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Low Count Closes Hospital Ward

A dropping occupancy rate in Oak Valley Hospital's surgical and medical ward to only two patients caused the closing of the unit earlier this month until the number of in-house care patients was able to rise at the 35-bed facility. The two remaining patients were transferred to the hospital's intensive care unit for their care.

January 30, 2013 | | Local News

Stabbing Leads To Arrest

Oakdale Police arrested a man on suspicion of attempted murder on Sunday, Jan. 27 after responding to the Quik Stop Market on East F Street regarding a call at 4:22 a.m. of a suspicious male dressed in camouflage clothing and carrying a knife.

January 30, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News

Hospital Considers Closing Obstetrics Ward

Citing the financial well-being of the hospital district, Oak Valley Hospital CEO John McCormick announced that he will be looking into shutting down obstetrics treatment and child birthing at the Oakdale hospital. The move, if finalized, will force Oakdale and Riverbank residents to Modesto and Manteca hospitals for nearby child birthing care.

January 30, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News

Closer Look Given To Shared Services

The Oakdale Animal Shelter has been contracted with the City of Riverbank for animal control services since 2008. The animal shelter is at 9800 Liberini Ave., Oakdale. The shelter is 800 square feet and was built in 1974. Sue Fitzpatrick, Director of Parks and Recreation for the City of Riverbank brought the Oakdale Animal Shelter issue up at a recent Riverbank council meeting and shared the following details. The building was designed to serve approximately 5,000 people and is now serving two cities with approximately 50,000 people.

January 30, 2013 | Virginia Still | Local News

Shot Fired At Officer Leads To Manhunt In City

Two men fired shots at an Oakdale police officer on Tuesday afternoon, Jan. 29 which resulted in a multi-agency dragnet and the eventual arrest of one suspect. No officers were hurt or struck by the gunfire and one suspect remains at large.

January 29, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News

Oak Valley Ponders Closing Obstetrics

Citing the financial well-being of the hospital district, Oak Valley Hospital CEO John McCormick announced that he will be looking into shutting down obstetrics treatment and child birthing at the Oakdale hospital.

January 24, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News

Motorcycle Crash Severs Rider’s Foot

Oakdale emergency crews responded to a motorcycle crash on Thursday afternoon, Jan. 17, and requested a helicopter to transport the driver to a Modesto hospital due to a partially severed foot.

January 23, 2013 | | Local News

Murder Suspect Found Dead

Stanislaus County Sheriff's officials announced Thursday, Jan. 17 that Ryan Mazzariello, 26, the suspect in the double homicide at Oakdale Market last November, was found unresponsive in his Stanislaus County jail cell that morning and was later pronounced dead.

January 23, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News

Airport Problems Still Loom

The operational function of the Oakdale Airport essentially remains unchanged as the city council has delayed one longtime lease proposal with one occupant and denied a large hangar lease to another that would have established repair and flight services. Add to that, a city staff reduction that has seen the departure of its part-time airport manager, no public works director in place, and a series of interim city managers has gutted any progress to the 67-year old facility.

January 23, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News

Mayor To Address City

The Oakdale Chamber of Commerce and the City of Oakdale will host its annual State of the City Address on Wednesday, Jan. 30 at the Gene Bianchi Community Center.

January 23, 2013 | | Local News

County Officials Urge Flu Precautions

Cases of Influenza A have been identified in Stanislaus County. Health officials remain concerned because of low vaccination during the fall. The flu vaccine is recommended for everyone six months of age and older. Check with your primary care provider or your local pharmacy for vaccine availability. You can also find a vaccine provider in your area by visiting

January 23, 2013 | | Local News

U.S. Postage Stamp Prices To Rise

On Oct. 11, 2012, the Postal Service announced new prices and product features for the following domestic and international mailing services, effective Jan. 27:

January 23, 2013 | | Local News

Tumbler Damages Canal

An event that geologists refer to as a "rock tumbler" sent a swath of rocks about the size of a half a football field spilling into the main canal just 1,000 feet downstream from Goodwin Dam at 10:45 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 15.

