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Oakdale’s Rainy Family Fun Run Finishes Well

Rainy weather didn't dampen the spirits of runners and supporters of Oakdale schools who turned out by the hundreds to participate in the SOS Fun Run/Walk staged Saturday, March 26 at Cloverland Elementary School. The road course wound through neighborhoods with the starting and finish lines in front of Cloverland on Johnson Avenue.

March 30, 2011 | Dawn M. Henley | Local News


Investigation Focuses On Meeting Law Allegations

Oakdale City Council members Tom Dunlop and Mike Brennan have been appointed by their peers to form an ad hoc committee for the purpose of investigating allegations of Brown Act violations by members of the Business Improvement District (BID) commission.

March 30, 2011 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Police Cuts Continue To Challenge Chief, Department

When Marty West took over as police chief for the Oakdale Police Department in 2007, he had a budget with $1.2 million more than it does now and eight more officers to protect the city compared to the 20 currently assigned. Now, with the population and calls for service rising, he's faced with having to lay off one more police officer to meet a 10 percent imposed cut to the department budget.

March 30, 2011 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Thief Takes Off With Coin-Op Washing Machine

Police are looking for thieves suspected of stealing a coin-operated washing machine from a Ponderosa Drive apartment complex sometime over the weekend.

The manager discovered theft Monday, March 21 and noted all the community mailboxes had also been pried open. The estimated value of the washing machine is $1,000.

March 25, 2011 | Kim Van Meter | Local News


Bleak Budget Forecast For City

Oakdale's city council chambers were at standing room only capacity on Monday night as Oakdale City Manager Steve Hallam painted a gloomy picture of the city's budget for the 2011-2012 fiscal year. By the time Mayor Pat Paul's gavel sounded at a few minutes before midnight to close the proceedings, very few of the citizens remained.

March 23, 2011 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Weather Or Not – Civil War Battles Rage On

Like the U.S. Postal Service, neither rain, nor sleet … nor gale-force winds, nor blaring car alarms could keep the American Civil War Association from its expected date of a reenactment.

March 23, 2011 | Ike Dodson | Local News


OID Puts Hold On Water Season

Significant rains have delayed the start of the Oakdale Irrigation District's water irrigation season. OID was initially slated to start the season on Tuesday, March 22.

March 23, 2011 | Dawn M. Henley | Local News


Mine Project Battle Galvanizes Cities

City officials from Riverbank and Oakdale joined forces to battle with the Tuolumne County Board of Supervisors at its Tuesday, March 15 meeting. At issue - a hearing on an open-pit rock mine bordering Stanislaus County off Cooperstown Road that would increase rail traffic through both cities.

March 23, 2011 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Local Cheesemaker Wins Awards

Oakdale's John Bulk is now able to add to his family's award wall at Oakdale Cheese and Specialties.

March 23, 2011 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Bridle Ridge Residents Waiting For Trail Light Repairs

After suffering from the theft of copper wiring and the vandalism to several lamps, some Bridle Ridge residents now fear becoming victimized when using the walking trails after dark or their property becoming vulnerable due to lack of illumination.

March 23, 2011 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Crosswalk Sting - Cops Cite Multiple Drivers In Downtown Detail

"Houston…we have a problem."

March 16, 2011 | Kim Van Meter | Local News


Two-Day Event Success

The annual Home and Garden show hosted by the Oakdale Chamber of Commerce switched up their game this year by extending it to two days and the additional day was a huge hit for vendors and attendees, said chamber officials.

March 16, 2011 | Kim Van Meter | Local News


Civil War Weekend

The American Civil War Association will be doing authentic battle reenactments in Knights Ferry this weekend, Saturday, March 19 and Sunday, March 20 near the Knights Ferry Covered Bridge.

March 16, 2011 | | Local News


Water Season Looms

The water season in the Oakdale Irrigation District is slated to begin with deliveries on Tuesday, March 22, in an action taken at the March 14 regular meeting of the OID Board of Directors.

March 16, 2011 | | Local News


Council Chambers To Exhibit Local Artists

The bare plaster walls of the Oakdale City Council chambers may soon be adorned with works featuring local artists.

March 16, 2011 | Richard Paloma | Local News


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Full Highway Closure For Bridge Work

The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) will perform a full highway closure of State Route (SR-12) from Interstate 5 (I-5) to SR-160 in Sacramento/San Joaquin County to perform repairs on the Mokelumne River Bridge.

April 10, 2015 | | Local News


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


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