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Solar Eclipse This Sunday

This Sunday, May 20, there will be a partial solar eclipse visible from the Oakdale/Modesto/Sonora area.

May 19, 2012 | | Local News


Donations Sought As Family Fights Illness

Justin Myers, an Oakdale graduate, has been fighting a mysterious illness that was discovered when he was in junior high. The Oakdale Leader has followed Justin's journey through several stories, including when he received his restored 1969 Chevy Camaro through the Make-A-Wish program. After eight years of frequent blood transfusions for what they can only determine is Pure Red Cell Anemia (partial bone marrow failure), Justin is showing signs of major organ failure. His liver is in Stage 3 Fibrosis due to iron overload, which drops his odds to 70-75 percent. Treatments are no longer effective but they have ...

May 18, 2012 | | Local News


Council Candidate Has Past Rape Arrest

In a recent discovery, The Leader has learned that Oakdale City Council hopeful Scott Jaspar was arrested for rape and penetration with a foreign object that occurred in Nevada County in 2007.

May 17, 2012 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Feathers Tapped As Manager

The Oakdale City Council announced that former Atwater Assistant City Manager Stan Feathers will take over as the part-time interim city manager on July 1when current Interim City Manager Greg Wellman is required to leave the post.

May 16, 2012 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Overworked, Understaffed - City Audits Arrive Late

After a series of city financial crises coming to light, Finance Director Albert Avila assured Oakdale Interim City Manager Greg Wellman that the city's tardy 2010-2011 audit would be received by Friday, May 11 and delivered to the city council. Last week the council also just received notice of the 2009-2010 audit report that had been withheld for nearly a year.

May 16, 2012 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Housecleaning Leaves Leadership Quandary

Since the seating of the current city council in November of 2010, the City of Oakdale tribunal has purged or presided over the departure of nearly all of its department heads. Of the two that remain; the public works director has been given notice he will no longer be employed after July and the finance director may be in jeopardy of being gone by this July also.

May 16, 2012 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Former Mayor Speaks Out About City Finances

Past Oakdale Mayor Farrell Jackson believes much that is being declared about the city's financial status may not be completely accurate.

May 16, 2012 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Special Session To Discuss Finance Director

The Oakdale City Council announced that it will be holding a special meeting on Monday, May 14 at 6 p.m. in closed session to discuss the performance of Finance Director Albert Avila.

May 12, 2012 | Richard Paloma | Local News


DNA May Reveal Deceased Baby's Mother

On Dec. 1, 2011 Sheriff's Deputies responded to the Bait Barn located at 12505 Yosemite Blvd in Waterford for an infant found in a garbage can. Fire personnel immediately responded and the infant was pronounced deceased.

May 11, 2012 | | Local News


City To Finally Receive 2010-2011Audit

After a series of city financial standings coming to light, Finance Director Albert Avila has assured Oakdale Interim City Manager Greg Wellman that the city's 2010-2011 audit will be received by Friday, May 11 and delivered to the city council. The council also just received notice of the 2009-2010 audit that had been withheld for nearly a year.

May 09, 2012 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Council Debates Vacancy

Gridlocked by a series of two-two split motions, a packed council chambers on Monday possibly saw a glimpse into the future of a polarized Oakdale City Council stalemated on controversial agenda voting items if a fifth and deciding member is not appointed.

May 09, 2012 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Perfect Day For Celebrating Flight

When the forecast calls for clear and sunny skies with a light breeze, it is a perfect day for flying.

May 09, 2012 | Mike Moon Special To The Leader | Local News


Oakdale Residents Fill Several ‘Wrath’ Roles

Ma Joad is a strong and resilient woman. Tested by a harsh life on the family farm in Oklahoma, she has been the cement that has kept her family together. But the Great Depression of the 1930s and the horrific dust bowl conditions that accompanied that event, have just about worn her down. According to Jenni Abbott who portrays Ma in the critically and audience acclaimed production, currently running at the Gallo Center for the Arts in Modesto, she is "a woman who faces a dilemma. What do you give when you have nothing? But she is a woman with ...

May 09, 2012 | Mike Moon Special To The Leader | Local News


Hospital Audit Questions New Construction Costs

An independent audit done at the request of Oak Valley Hospital CEO John McCormick earlier this year has identified $689,106 in questionable costs and $30,043 in unsupported costs for the new hospital construction project.

