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Phantom Crew Installs Delayed Sidewalk

Out of concern for the senior citizens and a frustration with government inefficiency, a construction professional wishing to remain anonymous gathered his crew and took a few hours of his time on Saturday, June 25, to install a 95-foot sidewalk on A Street near Yosemite Avenue.

June 29, 2011 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Sacrifices Pay Off For Rural Fire

Oakdale Rural Fire Protection District has achieved some financial security for the end of the fiscal year. Chief Lee Winton is in the process of saving for a rainy day; a reserve fund is something ORFD hasn't had.

For more details about how Rural Fire improved the bottom line, read the June 29 issue of The Oakdale Leader.

June 28, 2011 | | Local News


Oakdale Girl Killed In ATV Wreck

A 17-year-old Oakdale girl was killed Thursday evening, June 23 when her ATV entered the path of a 2002 Chevrolet traveling westbound on Rice Road at 45 mph.

June 24, 2011 | Kim Van Meter | Local News


Dangerous Depths - Officials Warn Of Conditions

It seems at the beginning of every warm weather season, water officials issue a dire warning about conditions on the Stanislaus River. The basics: it's moving fast, it's cold, and it's filled with hidden dangers, remain the same. The difference this year? Take the essence behind those typical warnings and multiply that by a hundred and you might have an inkling of what officials fear for the 2011 summer season.

June 22, 2011 | Kim Van Meter | Local News


ROTA Directors Mull County Takeover

Riverbank Oakdale Transit Authority (ROTA) directors will delay raising their public bus fares, originally planned to become effective July 1, pending consideration of a Stanislaus County proposal to assume transit operations for the cities of Riverbank and Oakdale.

June 22, 2011 | John Branch | Local News


Council Unanimous On New Budget

The City of Oakdale will enter the 2011-2012 fiscal year with a balanced budget, approved unanimously by council members at the Monday, June 20 city council meeting.

June 22, 2011 | Richard Paloma | Local News


OID To Fence Out Unwelcome Cars

A new fence and locked walk-through gate will be erected at the Oakdale Irrigation District offices. In an action at the OID Board of Directors regular meeting on June 21, the board voted 4-0, with director Frank Clark absent, to install a 350 linear feet, six-foot high chain link fence on the east side of the OID property bordering the Live Oak Plaza. OID has a satellite office space in the Live Oak Plaza, those employees will have a key for the walk-through gate.

June 22, 2011 | Dawn M. Henley | Local News


Park Host Volunteers Serve As Army Corps ‘Eyes’ And ‘Ears’

Sometimes the most important job or person is overlooked until you realize without them - you'd be in hot water, or as in the case of the Stanislaus River: frigid, rushing, and dangerous water.

June 22, 2011 | Kim Van Meter | Local News


OID Fills Operations Manager Vacancy

The Oakdale Irrigation District recently announced the promotion of Eric Thorburn to Water Operations Manager. Because of Thorburn's dedication to his job and his knowledge of modern irrigation practices and system controls he was promoted to the position.

June 22, 2011 | Eric Thorburn | Local News


Oakdale Police History On Display

Retired Oakdale Police Lieutenant Vern Gladney acquired a vast assortment of duty gear over his 30 years of service with the city's police department, a career that spanned parts of four decades.

June 22, 2011 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Expo Boosts City Image, Coffers

A three-day tradeshow hosted by a local distribution company brought in much needed revenue to bolster local businesses.

June 22, 2011 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Blueberry Thrills - Murphy Road U-Pick Farm Lures Families

Jeremiah Hinkle clutched his bucket tight as he maneuvered between the rows of blueberries, picking the biggest ones he could find.

June 22, 2011 | Jason Campbell Special To The Leader | Local News


Valley Home Dedicates New Community Park

Nearly five years in the making, Valley Home's Community Center Park was dedicated on Saturday, June 18 with a few dozen residents who turned out for the event. The new park replaces the old Valley Home Clubhouse, which was razed approximately four years ago due to the inability to bring the dilapidated building up to code. A new covered structure with lighting and a concrete floor called the "pavilion" is the focal point of the park. New picnic tables, park benches, new chain link fencing, grass, shrubs and trees, boulders, a flagpole, dedication plaque, an irrigation system, and more ...

