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Connector Ramp Closure On I-5 This Weekend

The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) will close the connector ramp from northbound Interstate 5 (I-5) to eastbound State Route 4/Crosstown Freeway for highway construction.

September 18, 2014 | | Local News


Emergency Domestic Water Well Financial Assistance Offered

On Aug. 26, the Stanislaus County Board of Supervisors approved a pilot program to assist domestic/residential well owners that are experiencing "dry well" conditions. Loans will be offered on a first-come, first-served basis after a fully completed application is received and approved.

September 12, 2014 | | Local News


Ball Can Cuts 159 Jobs

Oakdale's largest employer's decision to contract to a foreign company has affected the jobs of the third largest employer, who as a result, will be cutting over half of its workforce this fall.

August 28, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Ten-Year Milestone For UC Merced

The University of California, Merced, marks a major milestone this week with the start of the 2014-15 academic year - its 10th since opening its doors in 2005 as the first new UC campus in 40 years.

August 28, 2014 | | Local News


Area Camp Celebrates 90th Year Of Getting Dirty

Dirt trails, rustic cabins, ropes courses and 20 acres of possibility were home to 254 campers this summer as guests of Camp Jack Hazard, celebrating its 90th anniversary year.

August 27, 2014 | Teresa Hammond | Local News


Senate Bill Focuses On Veterans’ Tax Benefits

A proposal sponsored by George Runner to protect California's disabled veterans cleared the Assembly this week with unanimous, bipartisan support, and now awaits action by Governor Jerry Brown.

August 21, 2014 | | Local News


Hensley/ Menge Earn Coveted Spot Among Elite Crew

In March, SMART Exemplary Educators were invited to attend the 2014 SMART Summit to be held in Calgary, Alberta, Canada from July 20-26. There was a written, as well as video portion to the application. The 2 minute video was on the applicant's "SMART Breakthrough Moment" and was posted on social media sites for public voting. In mid Spring the two educators were among the 76 notified from 17 countries that they were selected for the all expense paid, week long trip. Among those 76 were Amanda Hensley, sixth grade teacher of Sierra View Elementary and Danessa Menge, Seventh ...

August 20, 2014 | Teresa Hammond | Local News


Sweepstakes Sweetheart - District Teacher Has Winning Year

The 2014 year is proving to be one 'winning' year for Danessa Menge. The Oakdale Junior High English teacher was featured in The Leader pages on Aug. 13 as one of 70-plus selectees for a recent SMART summit, a once described 'dream' experience for an educator.

August 20, 2014 | Teresa Hammond | Local News


Council Approves Fire Service Transfer

After putting finishing touches on a fire contract to have the Stanislaus Consolidated Fire Protection District assume fire service for the City of Oakdale and transfer its existing fire personnel to become employees of the district, the Oakdale City Council voted 5-0 Monday night to approve the handover, which is expected to become effective Sept. 1.

August 20, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


OID Rate Hike Study A ‘Go’

Oakdale Irrigation District directors moved a step closer Tuesday morning to raising agricultural water rates for the first time in three decades. Next, it will be up to the district's 2,900 customers to vote on whether they agree to pay significantly more for their water.

August 20, 2014 | | Local News


Fresh Made Fun

Just a couple more weeks remain for the city's Farmers' Market, offered each Wednesday night in the downtown area.

August 20, 2014 | | Local News


Survey Shows Continued Gas Price Decline

Average retail gasoline prices in Modesto have fallen 1.7 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.75/g Sunday, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 201 gas outlets in Modesto. This compares with the national average that has fallen 2.0 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.45/g, according to gasoline price website GasBuddy.com.

August 19, 2014 | | Local News


Officials Schedule Air Alert Dry Run

Due to good to moderate air quality expected next week throughout the Valley, local air officials are asking Valley residents to conduct a "Practice Air Alert" by making and implementing plans to reduce their driving Monday, Aug. 18 through Friday, Aug. 22.

August 15, 2014 | | Local News


New Public Safety Center Groundbreaking

The Stanislaus County Board of Supervisors and Sheriff Adam Christianson along with other State and Local Officials in Stanislaus County are going to break ground for the historic $113 million public safety center expansion and the public is invited to attend.

August 14, 2014 | | Local News


ADA Information Workshop Aimed At Businesses

All local business owners are encouraged to attend a workshop focusing on ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) compliance, set for Thursday, Aug. 14 in Escalon. A second session is scheduled in Manteca.

