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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


Junior Exhibitors Prep For Fair

The countdown to the county fair is on. Oakdale's FFA and 4-H members are getting their project displays ready, checking the weights of their market animals, practicing showmanship, and getting their equipment together. The Stanislaus County Fair runs July 31 through Aug. 3.
Oakdale High School FFA member Presley Gravatt is taking a market lamb named "Elvis," three Suffolk breeding sheep, and a dairy replacement heifer - a pregnant Holstein named "Lola" - to this year's fair.
One of Gravatt's Ag teachers, Bob Joseph, recently weighed Elvis so that she would know how close she's getting with the ...

July 22, 2009 | Dawn M. Henley | Local News


Wildland Fire Threatened Homes

A 21-year-old woman suffered smoke inhalation and was taken to the hospital after she attempted to extinguish the flames threatening her home as a 20-acre wild land fire between Liberini Avenue and River Road burned trees and grass Sunday, July 12.

July 15, 2009 | | Local News


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Single Engine Challenger Crash Claims Modesto Pilot

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Civil War Battles Staged In Knights Ferry

The annual reenactment of the Civil War was staged over the weekend in Knights Ferry, with a pair of battles on Saturday and two more ...

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Chamber Home Show, Saturday Chili Cook Off

It will be a busy couple of days at the city's Gene Bianchi Community Center, with the annual Oakdale Home Show sponsored by the ...

March 15, 2017 | | Local News


Oakdale Shop Maintains Up Cycle Focus

By TERESA HAMMOND

March 15, 2017 | Teresa Hammond | Local News


Ceja Takes Title As Oakdale’s Distinguished Young Woman

The annual Distinguished Young Women of Oakdale program, sponsored by Soroptimist International of Oakdale, was held Saturday, March 11, at Magnolia School Auditorium. Oakdale High ...

March 15, 2017 | | Local News


Lawsuit Clarification Act Aims To Aid Businesses

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March 15, 2017 | | Local News


Rob Ely Due To Perform At Soroptimist Fundraiser

Soroptimist International of Oakdale will host its annual Motor Madness fundraiser on Saturday, March 25 at 6:30 p.m., at the Gene Bianchi Community ...

March 15, 2017 | | Local News


Local Group Shows Solidarity Against Pipeline

By RAYMOND GIBSON

March 15, 2017 | | Local News


Community Briefs

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Area Gas Prices Rise

Average retail gasoline prices in Modesto have risen 3.6 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.80/gallon Sunday, according to GasBuddy ...

March 15, 2017 | Nina Frisby | Local News


Investigation Begins Into Saturday Plane Crash

National Transportation Safety Board, NTSB, and Federal Aviation Administration, FAA, personnel will be conducting the investigation into the cause of a single engine aircraft crash ...

March 11, 2017 | | Local News


One Fatality In Saturday Plane Crash

A mid-morning crash at the Oakdale Airport had one confirmed fatality and emergency crews and law enforcement personnel on scene.

March 11, 2017 | Marg Jackson | Local News


Datebook

Datebook is your guide to upcoming events in and around the Oakdale area.

March 08, 2017 | | Local News


American AgCredit Outlines 2016 Strong Financial Growth

American AgCredit, the nation's fifth largest agricultural lending cooperative, this week announced a net income of $104.5 million for the year ended Dec ...

March 08, 2017 | | Local News


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