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Ball Can Cuts 159 Jobs

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

August 28, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Ten-Year Milestone For UC Merced

The University of California, Merced, marks a major milestone this week with the start of the 2014-15 academic year - its 10th since opening its doors in 2005 as the first new UC campus in 40 years.

August 28, 2014 | | Local News


Area Camp Celebrates 90th Year Of Getting Dirty

Dirt trails, rustic cabins, ropes courses and 20 acres of possibility were home to 254 campers this summer as guests of Camp Jack Hazard, celebrating its 90th anniversary year.

August 27, 2014 | Teresa Hammond | 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


Fatal Accident On Highway 108

Emergency personnel responded to a fatal injury accident midafternoon Tuesday, Aug. 26 along Highway 108 near Lover's Leap. Initial reports from the scene indicated at least one confirmed fatality in the crash that occurred about 2:30 p.m., with the Stanislaus County Coroner called to the scene, and two others listed as 'critical' when transported out. At least one victim was flown out via air ambulance and authorities reported victims had serious burns due to the crash and a vehicle fire, which also started an adjacent field fire.

August 27, 2014 | | Local News


Chamber Endorses Measure Y

Members of the Oakdale Chamber of Commerce became involved in the upcoming local election and voted to endorse and support Measure Y – the local sales tax imitative that will continue the half-cent sales tax.

August 27, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Chamber Endorses Measure Y

The Oakdale Chamber of Commerce became involved in the upcoming local election and voted to endorse and support Measure Y – the local sales tax imitative that will continue the half-cent sales tax.

August 22, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Musical Entertainment Due At Sierra View Fest

A variety of artists will be hitting the stage at J-H Ranch in Oakdale for the sixth annual Sierra View Music Festival as local resident and business owner, Jim Brunk, brings big name bands and sounds to town on Saturday, Aug. 23. Gates open at 1 p.m. and the music will start at 1:30 p.m.

August 22, 2014 | Virginia Still | Local News


Senate Bill Focuses On Veterans’ Tax Benefits

A proposal sponsored by George Runner to protect California's disabled veterans cleared the Assembly this week with unanimous, bipartisan support, and now awaits action by Governor Jerry Brown.

August 21, 2014 | | Local News


Hensley/ Menge Earn Coveted Spot Among Elite Crew

In March, SMART Exemplary Educators were invited to attend the 2014 SMART Summit to be held in Calgary, Alberta, Canada from July 20-26. There was a written, as well as video portion to the application. The 2 minute video was on the applicant's "SMART Breakthrough Moment" and was posted on social media sites for public voting. In mid Spring the two educators were among the 76 notified from 17 countries that they were selected for the all expense paid, week long trip. Among those 76 were Amanda Hensley, sixth grade teacher of Sierra View Elementary and Danessa Menge, Seventh ...

August 20, 2014 | Teresa Hammond | Local News


Sweepstakes Sweetheart - District Teacher Has Winning Year

The 2014 year is proving to be one 'winning' year for Danessa Menge. The Oakdale Junior High English teacher was featured in The Leader pages on Aug. 13 as one of 70-plus selectees for a recent SMART summit, a once described 'dream' experience for an educator.

August 20, 2014 | Teresa Hammond | Local News


Council Approves Fire Service Transfer

After putting finishing touches on a fire contract to have the Stanislaus Consolidated Fire Protection District assume fire service for the City of Oakdale and transfer its existing fire personnel to become employees of the district, the Oakdale City Council voted 5-0 Monday night to approve the handover, which is expected to become effective Sept. 1.

August 20, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


OID Rate Hike Study A ‘Go’

Oakdale Irrigation District directors moved a step closer Tuesday morning to raising agricultural water rates for the first time in three decades. Next, it will be up to the district's 2,900 customers to vote on whether they agree to pay significantly more for their water.

August 20, 2014 | | Local News


Fresh Made Fun

Just a couple more weeks remain for the city's Farmers' Market, offered each Wednesday night in the downtown area.

August 20, 2014 | | Local News


Survey Shows Continued Gas Price Decline

Average retail gasoline prices in Modesto have fallen 1.7 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.75/g Sunday, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 201 gas outlets in Modesto. This compares with the national average that has fallen 2.0 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.45/g, according to gasoline price website GasBuddy.com.

August 19, 2014 | | Local News


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Comment Period Extended On State’s Watershed Plan

Gov. Jerry Brown wants to see an amicable solution reached when it comes to protecting endangered fish on the Stanislaus, Tuolumne and Merced rivers.

January 18, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local News


Community Briefs

Last Chance To Skate

January 18, 2017 | | Local News


FLAG PROJECT PREP

In advance of placing American flags throughout the community for the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday observance on Monday, Jan. 16, Oakdale Lions Club members ...

January 18, 2017 | Marg Jackson | Local News


Cambodian Lions Visit Counterparts In 95361

The motto of Lions International is about as simple as it can come: "We Serve." Their Mission Statement is a bit more in depth: "To ...

January 18, 2017 | Teresa Hammond | Local News


Stanislaus County Reports First Flu Death Of 2017

Stanislaus County Health Services Agency officials are reporting the first influenza (flu) associated death for the 2016-2017 flu season. The deceased, a 59 year-old man ...

January 18, 2017 | | Local News


Study Casts Doubt On State’s Strategy

A scientific study covering 11 years of fish migration on the Stanislaus River underscores how simply sending more water downstream may not be doing endangered ...

January 18, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local News


Chamber’s Lifetime Achievement Award Honors Bob, Linda Meyer

The Meyer family of Oakdale dates back to 1867, with even a city park – William Meyer Park – on East G Street at the corner of ...

January 18, 2017 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Variety Of Entertainment This Month At Black Oak

Black Oak Casino Resort will maintain its reputation as the ultimate destination for entertainment in 2017. This January, the property will welcome a wide variety ...

January 11, 2017 | | Local News


Valentine’s Day Mansion Marriages

Stanislaus County Clerk/Recorder/Commissioner of Civil Marriages Lee Lundrigan and her staff invite engaged couples to join them as they perform marriage ceremonies on ...

January 11, 2017 | | Local News


Wounded Warrior Joins Denham Staff

U.S. Representative Jeff Denham (R-Turlock) on Tuesday welcomed retired Staff Sgt. Peter Butler of Turlock as a Wounded Warrior Fellow in his Modesto office ...

January 11, 2017 | | Local News


Caltrans Appoints New Strategic Chief

Caltrans recently announced the appointment of Blair Thompson to be its first Chief of Innovation, Risk and Strategic Management. Thompson will oversee a newly created ...

January 11, 2017 | | Local News


Community Briefs

Accordion Players Meet

January 11, 2017 | | Local News


Small Hike Seen In Local Gas Price

Average retail gasoline prices in Modesto have risen 4.3 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.62/gallon Sunday, according to GasBuddy ...

January 11, 2017 | | Local News


Association Of University Women Gather For First Session Of 2017

The American Association of University Women (AAUW), Oakdale Riverbank Escalon Branch, is holding its first membership meeting for 2017, on Thursday, Jan. 12, at 7 ...

January 11, 2017 | | Local News


Special Package Delivery Brightens Soldiers’ Holiday

A former Oakdale resident now serving in the U.S. Air Force was one of the recipients of a care package sent out by a ...

January 11, 2017 | | Local News


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