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November Initiative - City Wants Tax On Ballot

Fearing a 17 percent cut in city services with the loss of current Measure O funds, the Oakdale City Council on Monday night voted 4-1 in favor of requesting the county to place an initiative basically extending the current sales tax measure another five years on the November ballot.

April 23, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


New Stanislaus Consolidated Chief Appointed

The search to lead the Stanislaus Consolidated Fire Protection ended when the district's board voted 4-0 and announced the appointment of its new fire chief, Randall Bradley, at its April 10 meeting. He will be paid $157,000 per year to lead the department.

April 18, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


State Route 99 Enforcement Effort

The majority of collisions in the Central Division that end in death or injury begin with a speeding or aggressive driver. To address this issue, the California Highway Patrol (CHP) has embarked on a yearlong, lifesaving endeavor to reduce the frequency of these collisions.

April 17, 2014 | | Local News


REPORTER’S NOTEBOOK – One Greenhorn And 464 Cowgirls

I have to admit, this is my first experience with Rodeo Week due to usually taking anniversary vacations in April during my time here at The Leader.

April 16, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Join In Kids Spring Fest Saturday

Weather forecasters are calling for sunny skies and temperatures peaking in the 80s on Saturday, picture perfect for some egg hunting and fun.

April 16, 2014 | | Local News


Saturday Parade Kicks Off Rodeo Weekend

The final event in nearly a week of festivities before the start of the actual rodeo, Saturday morning's parade along F Street through downtown Oakdale draws dozens of entries and hundreds of participants.

April 16, 2014 | | Local News


High-Flying Rodeo Success

From the nearly perfect weather to well-attended events throughout the week, Oakdale's 63rd annual PRCA Rodeo culminated with a fast-paced weekend of competition. All Around champion at the Oakdale Saddle Club-sponsored rodeo was Elko, Nevada resident Dakota Eldridge. He earned the title and the championship buckle, finishing in the money in both steer wrestling and tie down roping.

April 16, 2014 | | Local News


Screening Of ‘Chasing Ice’ Planned

The Modesto Junior College Civic Engagement Project (CEP) invites the community to a screening of the documentary film "Chasing Ice" on Thursday, April 17, at 7p.m. in Forum 110 on East Campus, 435 College Ave., Modesto. This is the final event of the CEP Spring Film and Lecture Series and admission is free. Campus parking is available for $1 in student parking lots.

April 15, 2014 | | Local News


Reclamation Increases Stanislaus River Flows

Beginning on Monday, April 14 the Bureau of Reclamation began increasing releases from Goodwin Dam into the Stanislaus River to benefit Stanislaus River steelhead and San Joaquin River Chinook salmon. Goodwin Dam is located downstream from Tulloch Dam and New Melones Dam and Reservoir, features of the Central Valley Project.

April 14, 2014 | | Local News


Emergency Dispatchers Recognized For Service

You may be in the midst of a chaotic moment, a health crisis, or even worse and the three numbers that come to mind to call in the emergency are 9-1-1. The people answering the phones are highly trained professionals who may calmly give direction on what to do, or perhaps give life-saving instructions. The California Highway Patrol (CHP) honors the brave men and women you do not see who are behind the scenes. National Public Safety Telecommunicators week is April 13 – 19 and it is a chance to give thanks to the men and women on the other end ...

April 11, 2014 | | Local News


Computer Classes Legislation Gets Committee Nod

Assemblymembers Kristin Olsen, R-Modesto, and Joan Buchanan, D-Alamo, have announced that AB 1764, a bill that would encourage districts to expand computer science courses in high schools, has unanimously passed the Assembly Committee on Education.

April 10, 2014 | | Local News


Plethora Of Issues - Council Addresses Issues, Brennan Offers Apology

Plenty of action items for the Monday, April 7 Oakdale City Council meeting saw a proposal that the city half-cent sales tax be extended for another five years, a narrowly passed move to purchase water conservation software, opposing public comments on the Valley View River Access Trail, and a questionable apology by a city councilman regarding comments made in a recent Oakdale Leader article.

April 09, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Hundreds Turn Out To Love Oakdale

From one end of the community to the other, volunteers fanned out to attack overgrown lawns, clean up alleyways, spruce up planter boxes, help their neighbors and, just generally, Love Oakdale.

April 09, 2014 | Marg Jackson | Local News


MJC Hosts Poetry Reading

The Modesto Junior College Visiting Author Series will host a poetry reading by Patricia Smith and June Sylvester Saraceno on Tuesday, April 15 at 6:30p.m. in the Music Recital Hall on East Campus, 435 College Ave., Modesto. The event is free and open to the public.