January 23, 2013 | Dennis Wyatt Special To The Leader | Local News

Chamber Honorees Recognized

City leaders, governmental figures, business owners, and well-versed citizens turned out on Friday night, Jan. 18, as the Oakdale Chamber of Commerce hosted its 67th Annual Awards Dinner.

January 23, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News

No Council Meeting Monday or Tuesday

The regular city council meeting scheduled for Tuesday, Jan. 22 has been cancelled. The meeting was originally scheduled for the Tuesday night due the Monday, Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday falling on Jan. 21.

January 18, 2013 | | Local News

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Young Entrepreneurs Encouraged To Apply For NFIB Scholarships

The National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) Young Entrepreneur Foundation announced that its scholarship application for the 2017 NFIB Young Entrepreneur Awards is now open ...

October 26, 2016 | | Local News

Crosstown Big Fix Project

The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) will close the eastbound direction of SR-4/Crosstown Freeway for highway construction.

October 26, 2016 | | Local News

Take Your Pick Of Apple History And Trivial Facts

Though apples are enjoyed across the globe, many people associate apples with the United States of America. That's in spite of the fact that ...

October 26, 2016 | | Local News


Valley Home Students were recently acknowledged for their scholastic efforts at the Student of the Month assembly. Students honored were: Bryce Eskew, Derek Silva, Jamie ...

October 19, 2016 | | Local News

Spooky Trekkers Walk

The Delta Tule Trekkers are hosting a fun "Spooky Walk" at Caswell Memorial State Park, 28000 Austin Road, Ripon, this coming Halloween weekend. Walks will ...

October 19, 2016 | | Local News

MJC Opens San Joaquin Blues Production On Stage This Week

The Modesto Junior College Theater Department presents San Joaquin Blues, an award winning original play about life in the mid-1960's in the Central Valley ...

October 19, 2016 | | Local News

Meeting Offers Information On Pharmacy Tech Program

Modesto Junior College Workforce Development has scheduled a Pharmacy Technician Training Program information meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 25 at 6 p.m. in John Muir ...

October 19, 2016 | | Local News

Oakdale Animal Shelter Seeking More Volunteers

The Oakdale Animal Shelter, 9800 Liberini Avenue, serves Oakdale and Riverbank and they are in need of volunteers Monday through Saturday between 9 a.m ...

October 19, 2016 | | Local News


Sierra View Elementary school librarian Gwen Schmitt, left was recently joined by Kiwanis Club President Nanci Tougaw and Principal David Kindred in the school library ...

October 19, 2016 | | Local News

School Bus Safety Week

The school year is in full swing and so is the increase of school buses on our roadways. Over one million children in California ride ...

October 19, 2016 | | Local News

Annual Jog-A-Thon Continues Strides Of Success

Weather proved to be the number one topic throughout Oakdale Joint Unified School District Elementary schools last week, as parents, administrators and teachers were faced ...

October 19, 2016 | | Local News

Homecoming Powder Puff Battle Ends In Tie

The annual Homecoming week Juniors vs. Seniors powder puff flag football game took place on Wednesday, Oct. 12. Thousands of fans gathered to watch the ...

October 19, 2016 | Dennis D. Cruz | Local News

Don’t Rain On Our Parade

Rainy weather arrived just prior to the start of the annual Oakdale High School Homecoming Parade on Friday afternoon, with the parade stepping off a ...

October 19, 2016 | Dennis D. Cruz | Local News


Chosen as the 2016 football Homecoming royalty were Homecoming Queen Deonna Osmundson, left, and Princess Grace Verdegaal, the two taking a moment to smile for ...

October 19, 2016 | Dennis D. Cruz | Local News

Capital Projects, Budget Scrutinized At Session

As the city recovers its financial health, it will begin moving forward with some major street, water, and sewer projects, some of which had been ...

October 19, 2016 | Richard Paloma | Local News

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