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City Manager, Union At Odds

One side says it's a form of censorship preventing them from keeping their jobs. The other side claims they were just cautioning workers on speaking as an unauthorized representative of the city. Nevertheless, the issue of privatization of public works continues to be a hot bed in Oakdale's city government causing rift between affected line-level employees and city leaders.

July 25, 2012 | Richard Paloma | Local News


National Cowboy Day Celebration

The Oakdale Cowboy Museum will celebrate the eighth annual National Day of the American Cowboy, Saturday, July 28 at the Cowboy Museum from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

July 25, 2012 | | Local News


Status Quo - No Changes In Open Meetings Anticipated Locally

Under the law known as the Brown Act, local government agencies such as the City of Oakdale, Oakdale Joint Unified School District, Oakdale Irrigation District, and Oak Valley Hospital District must post public meeting agendas and release closed session decisions.

July 25, 2012 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Airport Due To Receive Upgrade Funds

Much needed improvements are coming to the Oakdale Municipal Airport courtesy of a Federal Aviation Administration grant.

July 25, 2012 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Scaled Down National Night Out Slated

In years past the Oakdale community has enjoyed a robust National Night Out event with multiple locations throughout the city with police demonstrations, fun, food, and raffle prizes but the budget crunch has put a damper on this popular annual celebration.

July 25, 2012 | | Local News


Mayotte Takes Reins For Fire Agencies

In the name of efficiency and eliminating redundancy, Stanislaus County Consolidated Fire Protection District Chief, Stephen Mayotte, has assumed the role of Fire Chief by Contract for Oakdale Rural Fire Protection District, Oakdale City Fire Department as well as Stanislaus Consolidated as of July 1.

July 25, 2012 | Kim Van Meter | Local News


Strong Words To Get CalPERS Actuarial

The Oakdale Irrigation District Board of Directors recently unanimously approved a resolution to terminate the contract between the district and the Board of Administration of the California Public Employees Retirement System (CalPERS). Due to sustainability concerns and escalating costs associated with the retirement program, the board has expressed concerns and has heard presentations from CalPERS staff. The board directed OID staff to evaluate the options and came up with the need to use strong wording like "contract termination" apparently in order to get the financials they need to study the feasibility.

July 24, 2012 | | Local News


Cowboy Museum To Debut New Exhibit

A new exhibit, The Saddle, Tools of the Trade, will debut at the Oakdale Cowboy Museum, on Wednesday, July 25, from 6 p.m. 8 p.m. This exhibit will feature the exact tools and equipment that would have been found in a saddle shop 100 years ago and still are being used in shops today. Over the last 150 years the design of the western saddle has continually changed. These changes have mainly occurred to fulfill the various needs of the mounted stockman. The style for many of the tools of the saddle maker however, have not changed significantly ...

July 20, 2012 | | Local News


Open Meeting Reporting Threatened

Under the law known as the Brown Act, local government agencies such as the City of Oakdale, Oakdale Joint Unified School District, Oakdale Irrigation District, and Oak Valley Hospital District must post public meeting agendas and release closed session decisions.

July 19, 2012 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Teen Recants Rape, Kidnapping Claim

A 16-year-old Oakdale girl who claimed she'd been kidnapped and raped on June 13 - sparking a frenzy of fear and concern within the community - has recanted her story, said police.

July 18, 2012 | Kim Van Meter | Local News


OID Protests SSJID Breach Of Protocol

A formal letter of protest to the South San Joaquin Irrigation District regarding breach of Tri-Dam board meeting protocol was unanimously approved to be sent by the Oakdale Irrigation District Board of Directors at the July 17 regular meeting.

July 18, 2012 | Dawn M. Henley | Local News


Senior Center Refurbishing

After 12 years of constant use, the Gladys L. Lemmons Senior Center is getting a much-needed freshening up in the form of new furnishings.

July 18, 2012 | Kim Van Meter | Local News


Restricted City $$? - Enterprise Funds Use Questioned

As city residents await word on a sewer and water rate hike, questions are being raised on the City of Oakdale's use of its sewer sanitation and water enterprise funds to finance non-related areas of the operation of the city government. A review of the 2012-2013 Oakdale city budget raises uncertainties regarding billings being in compliance with Proposition 218.

