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Operation Lifesaver Marks September As Rail Safety Month

There are 5,352 miles of railroad in California and 10,285 grade crossings. Last year there were 72 trespasser fatalities and 41 highway-rail crossing fatalities, all of which could have been avoided if trespassers and drivers were obeying the laws. California ranks #1 in the nation in both Trespassing and Grade Crossing Deaths. Last year in California there were a total of 146 highway grade-crossing incidents.

September 01, 2014 | | Local News


Duo Arrested For Theft of Dead Man’s Assets

A coroner's investigation into the next of kin for a deceased homeless man led detectives to discover that $18,000 had been taken from the dead man's bank account the day after his death.

August 29, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Care Center Welcomes New Resident Cat

Amid plenty of pomp and circumstance, Oak Valley Care Center welcomed a new resident on Friday.

August 29, 2014 | Marg Jackson | Local News


Ball Can Cuts 159 Jobs

Oakdale's largest employer's decision to contract to a foreign company has affected the jobs of the third largest employer, who as a result, will be cutting over half of its workforce this fall.

August 28, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Ten-Year Milestone For UC Merced

The University of California, Merced, marks a major milestone this week with the start of the 2014-15 academic year - its 10th since opening its doors in 2005 as the first new UC campus in 40 years.

August 28, 2014 | | Local News


Area Camp Celebrates 90th Year Of Getting Dirty

Dirt trails, rustic cabins, ropes courses and 20 acres of possibility were home to 254 campers this summer as guests of Camp Jack Hazard, celebrating its 90th anniversary year.

August 27, 2014 | Teresa Hammond | Local News


Wife Says Standoff Could Have Been Averted

An Oakdale woman claims her family has been "traumatized and falsely labeled" after a hostage incident requiring a police response involving her husband last month. She believes the whole ordeal could have been prevented had hospital mental health officials handled his admissions properly on two separate occasions over a four-day period, including the day of the incident.

August 27, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Fatal Accident On Highway 108

Emergency personnel responded to a fatal injury accident midafternoon Tuesday, Aug. 26 along Highway 108 near Lover's Leap. Initial reports from the scene indicated at least one confirmed fatality in the crash that occurred about 2:30 p.m., with the Stanislaus County Coroner called to the scene, and two others listed as 'critical' when transported out. At least one victim was flown out via air ambulance and authorities reported victims had serious burns due to the crash and a vehicle fire, which also started an adjacent field fire.

August 27, 2014 | | Local News


Chamber Endorses Measure Y

Members of the Oakdale Chamber of Commerce became involved in the upcoming local election and voted to endorse and support Measure Y – the local sales tax imitative that will continue the half-cent sales tax.

August 27, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Chamber Endorses Measure Y

The Oakdale Chamber of Commerce became involved in the upcoming local election and voted to endorse and support Measure Y – the local sales tax imitative that will continue the half-cent sales tax.

August 22, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Musical Entertainment Due At Sierra View Fest

A variety of artists will be hitting the stage at J-H Ranch in Oakdale for the sixth annual Sierra View Music Festival as local resident and business owner, Jim Brunk, brings big name bands and sounds to town on Saturday, Aug. 23. Gates open at 1 p.m. and the music will start at 1:30 p.m.

August 22, 2014 | Virginia Still | Local News


Senate Bill Focuses On Veterans’ Tax Benefits

A proposal sponsored by George Runner to protect California's disabled veterans cleared the Assembly this week with unanimous, bipartisan support, and now awaits action by Governor Jerry Brown.

August 21, 2014 | | Local News


Hensley/ Menge Earn Coveted Spot Among Elite Crew

In March, SMART Exemplary Educators were invited to attend the 2014 SMART Summit to be held in Calgary, Alberta, Canada from July 20-26. There was a written, as well as video portion to the application. The 2 minute video was on the applicant's "SMART Breakthrough Moment" and was posted on social media sites for public voting. In mid Spring the two educators were among the 76 notified from 17 countries that they were selected for the all expense paid, week long trip. Among those 76 were Amanda Hensley, sixth grade teacher of Sierra View Elementary and Danessa Menge, Seventh ...

