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Hospital Board Extends CEO Contract

During the closed session of the Oak Valley Hospital Board on April 27, voting members agreed to extend the contract of Oak Valley Hospital CEO John Friel until February 2012 to ensure the efficient transition into the hospital's new building.

Board President Wendell Chun, in a prepared statement, said the governing body believed Friel should continue leading the organization through the critical conversion phase and was recommending the extension of his CEO contract through February 2012. Chun added the board was prepared to work closely with Friel throughout the process.

April 28, 2011 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Hallam Out, Myers On Leave - City Hall Shake Up

In a surprising move, the Oakdale City Council voted 4-0, with Katherine Morgan unavailable to attend, to release City Manager Steve Hallam during a closed session special noontime meeting on Monday, April 25. Earlier this month, Oakdale Deputy Director of Public Works and Airport Manager David Myers was placed on paid administrative leave pending a hearing date, leaving his employment with the city in question.

April 27, 2011 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Oakdale Airport: What Does The Future Hold?

When arriving at the Oakdale Municipal Airport, one of the first sights off Laughlin Road is a line of empty trucking trailers lining the north perimeter of the facility. From the parking lot, dilapidated and parted out airplanes from another era rest on the tarmac like discarded cars parked on front lawns of low rent neighborhoods. Behind the newer hangars, sit construction equipment, company vehicles, and supplies of a local construction company owner as a storage perk due to his tenancy. Airport offices are shells even though they announce services as a lounge, mechanic, rentals, and instruction.

April 27, 2011 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Shop For Charity Event Coming To Oakdale

Designer fashions are coming to Oakdale - for two days only.

April 27, 2011 | Kim Van Meter | Local News


Weekend Fundraiser Slated For Oakdale Boy

Eight-year-old Gannon Dial, a student at Sierra View Elementary School, has suffered from epilepsy since he was two and has anywhere from 20 to 30 seizures a day. After the failure of numerous medications and other modalities to control his seizures, he has been scheduled to undergo brain surgery on May 4.

April 27, 2011 | Dawn M. Henley | Local News


Hospital Board To Hear Oversight Report

The Oak Valley Hospital Governing Body will hear and is expected to approve the Bond Oversight Committee's final report on the new hospital construction at the Wednesday, April 27 regular meeting.

Construction on the new hospital facility began in 2009. The hospital remains on schedule for a phased-in opening in late 2011.

April 26, 2011 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Graduation Prep

April 22, 2011 | Kim Van Meter | Local News


Nearing $2M — Relay Rallies Community

Teams by the dozens, participants by the hundreds, they converged on the campus of Oakdale High School for a 24-hour period to fight a common foe: cancer.

April 20, 2011 | Marg Jackson | Local News


Ad Hoc Committee Brings Out Discussion

The naming of members to an ad hoc committee that will be exploring a possible sales tax increase generated a plethora of community speakers ranging in disagreement from the proper name of the committee to the opposition of imposing a temporary sales tax increase in the city.

April 20, 2011 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Seniors Protest Proposed Cell Phone Tower

Some area senior citizens are protesting plans to build a 70-foot cell phone tower in the northwest part of Oakdale at a meeting hastily called by seniors, the Community Development Department and AT &T Mobility Company.

April 20, 2011 | John Branch | Local News


Volunteers Offer Helping Hands

Many volunteers in the community perform tasks without any type of recognition simply because they enjoy it. Many of these people quietly contribute their time and effort, making their part of the world a better place.

Read the April 20 issue of The Oakdale Leader to see the first in what will become a regular feature series and get inspired about volunteers who are making difference in Oakdale.

April 15, 2011 | Dawn M. Henley | Local News


Countdown To Relay

Time is ticking down until the start of Oakdale's 10th annual Relay For Life, the signature fundraising event of the American Cancer Society.

Dozens of teams will take to the track, set up on the soccer fields at Oakdale High School, for a 24-hour period from Saturday, April 16 to Sunday, April 17 to raise money and awareness in the fight against cancer.

April 14, 2011 | Marg Jackson | Local News


Local Author Snags Nomination

Reporter by day, romance novelist by night - and weekends - Kimberly Van Meter recently learned that she'd joined the ranks of Nora Roberts, Debbie Macomber, and Brenda Novak when she received a call from the Romance Writers of America (RWA) Friday, March 25 notifying her she'd been selected as a finalist in the 2011 RITA race.

April 14, 2011 | Staff reports | Local News


Wild Rodeo Weekend

A DUI checkpoint sparked a wild pursuit that sent a rented 15-passenger U-Haul van hurtling onto the sidewalk on East F Street in an attempt to bypass the officers, Saturday night, April 9.

April 13, 2011 | | Local News


OVH Board - No Decision On CEO Extension

Despite calling a special meeting on the subject on Wednesday, April 6, the Oak Valley Hospital District Governing Board still has not come to a decision on the fate of Chief Executive Officer John Friel on whether or not to extend his contract as the hospital's top administrator. Friel's current contract ends in October of this year.

April 13, 2011 | Richard Paloma | Local News


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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


Symbiosis Gathering To Return To Woodward Reservoir This September

Symbiosis Gathering is returning to Woodward Reservoir in Oakdale, CA on September 17 - 20, 2015 … and they're celebrating their 10 year anniversary! The Super Early-Bird tickets go on sale on March 3rd and the people behind Symbiosis want the local community to have first dibs on these. Producer Kevin KoChen promises, "This event will draw from the best of years past and look to the future in a production worthy of the decade of decadence."

February 27, 2015 | | Local News


Trio Of Deaths Impact Community

From the unexpected death of a Magnolia Elementary School sixth grader to a pair of deaths in violent auto accidents, the Oakdale community was reeling this week from the recent losses.

February 25, 2015 | Marg Jackson | Local News


Local Support For Those Living Through Loss

Fay Jacobsohn and Dorothy Villines are making lemonade from lemons, in the way of helping others. The two-woman team will facilitate the GriefShare Support Group as a service to the community.

February 25, 2015 | Teresa Hammond | Local News


Council Approves Property Transfers

Members of the Oakdale City Council are still sorting out and finalizing property issues associated with the now-defunct Oakdale Redevelopment Agency.

February 25, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


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