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Rodeo Week In Full Swing

Despite the predictions of rainy weather over the next several days, the Cowboy Capital of the World is in the midst of a hectic, fast-paced and fun Rodeo Week.

April 10, 2012 | Marg Jackson | Local News


Home Damaged By Hit And Run Vehicle

Oakdale Police are investigating an early morning crash on Sunday, April 8 that damaged a home and caused it to catch on fire.

April 09, 2012 | Marg Jackson | Local News


Tax Tip: Don't Forget The Child Tax Credit

If you paid someone to care for your child, spouse, or dependent last year, you may qualify to claim the Child and Dependent Care Credit when you file your federal income tax return. Below are 10 things the IRS wants you to know about claiming the credit for child and dependent care expenses.

April 06, 2012 | | Local News


Stanislaus River Levels Rising

Water levels on the Stanislaus River began increasing on April 1 for required spring fish flows. Information provided by the Oakdale Irrigation District shows that releases from Goodwin Dam have increased daily, starting at 300 CFS (cubic feet per second) on April 1 and rising to 1,250 CFS today, Wednesday, April 4. The river will continue to rise and peak at 2,000 CFS by Saturday, April 7.

April 04, 2012 | Dawn M. Henley | Local News


City Nabs $4M Grant

The City of Oakdale announced the awarding of a $4 million grant issued through Prop 84 with the California Parks and Recreation Department that will fund the building of a brand new skate park plaza located on South Yosemite Avenue.

April 04, 2012 | Kim Van Meter | Local News


Spring Fest, Safety Fair

It's time to spring into warm weather fun with the sixth annual Kids Spring Fest and Safety Day, Saturday, April 7 at Kerr Park from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

April 04, 2012 | | Local News


Solutions Sought - Council Talks Banning Alcohol From Parks

A hot topic discussion item drove citizens to the Monday, April 2 Oakdale City Council meeting to voice their opinions, both for and against, the proposed action to ban all alcohol from city parks.

April 04, 2012 | Kim Van Meter | Local News


City Council Agenda Lists Multiple Items

A decision whether or not to draft an ordinance against drinking in parks and several employment related items top the agenda for the Monday night, April 2 Oakdale City Council meeting.

April 02, 2012 | | Local News


Stanislaus River Levels To Rise Quickly

Beginning on Saturday, April 1, water levels on the Stanislaus River will increase rapidly for required spring fish flows. The Oakdale Irrigation District provided information that shows releases from Goodwin Dam will increase daily.

March 31, 2012 | Dawn M. Henley | Local News


Teams Hosting Pre-Relay Fundraisers

While teams are getting ready for the April 28-29 annual Relay For Life in Oakdale, they are already busy raising funds to add to this year's total from the American Cancer Society.

March 30, 2012 | Marg Jackson | Local News


Oakdale Youths Represent At Challenge of Champions

Oakdale youth rodeo competitors represented the "Cowboy Capital of the World" among nine districts at one of the California High School Rodeos premiere rodeos, "Challenge of Champions" March 23-25 in Plymouth.

March 30, 2012 | | Local News


Steer Escapes Trailer Near Main Intersection

The noon hour lunch rush had a little bit of a different twist in Oakdale on Thursday, March 29.

March 29, 2012 | Marg Jackson | Local News


Survivors, Caregivers Celebrated Saturday

Oakdale's reason to relay – its cancer survivors, those still battling the disease and those who serve as their caregivers – will be feted in a special Saturday celebration on March 31.

March 28, 2012 | | Local News


Library Fundraiser Slated

A fundraising event for Save Stanislaus Libraries will be held at the home of Oakdale Mayor Pat Paul on Thursday, March 29 from 5:30p.m. to 7:30p.m. Co-hosted by Delsie and Roger Schrimp, the event will raise funds and awareness for Measure T, the ballot measure to renew the 1/8 of a penny sales tax that provides 87 percent of the funding for Stanislaus County libraries.

March 27, 2012 | | Local News


Safety and Smiles

Safety with a smile, that's what the Oakdale City Police Department were offering Thursday, March 22 at Magnolia Elementary as Interim Police Chief Lester Jenkins and traffic officer Daniel Peters entertained and educated the afterschool recreation students about bicycle safety. A full story with more pictures will be featured in the Wednesday, March 28 issue of The Oakdale Leader.