August 13, 2014 | | Local News


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Shooting Leads To 12-Hour SWAT Standoff

A late night shooting that sent one man to the hospital resulted in a 12-hour police standoff with SWAT officers at an East H Street residence on Saturday, Sept. 27.

September 27, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


OHS S-Club Awarded For Spirit

On a beautiful autumn afternoon just as school let out, Oakdale Mayor Pat Paul presented a plaque of appreciation to the Oakdale High School S-Club at Mustang Circle during a club gathering on Thursday, Sept. 25. The club was recognized by the city for its continued maintenance and upkeep of Mustang Circle.

September 27, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Fair’s Tastes Of The Valley Approaches

The 12th annual "Tastes of the Valley," a wine and cheese affair presented by the CSU Stanislaus Agricultural Studies Department and Friends of the Fair Foundation will be this Thursday, Oct 2, from 6 to 9 p.m., at the Stanislaus County Fairgrounds.

September 26, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Early Morning Crash Results In DUI And Pot Grow Discovery

A single vehicle accident into a sideyard fence resulted in the arrest of the driver for DUI, but also revealed a backyard marijuana grow on Eucalyptus Avenue.

September 26, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Board Of Equalization Clarifies Tax Exemption

Members of the California State Board of Equalization approved the publication of amendments to a regulation that will clarify hydroponic farmers may qualify for sales and use tax exemptions. The Board action was taken during its meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 23.

September 25, 2014 | | Local News


Touchdown For Hershey Building

The City of Oakdale named Touchdown Realty as the commercial Realtor that would list for sale or lease the Hershey Building at 120 S. Sierra Ave., Oakdale. City Manager Bryan Whitemyer announced the selection at the Monday, Sept. 15 council meeting.

September 24, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Police Ink Newman Dispatch Contract

In a move that aids the Oakdale Police Department with increased staffing in its communications center, Chief Lester Jenkins announced the city will pursue providing dispatch services for the Newman Police Department.

September 24, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Conflict Of Interest? - Questions Surround Fire Counsel

Attorney William D. Ross represents the Stanislaus Consolidated Fire District. Ross was also the district legal counsel for the Oakdale Rural Fire Protection District. So when the two entities met to draw up agreements, such as merger plans from earlier this year, the question has been asked if Ross had a conflict of interest and could adequately provide legal advice and represent the legal concerns of both sides.

September 24, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


State’s Cleanup Day Yields Tons Of Trash

Californians turned out by the tens of thousands on Sept. 20 to lend their hands in support of clean beaches and inland waterways at the 30th Annual California Coastal Cleanup Day. They scoured beaches and inland waterways, picking up trash and debris at over 850 sites in 55 of California's 58 counties, gathering hundreds of tons of trash during Saturday morning's three-hour event. These volunteers took part in the California Coastal Commission's Coastal Cleanup Day, the state's largest volunteer event. Beach, inland waterway, and community cleanups took place up and down the California coast, from Mexico ...

September 22, 2014 | | Local News


Oakdale Police To Dispatch For Newman Officers

In a move that aids the Oakdale Police Department with increased staffing in its communication center, Chief Lester Jenkins announced the city will pursue providing dispatch services for the Newman Police Department.

September 19, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Intercepted Package Leads To Drug Takedown

A federal investigation regarding the recovery of 20 intercepted packages at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York City led to the arrest of two Modesto residents by the Oakdale Police Department on Wednesday, Sept 17.

September 18, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Almond Pavilion Set To Re-Emerge As Downtown Destination

After laying dormant for over four years, Oakdale's Almond Pavilion is looking to make a revival with new ownership, management, and an interior renovation to bring it back to a premiere wedding, banquet, events, conference, and meeting venue in the city.

September 17, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Fiery Dialogue On Airport

As the FAA and Stanislaus Grand Jury are investigating the Oakdale Airport and asking for more information about how it charges its rates, city officials decided on Monday, Sept. 15 to enter into a long-term lease with an established tenant that is the focus of the economic discrimination accusation.

September 17, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Observance Remembers 9-11 Tragedy

It's a day those who lived through will never forget – Sept. 11, 2001.

September 17, 2014 | Marg Jackson | Local News


Riverbank Murder Suspect Found In Turlock

Stanislaus Sheriff's investigators announced a Riverbank man wanted in connection with a homicide last month that left a 59-year-old man dead was arrested Wednesday night, Sept. 10 in Turlock.

September 11, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


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