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Irrigation Districts Sue Water Board

A group of Central California irrigation districts filed a lawsuit Friday, June 19 that challenges the state's authority to curtail their century-old water rights on the Stanislaus River.

June 24, 2015 | Report Abuse account | Local News


Businessman Fights Carjacker To Avoid Abduction

A local check cashing business owner thwarted his own kidnapping during a carjacking Friday morning, June 18 that left him with only a scraped knee and a bump on his head. His car, a black BMW 525i was taken during the incident but later recovered.

June 22, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Federal Funds Dedicated For Delta Pest Management

A partnership of county, state, and federal agencies, as well as allied boating and water resource protection interests, to improve control of invasive aquatic plants in the Delta has led to $1 million in new funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture-Agricultural Research Service (USDA-ARS), Areawide Pest Management Program, county and state officials announced this week.

May 30, 2015 | | Local News


Canal Case Labeled Homicide

Two men were taken into custody Thursday, May 28, in connection with a body found floating in the canal at Henry and River roads in Escalon.

May 29, 2015 | | Local News


Drowning Claims Lathrop Man At Woodward

Stanislaus County Sheriff's Department officials confirmed reports and updated a previous story that a person drowned during Memorial Day weekend at Woodward Reservoir Regional Park outside of Oakdale on Saturday, May 23.

May 28, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Plunge In To Fun At Community Pool

Just in time for the arrival of some hot weather this weekend, the Royse Memorial Plunge will open for the season.

May 27, 2015 | | Local News


Ceremony Marks Service, Sacrifice Of Veterans

A respectful crowd, many having brought lawn chairs and others choosing to sit on tailgates or simply stand, gathered Monday morning at the Oakdale Citizens Cemetery for the annual Memorial Day service hosted by the Romain Schell Veterans of Foreign Wars Post.

May 27, 2015 | Marg Jackson | Local News


Class Of 2015 Turns The Tassels

Balloons were bought, flowers delivered and tears shed as over 700 students of Oakdale Joint Unified Schools celebrated with commencement ceremonies over the past week. Students of Oakdale Alternative Education, Oakdale Junior High and Oakdale High School each turned tassels as they now begin the next chapter of their lives.

May 27, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Late Spring Drop Seen In Gas Prices

Average retail gasoline prices in Modesto have fallen 4.0 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.44/gallon Monday, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 201 gas outlets in Modesto. This compares with the national average that has increased 3.5 cents per gallon in the last week to $2.75/gallon, according to gasoline price website GasBuddy.com.

May 26, 2015 | | Local News


Seatbelt Use Monitored During Holiday Weekend

The California Highway Patrol (CHP) is joining the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) and law enforcement agencies nationwide to promote the "Click It or Ticket" campaign, which focuses on seat belt use, during this year's Memorial Day Maximum Enforcement Period (MEP).

May 23, 2015 | | Local News


Boaters Can Help Fight Spread Of Invasive Species

California agencies combatting the spread of invasive quagga and zebra mussels remind boaters to remain vigilant over the three-day Memorial Day weekend.

May 22, 2015 | | Local News


Safety Precautions Urged For Holiday Weekend

With great weather expected across most of the Golden State this holiday weekend, CAL FIRE urges everyone to use caution as fire danger remains higher than normal due to the drought. Memorial Day weekend is often said to be the official start of summer with everyone enjoying outdoor activities and recreation during the three-day break.

May 21, 2015 | | Local News


Council Studies Shelter Placement Zoning

With the required state obligation for a "Housing Element" within the city's General Plan, the Oakdale City Council on Monday, May 18 debated areas within the six-square mile town appropriate for various housing needs including in which zones a homeless shelter could be located.

May 20, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Merchants Fuming Over Farmers Market Move

If there was a common reaction among the Third Avenue merchants Thursday afternoon, May 14, it was one of frustration as to why the Oakdale Tourism and Visitors Bureau moved the weekly farmers market from the downtown area to the Oakdale Community Center Plaza.

May 20, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Guzman, Crossman Top Two At OHS

Thirteen years of primary education will officially come to a close for the Class of 2015 this Friday night at the Oakdale High Corral. The 7 p.m. graduation ceremony will be their final moments on the field as Mustangs, only to then become alumni of the school.

