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Revision Approved In City Office Closure

Officials for the City of Oakdale have revised the original recommendation to have city offices closed one day per week - Fridays - in favor of having city offices open up two hours later at 10 a.m., four days a week, Tuesday through Friday.

March 16, 2011 | Richard Paloma | Local News


30 Years And Still Hangin’- Favorite Fun-Raiser Returns For Another Year

Preparations for the 30th annual Oakdale Testicle Festival are winding down as the March 28 date for the event draws closer.

March 16, 2011 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Realtor Licensing Raises Concerns

An addendum to the Oakdale City Council agenda to include the city manager's report on business license fees for real estate agents brought a full house to Monday night's council meeting, March 7, predominantly an audience of local Realtors.

March 09, 2011 | Richard Paloma | Local News


City Settles Discrimination Suit

The City of Oakdale this week entered into a non-disclosed monetary settlement with a former public works employee to settle a lawsuit alleging racial discrimination, harassment, a hostile work environment, and retaliation. William Moffitt, who worked for the City of Oakdale from 2005 to 2006, claims he was forced to resign from his position as an equipment operator after having to tolerate racial slurs by co-workers and superiors, harassment after receiving a promotion to a higher paid position, and being threatened with a gun by a co-worker in the employee lunchroom. The final straw, according to the lawsuit, was when ...

March 09, 2011 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Wellness Educator Preps For Conference, Book Release

Local health and wellness educator Maureen Minnehan Jones of Oakdale will be having her new book released the same time she will be doing a presentation at the Alzheimer's International Conference in Toronto, Canada. Her book, "Wisdom To Wellness," is scheduled to be released March 25, the same weekend she will be in Toronto for the conference.

March 09, 2011 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Councilman Leading Charge To Revise City’s Website

For anyone who's navigated the City of Oakdale's website, they know some of the barriers to obtaining information or a lack of available services such as paying bills online.

March 09, 2011 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Putting Off Well Operation Start Up Costs City $73K

A delay in getting a city well operational has cost the City of Oakdale $73,000 in pump shaft repairs due to the manufacturer's claim that the warranty had expired during the three-year time the well sat inactive after the installation of the shaft and the actual time the well was put into service.

March 09, 2011 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Dual Rotary Clubs Honor Oakdale’s Public Service Standouts

The dual Rotary Clubs - Oakdale and Sunrise - once again collaborated to honor the city's best in public service at a Wednesday, March 2 luncheon held at the Oakdale Golf and Country Club.

March 09, 2011 | Kim Van Meter | Local News


Partnering Equals Success For Mexicali Trip

Five Rotary clubs and three Lions clubs met in Calexico on Thursday, Feb. 17 and off loaded 3000 pounds of clothing that made it to four orphanages and two mental hospitals for adults in Mexicali. Medical equipment of approximately $5,000 found its way to the Mexicali General Hospital that did not get the "wrecking ball" as was expected, due to last year's massive earthquake.

March 09, 2011 | John Brunk Special To The Leader | Local News


Oakdale Fire Cuts Looming

In protracted budget reductions that go on for years, such as the nation has experienced, there comes a time when there's simply no more fat to trim, no more tricks to pull, and the reductions are found in flesh and blood.

March 09, 2011 | Kim Van Meter | Local News


Council Eyes iPads For ‘Green’ Meetings

In a proposed cost-saving measure and an attempt to "go green," saving the city the massive amounts of paper per member that is generated for meetings, the five-member Oakdale City Council discussed a proposed switch from printed agendas to the Apple iPad as a substitute for the agenda binders.

March 02, 2011 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Dog Park To Close For Turf Maintenance

Local pooches will have to forego their leash-free romps at the West Basin Dog Park twice a year due to the need for maintenance of the grounds.

March 02, 2011 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Adopt-A-Plot - Cemetery Board Appeals To Community

Times are certainly tough - no surprise there - and communities are being forced to get creative with how they solve problems. One such entity, the Oakdale Citizen's Cemetery, is making an urgent plea to the community for help in the upkeep of the cemetery grounds by proposing the Adopt-A-Plot program. Intrigued? You should be. For some community members, their loved ones are resting peacefully within the 13-acre endowment cemetery but the situation regarding the grounds upkeep is downright dire.

March 02, 2011 | Kim Van Meter | Local News


Quarry Approval Could Impact Oakdale

An item with potential adverse effects for Oakdale residents, the Tuolumne County Board of Supervisors plans to hold a hearing regarding the recommendation to establish a rock quarry located in southwest Tuolumne County, adjacent to Stanislaus County, off Cooperstown Road.

March 02, 2011 | Richard Paloma | Local News


OID Report: Enough Water This Year

The Oakdale Irrigation District is expecting its full allocation of water this year and also expects to have water available that has previously been transferred (sold) to Stockton East Water District (SEWD).

March 02, 2011 | Dawn M. Henley | 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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