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New City Manager Sees Busy Schedule

Even before his Aug. 1 start date as interim city manager for the City of Oakdale, Greg Wellman was at city hall getting acquainted with the council members and the executive staff to get caught up on the issues.

August 17, 2011 | Kim Van Meter | Local News


Suspected OPD Materials Thief Turns Self In

Yuri Pearson, 34, the man suspected of stealing a variety of items from a locked storage cabinet in the Oakdale Police Department during a remodel of the station last year, turned himself in Thursday, Aug. 11, according to police reports.

August 12, 2011 | Kim Van Meter | Local News


Home Wine Making Class Featured

Potential home viticulturalists could be in for a treat as Delicato Vineyards will once again be holding its Home Wine Making Workshop on Saturday Aug. 27 and Sept. 3 for those just beginning or those wanting to hone their skills.

August 11, 2011 | | Local News


Duo Hired For Seeking City Grants

With cuts to city staff and the inability of a previously contracted firm to perform, the City of Oakdale has decided to go with a local, smaller firm that has a proven track record in the area of obtaining city grants from state and federal agencies.

August 10, 2011 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Charges Filed Against Valley Home School Superintendent

Valley Home School Superintendent Thomas Kevin Hart was charged with felony child molestation on Friday, Aug 5 by the Stanislaus District Attorney's Office, including two counts of continuous sexual abuse of a child, one count of sexual penetration, and one count of a lewd and lascivious act upon a child.

August 10, 2011 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Food Services Director Resigns Amid Investigation

Longtime Oakdale Joint Unified School District Food Services Director Raymond Martinez abruptly resigned his position, effective Aug. 2 amidst allegations of possible theft, misappropriation of district property, and embezzlement of public funds.

August 10, 2011 | Richard Paloma | Local News


ORFD Program Plays It Safe

It's summer time and Oakdale Rural Fire Protection District (ORFD) has been busy - rescuing people from the Stanislaus River.

August 10, 2011 | Kim Van Meter | Local News


Music Fest Funds Local Scholarships

Each year since 2009, The Heidi Brunk Foundation has been able to offer the chance of a scholarship to more and more students from area high schools so they can pursue their education in music and the arts.

August 10, 2011 | Dawn M. Henley | Local News


Eager Students Search Class Lists

Fair Oaks Elementary students could hardly wait to discover who their new teacher would be for the 2011-2012 school year and there was quite a crowd assembled Thursday, Aug. 4 when the class lists were posted at 4 p.m. School starts bright and early at all Oakdale Unified School District sites Wednesday, Aug. 10.

August 08, 2011 | Kim Van Meter | Local News


Reimbursement Fight Looms For Hospital

In an attempt to fight off cuts that could severely hamper the hospital's operation, Oak Valley Hospital Chief Executive Officer John Friel urged a letter writing campaign to elected officials to block a proposed bill.

August 03, 2011 | Richard Paloma | Local News


New Horse Joins Police Department Family

The Oakdale Police Department equestrian budget is going to double -from $1 to $2 - with the recent addition of Moe, an 8-year-old bay quarter horse gelding.

August 03, 2011 | Kim Van Meter | Local News


Oak Valley Hospital Board Hears Special Districts Threat

The Oak Valley Hospital District governing board was painted a gloomy picture as they were informed of a joint meeting of the California Assembly's Committee on Accountability and Administrative Review and the Local Government Committee that discussed "California's Special Districts: Efficiency and Alternatives."

August 03, 2011 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Website Debuts For City Groups And Events

Described as a "one stop shop for groups and events," city volunteers introduced a new website designed to assist users in getting information about Oakdale all in one location.

August 03, 2011 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Council Members ‘Fence’ Over Issues

Several issues presented to the Oakdale City Council on Monday, Aug. 1 generated discussion by members who showed no hesitation in voicing their opposing views.

August 03, 2011 | Richard Paloma | Local News


OID Support - Life Jacket Program Buoyed

Oakdale fire and rural fire departments have been given $3,000 from Oakdale Irrigation District to use toward the purchase of 140 life jackets for a loaner program being implemented for use on Oakdale's waterways and the Stanislaus River. The OID Board of Directors voted 4-0 to support Oakdale's life jacket program in an action at the Aug. 2 regular meeting. Director Herman Doornenbal was absent.