May 20, 2015 | Teresa Hammond | Local News


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FAA Notes Airport Violations

After receiving kudos by the Stanislaus Grand Jury weeks ago for its operation of the Oakdale Airport, the city is now being denounced by the Federal Aviation Administration for its non-compliance with FAA assurances and not operating in a manner consistent with the federal obligations, according to a letter obtained by The Leader.

July 15, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


State Halts Park Trail Project

The City of Oakdale has received a directive from a division of the California Environmental Protection Agency to halt further construction to the Valley View Park Trail pending a site investigation plan.

July 15, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Father-Cop Grieves Teen Son’s Death

The devastating story follows the plot of a modern-day Greek tragedy.

July 15, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


McBride Concert Highlights Tuesday Fair Events

Tuesday, July 14 will be 7UP Night at the Fair. $4 off one adult admission ticket and/or $2 off one carnival wristband. Coupon available on 2-liter 7UP bottles, good for this night only.

July 13, 2015 | | Local News


Oakdale BID Violating Brown Act

Across the state, city established business improvement districts (BID) use public money to support the economic growth of small business communities, playing a significant role in a city such as Oakdale that's cut back on many basic services.

July 10, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Skateboard Bill Clears Hurdle

Legislation by Assembly Republican Leader Kristin Olsen, of Modesto, to allow the use of electrically-motorized skateboards in California was approved by the Senate on Thursday, July 9 on a bipartisan vote.

July 09, 2015 | | Local News


Oakdale Man Named To Civil Grand Jury

An Oakdale man is among those selected for the latest civil grand jury.

July 08, 2015 | | Local News


Couple Focuses On Freshness

Matthew and Courtney Smith subscribe to the notion that if you do what you love, you never work a day in your life. This may prove to be a good thing as the young couple moves forward with building the business of their Lucky #19 Ranch, its Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) division, their recent opportunity to operate Bloomingcamp Ranch and the launching of their Farm to Table monthly events.

July 08, 2015 | Teresa Hammond | Local News


Veteran Officer Says Goodbye

After more than 31 years of law enforcement service to the City of Oakdale, Officer Nick McKinnon is finally unpinning his shield and hanging up his gun belt.

July 08, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Council Bans Dumpster Diving

With the transient population growing in the city and the associated problems becoming more noticeable, the Oakdale City Council on Monday, July 6 proposed a city ordinance prohibiting the searching of waste containers, otherwise known as "dumpster diving."

July 08, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Jones Recognized As Veteran Of The Year

Assembly Republican Leader Kristin Olsen, of Modesto, honored Army National Guard Capt. Cynthia Jones as the 2015 Veteran of the Year for the 12th Assembly District. Capt. Jones is currently serving as the Company Commander for the Chinook Unit in Stockton, Bravo Company, 1-126th Aviation Regiment – and is the first woman to serve in this capacity.

July 03, 2015 | | Local News


Air Officials Urge July 4 Fireworks Restraint

As Independence Day approaches, local air officials remind Valley residents that July 4 fireworks increase levels of dangerous particulate matter (PM) and pose a health threat to themselves and their neighbors. Historically, the Valley experiences dangerous particulate levels four or five times higher than the health based federal standards. These spikes are largely attributable to personal fireworks use throughout Valley neighborhoods.

July 02, 2015 | | Local News


Park Rape Investigated

Oakdale Police were on site at a crime-scene tape cordoned off William Meyer Park on East G Street Wednesday morning, July 1, investigating an early morning sexual assault that occurred overnight.

July 01, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Record Crowd Flocks To Annual Carnival

It was a made to order day, as the Kjeldgaard family opened their property to the community for the Eighth Annual Riverbend Ranch Charity Carnival on Saturday, June 27. The upper parking lot of the River Road location remained full and a steady stream of cars came in and out between the 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. event hours.

July 01, 2015 | Teresa Hammond | Local News


State Backtracks On H20 Curtailment

The Oakdale Irrigation District reported on Wednesday, June 24 that state attorneys backed away from curtailment notices directed at more than 200 senior water rights holders in California, now saying they were "courtesy notices" and "advisory" only.

July 01, 2015 | | Local News


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