August 20, 2014 | Teresa Hammond | Local News


Sweepstakes Sweetheart - District Teacher Has Winning Year

The 2014 year is proving to be one 'winning' year for Danessa Menge. The Oakdale Junior High English teacher was featured in The Leader pages on Aug. 13 as one of 70-plus selectees for a recent SMART summit, a once described 'dream' experience for an educator.

August 20, 2014 | Teresa Hammond | Local News


Council Approves Fire Service Transfer

After putting finishing touches on a fire contract to have the Stanislaus Consolidated Fire Protection District assume fire service for the City of Oakdale and transfer its existing fire personnel to become employees of the district, the Oakdale City Council voted 5-0 Monday night to approve the handover, which is expected to become effective Sept. 1.

August 20, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


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‘The Snow Queen’ Debuts Friday At Hutton’s Hamlet

By AUTUMN NEAL

June 21, 2017 | | Local News


Delicato Photography Show Awards Reception Scheduled

The 21st annual Delicato Photography Show features beautiful landscapes, majestic animals and wonderful portraits, with the photos on display through Saturday, June 24.

June 21, 2017 | | Local News


Shearer Passes Garden Club Leadership Torch To Hay

The Knights Ferry Garden Club has welcomed in a new president, Bev Hay. For over a decade Mary Sue Shearer served as president of the ...

June 21, 2017 | | Local News


Holistic Life Open House

The Holistic Life Institute, 730 E. F St., Oakdale, is hosting a Back to School Open House on Saturday, July 8, from 2 p.m ...

June 21, 2017 | | Local News


GREAT GOPHER SNAKE

Quite the find for Rick and Patty Cooper of Oakdale, as they found a recently shed snake skin, around six feet long, in a pasture ...

June 21, 2017 | | Local News


Small Business Legislative Priorities Updated By NFIB

With the annual legislative house of origin and budget deadlines now past, the National Federation of Independent Business, NFIB, California released an updated list of ...

June 21, 2017 | | Local News


Makayla Toste Of Newman Named New Dairy Princess

Makayla Toste of Newman was selected as the 2017 Dairy Princess for the California Milk Advisory Board's (CMAB) District 6. The crowning took place ...

June 21, 2017 | | Local News


Pre-Fair Horse Events Set

Join the Stanislaus County Fair for some entertaining horse show events before the fair opens on Friday, July 14.

June 21, 2017 | | Local News


Veteran Drivers May Benefit From Proposal

Earlier this month, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration proposed a rule that waives commercial driver's license knowledge test requirements for veterans who operated ...

June 21, 2017 | | Local News


Residents Offered Tips For Dealing With Heat

As the temperature is expected to rise to 100 degrees this weekend, Stanislaus County health officials are advising residents to be prepared for the hot ...

June 16, 2017 | | Local News


Raise A Glass, Scoop Or Cube To California Dairy Month

Happy June Dairy Month – a time we set aside to celebrate the dairy foods we love and the farmers who help bring them to the ...

June 14, 2017 | | Local News


Food Meets Décor With California Dairy Wedding Trends

When it comes to weddings (or pretty much any party), unique is the new traditional, and no event should be created alike. One of the ...

June 14, 2017 | | Local News


SERVING SENIORS

The Native Daughters of the Golden West Oakdale Parlor #125 served up lunch for all guests that were in attendance at Friday's annual Oakdale ...

June 14, 2017 | | Local News


School Board Approves 2017-18 Budget

Monday, June 12 was a night of projection as well as reflection as Oakdale Joint Unified School Board members wrapped up the final meeting of ...

June 14, 2017 | Teresa Hammond | Local News


Pilot Pot Program Second Session Set

Due to the large number of inquiries from parties interested in submitting a Cannabis Pilot Program proposal but unable to attend the mandatory pre-submittal conference ...

June 14, 2017 | | Local News


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