May 09, 2012 | Richard Paloma | Local News


City Treasurer Plans Resignation

City Treasurer Mike Murray has indicated he plans on resigning his position surrounding concerns of city financial mismanagement and a dispute in the process in which he was asked to sign overdue statements.

May 09, 2012 | Richard Paloma | Local News


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Sconza Employee Files Federal Labor Charges Against Union

A Sconza Candy Company employee has filed federal charges against a local bakers union and her employer for a litany of rights violations regarding mandatory union membership and a subsequent suspension she received for not joining the union in a timely manner.

November 10, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Abnormal Conditions Create High Levels Of Pollution

Extreme weather conditions have led to abnormally high pollution conditions rarely seen in the Valley this time of year.

November 07, 2014 | | Local News


Bushwacker Bucks Legendary Career Into Retirement

The most prominent figure in sports to retire this year not named Derek Jeter lives right here in Oakdale.

November 05, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Irrigation District Enacts Higher Fees

With little fanfare and no public comment, the Oakdale Irrigation District raised the price of water for its 2,900 agricultural customers Tuesday. Later, board members moved to soften the financial impact of higher rates by supporting a proposal to help farmers pay for projects to improve irrigation efficiency.

November 05, 2014 | | Local News


Voters Give Thumbs Up For Measure Y

Oakdale voters overwhelmingly approved continuation of a half-cent sales tax in voting on Tuesday, Nov. 4.

November 05, 2014 | Marg Jackson | Local News


Largent Claims Seat On Escalon School Board

Longtime Escalon Unified School District board member John Largent was returned to the board by an overwhelming majority in the Tuesday election.

November 05, 2014 | Marg Jackson | Local News


CHP Continues Distracted Driving Campaign Crackdown

In response to this growing incidence of distracted driving, the California Highway Patrol (CHP) has launched a yearlong, Adult Distracted Driving traffic safety campaign in partnership with the Office of Traffic Safety and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. A minimum of 80 distracted driving enforcement operations and at least 500 traffic safety presentations will be completed statewide by the end of September 2015.

November 03, 2014 | | Local News


Amtrak Train Hits And Kills Pedestrian

Riverbank Police and Emergency crews responded to a report of a pedestrian struck by an Amtrak train around 9:13 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 31 near the area of Terminal Avenue and Claribel Road.

October 31, 2014 | | Local News


Denham Cites Valley Water As High Priority

While in the ag-rich Central Valley during a break from politicking in Washington D.C., Congressman Jeff Denham stopped by the offices of The Oakdale Leader to discuss certain federal issues that are affecting Central Valley residents he represents in California's 10th Congressional District.

October 29, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Tax Measure Tops Ballot

Oakdale voters will be voting for mayor, two open city council seats and determining whether or not to extend a half-cent sales tax assessment on Tuesday, Nov. 4.

October 29, 2014 | | Local News


Time To Experience The Zombie Train

The Zombie train rolled into Oakdale earlier this year and is now reaching a fever pitch, as we near the conclusion of the Halloween season.

October 29, 2014 | Virginia Still | Local News


Declaration Sheds Light On Sexual Assault Allegation

Court papers filed shortly after a sexual assault complaint was made against a local pizzeria owner give insight to the circumstances surrounding his Oct. 20 arrest by Oakdale Police.

October 27, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Priceless Catch – Home Run Ball Finds Oakdale Fan

The most dramatic hit in the era of the modern day San Francisco Giants – a three-run, pennant clinching blast off the bat of journeyman Travis Ishikawa – landed in the hands of Oakdale's Frank Burke.

October 22, 2014 | Marg Jackson | Local News


Protest Votes Not Enough To Deny OID Hike

There may be uncertainty about how much water will be available for farmers in drought-stressed California next year, but one thing is clear in the Oakdale Irrigation District – water will cost more.

October 22, 2014 | | Local News


Business Proprietor Arrested For Sexual Assault

The proprietor of an Oakdale pizza restaurant that recently closed its doors was arrested on Monday, Oct. 20 for a sexual assault incident that occurred at the establishment in September.

October 20, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


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