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School Board Must Cut $1.5M

Trustees for the Oakdale Joint Unified School District met Jan. 25 to discuss how to cut $1.5 million from the 2010-2011 budget during a special budget workshop. District staff said that cutting that amount from the budget will leave the district in good shape for cash, even in declining revenues.

January 27, 2010 | Dawn M. Henley | Local News

Drinking Water Risk? New Player Surfaces In Pond Mud Saga

A public meeting on Jan. 20 for a new, second permit filed to spread the remainder of Con Agra's byproduct pond mud onto rural Oakdale properties brought out less than a dozen people, including the presenters, but a new player is now in the mix.

The South San Joaquin Irrigation District (SSJID) owns the Woodward Reservoir on the outskirts of Oakdale, which is bordered on the east side by portions of land listed on the permit that shed water to the reservoir.

January 27, 2010 | Dawn M. Henley | Local News

Promotion Pins: Oakdale Fire Honors Retirees

When retiring Oakdale City Fire Captain Gary Cortes made his farewell speech at the special promotional and retirement ceremony at Station II on Tuesday, Jan. 19, a person would have to have been made of stone not to feel something as the famously stoic man admitted with a tearful glitter that he didn't quite know how to put a cap on 30 years of service.

January 27, 2010 | Kim Van Meter | Local News

Billboard Reminds Public Of Reward In Ross Case

On July 4, 2006, around midnight, 28-year-old Joseph 'Joey' Ross was stabbed to death while walking home from his business in the City of Oakdale. The Oakdale Police Department has pursued and exhausted all investigative leads and his murder remains unsolved.

January 27, 2010 | | Local News

Hershey Injury Ruling Announced

Stanislaus County District Attorney Birgit Fladager announced that a resolution was reached with Hershey Chocolate and Confectionery Corporation "Hershey" arising from a March 24, 2007, incident at their Oakdale factory. The 'People' agreed to dismiss the pending criminal case against 'Hershey' in which Hershey was charged with violating Labor Code Section 6425(a), in exchange for a civil resolution pursuant to California's Unfair Competition Law, Business and Professions Code Sections 17200, et seq.

January 27, 2010 | | Local News

Six Troop 42 Scouts Earn Eagle

Six young men in Boy Scout Troop 42, sponsored by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Oakdale 2nd ward, were honored and awarded the rank of Eagle Scout recently in an Eagle Court of Honor Ceremony.

January 20, 2010 | | Local News

OID Scrutinizes Fringe Parcels

Oakdale Irrigation District's Board of Directors and OID General Manager Steve Knell held a lengthy discussion about the district's need and plans to limit water availability for out-of-district contracts and the use of OID water on lands outside OID boundaries at the Jan. 19 regular meeting.

January 20, 2010 | Dawn M. Henley | Local News

Record Attendance For Chamber Awards

It was a night of humble tears, joyous laughter, and appreciative smiles on Friday, Jan. 15 as the 64th annual Oakdale Chamber of Commerce awards dinner boasted record ticket sales and the community braved the chilly weather to celebrate and honor the community's best.

January 20, 2010 | Kim Van Meter | Local News

Local Blood Drive Aids Two Firefighters

Rain, wind and less than desirable road conditions were not enough to keep people away from, of all things, donating blood.

January 20, 2010 | | Local News

Service Day: Volunteers Clean Up Community Garden

It was cold and wet, windy and dismal but the weather didn't dissuade a handful of people from participating in the first - and hopefully annual - Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of community service on Monday, Jan. 18 at the Oakdale Community Garden and adjoining hiking trail on the north side of the city.

January 20, 2010 | | Local News

Oakdale Teen Reaching Goals, Dreams

He joined the Cub Scouts when he was eight years old and worked his way up through the ranks, earning merit badges and, according to his mom, maturing and learning to stretch and grow beyond his comfort zone.

January 13, 2010 | Dawn M. Henley | Local News

Piece Of Cake: 107 Just Another Number For Piccetti

Monday, January 4 was not just another Monday at the Gladys Lemmons Senior Center. It was a day, which marked the 107th birthday of Oakdale resident Vera Piccetti.

