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Americans With Disabilities Passage Marks Anniversary

The day the Americans With Disabilities Act passed in 1990, U.S. Sen. Tom Harkin delivered a speech from the Senate floor in a way most of his colleagues didn't understand.

July 25, 2015 | | Local News

Americans With Disabilities Passage Marks Anniversary

The day the Americans With Disabilities Act passed in 1990, U.S. Sen. Tom Harkin delivered a speech from the Senate floor in a way most of his colleagues didn't understand.

July 24, 2015 | | Local News

Air District Training Workshop

The San Joaquin Valley Air District will hold a free training workshop on Tuesday, July 28 for enterprising individuals interested in being placed on the District's list of Registered Wood Burning Heater Professionals (RWBHP).

July 23, 2015 | | Local News

Tip Leads To Illegal Weapon And Marijuana

On Tuesday, July 21, Oakdale Police Detectives seized over 100 marijuana plants and a number of assault weapons after conducting a surveillance of a building on S. Sierra Avenue.

July 22, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News

Successful Run For Fair

Butterflies, midway lights, and daily concert nights were just a few of the many highlights as the Stanislaus County Fair celebrated its 104th year.

July 22, 2015 | | Local News

Senate Bill Could Affect Street Names

Fresh on the heels of the anti-Confederate hysteria that has swept the country following the heinous June 17 attack on a church in Charleston that killed nine, California state senator Steve Glazer of Orinda has jumped on the bandwagon and put forward a bill to ban the use of Confederate names for "schools, buildings, and other public facilities."

July 22, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News

Celebrate National Day Of American Cowboy

Oakdale is known as the Cowboy Capital of the World, so this weekend's observance of National Day of the America Cowboy should rope in plenty of participants.

July 22, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News

Concert Series Returns To River Oak Grace

The River Oak Grace Amphitheater will once again be alive with music from visiting musicians. On Friday, July 31 River Oak Grace Community Church will host Canadian Christian Rock group Hawk Nelson as they present the beginning of the 2015 Concert Series. Other bands scheduled to perform are I Am They on Aug.t 29 and Sanctus Real, Sept. 25. Tickets for the first and third performances in the series are $10 per person in advance or $15 per person at the gate. I Am They will be a love offering event.

July 22, 2015 | Teresa Hammond | Local News

Council Approves Business Incentives

In an effort to attract new business in town, the Oakdale City Council on Monday, July 20 approved a program to provide grants to new businesses opening, or existing businesses expanding, within vacant store fronts.

July 22, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News

Vogel Earns Farm Bureau Endorsement For Assembly

Earlier this month, the San Joaquin Farm Bureau Federation (SJFBF) announced its endorsement of farmer and former County Supervisor Ken Vogel for the 12th Assembly District that covers portions of Stanislaus and San Joaquin counties. The seat is currently held by Assemblywoman Kristin Olsen of Modesto.

July 20, 2015 | | Local News

Community Forum On Homeless

An informational meeting regarding the homeless in Oakdale is scheduled for Thursday, July 23 and everyone in the community is encouraged to attend.

July 18, 2015 | | Local News

OID Leader Blasts State Water Board

Steve Knell, General Manager of the Oakdale Irrigation District called the state water board's attempt to restrict century-old water rights "a complete waste of time" Wednesday after the state partially rescinded thousands of curtailment orders.

July 17, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News

Locals Show Promise At County Fair

Somewhat mild temperatures following a temporary heat wave were a welcome surprise for organizers and attendees on Friday, July 10 as the first day for the Stanislaus County Fair. The annual event continues through Sunday, July 19. Carnival hours are 5 p.m. to midnight, Monday through Friday and noon to midnight Saturday and Sunday.

July 15, 2015 | | Local News

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

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Young Entrepreneurs Encouraged To Apply For NFIB Scholarships

The National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) Young Entrepreneur Foundation announced that its scholarship application for the 2017 NFIB Young Entrepreneur Awards is now open ...

October 26, 2016 | | Local News

Crosstown Big Fix Project

The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) will close the eastbound direction of SR-4/Crosstown Freeway for highway construction.

October 26, 2016 | | Local News

Take Your Pick Of Apple History And Trivial Facts

Though apples are enjoyed across the globe, many people associate apples with the United States of America. That's in spite of the fact that ...

October 26, 2016 | | Local News


Valley Home Students were recently acknowledged for their scholastic efforts at the Student of the Month assembly. Students honored were: Bryce Eskew, Derek Silva, Jamie ...

October 19, 2016 | | Local News

Spooky Trekkers Walk

The Delta Tule Trekkers are hosting a fun "Spooky Walk" at Caswell Memorial State Park, 28000 Austin Road, Ripon, this coming Halloween weekend. Walks will ...

October 19, 2016 | | Local News

MJC Opens San Joaquin Blues Production On Stage This Week

The Modesto Junior College Theater Department presents San Joaquin Blues, an award winning original play about life in the mid-1960's in the Central Valley ...

October 19, 2016 | | Local News

Meeting Offers Information On Pharmacy Tech Program

Modesto Junior College Workforce Development has scheduled a Pharmacy Technician Training Program information meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 25 at 6 p.m. in John Muir ...

October 19, 2016 | | Local News

Oakdale Animal Shelter Seeking More Volunteers

The Oakdale Animal Shelter, 9800 Liberini Avenue, serves Oakdale and Riverbank and they are in need of volunteers Monday through Saturday between 9 a.m ...

October 19, 2016 | | Local News


Sierra View Elementary school librarian Gwen Schmitt, left was recently joined by Kiwanis Club President Nanci Tougaw and Principal David Kindred in the school library ...

October 19, 2016 | | Local News

School Bus Safety Week

The school year is in full swing and so is the increase of school buses on our roadways. Over one million children in California ride ...

October 19, 2016 | | Local News

Annual Jog-A-Thon Continues Strides Of Success

Weather proved to be the number one topic throughout Oakdale Joint Unified School District Elementary schools last week, as parents, administrators and teachers were faced ...

October 19, 2016 | | Local News

Homecoming Powder Puff Battle Ends In Tie

The annual Homecoming week Juniors vs. Seniors powder puff flag football game took place on Wednesday, Oct. 12. Thousands of fans gathered to watch the ...

October 19, 2016 | Dennis D. Cruz | Local News

Don’t Rain On Our Parade

Rainy weather arrived just prior to the start of the annual Oakdale High School Homecoming Parade on Friday afternoon, with the parade stepping off a ...

October 19, 2016 | Dennis D. Cruz | Local News


Chosen as the 2016 football Homecoming royalty were Homecoming Queen Deonna Osmundson, left, and Princess Grace Verdegaal, the two taking a moment to smile for ...

October 19, 2016 | Dennis D. Cruz | Local News

Capital Projects, Budget Scrutinized At Session

As the city recovers its financial health, it will begin moving forward with some major street, water, and sewer projects, some of which had been ...

October 19, 2016 | Richard Paloma | Local News

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