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Thursday Fire Destroys Garage

Thick black smoke billowed over Oakdale's early evening sky Thursday, as a one car garage went up in flames in the backyard of a home in the 300 block of South Third Avenue.
The fire erupted about 6:45 p.m. and the street quickly filled up with spectators watching as flames from the small outbuilding sent smoke curling up into the sky. Fire crews arrived on scene and a few people were escorted out of the home in front of the garage by police, with one man also going back in to retrieve a dog before officers hustled ...

August 21, 2009 | | Local News

Oakdale 4-Hers Win At County Fair

Oakdale area 4-H members recently came home from the Stanislaus County Fair with lots of memories and championship ribbons.
Several members of the Sierra and Valley Home 4-H clubs earned numerous accolades with their livestock at the fair.
Valley Home 4-H sheep group leader Cheri Martin reported that there were approximately 120 market lambs in the 4-H competition. Sierra 4-H member Tanner Morgan took the 4-H Grand Champion Market Lamb honors. Also earning 4-H breed champion market lamb honors were Justin Martin with his Suffolk and Garrett Martin with a blackface crossbreed, both of Valley Home 4-H; Jaycee Spence of ...

August 19, 2009 | | Local News

Oakdale Rural Fire Hires New Chief

After much deliberation and multiple applications for the job -†including a pitch by the Oakdale City Fire Department for administrative services - the Oakdale Rural Fire Protection District, ORFD, has hired retired Cal Fire employee, Lee Winton for the job of rural fire chief.
Winton is expected to assume duties Sept. 1.
ORFD Board Director Sherry Schlegel said of the decision, "Although the City (Oakdale City Fire) came with a wonderful proposal, we decided we needed someone there all the time who was going to work every day at the station. We feel we made the best decision for the situation ...

August 19, 2009 | | Local News

File Of Life Enrollment Draws Seniors

It was a successful day, Wednesday, Aug. 12, when CAPS (Citizen Auxiliary Police Services) members went to the Senior Center to sign up those interested in the File Of Life program, currently facilitated by the Senior Outreach.
According to Ann Farmer, Senior Outreach Coordinator, the day was well worth the effort as 120 seniors were signed up for the program that helps first responders find the appropriate medical information for elderly patients.
File Of Life, similar to the Vial Of Life, is a personal home medical file slip prepared for emergency first responders that includes current medicine dosages that slide ...

August 19, 2009 | Kim Van Meter | Local News

OID Farmers Get Full Rebate

In a 4-1 vote at the Tuesday, Aug. 18 regular meeting, the Oakdale Irrigation District Board of Directors approved a 100 percent rebate equal to the 2010 water year taxes for farmers in the district. Director Jack Alpers was the dissenting vote, stating that he supported a 50 percent rebate but felt that anything above that was "outrageous."
The vote was part of an action item that called for the board to decide how to allocate $5 million from a water sale to the Westside farmers earlier this year. The rebate equates to approximately $1.2 million. While the rebate ...

August 19, 2009 | Dawn M. Henley | Local News

Car Seat Safety Day Offers Education

It was a slow start but by the end of the day, Saturday, Aug. 15 more than one family went home with a replacement child safety seat because theirs was out-of-date or unsafe, according to safety standards.
The Oakdale Police Department, in conjunction with other Stanislaus County law enforcement agencies, worked together to conduct free child safety seat check events at St. Mary's Church at 1225 Olive St. in Oakdale.
The car seat checks gave parents and caregivers the opportunity to learn how to install and use child safety seats correctly. Properly securing a child in a child safety ...

August 19, 2009 | | Local News

National Night Out Brings Neighbors Together

Following last year's blueprint, the City of Oakdale hosted three park parties in celebration of the Tuesday, Aug. 4 National Night Out event with varying levels of success.
The parties, which offered free hot dogs, chips and a drink, were made possible by generous donations given by local businesses but while some parties, such as the one at Dorada Park were subdued, another, such as the party at Shire Park in Bridle Ridge was rocking and rolling - literally - as entertainment was top of the list.
Oakdale City firefighters were manning the grill at Dorada Park while the antique fire ...

August 12, 2009 | Kim Van Meter | Local News

Reporter’s Notebook – A Perk, If You Will

In this day and age there are precious few perks to be found in this business so I always make it a point to attend the Media Day offered at the Stanislaus County Fair the day prior to opening for the public. In the six years since I've been with The Leader, I've only missed it twice (once because I was on bedrest during my last pregnancy, and another when I went to Georgia for my first RWA conference).
This year it was smashing good fun (as it always is) and I'm happy to share the experience ...

August 05, 2009 | Kim Van Meter | Local News

OID Bid Award Met With Protests

The Oakdale Irrigation District Board of Directors voted unanimously at the Aug. 4 regular meeting to award the contract to Magorian Mines of Auburn for the South Main Canal and Tunnels project after determining that the discrepancies in Magorian's bid were inconsequential.
The matter had been referred to OID's legal counsel and consultant Condor Earth Technologies after protests were filed following the previous regular meeting on July 21, when the bid was conditionally awarded.
Several public comments were heard on the matter that raised concerns about Magorian's bid and ability to complete the project. An attorney representing ...

August 05, 2009 | Dawn M. Henley | Local News

Residents Air Out Concerns Over Pond Mud

A public meeting on July 21 filled the Oakdale Library with more than 70 concerned citizens regarding the potential spreading of by-product rinse mud dredged from the ConAgra facility's aerated ponds to be used as soil amendments on 13 farmland and orchard properties throughout the local area owned by Oakdale farmer John Brichetto.

Con Agra spokesperson Bob Kula reported that there are three ponds on the site but it is one pond that is relevant to this issue. The pond is 20 feet deep and, he said, has about 10 feet of solids in it and that the tomato ...