January 13, 2010 | Teresa Hammond | Local News

Chamber Names Heath As Lifetime Achiever

This year's Lifetime Achievement Award recipient - MaryAnne Heath - will be recognized with the honor at the upcoming annual awards dinner put on by the Oakdale Chamber of Commerce. The dinner will be Friday, Jan. 15 at the Gene Bianchi Community Center.

January 13, 2010 | Frank Clark Special To The Leader | Local News

New Sludge Spreading Permit Sought

The Stanislaus County Department of Environmental Resources will hold a meeting at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 20 at the Gene Bianchi Community Center, 110 So. Second Ave., Oakdale to consider a request to issue a Stanislaus County Food Processing By-product Use permit to JND Thomas Co., Inc. for the land application of food processing by-products.

January 13, 2010 | | Local News

OID Considers Drilling Deep Wells

The Oakdale Irrigation District Board of Directors is seriously considering the prospect of drilling several deep wells for a variety of reasons including adding to water reliability, water sales confidence, but especially because there is concern about state legislation on the horizon that may put restrictions and regulations on drilling wells to tap groundwater.

January 06, 2010 | Dawn M. Henley | Local News

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Altieri and Santos Vindicated By Superior Court Ruling

Two Oakdale Irrigation District directors that had been barred from discussing certain closed-door lawsuit discussions, due to a temporary order filed by the district, have ...

October 19, 2016 | Richard Paloma | Local News

On The Shelf

Looking for a good book? Librarians at the Oakdale Library are always happy to offer reading suggestions. And now, a good book is easier to ...

October 12, 2016 | | Local News


Sierra View Elementary School recently hosted its Annual Spelling Bee. Photographed are the top three winners accompanied by Principal David Kindred, left, and Jeff Aprile ...

October 12, 2016 | | Local News


The word whizzes of Fair Oaks recently paired off in the Annual Spelling Bee. Top three honors went to, from left: Jessica Birchall, First Place ...

October 12, 2016 | | Local News

Comedy-Drama ‘Album’ Set At Stage 3 Theatre Company

Album, a comedy drama by David Rimmer and directed by Rocky Rhoades, opens Friday, Oct. 14 and plays for only three weekends until Oct. 30 ...

October 12, 2016 | | Local News


Several Sierra 4-H members spent the evening recently with customers at Tractor Supply Company in Oakdale promoting National 4-H Week. The 4-H members sold green ...

October 12, 2016 | | Local News

Pair Of Annual Scholarships Available Through Soroptimists

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

October 12, 2016 | | Local News

Sunday Film, Festivities Benefit AAUW Programs

The American Association of University Women (AAUW), Oakdale Riverbank Escalon Branch, is holding its Annual Fall Scholarship Fundraiser this Sunday, Oct. 16 at 4 p ...

October 12, 2016 | | Local News

Safety, Security In Focus For Month Of October

More than 60 percent of convicted burglars said they would avoid a potential target home if they see an alarm system is present, according to ...

October 12, 2016 | | Local News

New CHP, OTS Campaign Focuses On Seat Belt Usage

The California Highway Patrol (CHP) is continuing its efforts to ensure drivers, passengers, and children are properly restrained while traveling California's roadways. The CHP ...

October 12, 2016 | | Local News

Fair Oaks Students Rustle Up Ag Day Fun

Getting a chance to learn about the cowboy life and their Western/agricultural heritage here in the Central Valley, students at Fair Oaks Elementary recently ...

October 12, 2016 | | Local News

Community Briefs

Accordion Session

October 12, 2016 | | Local News

City To Create Interim Managers

With the September retirement of former Oakdale Public Services Director Thom Clark, and the subsequent appointment of Jeff Gravel as the interim director, the city ...

October 12, 2016 | Richard Paloma | Local News

Funky Flea Market Partners With Bloomingcamp’s

Shoppers looking for unique home décor or holiday treats won't need to travel far as the Funky Flea Market teams with Bloomingcamp Ranch ...

October 12, 2016 | | Local News

Electric Charging Stations Coming To Bianchi Center

Stanislaus County, in partnership with the Oakdale Tourism and Visitors Bureau, are working together on a project to install two electric vehicle charging stations in ...

October 12, 2016 | Richard Paloma | Local News

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