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Fire Threatens Landmark

Quick thinking and a crucial decision helped save a landmark Oakdale business from likely going up in flames … and limited the damage caused by a Thursday evening fire in the heart of the city.

August 26, 2009 | Marg Jackson | Local News


Fatal Wreck Claims Father, Son

An Oakdale man and his 4-year-old son died from injuries stemming from a collision that occurred Thursday afternoon, Aug. 20 on Barnhart Road near Santa Fe Avenue, said officials.

August 26, 2009 | | Local News


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


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Graduation Ceremonies Make For Busy Week

Caps and gowns are being pressed and hung as schools in the Oakdale Joint Unified School District prepare for the pomp and circumstance of graduation ...

May 25, 2016 | | Local News


Two OID Directors Actions Questioned

With an April litigation regarding water sales against the Oakdale Irrigation District going through various motions in Stanislaus County Superior Court, two sitting OID directors ...

May 25, 2016 | Richard Paloma | Local News


YES Company Celebrates Silver Anniversary Year

Stanislaus County Office of Education's YES (Youth Entertainment Stage) Company is producing the classic musical "Les Misérables, School Edition" to be performed this ...

May 18, 2016 | | Local News


Denham Earns Recognition For Healthcare Innovation

U.S. Representative Jeff Denham (R-Turlock) was recognized as a 'Champion in Healthcare Innovation' by the Healthcare Leadership Council on Thursday at its annual innovation ...

May 18, 2016 | | Local News


American Legion, Riders Host Saturday Breakfast

The American Legion and Legion Riders Post – Chapter 263 out of Escalon is hosting an Armed Forces Day breakfast on Saturday, May 21. The breakfast ...

May 18, 2016 | | Local News


Road Closure Causes Headache

Drivers heading south on Yosemite Avenue or coming into town from Patterson Road found an unexpected surprise Wednesday morning, May 11 with the closure of ...

May 18, 2016 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Memories Made During Historic Church Move

It was quite the production this week, as the church, bell and steeple from the historic 1890's building were moved from the original North ...

May 18, 2016 | Teresa Hammond | Local News


Knights Ferry Wins Post Office Battle

They are getting mail in Knights Ferry once again.

May 18, 2016 | Marg Jackson | Local News


City’s Star Spangled Faux Pas Unfurls Again

One of the remarkable and impressive things I see in Oakdale is the more than 300 American flags set up by the Oakdale Lions Club ...

May 18, 2016 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Interim Police Chief Selected For Oakdale

The Oakdale City Council announced that retired Modesto Police Chief Michael Harden will lead the city's police force this July upon the retirement of ...

May 18, 2016 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Historical Church Relocated Via Unique Moving Process

Preschool children cheered and spectators lined the streets as the historic church located on the northwest corner of North Third Avenue and East E Street ...

May 18, 2016 | Teresa Hammond | Local News


Memorial Service Honors Fallen Caltrans Employees

At its 26th Annual Workers Memorial on May 4 at the State Capitol, Caltrans honored 184 employees who have lost their lives on the job ...

May 11, 2016 | | Local News


Neighbors Voice Concerns Regarding Atlas Roundabout

A neighborhood meeting on Friday, May 6 focused on a proposed roundabout at Atlas Rd/Highway 108-120/the North County Corridor. The neighborhoods of East ...

May 11, 2016 | | Local News


Local Families Needed For Exchange Students

Cultural Homestay International (CHI) is seeking volunteer local host families for international high school boys and girls.

May 11, 2016 | | Local News


MJC Hosts Second New Student Day

Modesto Junior College will host the second New Student Day event for the year on Saturday, May 21 at 8 a.m. on East Campus ...

May 11, 2016 | | Local News


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