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October 24, 2012 | | Local News


Regional Transit Plans ROTA Takeover

Due to its inability to meet its portion of operating costs, the Riverbank-Oakdale Transit Authority is having the county take over its dial-a-ride service.

October 24, 2012 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Legislators Visit Proposed Alternative Energy Site

Responding to the rural area between Oakdale and Riverbank amid concerns of an agricultural business pursuing green energy, Congressman Jeff Denham and State Senator Tom Berryhill met with the owners and employees to better understand their energy conversion process and hear their frustrations with power conglomerate PG&E. When they were done, the elected officials assured company representatives they would do what they could on both the state and federal levels.

October 24, 2012 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Five Seek 4-Year Terms

Two four-year Oakdale City Council seats are up for grabs this November with five names on the ballot to choose from. Two are experienced dais members pursuing re-election. The other challengers – the current city treasurer, a known volunteer and small business owner, and a successful owner of a chain of extended care facilities – have hopes of guiding Oakdale for the next four years.

October 24, 2012 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Tax Pursuit

In 2009, Oakdale leaders along with officials from the City of Newman discovered a tax-sharing deal by the City of Modesto with an oil distribution company that was extracting tax dollars normally flowing toward their coffers. Both cities pursued the matter to the State Board of Equalization, but only Newman officials followed it through with appeals to finally receive back compensation. Now, Newman's periodic share of the sales tax revenue is returned to them by Modesto.

October 24, 2012 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Time Stands Still At SRT

As a seasoned photo journalist, Sarah Goodwin has made her living looking through a lens, freezing moments of heartache, horror and humanity in the war-torn corners of the globe. She and her long-time partner, combat reporter James Dodd, have always shared a deep commitment to their work. So when a roadside bomb in Iraq sends her home to New York for months of painful recovery, both are reeling from the trauma. In witty and engaging conversation, the couple explores this new direction their lives have taken, not sure what it's revealing or where this new road will take them ...

October 19, 2012 | Report Abuse account | Local News


Congressman And State Senator Visit Proposed Alternative Energy Site

Responding to the outskirts of Oakdale for concerns of an agricultural business pursuing green energy, Congressman Jeff Denham and State Senator Tom Berryhill met with the owners and employees to better understand their energy conversion process and hear their frustrations with PG&E. When they were done, the elected officials assured company representatives they would do what they could on the state and federal levels.

October 18, 2012 | Richard Paloma | Local News


OID Directors Consider Rate Hike

A discussion on setting water delivery fees for 2013 came before the Oakdale Irrigation District Board of Directors at their regular meeting on Oct. 16.

October 17, 2012 | Dawn M. Henley | Local News


Harvest Reaps Crop Of Another Kind

October is the time for harvest. And in the Central Valley, including Oakdale, local drug agents have been busy taking down marijuana grows throughout Stanislaus County. For the second time in as many weeks, Oakdale Police have raided a pot plantation within the city and made arrests of the growers.

October 17, 2012 | Richard Paloma | Local News


St. Matthias Offers Senior Transportation

A new effort, "St. Matti's for Seniors" is a ministry of Saint Matthias Anglican Church, 101 S. First Ave., Oakdale. The new senior ministry will be providing transportation to local senior citizens who are in need. They will be matching up volunteers with seniors to provide transportation to appointments, the grocery store, or to run errands. They are currently looking for more volunteers who have a heart for seniors and would like to help. They are hoping the volunteers can give at least an hour or two of service during the week.

October 17, 2012 | Virginia Still vstill@oakdaleleader.com | Local News


Three Contend For Two-Year Council Seat

A former mayor and councilman, a former treasurer, and a lifelong Oakdale resident fresh to politics make up the slate to fill the two-year city council seat left vacant mid-term by the resignation of Jason Howard.

October 17, 2012 | Richard Paloma | Local News


City Lights Slowly Coming Back On

In a concise meeting with a tapered agenda, the Oakdale City Council heard a presentation from Finance Director Albert Avila on Monday, Oct. 15 that informed the council that all street lights would be back on in the city within a month. Some of the lights had been shut off more than two years ago due to city budget concerns.

