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Devastating State Fires See Insurance Claims Skyrocket

Two of the most destructive fires in California's history, the Valley and Butte Fires, ravaged nearly 150,000 acres in Northern California last fall and caused an estimated $1 billion in insurance losses. The Valley fire pillaged 1,958 structures in Lake, Napa and Sonoma counties, resulting in approximately $700 million in insured losses and making it the third most damaging wildfire in state history based on total structures burned. In terms of structures lost, the Butte Fire is the seventh most destructive fire to hit California, damaging 818 structures in Amador and Calaveras counties and causing an estimated ...

January 27, 2016 | | Local News


CHP Preps For Super Bowl Traffic With New Web Site

As preparations continue for the National Football League's biggest event of the season, the Bay Area is bracing for a surge in motor vehicle, foot, and bicycle traffic that comes with it. In an effort to give the public a heads-up before they head out, the California Highway Patrol (CHP) worked with the California Department of Transportation to develop a Super Bowl 50 traffic information website: www.superbowl50traffic.com.

January 27, 2016 | | Local News


New Patch, Badge Introduced For Oakdale Police Department

Even before he was appointed as police chief, Lester Jenkins thought the Oakdale Police Department needed a design change to its uniform shoulder patch.

January 27, 2016 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Country Group Parmalee To Perform At County Fair

You won't want to "Close Your Eyes" for this – as Parmalee is set to perform this summer at the Stanislaus County Fair.

January 27, 2016 | | Local News


February Programs Offered At Oakdale Library

Story Time Sessions will continue throughout February at the Oakdale library, with a number of other special events also planned.

January 27, 2016 | | Local News


City Settles Lawsuit

The City of Oakdale has entered into a "separation agreement" with former Public Works Supervisor Mark Ozbirn, who had a pending lawsuit with the city from 2015.

January 27, 2016 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Homecoming Fun For Mustangs

It was a busy, fun and festive week leading up to a pair of basketball games and crowning of Homecoming Royalty in Oakdale this week. The events were staged as part of a rally on Friday and the varsity girls and boys basketball teams were in action that night. That's also when the courts were presented to the crowd and the new royalty named.

January 27, 2016 | | Local News


CROWNING GLORY

Smiles all around, top photo, for the new Winter Homecoming Queen TJ Verdegaal, crowned at the Friday night festivities at Oakdale High School in between the varsity girls and varsity boys basketball games. Shown is last year's queen, Emma Burke, left, presenting Verdegaal with her tiara. Oakdale's 2016 Winter Homecoming royalty included, from left: King Clayton Verdegaal, Prince Jack Verdegaal, Queen TJ Verdegaal and Princess Kennedy Brewer.

January 27, 2016 | Dennis D. Cruz | Local News


City Council Advised Of Citrus Pest Threat

Both the Stanislaus County Agriculture Commissioner and a member of the California Department of Food and Agriculture were on hand Tuesday night, Jan. 19 to update Oakdale City Council members on the current threat of the Asian Citrus Psyllid, ACP, a pest recently located in the city.

January 27, 2016 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Relay Fundraiser In Escalon

Relay For Life of Escalon will be hosting a fundraiser on Monday, Jan. 25 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

January 23, 2016 | | Local News


AAUW Program Focuses On Educational Leadership

Heather Sherburn, a former principal at Modesto's Orville Wright Elementary School, and an educator for 27 years, will be the guest speaker addressing the topic, "Supporting Children – Community, Peace and Children's Rights: One Educator's Perspective." This meeting will be held Thursday, Jan. 21, 2016, at the Stanislaus County Library in the Community Auditorium at 7:30 p.m., to allow parents and interested community members to hear her discuss her learning and experiences as a successful school administrator, and her work to initiate a successful child centered peace-building program in the schools she last administered. She will ...

January 21, 2016 | | Local News


Arrest Made In Afternoon Stabbing

Oakdale Police were called to the scene of a stabbing of a 25-year-old man at a convenience store located in the 900 block of S. Yosemite Avenue on Friday, Jan. 14. Police later arrested the female suspect walking away from the scene and, with the use of a police canine, located the knife used to commit the assault.