June 22, 2011 | Dawn M. Henley | Local News


Bypass Overview Draws 100 Plus To Meeting

Planning for the "bypass" - otherwise known as the North County Corridor project - hasn't gone away. While planning began in 2008 and the first phase of construction is not slated to begin until 2018, the public interest continues to run high. Area residents just haven't had a recent meeting.

June 22, 2011 | John Branch | Local News


Cautions Abound For River Safety

Leaders in Oakdale's fire and police departments, as well as the irrigation district are cautioning people about recreation activities on the Stanislaus River.

Oakdale Irrigation District General Manager Steve Knell said very high river flows are expected as of July 1 because water must be released from New Melones Reservoir due to the Federal Bureau of Reclamation's operating permit that states it cannot store water behind the dam after June 30.

June 21, 2011 | Dawn M. Henley | Local News


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River Drowning, Rescues Highlight Continued Danger

The Sunday rescue of nine people thrown out of rafts along the Stanislaus River east of Oakdale ended well, with no serious injuries.

July 05, 2017 | Marg Jackson | Local News


Summer Pump Prices Down

Average retail gasoline prices in Modesto have fallen 3.1 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.81/gallon Sunday, according to GasBuddy ...

July 05, 2017 | | Local News


Celebration For ACE Expansion

The Altamont Corridor Express (ACE) passenger rail service will be expanding its service to include downtown Modesto. The extension of service will also include Manteca ...

July 05, 2017 | Virginia Still | Local News


Paddleboarding Can Yield Potential Health Benefits

Paddleboarding, which involves participants standing on a paddleboard or surfboard and using their arms to paddle through the ocean, is an increasingly popular recreational activity.

July 05, 2017 | | Local News


Congressional Art Contest Winner Honored In D.C.

U.S. Representative Jeff Denham welcomed the winner of California's 10th District Congressional Art Competition, Skye Ocaranza, to the U.S. Capitol on Thursday ...

July 05, 2017 | | Local News


YES Company Stages Footloose For Its 26th Annual Production

YES (Youth Entertainment Stage) Company is producing the time-honored '80s musical "Footloose," to be performed at the Gallo Center for the Arts. Tickets are now ...

July 05, 2017 | | Local News


World Rhythms At Lucca Winery

Red Tie Arts presents a Latin Guitar-World Fusion group called Incendio that will bring their blazing guitars and percussion along with world rhythms to Lucca ...

July 05, 2017 | | Local News


Controller Cheers Passage Of Tax Board Overhaul

One of the plan's key architects, State Controller Betty T. Yee cheered the legislative approval of the Taxpayer Transparency and Fairness Act of 2017 ...

July 05, 2017 | | Local News


United Samaritans Foundation Recognized As Top Nonprofit

Senator Tom Berryhill, R-Modesto, recently honored the United Samaritans Foundation as the 8th Senate District's Nonprofit of the Year for 2017.

July 05, 2017 | | Local News


CAL FIRE Stresses Safety As July 4 Holiday Approaches

With the Fourth of July holiday quickly approaching, CAL FIRE is reminding everyone to do their part to prevent fires and injuries caused by fireworks ...

June 30, 2017 | | Local News


Vietnam Moving Wall On Display In Stockton

The Vietnam Moving Wall is now on display at the Weber Point Events Center in Stockton. A ribbon cutting was scheduled Thursday, June 29 at ...

June 29, 2017 | | Local News


Float Trip Down Stanislaus Turns Deadly On Wednesday

Another drowning death in the Stanislaus River occurred Wednesday, as a woman in her 20s could not be revived after being pulled from the water.

June 29, 2017 | Marg Jackson | Local News


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