war on crime will continue with the annual National Night Out event, which will be held Tuesday, Aug. 3 and the planning process is well under way

July 28, 2010 | | Local News


Chamber, Cowboy Museum, Businesses Honor Heritage

Oakdale paid homage to its Western roots with a celebration of all things cowboy and ranching on Saturday, July 24. The day was observed as the National Day of the American Cowboy and included a variety of competition at the Oakdale Saddle Club Rodeo Grounds, in addition to special sidewalk sales and deals at multiple stores around town.

July 28, 2010 | | Local News


Fair Changes Impact Oakdale Exhibitors

Changes were made to this year's Stanislaus County Fair, one of them being that the fair's date was moved to take place sooner in the month since the California State Fair did the same. However, even though the county fair dates were adjusted, there is still overlap with the state fair. In some cases, it worked out for some exhibitors to show at both fairs, but not for all of them.Oakdale FFA advisor Ed Hartzell stated that the overlap in dates especially affected breeding beef exhibitors, causing the junior exhibitors to have to make a choice to ...

July 21, 2010 | Dawn M. Henley | Local News


City Fire Q&A On Budgets, Changes

With the new fiscal year in full swing, The Oakdale Leader thought it would be prudent to sit down with Oakdale City Fire Chief Michael Botto and find out how the city fire department is weathering the budget crisis and how the changes might affect the community. (Answers may have been edited for content.) What structural changes within the department will be made to accommodate the FY Budget 2010-11? BOTTO: We have reduced our administration staffing from two full-time chief officers and one half-time executive secretary to two part-time chief officers and one full-time executive secretary. Division Chief/Fire Marshal ...

July 21, 2010 | Kim Van Meter | Local News


Communities Rocked By Tragic Loss

Four men, known for their deep and abiding friendship that spanned decades, were killed when their boat capsized in heavy surf off Point Reyes National Seashore, Wednesday, July 14 during an annual fishing excursion with a tight-knit group known as the "Oakdale Offshore Fishermen."Coast Guard crews pulled the bodies of Henry Medrano, 62, of Riverbank, and Melvin Cox, 67, of Imboden, Arkansas (formerly of Riverbank) from the frigid water while the body of boat pilot Ronald Fuentes, 65, of Riverbank, washed ashore Thursday morning and skipper of the 24-foot yellow-hulled boat, Jack 'Jackie' Taylor, 62, also from Riverbank was ...

July 21, 2010 | Kim Van Meter | Local News


Group Seeks To Renew ‘Lost Youth’ Plaque

An idea for a plaque to memorialize Oakdale's "Lost Youth" originated in 1990 by families who had grieved the loss of their own children and wanted to memorialize all the young people in the area who had passed so they would not be forgotten.The plaque lists the names of young people in the Oakdale school district - Oakdale, Valley Home, Knights Ferry, and Waterford areas - who had lost their life, for any reason, before the age of 26.Oakdale residents Shannon Trent, Jackie Rankin, and Shirley Watson, who have been involved since its inception, are trying to revitalize the ...

July 21, 2010 | Dawn M. Henley | Local News


Community Blood Drive Scheduled This Month

On Friday, July 30 the Oakdale Leader and Riverbank News team up to sponsor the Oakdale Community Blood Drive for Life to be held at the Gene Bianchi Community Center between 11:30 a.m. and 7 p.m.All registered donors will be treated to fun, live music, complimentary meal, candy from Sconza, event T-shirt to the first 100 donors and drawings for gifts from local merchants all day long.Delta Blood Bank provides all blood products to local hospitals and also contributes where possible to needs outside the local area, including disaster relief efforts. Here's why they ...

July 15, 2010 | | Local News


FFA, 4-H Clubs Prepare For Fair

Local 4-H and FFA members are washing and grooming their animals, canning fruits, decorating cakes, and working on sewing projects to exhibit at the upcoming Stanislaus County Fair, which runs July 16-25.That's just to name a few things that the young fair exhibitors are doing to prepare. There's a lot involved in getting ready for the fair. Along with Oakdale FFA, there are several 4-H clubs - Sierra, River Oaks, Valley Home, Orange Blossom, and Shooting Stars - that typically have members representing myriad projects at the fair. As usual, Oakdale will have a number of livestock exhibitors at ...

July 15, 2010 | Dawn M. Henley | Local News


Former Mayor Garcia Passes

Former Oakdale Mayor Elmo Garcia, 74, died Tuesday, July 6 with his family at his side after a long and courageous battle with cancer.He was born and raised in Oakdale to Pablo and Micaela Garcia. He attended Oakdale schools.By the age of 21, Mr. Garcia was already showing his commitment to the City of Oakdale when he assisted with forming Oakdale's first Police Reserves. He obtained the rank of Captain for three years and was a member of the reserves for 10 years.In his early 30s, he was elected to the Oakdale City Council, serving from ...

