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Oak Valley Ponders Closing Obstetrics

Citing the financial well-being of the hospital district, Oak Valley Hospital CEO John McCormick announced that he will be looking into shutting down obstetrics treatment and child birthing at the Oakdale hospital.

January 24, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News

Motorcycle Crash Severs Rider’s Foot

Oakdale emergency crews responded to a motorcycle crash on Thursday afternoon, Jan. 17, and requested a helicopter to transport the driver to a Modesto hospital due to a partially severed foot.

January 23, 2013 | | Local News

Murder Suspect Found Dead

Stanislaus County Sheriff's officials announced Thursday, Jan. 17 that Ryan Mazzariello, 26, the suspect in the double homicide at Oakdale Market last November, was found unresponsive in his Stanislaus County jail cell that morning and was later pronounced dead.

January 23, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News

Airport Problems Still Loom

The operational function of the Oakdale Airport essentially remains unchanged as the city council has delayed one longtime lease proposal with one occupant and denied a large hangar lease to another that would have established repair and flight services. Add to that, a city staff reduction that has seen the departure of its part-time airport manager, no public works director in place, and a series of interim city managers has gutted any progress to the 67-year old facility.

January 23, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News

Mayor To Address City

The Oakdale Chamber of Commerce and the City of Oakdale will host its annual State of the City Address on Wednesday, Jan. 30 at the Gene Bianchi Community Center.

January 23, 2013 | | Local News

County Officials Urge Flu Precautions

Cases of Influenza A have been identified in Stanislaus County. Health officials remain concerned because of low vaccination during the fall. The flu vaccine is recommended for everyone six months of age and older. Check with your primary care provider or your local pharmacy for vaccine availability. You can also find a vaccine provider in your area by visiting

January 23, 2013 | | Local News

U.S. Postage Stamp Prices To Rise

On Oct. 11, 2012, the Postal Service announced new prices and product features for the following domestic and international mailing services, effective Jan. 27:

January 23, 2013 | | Local News

Tumbler Damages Canal

An event that geologists refer to as a "rock tumbler" sent a swath of rocks about the size of a half a football field spilling into the main canal just 1,000 feet downstream from Goodwin Dam at 10:45 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 15.

January 23, 2013 | Dennis Wyatt Special To The Leader | Local News

Chamber Honorees Recognized

City leaders, governmental figures, business owners, and well-versed citizens turned out on Friday night, Jan. 18, as the Oakdale Chamber of Commerce hosted its 67th Annual Awards Dinner.

January 23, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News

No Council Meeting Monday or Tuesday

The regular city council meeting scheduled for Tuesday, Jan. 22 has been cancelled. The meeting was originally scheduled for the Tuesday night due the Monday, Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday falling on Jan. 21.

January 18, 2013 | | Local News

Assemblywoman Olsen Saluted For Rural Representation Efforts

The Rural County Representatives of California (RCRC) has selected Assemblywoman Kristin Olsen (R-Modesto) as one of two recipients for the annual "Patti Mattingly Award" for 2012. The Patti Mattingly Award is given to a policymaker who has demonstrated leadership on rural issues and an understanding of the unique challenges that rural communities face.

January 17, 2013 | | Local News

Ceremony Recognizes Veteran For Service

U.S. Representative Jeff Denham (R-Turlock) recently honored Vietnam combat veteran and Turlock native Rufino "Joe" Centeno with the Combat Infantryman Badge (CIB) among other awards and decorations earned for his distinguished service during the Vietnam War in 1968, but did not receive following his discharge from the armed services.

January 16, 2013 | | Local News

River Trail Project Runs Into Barrier

A local councilman's hard fought goal of a river trail from the east to the west side of Oakdale possibly came to a halt when an expected property owner pulled support of an easement that would have allowed trail access from Valley View Park to Kerr Park.

January 16, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News

Oakdale Police Pay Lowest In County

At a time when the City of Oakdale tries to pull itself out from the recent economic downturn, it must weigh the cost of compensating its employees fairly for their services as other cities also recover and offer more competitive wages to pull away qualified personnel.

January 16, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News

Ultimate Honor Awarded - Lifetime Achiever: Frank Clark

Frank Clark is a cornerstone within Oakdale - though he'd be the first to tell you he's not.

January 16, 2013 | Kim Van Meter Special To The Leader | Local News

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Police Investigating Car Dealer Robbery

Oakdale Police were called to a car dealership on West F Street and Reed Road regarding a possible strong-arm robbery where an employee was tied ...

September 30, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News

Bolme Named Newest OJUSD Band Teacher

Julie Bolme is giving back to the music program of Oakdale Joint Unified School District. Skills and passion she once learned from OJUSD music teachers ...

September 30, 2015 | Teresa Hammond | Local News

Rivi’s Sets Thursday Opening Downtown

After months of hard work renovating, jumping hurdles, along with preparation for his vision of a casual place where customers could sit back and enjoy ...

September 30, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News

Oakdale-Riverbank-Escalon AAUW Continues to Promote Young Women

Community members of the tri-city area (Oakdale, Riverbank, Escalon) and beyond have an opportunity to spice up their day on Sunday, Oct. 11and enjoy a ...

September 30, 2015 | Teresa Hammond | Local News

Play Park Renovation In Need Of Volunteers

A vision which to some might seem simple, spawned from an unusual inspiration – the LA riots of 1992. A tragic time for Southern California, which ...

September 30, 2015 | Teresa Hammond | Local News

Tuesday Forum For OID Candidates

The League of Women Voters of Stanislaus County is sponsoring a forum for candidates running for the office of Board of Directors of the Oakdale ...

September 28, 2015 | | Local News

Glenn ‘Bachi’ Bacigalupi, Family Patriarch, Passes At 87

Oakdale's Glenn Bacigalupi, who, along with his family, was honored earlier this year by the Oakdale Chamber of Commerce with their Lifetime Achievement Award ...

September 28, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News

California Trees: State Of Emergency

Senator Tom Berryhill (R-Twain Harte) submitted a request to Governor Jerry Brown and California Office of Emergency Services Director, Mark Ghilarducci, to declare a State ...

September 26, 2015 | | Local News

Students Share the Impact of One Purpose Scholarships

As volunteers came together to report their fundraising progress in the fourth week of the campaign, Luke Gonzales was among the One Purpose scholars on ...

September 25, 2015 | | Local News

Denham Applauds Papal Visit

U.S. Representative Jeff Denham (R-Turlock) issued the following statement after His Holiness Pope Francis of the Holy See's address to a joint session ...

September 24, 2015 | | Local News

OHS Drama Sets the Stage For Joseph

Oakdale High School Drama Department is ready to once again wow audiences and remind the community of its unbridled talent.

September 23, 2015 | Teresa Hammond | Local News

ASTRO Foundation Rolling

The Animal Shelter To Riverbank and Oakdale, more commonly known as the ASTRO Foundation, is set to go mobile. Just two years shy since securing ...

September 23, 2015 | Teresa Hammond | Local News

Bloomingcamp Ranch Hosts Annual Harvest Festival

Bloomingcamp Ranch will host its Annual Harvest Festival this weekend, with activities scheduled on both Saturday Sept. 26 and Sunday, Sept. 27. The two-day celebration ...

September 23, 2015 | | Local News

Every Little Bit Helps To Heal

Even as firefighters finally gain the upper hand on the devastating Butte and Valley fires, efforts to aid those displaced and those who have lost ...

September 23, 2015 | Marg Jackson | Local News

Council Hears More Of Homeless Blight

The city's homeless problem was at the forefront of discussions Monday night at the Oakdale City Council meeting on Monday, Sept. 21.

September 23, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News

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