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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


Local Family Participates In Television’s Wife Swap

A family who live the lifestyle of 1840s pioneers, including traditional roles for men and women, swapped with an Oakdale family obsessed with modern technology whose mom, Heather Logan, is the breadwinner, on "Wife Swap," which aired Friday, June 25 on the ABC Television Network.

June 30, 2010 | | Local News


Holiday Closures, Fireworks Scheduled

The Fourth of July falls on a Sunday this year, which means many locations will also be closed on Monday, July 5 for the holiday observance.

All Oakdale city offices will be closed on July 5. There will be no mail delivery that day, banks ad businesses have the option of closing. The Oakdale Leader office will be closed on Monday as well.

June 30, 2010 | | Local News


Budget Approved, District Faces Deficit

The Oakdale Joint Unified School District Board of Trustees approved the 2010-2011 proposed budget at the regular June meeting. Trustee Mike Tozzi was absent.

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


Students Learn By Doing At Art Day Camp

In an art studio tucked into the countryside of Oakdale, 12 young art students are learning about various art mediums while developing their self-esteem at an art day camp.

June 30, 2010 | Krista Anderson Special To The Leader | Local News


Budget Woes - City, Police Near Impasse

Negotiations remain ongoing but representatives of the Oakdale Police Officers' Association (OPOA) have revealed that the membership unanimously rejected the city's last, best and final offer, sending negotiations in the direction of an impasse as the June 30 deadline looms.

June 30, 2010 | Kim Van Meter | Local News


Districts Join Forces In Fight To Save River

It's not exactly "Jaws" but the predators that lurk in the Stanislaus River unmercifully attack the young.

June 23, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt Special To The Leader | Local News


Clydesdales Returning To The County Fair

Fair officials announced that the Budweiser Clydesdales will be returning to the Stanislaus County Fair this summer for the 10-day run.

These beautiful Scottish horses will be appearing all 10 days at the 2010 Stanislaus County Fair. The Clydesdales made their first appearance in Turlock at the 2008 Stanislaus County Fair and became a popular attraction for people to watch. The Clydesdales will be available for viewing every day and will also be participating in a parade and/or other events depending on the day. During the parade(s) the Clydesdales will be pulling a red, white and gold beer ...

June 23, 2010 | | Local News


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Taste Of Oakdale Tuesday

The date is getting closer and time is running out to buy advance tickets for the Seventh Annual "Taste of Oakdale" sponsored by the Oakdale ...

August 19, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


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


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