March 23, 2012 | Kim Van Meter | Local News


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Bond Refinancing Results In City Savings

Wearing a cowboy hat to reinforce his point, Oakdale City Manager Bryan Whitemyer pioneered the Monday, March 16 Oakdale City Council meeting, telling everyone that at no time the city was ever considering changing its 'Cowboy Capital' motto (see related story on this page).

March 18, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Residents Shoot Down Slogan

City of Oakdale residents have long felt recognition and pride with the city's motto of "Cowboy Capital of the World" but when the Oakdale Travel and Visitors Bureau introduced a marketing slogan of "Pioneer Perfect," many residents expressed outrage, calling for the city and OTVB not to meddle with something already in place.

March 18, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Report Card Issued For Caltrans Projects

Caltrans has published its third issue of The Mile Marker, a periodic reporting of areas where the department is excelling and where further improvement is needed.

March 17, 2015 | | Local News


OTVB Backs Off “Pioneer Perfect”

Following an afternoon press release by the City of Oakdale stating it had been "rumored" that the city was considering changing its slogan and had no intentions of doing so, the Oakdale Tourism and Visitors Bureau sent out its own Friday night statement that it would forego the launch of "Pioneer Perfect" and embrace the city's original motto "Cowboy Capital of the World."

March 14, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Residents View ‘Pioneer Perfect’ As Off Track

City of Oakdale residents have long felt recognition and pride with the city's motto of "Cowboy Capital of the World" but when the Oakdale Travel and Visitors Bureau introduced a marketing slogan of "Pioneer Perfect," many residents expressed outrage, calling for the city and OTVB not to meddle with something already in place.

March 12, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Chilled Response To Annexation Proposal

As Oakdale city leaders proposed annexing a portion of Crane Crossing and expanding its sphere of influence, some property owners spoke out causing the Oakdale City Council to delay the item until more information could be heard.

March 12, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Schools Reach Some Contract Agreements

For the third consecutive month vacant seats were at a minimum for the Oakdale Joint Unified School Board meeting conducted Monday night, March 9. Oakdale City Council chambers were once again filled to capacity as teachers and parents stood along the sides, back and spilled out into the entry way.

March 12, 2015 | Teresa Hammond | Local News


Fatal Crash Results In Charges To Driver

The driver involved in a late summer fiery Knights Ferry crash that claimed the life of a Modesto man was arrested on Friday, March 6 and now faces murder charges for causing the collision.

March 12, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Gallo Center Seeking Local Talent For Competition

Valley's Got Talent, the popular community talent contest that debuted in 2010 as a fundraiser for the non-profit Gallo Center for the Arts, is now accepting contestant applications for its sixth annual event.

March 12, 2015 | | Local News


Pioneer Perfect Slogan Introduced To Council

As the Oakdale Travel and Visitors Bureau attempts to market the city, the topic of "Find Your Inner Pioneer" was presented to members of the city council at their regular meeting on March 2.

March 11, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Long Term Traffic Control On Highway 12

The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) will perform long-term, one-way traffic control via traffic signal on State Route (SR-12) at the Mokelumne River Bridge.

March 09, 2015 | | Local News


Pioneer Perfect Introduced To Council

As the Oakdale Travel and Visitors Bureau attempts to market the city, the topic of "Find Your Inner Pioneer" was presented to members of the city council at their regular meeting on March 2.

March 06, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


City Sets Sights On Fire Grant

Over the last seven years the City of Oakdale has made budgetary reductions including dropping fire department staffing from six on-duty firefighters – three at each of its two stations – to four, with the two city fire stations now staffed with two personnel, one of which is funded by another agency through a partnership.

March 04, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Tulloch Lake Lowering Dominates OID Session

With each passing week without a significant storm, the grip of the four-year California drought squeezes more tightly on water agencies up and down the state. And members of the Oakdale Irrigation District board are feeling the pressure.

March 04, 2015 | | Local News


Armed Teen Arrested Friday Near OHS

An 18-year-old man was arrested by Oakdale Police for possessing a loaded handgun near the high school campus on Friday, Feb. 27 while students were out for the lunch break.

February 27, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


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