October 17, 2012 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Operation Safe Driver Targets Unsafe, Aggressive Drivers

Although there has been a 25 percent decline in large truck-involved fatal collisions from (2007-2010) nationally, the California Highway Patrol (CHP) is working daily to save even more lives through enforcement and education. To further enhance that progress, the CHP is joining forces with other law enforcement agencies throughout the U.S., Canada, and Mexico for the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance's Operation Safe Driver, Oct. 14 to 20. This operation targets unsafe and aggressive driving by both passenger and commercial vehicle drivers by conducting high visibility enforcement operations and public outreach.

October 16, 2012 | | Local News


Return Of Street Lighting And Sweeping On Agenda

The Oakdale City Council, at its Monday meeting, will hear a presentation from Finance Director Albert Avila regarding the possible return of street sweeping of residential areas and restoration of street lighting to areas that were discontinued due to budget cuts.

October 12, 2012 | | Local News


Agencies Focus On Aging Support, Services

The 10th anniversary of the Healthy Aging and Fall Prevention Summit is scheduled for Friday, Oct. 12 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Modesto Centre Plaza, 10th and K streets in Modesto. The free health screenings and Health Fair event for older adults (50-plus) and their caregivers is presented by the Healthy Aging Association, Kaiser Permanente and Stanislaus Area Agency on Aging. More than 1,000 people attended last year.

October 11, 2012 | | Local News


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Comment Period Extended On State’s Watershed Plan

Gov. Jerry Brown wants to see an amicable solution reached when it comes to protecting endangered fish on the Stanislaus, Tuolumne and Merced rivers.

January 18, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local News


Community Briefs

Last Chance To Skate

January 18, 2017 | | Local News


FLAG PROJECT PREP

In advance of placing American flags throughout the community for the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday observance on Monday, Jan. 16, Oakdale Lions Club members ...

January 18, 2017 | Marg Jackson | Local News


Cambodian Lions Visit Counterparts In 95361

The motto of Lions International is about as simple as it can come: "We Serve." Their Mission Statement is a bit more in depth: "To ...

January 18, 2017 | Teresa Hammond | Local News


Stanislaus County Reports First Flu Death Of 2017

Stanislaus County Health Services Agency officials are reporting the first influenza (flu) associated death for the 2016-2017 flu season. The deceased, a 59 year-old man ...

January 18, 2017 | | Local News


Study Casts Doubt On State’s Strategy

A scientific study covering 11 years of fish migration on the Stanislaus River underscores how simply sending more water downstream may not be doing endangered ...

January 18, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local News


Chamber’s Lifetime Achievement Award Honors Bob, Linda Meyer

The Meyer family of Oakdale dates back to 1867, with even a city park – William Meyer Park – on East G Street at the corner of ...

January 18, 2017 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Variety Of Entertainment This Month At Black Oak

Black Oak Casino Resort will maintain its reputation as the ultimate destination for entertainment in 2017. This January, the property will welcome a wide variety ...

January 11, 2017 | | Local News


Valentine’s Day Mansion Marriages

Stanislaus County Clerk/Recorder/Commissioner of Civil Marriages Lee Lundrigan and her staff invite engaged couples to join them as they perform marriage ceremonies on ...

January 11, 2017 | | Local News


Wounded Warrior Joins Denham Staff

U.S. Representative Jeff Denham (R-Turlock) on Tuesday welcomed retired Staff Sgt. Peter Butler of Turlock as a Wounded Warrior Fellow in his Modesto office ...

January 11, 2017 | | Local News


Caltrans Appoints New Strategic Chief

Caltrans recently announced the appointment of Blair Thompson to be its first Chief of Innovation, Risk and Strategic Management. Thompson will oversee a newly created ...

January 11, 2017 | | Local News


Community Briefs

Accordion Players Meet

January 11, 2017 | | Local News


Small Hike Seen In Local Gas Price

Average retail gasoline prices in Modesto have risen 4.3 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.62/gallon Sunday, according to GasBuddy ...

January 11, 2017 | | Local News


Association Of University Women Gather For First Session Of 2017

The American Association of University Women (AAUW), Oakdale Riverbank Escalon Branch, is holding its first membership meeting for 2017, on Thursday, Jan. 12, at 7 ...

January 11, 2017 | | Local News


Special Package Delivery Brightens Soldiers’ Holiday

A former Oakdale resident now serving in the U.S. Air Force was one of the recipients of a care package sent out by a ...

January 11, 2017 | | Local News


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