April 08, 2014 | | Local News


Regional Transportation Plan Now Up For Review

The Stanislaus Council of Governments (StanCOG) has released its Draft 2014 Regional Transportation Plan/Sustainable Communities Strategy (RTP/SCS) and associated Draft Program Environmental Impact Report (PEIR) for a public review and comment period.

April 07, 2014 | | Local News


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Observance Remembers 9-11 Tragedy

It's a day those who lived through will never forget – Sept. 11, 2001.

September 17, 2014 | Marg Jackson | Local News


Emergency Domestic Water Well Financial Assistance Offered

On Aug. 26, the Stanislaus County Board of Supervisors approved a pilot program to assist domestic/residential well owners that are experiencing "dry well" conditions. Loans will be offered on a first-come, first-served basis after a fully completed application is received and approved.

September 12, 2014 | | Local News


Riverbank Murder Suspect Found In Turlock

Stanislaus Sheriff's investigators announced a Riverbank man wanted in connection with a homicide last month that left a 59-year-old man dead was arrested Wednesday night, Sept. 10 in Turlock.

September 11, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Grand Jury Exploring Airport Matters - FAA Still Wants More Info

The Stanislaus Civil Grand Jury has made a formal request to the City of Oakdale for records pertaining to the operation and maintenance of Oakdale Municipal Airport according to an Aug. 27 letter shared by Oakdale City Manager Bryan Whitemyer.

September 10, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Laced Candy Sends Student To Hospital

Oakdale Police are investigating an incident where two Oakdale High School students, girls, both 14, claimed to have ingested candy laced with an unknown substance causing them to become ill.

September 10, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Highway Patrol Enforcement Effort Yields Citations

California Highway Patrol Officers along the Freeway 99 corridor stretching from Bakersfield in the south to Modesto in the north issued 405 citations for distracted driving violations.

September 07, 2014 | | Local News


Grand Jury Exploring Airport Matters

The Stanislaus Civil Grand Jury has made a formal request to the City of Oakdale for records pertaining to the operation and maintenance of Oakdale Municipal Airport according to an Aug. 27 letter shared by Oakdale City Manager Bryan Whitemyer.

September 06, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Police Investigate Drug OD By Infant

Oakdale Police are investigating the circumstances that sent a nine-month old female to the hospital due to an opiate overdose in the early morning hours on Thursday, Sept. 4. The infant is recovering in a Madera hospital.

September 05, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Laced Candy Sends OHS Student To Hospital

Oakdale Police are investigating an incident where two Oakdale High School students, girls, both 14, claimed to have ingested candy laced with an unknown substance causing them to become ill.

September 04, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Ball Forced To Can Workers – ConAgra Decision Impacts 159

Oakdale's largest employer's decision to contract to a foreign company has affected the jobs of the city's third largest employer, who as a result, will be cutting over half of its workforce this fall.

September 03, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


OID Meeting - Directors Review Drought Plan Options

Even a winter blessed by above-average Valley rain and Sierra snow won't be enough to eliminate the ongoing effects of the three-year drought in California, Oakdale Irrigation District directors were told Tuesday morning.

September 03, 2014 | | Local News


Operation Lifesaver Marks September As Rail Safety Month

There are 5,352 miles of railroad in California and 10,285 grade crossings. Last year there were 72 trespasser fatalities and 41 highway-rail crossing fatalities, all of which could have been avoided if trespassers and drivers were obeying the laws. California ranks #1 in the nation in both Trespassing and Grade Crossing Deaths. Last year in California there were a total of 146 highway grade-crossing incidents.

September 01, 2014 | | Local News


Duo Arrested For Theft of Dead Man’s Assets

A coroner's investigation into the next of kin for a deceased homeless man led detectives to discover that $18,000 had been taken from the dead man's bank account the day after his death.

August 29, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Care Center Welcomes New Resident Cat

Amid plenty of pomp and circumstance, Oak Valley Care Center welcomed a new resident on Friday.

August 29, 2014 | Marg Jackson | Local News


Wife Says Standoff Could Have Been Averted

An Oakdale woman claims her family has been "traumatized and falsely labeled" after a hostage incident requiring a police response involving her husband last month. She believes the whole ordeal could have been prevented had hospital mental health officials handled his admissions properly on two separate occasions over a four-day period, including the day of the incident.

August 27, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


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