July 15, 2010 | | Local News


OID Vents Delta, Tri-Dam Concerns

The Oakdale Irrigation District's water counsel Tim O'Laughlin spoke to the Board of Directors at the regular July 6 meeting about the status of Delta issues regarding water rights and uncontrolled, unregulated, and possibly illegal diversions there. O'Laughlin's talk was part of an agenda item about possibly responding to a June 2010 editorial about "Delta attacks" in the San Joaquin Farm Bureau News penned by its Executive Director Bruce Blodgett.

The OID directors voiced their displeasure with the editorial.

July 07, 2010 | Dawn M. Henley | Local News


Holiday Hectic For Region

There were no drownings, no major accidents and no fires in the Oakdale area but there was still plenty going on as heavy traffic clogged roadways and police chased down drunk drivers and busted criminals right and left during the Fourth of July holiday weekend.

July 07, 2010 | Kim Van Meter | Local News


Alternative Education Buildings Removed

An empty lot remains where two portable classrooms had stood together for many years at the Alternative Education location on the corner of Hinkley Avenue and G Street, just west of Oakdale High School. The two portables were approximately 25 years old and were recently removed to make way for three newer relocatables from Oakdale Junior High School, which are no longer needed due to the completion of permanent classroom buildings there.

June 30, 2010 | Dawn M. Henley | Local News


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Campbell Ready For OTA Duties

Lance Campbell will be busy with more than class prep for his Social Studies students at East Stanislaus High School in the 2015-16 school year ...

August 19, 2015 | Teresa Hammond | Local News


Oakdale Play Park Revitalization Project

The Oakdale Children's Play Park, in Dorada Park on the corner of East A Street and North Second Avenue, was a vison of Dorene ...

August 19, 2015 | | Local News


City OKs $34K For Firefighters

After the Oakdale City Council authorized replacement of $37,000 worth of outdated critical fire equipment on Monday, Aug. 17, the council also agreed to ...

August 19, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Crews Making Headway In Wildfire Battles

Over 12,000 firefighters are battling 18 active wildfires across California.

August 18, 2015 | | Local News


Area Motorists Pleased With Pump Price Decline

Average retail gasoline prices in Modesto have fallen 4.8 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.17/gallon Sunday, according to GasBuddy ...

August 17, 2015 | | Local News


Councilman Dunlop Appointed To LAFCO

After the July removal of Hughson Mayor Matt Beekman from the Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCO), Stanislaus County mayors on Wednesday, Aug. 12 appointed Oakdale ...

August 14, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Raley’s Drive Raises Over $600,000

Raley's Food For Families Summer Fresh Drive raised an unprecedented $601,950, a full 30 percent increase over last year's total. The campaign ...

August 13, 2015 | | Local News


Local Attorney Facing Disbarment

A local attorney was arrested Wednesday, Aug 5, after an investigation by the Stanislaus County District Attorney's Office showed he stole up to $210 ...

August 12, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Winders Settles In

The 2015-16 school year is off to a promising start for Oakdale High School senior Michael Winders.

August 12, 2015 | Teresa Hammond | Local News


Fee Confusion Causing Strife For New Oakdale Home Buyers

A group of new home buyers in the JKB Homes Belmont division of Bridle Ridge are perplexed and in the dark when it comes to ...

August 12, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Transient Found Dead In River

Oakdale Police were investigating the case of a dead body found in the water at the Stanislaus River under the Yosemite Avenue Bridge on Thursday ...

August 12, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


School District Opens Year With Completed Checklist

Oakdale Joint Unified School District board members reconvened after a one month break for summer on Monday, Aug.10 at Oakdale City Council Chambers.

August 12, 2015 | Teresa Hammond | Local News


State Still Seeing Gas Prices Drop

Continuing the trend of up and down fluctuations, average retail gasoline prices in Modesto have fallen 9.2 cents per gallon in the past week ...

August 11, 2015 | | Local News


Denham Concludes Bipartisan Bakken Tour

Railroads, Pipelines and Hazardous Materials Subcommittee Chairman Jeff Denham (R-CA) this week returned from leading a bipartisan tour of the Bakken, North Dakota region which ...

August 08, 2015 | | Local News


Distinguished Young Woman Competes At State Level

Amy Craig, Oakdale's Distinguished Young Woman, competed in the Distinguished Young Women of California Class of 2016 State Finals along with 29 other accomplished ...

August 05, 2015 | | Local News


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