July 18, 2012 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Council Moves Forward On Skate Park

Some speakers referred to it as a state funded "gift" that shouldn't be turned away. Two council members recognized it as the potential to be "a jewel in the city's tarnished crown." After the discussion on its agenda item, the Oakdale City Council voted 3-1 to move forward with the first phase of the South Yosemite Avenue Community Park.

July 18, 2012 | Richard Paloma | Local News


OID Plans Protest Letter To Partner

The Oakdale Irrigation District Board of Directors unanimously agreed to send a letter of protest to its Tri-Dam Project partner, South San Joaquin Irrigation District, charging a breach of Tri-Dam board meeting protocol in an action at the July 17 OID regular meeting.

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


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Community Holiday Focuses On Both Thanks And Giving

The Holiday Spirit is off to a strong start for community members residing in the 95361. Last week school campuses throughout the Oakdale Joint Unified ...

November 22, 2017 | Teresa Hammond | Local News


Human Trafficking Seminar Scheduled

The Oakdale Police Department and Center for Human Services is hosting a 'Stop Human Trafficking' seminar on Wednesday, Nov. 29.

November 22, 2017 | | Local News


Oakdale Native Kelly Fogarty Addresses AAUW

Kelly Fogarty grew up in the Cowboy Capital of the World working on her family's fifth generation beef operation. If you asked her "Where ...

November 15, 2017 | | Local News


Community Briefs

Holiday Fundraiser

November 15, 2017 | | Local News


Families Gather For Annual Salmon Fest

This past Saturday, Nov. 11, hundreds gathered at the Stanislaus River Park in Knights Ferry for the ninth annual Salmon Festival, hosted by the U ...

November 15, 2017 | | Local News


TIME TO GIVE

Oakdale Police Department Lt. Joe Carrillo smiles along with Geri Hernandez of the American Red Cross as they encourage donor Alyssa Heinz of Oakdale during ...

November 15, 2017 | | Local News


Operation Christmas Child Now Officially Underway

The River Christian Community Church, at 1351 E. G St., Oakdale is the drop off site locally for Operation Christmas Child, which is in the ...

November 15, 2017 | | Local News


DeBoer, Doornenbal Lead In OID Election

Unofficial results from the Stanislaus County Registrar of Voters office show Brad DeBoer and Herman Doornenbal leading in their bids for a spot on the ...

November 15, 2017 | Marg Jackson | Local News


Acting Fire Chief Tapped For SCFPD

The Stanislaus Consolidated Fire Protection District (SCFPD) Board of Directors held a meeting on Thursday, Nov. 9 that ultimately saw Michael Wapnowski selected as acting ...

November 15, 2017 | | Local News


Ceremony Recognizes Service, Sacrifices Of Local Veterans

William A. Fish was the first soldier from Oakdale to be killed in Vietnam.

November 15, 2017 | Marg Jackson | Local News


Keep Baby Safe Program Receives Additional Funding

The Stanislaus County Health Services Agency (SCHSA) announced this past week that the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS), through the National Highway Traffic Safety ...

November 15, 2017 | | Local News


Keep Baby Safe Program Receives Additional Funding

The Stanislaus County Health Services Agency (SCHSA) announced this past week that the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS), through the National Highway Traffic Safety ...

November 15, 2017 | | Local News


Gas Prices On The Rise

Average retail gasoline prices in Modesto have risen 0.8 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.01/gallon Sunday, according to GasBuddy ...

November 15, 2017 | | Local News


Oakdale Police Receive Special Traffic Grant

The Oakdale Police Department has been awarded a $70,000 grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) for a year-long program of special ...

November 15, 2017 | | Local News


Sacramento Facility Gets Caltrans Railcar Contract

Caltrans announced this past week that Sumitomo Corporation of Americas (Sumitomo) along with Siemens will be fulfilling a $371 million multi-state contract for new railcars ...

November 15, 2017 | | Local News


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