July 29, 2009 | Dawn M. Henley | Local News

ORFD Deputy Chief Ready For Change

Five years ago, a young captain with years of tactical experience and a solid head on his shoulders was tapped, along with a then-administrative secretary, to assume the helm of the Oakdale Rural Fire District upon the retirement of long-time chief Bill Houk.

It was a temporary measure aimed at saving the beleaguered district much-needed cash until a fire initiative could be passed for an infusion of additional funds.

July 29, 2009 | Kim Van Meter | Local News

Cowboy Capital Sign Welcomes Visitors

Visitors entering Oakdale from the South will now notice a new welcome sign, one that clearly identifies this as the city that is the 'Cowboy Capital of the World.'
The sign is at the same location as the original sign, on South Yosemite near the Oakdale Recycling Center.
"The Cowboy Museum received many suggestions following the Cowboy Capital of the World Contest last year stating that Oakdale should have a sign indicating that we're (still) the Cowboy Capital of the World," explained Cowboy Museum Executive Director Christie Camarillo. "A committee was formed and in February of this year, Director ...

July 22, 2009 | | Local News

OID Tunnel Project Bid Awarded

The Oakdale Irrigation District Board of Directors voted unanimously at their July 21 meeting to award the bid for the South Main Canal and Tunnel improvement project to the lowest bidder, which is Magorian Mines Services of Auburn. OID General Manager Steve Knell said that because of the "tight" bids he expected that bid protests would be filed by the competing bidders.
Magorian submitted a bid for $5.26 million, while the next lowest bidder was Sierra Mountain Construction of Tuolumne County, which came in with $5.38 million. The next bid was Johnson Western Gunite with $5.43 million ...

July 22, 2009 | Dawn M. Henley | Local News

Junior Exhibitors Prep For Fair

The countdown to the county fair is on. Oakdale's FFA and 4-H members are getting their project displays ready, checking the weights of their market animals, practicing showmanship, and getting their equipment together. The Stanislaus County Fair runs July 31 through Aug. 3.
Oakdale High School FFA member Presley Gravatt is taking a market lamb named "Elvis," three Suffolk breeding sheep, and a dairy replacement heifer - a pregnant Holstein named "Lola" - to this year's fair.
One of Gravatt's Ag teachers, Bob Joseph, recently weighed Elvis so that she would know how close she's getting with the ...

July 22, 2009 | Dawn M. Henley | Local News

Wildland Fire Threatened Homes

A 21-year-old woman suffered smoke inhalation and was taken to the hospital after she attempted to extinguish the flames threatening her home as a 20-acre wild land fire between Liberini Avenue and River Road burned trees and grass Sunday, July 12.

July 15, 2009 | | Local News

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Saturday's sunny skies and mild temperatures were the perfect fit to offer up the annual Salmon Festival, put on at the Army Corps of ...

November 18, 2015 | Marg Jackson | Local News

“Ineffective” Homeless Meeting Causes Business Owners To Meet

"If you build it, they will come."

November 18, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News

Homeless Dialogue Dominates Meeting

Once again community interests of Oakdale's homeless and its associated problems were brought up to the city council resulting in the majority of the ...

November 18, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News

Distinguished Young Women Applicants Sought

Soroptimist International of Oakdale is seeking Junior Class girls to participate in the Distinguished Young Women of Oakdale for the Class of 2017 scholarship program ...

November 12, 2015 | | Local News

“Autumn Broadway Blast” Debuts On Stage Sunday

YES (Youth Entertainment Stage) Company will stage its first-ever production of "Autumn Broadway Blast," a Broadway music review in a coffeehouse type setting with desserts ...

November 11, 2015 | | Local News

Soroptimists Offer Pair Of Scholarship Programs

Local service organization Soroptimist International of Oakdale is accepting applications for its annual Scholarship Award and Live Your Dream Award.

November 11, 2015 | | Local News

Transportation Bill Moving Forward Through Congress

Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials Chairman Jeff Denham (R-Turlock) voted for passage of a six-year highway bill to reauthorize the nation's crucial ...

November 11, 2015 | | Local News

Refurbished Play Park Re-Opens To New Name

On Tuesday, Nov. 3, the Oakdale Children's Play Park re-opened with a ribbon cutting and new name: The Alex and Emma Play Park.

November 11, 2015 | | Local News

Saturday Salmon Fest Slated In Knights Ferry

Now that it's November, the view from the Knights Ferry Bridge is sure to include Chinook salmon during the peak of their migration. To ...

November 11, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News

Spirit Of Oakdale Prepares For 22nd Year Of Giving

It's that time of year again and the Spirit of Oakdale Committee is once again gearing up for its annual Oakdale Thanksgiving Dinner so ...

November 11, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News

Dump Site Cleanup Adds $80K To Park Project

Environmental concerns by a state agency over the safety of a former dump site has caused the City of Oakdale to spend an unexpected $80 ...

November 11, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News

Holiday Boutiques Usher In November

The first Saturday of November heralded the arrival of the holiday shopping season with a couple of festive boutiques. The annual St. Mary' Catholic Church ...

November 11, 2015 | Marg Jackson | Local News

Challengers Take OID Board Posts

With each taking 60 percent of the votes cast, the challengers to the Oakdale Irrigation District Board positions for Divisions 1 and 4 have defeated ...

November 11, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News

Fire Chief Headed For Tracy

The City of Tracy has named Stanislaus Consolidated Fire Protection District Chief Randall Bradley as its new fire chief to head its 65-staff, seven station ...

November 06, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News

Challengers Take OID Board Posts

With all Stanislaus County precincts reporting, the challengers to the Oakdale Irrigation District Board positions for Divisions 1 and 4 have defeated the longtime incumbents.

November 04, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News

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