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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


BMX Riders Honor Turnage’s Memory At Spreckels Park

Jason Turnage couldn't wait until the Spreckels Park BMX track finally opened.

March 21, 2012 | Jason Campbell | Local News


Council Agenda Touches On Wide Variety Of Topics

A moderately attended Oakdale City Council meeting Monday evening saw a mixed bag of action and postponement on an agenda that included several items designed to publicize and promote the city. The meeting started at its usual 7 p.m. time after a two-hour closed door session in which existing and anticipated litigation was discussed. There were no reportable actions that came out of the closed session.

March 21, 2012 | Mike Moon Special To The Leader | Local News


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Kids Spring Fest Fun

Saturday, April 4 marked the 2015 Kids Spring Fest as over 1,000 kids and adults gathered at Kerr Park for a fun day under the sun. The ninth annual event, presented by City of Oakdale and the Kiwanis Club, held four separate egg hunts for kids in varying age groups, up to age 12, along with lunch, games and prize drawings among other activities for both kids and adults.

April 08, 2015 | | Local News


Area Trio Opening Dialogue On Mental Illness

One in four adults, or approximately 61.5 million Americans, have an experience with mental illness in a given year. With a current estimated population of over 21,000 within the Oakdale City limits that's over 5,000 Oakdale community members who will be affected by mental illness in some way.

April 08, 2015 | Teresa Hammond | Local News


Council Taps Murdoch To Fill Vacant Seat

With two members of the Oakdale City Council stating they wanted someone with the same "business sense" as former Councilman Don Petersen, the Oakdale City Council voted 3-1 to appoint local commercial real estate developer Richard Murdoch to the dais for the remaining two years left when Petersen resigned in February.

April 08, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Investigation Recovers Stolen Radioactive Device

An eBay ad and the sharp eye of a tenacious victim led Oakdale Police to recover a $10,000 piece of construction equipment that was taken from a work truck last year.

April 03, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Water Conservation Efforts Expand To Caltrans

Caltrans today announced that the California Transportation Commission has allocated emergency funding to continue installing smart sprinklers on state property, technology that automatically adjusts to weather conditions, soil moisture or broken pipes, and has already helped cut water use 50 percent where installed.

April 02, 2015 | | Local News


Annual Pioneer Rodeo In Late Fall Offers Oakdale Lasting Success

Covered Calistoga wagons and settlements complete with chow carts will descend on Oakdale this November as various Davy Crockett and Daniel Boone characters arrive in the city for the debut of Pioneer Days and the Pioneer Rodeo, The Leader has learned.

April 01, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Testicle Festival – Romancing The Stones

Monday night marked my fourth Oakdale Testicle Festival, taking me a long way from my first time as a newbie with only a few weeks on for The Leader, and an editorial staff of women (sans sports guy) when I was "chosen" to cover the annual event.

April 01, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Veronica’s Care Closet Seeking Donations

As many look ahead to lazy mornings and summer schedules Oakdale High School's Dana McLain has other thoughts on her mind.

April 01, 2015 | Teresa Hammond | Local News


Annual Spring Fest Saturday

The City of Oakdale, in cooperation with the Kiwanis Club of Oakdale, is hosting the ninth annual Kids Spring Fest on Saturday, April 4 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

April 01, 2015 | | Local News


Reclamation Report: No Change In Water Allocation Status

The Bureau of Reclamation reports that, due to continued dry conditions, the initial 2015 water supply allocation released on Feb. 27 for Central Valley Project agricultural contractors and municipal and industrial contractors remains unchanged.

March 30, 2015 | | Local News


Runners Respond To Jessica’s Law Revisions

Jessica's Law authors George and Sharon Runner have responded to the recent decision by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation to stop enforcing Jessica's Law residency restrictions statewide:

March 27, 2015 | | Local News


Museum Scholarship Offered

The Oakdale Cowboy Museum is proud to announce the 2015 Lowell C. "Doc" Dorius scholarship award to graduating high school seniors in the greater Oakdale area. This scholarship fund is in memory of Lowell C. "Doc" Dorius D.V.M. "Doc" had a passion for his profession and specialized in treatment of beef cattle and herd management. He took joy in mentoring young men and women on the care of cattle and they spent many hours with him making calls. A memorial scholarship was established through the Oakdale Cowboy Museum by friends and family after his passing in July of ...

March 26, 2015 | | Local News


Dried And Confused: Lunch Focuses On Water Rights

With California in its third drought year, the Oakdale Chamber of Commerce's 42nd Annual Ag Scholarship Luncheon on March 19 brought in known attorney, Valerie Kinkaid, to discuss its chosen topic, "Three Major Threats to Water Rights."

March 25, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


OTVB – What Direction Now?

With the recent shoot-down of "Pioneer Perfect," the Oakdale Tourism and Visitor's Bureau decided to finally "embrace" "Cowboy Capital of the World" as it continues its mission to develop and promote tourism for the City of Oakdale.

March 25, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


City Opposes Fed Plan

With the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation planning to release significant water flows down the Stanislaus River during a time of continued drought in the area, the City of Oakdale took a stand and opposed the agency's planned actions, expressing serious concerns with its 2015 Drought Contingency Plan.

March 25, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


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