January 20, 2016 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Northern San Joaquin Valley Almond Day

Local growers and agricultural leaders are encouraged to attend the upcoming 2016 North San Joaquin Valley Almond Day, set for Thursday, Feb. 4 at the Modesto Centre Plaza.

January 20, 2016 | | Local News


Continued Decline Seen In National Pump Prices

Average retail gasoline prices in Modesto have fallen 7.9 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.46/gallon Sunday, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 201 gas outlets in Modesto. This compares with the national average that has fallen 6.5 cents per gallon in the last week to $1.90/gallon, according to gasoline price website GasBuddy.com.

January 20, 2016 | | Local News


Orange Blossom 4-H Members Excel In Public Speaking Contest

Four Orange Blossom 4-H members competed in the Stanislaus County 4-H Creed Contest on Saturday, Jan. 16, 2016 at the Stanislaus County Ag Center. The 4-H Creed is written by an anonymous author, and is about members using their head, heart, hands, and health to be good citizens. There are divisions by age, and categories are those who choose to read the Cred and those who choose to recite it from memory.

January 20, 2016 | | Local News


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OJUSD Junior Scientists Bring Home The Bling

Oakdale Joint Unified School District was well represented on Saturday, April 21 at the 21st Annual Elementary Science Olympiad. Students from Cloverland, Fair Oaks, Magnolia ...

April 25, 2018 | | Local News


Volunteers Being Sought For College Mentoring Program

Interested in mentoring a high school student as he or she transitions to college? The Stanislaus County Office of Education (SCOE) is currently looking for ...

April 25, 2018 | | Local News


FERRY’S FAIRE

Knights Ferry will be the scene on Sunday, April 29 for the annual Gold Country Peddler's Faire. Hours for the event are 8 a ...

April 25, 2018 | | Local News


Track And Field Teams Slow Down The Lancers

Action on Thursday, April 19 saw Oakdale High School hosting East Union in track and field events inside The Corral. The highly anticipated Valley Oak ...

April 25, 2018 | | Local News


Community Hospice Recognizes Volunteers At Annual Luncheon

Community Hospice, the oldest and largest nonprofit hospice provider in the Central Valley, celebrated and recognized its volunteers at the annual Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon and ...

April 25, 2018 | | Local News


Fifth Sunday Hymn Sing

The public is invited to a hymn sing at 6 p.m. on Sunday evening, April 29 at Escalon First Baptist Church. Many churches do ...

April 25, 2018 | | Local News


Modesto’s Music In Plaza Kicks Off Friday, May 4

This year Music in the Plaza kicks off in conjunction with May the Fourth-Star Wars Day which will take over the 10th Street Plaza in ...

April 25, 2018 | | Local News


River Road Closure Tuesday

In preparation for the upcoming traffic shift onto the eastern half of the new bridge over the Stanislaus River, construction crews will be paving and ...

April 23, 2018 | | Local News


FEEL THE LOVE

This year's Love Oakdale is scheduled for Saturday, April 21. Volunteers will gather for a kickoff rally at the Oakdale Community Park on South ...

April 18, 2018 | | Local News


Women Set Sail For Unity At Special Event

Skies were clear, a light wind was blowing and the sun was out, all of which provided the perfect setting for the Women in the ...

April 18, 2018 | Virginia Still | Local News


Wrapping Up Rodeo Week

Vanetta Sipe has been going to the Oakdale Rodeo ever since she can remember. She continues to work at the family's concession stand serving ...

April 18, 2018 | Marg Jackson | Local News


Consolidated Fire Offers Weed Abatement Tips

After the spring rains and with the warmer weather starting to take hold, Stanislaus Consolidated Fire Protection District officials remind residents to focus on weed ...

April 18, 2018 | | Local News


Oakdale Community Park Hosts First Music Festival

The amphitheater of Oakdale Community Park will soon be filled with music.

April 18, 2018 | Teresa Hammond | Local News


Peddler’s Faire Slated

Mark the calendar for the Sunday, April 29 annual Gold Country Peddler's Faire, coming to Knights Ferry.

April 18, 2018 | | Local News


Boat Expo Scheduled At Woodward Reservoir

Stanislaus County Parks and Recreation is bringing a Boat Expo to the main boat ramp of Woodward Reservoir from Friday, April 20 through Sunday, April ...

April 18, 2018 | | Local News


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