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Volunteer Hose And Ladder Crews On Horizon?

As Oakdale City Manager Bryan Whitemyer, in the midst of city layoffs and other cost-saving strategies, battles the challenges of a balanced budget during recessionary times while still meeting public safety guarantees in Measure O, he is proposing the concept of a volunteer fire department for the financially strapped city to fill in the gaps when staff levels are low and even supplement existing levels.

June 21, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Capitol Rally Focuses On Summer Learning

Hundreds of California middle school and high school students marked National Summer Learning Day with a "Read-In" at the California State Capitol on Thursday, joining together with State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson and a host of state lawmakers, school district leaders, and civic leaders to rally for expanded summer learning opportunities for all California students.

June 20, 2013 | | Local News


Oakdale Will See Tower Color Changed

In response to a June 12 Leader article, AT&T representatives have contacted the Leader and the City of Oakdale and advised them that they will be changing the color of the recently constructed lime green faux water tank cell phone tower.

June 19, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Charity Carnival - Quarters, Dollars Add Up To Thousands

At 25 cents a game, a dollar to try and win at the cake walk and just a few dollars for a plate of food, it took a lot of people to raise $11,000.

June 19, 2013 | Marg Jackson | Local News


$540K Slashed - City Council Approves Budget

Meeting the wishes of the Oakdale City Council from an earlier meeting this month, City Manager Bryan Whitemyer laid out a revised city budget at the Monday, June 17 meeting that wasn't as aggressive in cuts and saving two firefighter positions that had been proposed for lay-offs.

June 19, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


First Responders, Students Train For The Unthinkable

On a weekday morning, two Oakdale Police patrol units respond to a call of a bomb threat at Oakdale Junior High School. When the officers arrive a fire alarm sounds. Within moments, gunshots ring out from the classroom area at the rear of the school, causing students to run.

June 19, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Fundraiser To Benefit Arts Programs

Focus On…, a newly formed non-profit organization, is presenting a Cuban themed fundraiser, called "The Romance of Old Havana" on Saturday, July 27 from 6p.m. to 11p.m. to benefit arts programs in Stanislaus schools through the Boys and Girls Club Of Stanislaus County and the C.L.A.S.S. program through the Central California Art Association (CCAA)

June 18, 2013 | | Local News


Enforcement Effort Targets Distracted Drivers

Effective Monday, June 17, drivers in the greater Sacramento region who are observed texting or talking on a hand-held cell phone will be targeted in a special enforcement operation that will last through June 30. Thirty-seven local police departments and the California Highway Patrol (CHP) will participate in the enforcement effort.

June 17, 2013 | Report Abuse account | Local News


First Responders And Students Train For The Unthinkable

On a weekday morning, two Oakdale Police patrol units respond to a call of a bomb threat at Oakdale Jr. High School. When the officers arrive a fire alarm sounds. Within moments, gunshots ring out from the classroom area at the rear of the school causing students to run.

June 15, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Weekend Charity Carnival

The Riverbend Ranch Charity Carnival will be held on Saturday, June 15 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 4500 River Road in Oakdale. The Carnival is a charity fund raiser that the Kjeldgaard family started in 2007 for an orphanage in Libera.

June 14, 2013 | | Local News


Oakdale Will See Tower Color Changed

In response to a June 12 Leader news article, AT&T representatives have contacted the Leader and the City of Oakdale and advised them that they will be changing the color of the recently constructed lime green faux water tank cell phone tower.

June 13, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Let The Donor Beware

You've cleaned out your closets as part of spring cleaning, or maybe you're left with clothing items that didn't sell at the latest garage sale. Donating the items to a charity for the less fortunate is a more likely alternative than just throwing them away, and besides, you can claim a tax deduction.

June 12, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Faux (Tower) Pas

Reminiscent of Petticoat Junction or Hooterville, the new faux water tower installed by AT&T greets travelers entering the city from the north along Highway 120 with "Welcome to the City of Oakdale."

June 12, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Discarded Election Assurances About Safety

It only took three months for City of Oakdale officials to go against the grain of its then recently passed sales tax measure designed to maintain public safety staffing levels.

June 12, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Another City Exec Gone

In an effort to make up a $1 million deficit in operating costs, Oakdale City Manager Bryan Whitemyer confirmed Friday, June 7, that Human Resources Analyst Michelle McKinsey was given notice that her last day with the city will be June 30.

June 07, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


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County Fairgrounds Opens As Storm Shelter

The American Red Cross will relocate its current shelter in Patterson to the Stanislaus County Fairgrounds Turf Club building on Sunday, Feb. 19 at 4 ...

February 18, 2017 | | Local News


Weekend Forecast Sees Wet, Windy Weather

A Flood Watch is in effect from Sunday evening through early Tuesday morning.

February 17, 2017 | | Local News


Woman Facing Child Cruelty, Drug Charges

An Oakdale woman remains jailed on $50,000 bail after a trip to the emergency room on Wednesday, Feb. 15 resulted in her arrest. Tenessa ...

February 16, 2017 | | Local News


PIN IT DOWN

Oakdale's Ricky Torres made short work of all opponents he faced at the Valley Oak League Wrestling Championships at Central Catholic High School on ...

February 15, 2017 | Dennis D. Cruz | Local News


Stanislaus County CEO Announces Retirement

After nearly a 30-year career with Stanislaus County, Chief Executive Officer Stan Risen has presented the Board of Supervisors with a six-month notice of his ...

February 15, 2017 | | Local News


Oakdale Interiors, Inc. Team Marks Milestone Anniversary

Whether he knew it or not, a simple stop into a Bay Area shop over 54 years ago set the course for Jim Tyson's ...

February 15, 2017 | Teresa Hammond | Local News


OHS AcaDec Team Earns Nod For State

Oakdale High School's Academic Decathlon Team has not ended its season … yet.

February 15, 2017 | | Local News


Sunday Night Crash Claims Motorcyclist

An Oakdale man died Sunday evening of injuries sustained in a car-motorcycle crash along Highway 108 between Riverbank and Oakdale, the incident occurring shortly after ...

February 15, 2017 | Marg Jackson | Local News


OHS Winter Homecoming Royalty Crowned

It was a festive night on the court in the Oakdale High School gym on Friday, Feb. 10. Not only was it Senior Night for ...

February 15, 2017 | | Local News


Area Art Galleries Seek Show Entries

Entries are now being accepted for the Central California Art Showcase taking place at the Carnegie Arts Center in Turlock and the Mistlin Gallery in ...

February 15, 2017 | | Local News


Donut Drive-Through

Astoria Senior Living in Oakdale is hosting a 'Spreading the Love' event with a Drive-Through Donut Drive on Friday, Feb. 17. Hours are 8 a ...

February 15, 2017 | | Local News


District Agriculture Report Released By Rep. Denham

U.S. Representative Jeff Denham (R-Turlock) on Tuesday released a report featuring a snapshot of the agro-economy in California's 10th congressional district (CA-10) and ...

February 15, 2017 | | Local News


Crews Rescue Stranded Sheep Out Of A ‘Baaaaad’ Situation

By RICHARD PALOMA

February 15, 2017 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Water Issues Take Stage

All interested are encouraged and welcome to attend the inaugural meeting of a new group, Protecting North Valley Watersheds. The meeting will be Wednesday, Feb ...

February 15, 2017 | | Local News


Applications Being Sought For Rural Business Grants

USDA Rural Development California State Acting Director Rich Brassfield has announced the agency is seeking applications for the Rural Business Development Grant (RBDG) Program. RBDG ...

February 15, 2017 | | Local News


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