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Grand Jury Chastises Former Councilman

The Stanislaus County Grand Jury issued a report critical of former Oakdale City Council Member Jason Howard's actions when serving on the council during his shortened term.

July 11, 2012 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Nature Photography Course Offered

Spend three days with National Geographic Photographer Phil Schermeister learning the art of nature photography at the High Sierra Institute's Baker Station located on Highway 108 near Kennedy Meadows. Two new 1.5-unit courses, Nature Photography, will be available to all students and the general public. The first class will take place July 30 with orientation at Columbia College, and Aug. 3-5 at Baker Station. The second class will be Aug. 6 for orientation at Columbia College, and Aug. 10-12 at Baker Station.

July 10, 2012 | | Local News


Early Morning Armed Robbery At Gas Station

The Valero gas station on East F Street was robbed at gunpoint early Sunday, July 8, according to police reports.

July 09, 2012 | | Local News


Public Works Layoffs Go Forward

In a move that contradicts the Oakdale City Council's pledge to evaluate privatization proposals and bids before making any changes, the City of Oakdale issued layoff notices to two public works employees that were in Segment Two of the privatization plan discussed at last Monday's council meeting.

July 06, 2012 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Brush Fires, Illegal Fireworks Make For Busy Fourth

Illegal fireworks and two brush fires started by fireworks in two separate areas kept fire crews busy all night, Wednesday, July 4.

July 06, 2012 | Kim Van Meter | Local News


Former Councilman Chastised By Grand Jury

The Stanislaus County Grand Jury issued a report critical of former Oakdale City Council Member Jason Howard's actions when serving on the council during his shortened term.

July 05, 2012 | Richard Paloma | Local News


City Weighs Concern Over Chapter 9

As local leaders watch the financial troubles of neighboring Stockton, many wonder if other cities in the region, such as Oakdale, are at the same risk for filing bankruptcy.

July 04, 2012 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Serious Steps - City Services Privatization?

(Editor's note: Due to early holiday deadlines, this article went to press prior to the July 2 Oakdale City Council meeting. Log on to www.oakdaleleader.com for updates to this story and a report on the council meeting.)

July 04, 2012 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Woman Rescues Dog From Hot Car

Lynne Podesta didn't set out to be a hero that Monday, June 18, when she went to Costless Market for a few items but that's exactly what happened when she rescued a distressed Chihuahua from the confines of a locked car.

July 04, 2012 | Kim Van Meter | Local News


Rafters Rocking River Fun

More than 120 people converged on Knights Ferry on Sunday, July 1 for the 96.7 co-sponsored 'Rock on the River' event to enjoy the rapids of the Stanislaus River. The event was co-sponsored by River Journey Adventures and the Institute of Technology (IOT) of Modesto and featured water games, a hot dog eating contest and various fun activities once the rafters reached the Orange Blossom Recreation Center. The IOT culinary program donated food and staff to provide a free lunch for the first 100 rafters to reach the end point at Orange Blossom. It was a day of laughter ...

July 04, 2012 | | Local News


Hospital Board Passes Budget, Plan

Members of the Oak Valley Hospital Governing Board moved the facility forward on Wednesday, June 27, approving the 2012-2013 Fiscal Year budget and a three-year strategic plan to carry the hospital into 2015 as it transitions into a new facility.

July 04, 2012 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Holiday Boat Parade, Safety Take Stage

To help celebrate the Fourth of July holiday, there will be a special Lighted Boat Parade on Lake Tulloch, set for 9 p.m. on Wednesday, July 4. Boaters should meet at the South Shore Marina. All are welcome to attend and enjoy the holiday lighting on the variety of boats. Last year, over 60 boats participated, according to parade organizers.

July 03, 2012 | | Local News


Taskforce Targeting Illegal Fireworks

Stanislaus County fire and law enforcement officials will be out in full force during the Fourth of July holiday period to vigorously enforce state laws that allow them to cite those who sell, possess or use illegal fireworks.

June 30, 2012 | | Local News


Suspicious Character Puts School on Alert

Parents with students enrolled at the Oakdale High School were alerted to the possiblity of a man seen videotaping a young high school girl Wednesday, June 27. In light of the recent report of a 16-year-old girl who was kidnapped Wednesday, June 13 as she was walking home from summer school and later raped before being returned to campus, the school thought it prudent to inform parents.

June 29, 2012 | Kim Van Meter | Local News


Serious Steps Toward Privatization Of City Services

In a staff report released by Oakdale Interim City Manager Greg Wellman, the city will be considering privatization of all its public works services with the exception of two city garage mechanics.

June 28, 2012 | Richard Paloma | Local News


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Citizen, Business Nominees Listed

Each year, the Oakdale Chamber of Commerce honors members of the community for Citizen of the Year, Business of the Year, Junior Achievement, Community Service ...

January 11, 2017 | | Local News


Sandbags Available At Fire Station

Flooding and heavy rain is expected over the course of this weekend through next week. Oakdale Public Works will have sandbags available to Oakdale residents ...

January 06, 2017 | | Local News


Storm Information For Stanislaus County

The National Weather Service is showing a number of strong storm systems running through northern California over the next 10 days. There is some important ...

January 06, 2017 | | Local News


Region Set For Storms To Roll In This Week

The first week of 2017 could prove to be quite a rainy one for the Cowboy Capital of the World.

January 04, 2017 | | Local News


Recreation Round-Up

Visit the City Web page at www.oakdalegov.com or 'Like' us on Facebook at - City of Oakdale Recreation and Gladys L. Lemmons Senior Community ...

January 04, 2017 | | Local News


Fishing Report

For the 19th year in a row, I'm in Arizona to start the New Year. Being that I'm so close to the Mexican ...

January 04, 2017 | | Local News


Altamont Commuter Train Expands WiFi Services

Starting this month, 2017 WiFi service will be expanded to all passenger cars for all four eastbound trains, and all four westbound trains during weekday ...

January 04, 2017 | | Local News


OID Earns Recognition For Financial Reporting

The Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting has been awarded to Oakdale Irrigation District by the Government Finance Officers Association of the United ...

January 04, 2017 | | Local News


Maximizing Your Gym Workout And Membership

Ringing in the new year might be about toasting to good fortune and reminiscing with family and friends. But for many people, New Year's ...

January 04, 2017 | | Local News


2017 Brings Changes For Tobacco Business

Sellers of electronic cigarettes, vaping devices and other related products, as of the first of the year, are now required to obtain a Cigarette and ...

January 04, 2017 | | Local News


Local Traffic Advisory

The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) is alternately closing the #1 (left) and #2 (right) lanes on northbound Interstate 5 (I-5) from the Merced/Stanislaus ...

January 04, 2017 | | Local News


Tax Volunteers Sought

With tax time fast approaching, there is still time to become a Tax-Aide volunteer.

January 04, 2017 | | Local News


Local Families Needed For Exchange Students

Cultural Homestay International (CHI), a highly recognized high school exchange program, is seeking volunteer local host families for International high school students, ages 15 to ...

January 04, 2017 | | Local News


Community Briefs

Art Show At Delicato

January 04, 2017 | | Local News


New Year Sees Higher Gas Prices

Average retail gasoline prices in Modesto have risen 5.2 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.58/gallon Monday, according to GasBuddy ...

January 04, 2017 | | Local News


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