May is National Bike Safety Month, and the California Highway Patrol (CHP) is reminding motorists and bicyclists to share responsibility for roadway safety. California's weather allows bicyclists to enjoy riding many months throughout the year. Although bicycle safety should be practiced every day, the month of May has been set aside to draw awareness to how we can all help minimize bicycle injuries and deaths.
Average retail gasoline prices in Modesto have risen 1.7 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.61/gallon Sunday, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 201 gas outlets in Modesto. This compares with the national average that has increased 8.1 cents per gallon in the last week to $2.22/gallon, according to gasoline price website GasBuddy.com.
After a destructive fire season in 2015, conditions in California are already drying out prompting Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr. to declare May 1-7, 2016 as "Wildfire Awareness Week." During Wildfire Awareness Week, CAL FIRE is stressing the critical role all Californians play in preparing for fire season now.
The Oakdale Shelter Pet Alliance will be hosting a pet adoption event at PetCo in the Crossroads Shopping Center in Riverbank on Saturday, May 7 from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. where you can pick up a pet voucher or a new companion.
Columbia College hosted its 47th Commencement on Friday, April 29 at 6:30 p.m. in the Oak Pavilion. A reception for the graduates, their families, friends and guests followed immediately after the ceremony in Carkeet Park next to the pavilion.
Caltrans maintenance crews are busy clearing highways, cutting through steep and narrow mountain passes, including the Sonora pass in Tuolumne County, and the Ebbetts and Monitor passes in Alpine County, with the goal of getting all passes opened soon.
Columbia State Historic Park will present "Diggins Tent Town 1852" – its annual living history event this coming May 19 through May 22. Sponsored by Friends of Columbia and Columbia State Historic Park and depicted by over 150 costumed volunteers, visitors can experience the events and environment of an 1850's mining camp that is re-created in detail from the clothing, food and entertainment.
Classics will soon be cruising in to the area, with trips to Oakdale and Knights Ferry, as part of the Western Gaslight one- and two-cylinder Tour. The automobiles and their owners will be arriving next week and they have planned a day in the Main Street Park in neighboring Escalon with a luncheon on Tuesday, May 10 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
In a swift Oakdale City Council meeting on Monday, May 2, that saw only three of the council members on the dais, Michael Renfrow, who oversees the Oakdale Airport, informed the city council that the status of the facility is improving and it has been granted support for its activities by the Federal Aviation Administration.