August 03, 2011 | Dawn M. Henley | Local News


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Influenza Death Reported In Stanislaus County

Stanislaus County Health Services Agency officials are reporting the first influenza (flu) associated death of a county resident less than 65 years old for the 2014-2015 flu season. The decedent, a 43-year-old female, had underlying medical conditions, and died on Feb. 8, 2015.

February 12, 2015 | | Local News


Valentine’s Day Going To The Dogs

With Valentine's Day quickly approaching, California has been ranked the number one most "Puppy Loving" U.S. state, according to new national data.

February 11, 2015 | | Local News


Code Enforcement Void In City

Throughout various Oakdale neighborhoods, there are those houses that tend to stand out and detract from the overall splendor and magnificence this quaint town of 20,000 typically has to offer.

February 11, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


City Accepts Hershey Building Offer

After sitting vacant for nearly three years, the City of Oakdale announced Wednesday, Feb. 4 that it had accepted an offer for the former Hershey Building at 120 S. Sierra Ave.

February 11, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Body Found Outside City Limits

Stanislaus County Sheriff's detectives were investigating a suspicious death at an address in the rural area of Oakdale on the 9500 block of Pioneer Avenue on Monday morning, Feb. 9.

February 10, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


First Spike In Weeks Seen In Pump Prices

Average retail gasoline prices in Modesto have risen 20.2 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.44/gallon Sunday, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 201 gas outlets in Modesto. This compares with the national average that has increased 12.6 cents per gallon in the last week to $2.17/gallon, according to gasoline price website GasBuddy.com.

February 09, 2015 | | Local News


Authorities Urge Caution When Driving In Rain

After a dry period, California is expected to experience heavy rainfall, which has prompted CAL FIRE to urge drivers to be safe on the road. Each year between 450,000 and 500,000 traffic accidents are reported in California alone. One person is killed every two and a half hours, and one person is injured every two minutes, as a result of a traffic collision. Ninety-five percent of crashes are caused by human error. With rain and snow those numbers change. This winter season, CAL FIRE is advising all drivers to take extra precaution while behind the wheel.

February 06, 2015 | | Local News


City Accepts $515K Offer For Hershey Building

After sitting vacant for nearly three years, the City of Oakdale announced Wednesday, Feb. 4 that it had accepted an offer for the former Hershey Building at 120 S. Sierra Ave.

February 05, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Council Agrees To Appoint

Faced with the possibility of financing a $20,000 special election as well as having to wait until the end of the year, the Oakdale City Council unanimously approved moving forward with the decision to appoint someone to fill Don Petersen's upcoming vacant seat.

February 04, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Drought Concerns Linger For Region

After a historically dry January, Oakdale Irrigation District officials are bracing for a fourth year of drought and all its implications.

February 04, 2015 | | Local News


Police Trio Honored For Heroic Actions

Three members of the Oakdale Police Department were recognized for heroic action on Monday night, Feb. 2 stemming from a 2014 incident where a man threatened his family with a knife and who attempted to take his own life in the process.

February 04, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


No Charges Filed Against Restaurateur Accused Of Sexual Assault

For the second time the Stanislaus County District Attorney's Office has asked the court to grant them more time to decide if they will pursue criminal charges against a Turlock man accused of sexually assaulting an employee at his Oakdale pizzeria.

February 03, 2015 | | Local News


Mayor Touts City, Calls For More Retail

Mayor Pat Paul announced that 2014 was a pivotal year for the City of Oakdale in her annual State of the City address on Wednesday at the Bianchi Community Center.

January 29, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


City Concerns Linger: Vagrancy Vs. Homeless

The homeless problem in Oakdale is continuing to be an issue as Neighborhood Watch groups in the city are starting to speak out requesting action as city officials search for an answer.

January 28, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Petersen Resigns From Council

Tuesday night's Oakdale City Council meeting, Jan. 20, came to a surprising end when Councilman Don Petersen announced that he would be resigning his position effective Feb. 28.

January 28, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


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