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Airport Lease Focal Point Of Meeting

Oakdale City Council members spent nearly two hours at their May 2 meeting hearing concerns and discussing a proposed long-term lease at the Oakdale Municipal Airport, also known as Dan Donnelly Field, involving an existing tenant as local pilots spoke out against the approval.

May 04, 2011 | Richard Paloma | Local News


CEO Retained - Hospital Board Extends Contract

During the closed session of the Oak Valley Hospital Board meeting 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.

May 04, 2011 | Richard Paloma | Local News


A Beautiful Day At Citizen’s Cemetery

Beautiful Day, a ministry of Living Hope Christian Fellowship is back. Citizen's Cemetery is in need of some tender loving care again. Last year, nearly 150 people entered through the gates of the cemetery and did not leave until the entire cemetery was well-groomed. There were rakes, shovels, hand tools, weed whackers, power washers, mowers of all sizes, paint sprayers and brushes, all flying in every direction. Many hands delicately washed the head stones.

May 04, 2011 | | Local News


Cannabis Provider Pursuing Return Of Seized Property

Ever since his felony marijuana possession and sales charges were dismissed, former proprietor of the Oakdale Natural Choice Collective, Addison DeMoura has been battling with the Stanislaus County Sheriff's Department for the return of his property, including 35 pounds of marijuana, cash, and growing paraphernalia.

May 04, 2011 | Richard Paloma | Local News


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


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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


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