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Young Eagles Take Flight At Airport’s Annual Event

For the past 20 years, off and on, the local EAA (Experimental Aircraft Association) Chapter 90 has been participating in the national Young Eagles Day event at the Oakdale Municipal Airport, Dan Donnelly Field, sending kids 8 years and older into the sky in the hopes of sparking a love for aviation.

October 25, 2017 | By KIM VAN METER Special To The Leader | Local News

Candidates Francis, DeBoer Battle For OID Division Five

The Oakdale Irrigation District race on the November ballot will feature two contested races – including one in OID Division 5 – an area which includes part of Oakdale and a portion of rural Riverbank.

October 25, 2017 | | Local News

Doornenbal, Challenger Taro Face Off In OID Division Two

With one incumbent running for re-election, the Oakdale Irrigation District race in Division 2 on the November ballot will feature current Director Herman Doornenbal facing off against challenger Don Taro to fill the post on the OID board. The division covers a portion of Oakdale and also includes some voters in rural Escalon in San Joaquin County.

October 25, 2017 | | Local News

State Transportation Commission Promoting Healthy Communities

The California Transportation Commission approved a significant investment in the health of communities and their residents, committing $117 million to 63 Active Transportation Projects (ATP) across the state with a combined value of more than $180 million. Another 22 projects valued at $99 million were approved for funding sooner than originally planned.

October 25, 2017 | | Local News

Early Morning Stabbing Behind Quik Stop

Oakdale Police are investigating an early morning stabbing and are on the lookout for possible suspects.

October 19, 2017 | | Local News

Host Families Being Sought

Council for Educational Travel USA (CETUSA), a non-profit high school organization, is currently looking for volunteer Host Families to host incoming students participating in their high school cultural exchange program.

October 18, 2017 | | Local News

Veterans Assistance At Mobile Offices

Many veterans feel confused about benefits and services they've earned. There's so much to know ... and so many changes from one year to the next. That's why the nonprofit DAV (Disabled American Veterans) offers help.

October 18, 2017 | | Local News

Claims Expediting Notice Issued By Commission

California State Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones issued a notice to insurers asking them to agree to expedited claims handling procedures for wildfire damage claims in order to help fire victims more quickly. Several insurers immediately agreed to the Commissioner's request to follow expedited claimed handling procedures.

October 18, 2017 | | Local News

Community Briefs

Young Eagles Day

October 18, 2017 | | Local News

Area Gasoline Prices Show Slight Decline

Average retail gasoline prices in Modesto have fallen 2.8 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.86/gallon Sunday, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 201 gas outlets in Modesto. This compares with the national average that has fallen 1.6 cents per gallon in the last week to $2.45/gallon, according to gasoline price website

October 18, 2017 | | Local News

Draft Rail Plan Supports Amtrak, ACE Expansion

Caltrans has released its Draft 2018 State Rail Plan, which features near-term improvements for the two services managed by the San Joaquin Regional Rail Commission (SJRRC), Amtrak San Joaquins and Altamont Corridor Express (ACE). The Draft 2018 State Rail Plan will help guide the state's priorities for rail investments that will support California's economy for future generations. Caltrans' goal is to provide riders with more travel options that are more efficient, cleaner, faster, and have fewer delays.

October 18, 2017 | | Local News


With the annual Veterans' Day services fast approaching, one Oakdale resident is concerned about the deterioration she is seeking at Fish Memorial Park in the west end of Oakdale. Linda Medeiros said she has watched the park go slowly downhill, with no one to tend to the plants, take care of the weeds and generally care for the park. "With the Veterans' Day coming so soon, I wonder why it is so hard to get volunteers to put in an hour to do a little weeding, deadheading and even some planting," Medeiros said. "The memorial is for us to remember ...

October 18, 2017 | | Local News

Officials Confirm Dates For 2018 Stanislaus Fair

Stanislaus County Fair officials have confirmed the dates for the 107th Fair in 2018.

October 18, 2017 | | Local News

Closure Of South Yosemite Sees Major Traffic Impact

City of Oakdale Public Services crews have been out in force the past couple of days getting started on a major improvement project along South Yosemite Avenue.

October 18, 2017 | | Local News

Four Hopefuls Meet In OID Candidate Forum

Hosted by the League of Women Voters and staged in the Oakdale City Council Chambers, four candidates vying for two Oakdale Irrigation District Division posts had the chance to voice their positions on a number of issues at a recent candidate forum.

October 18, 2017 | Marg Jackson | Local News

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Four Oakdale High School students, under the direction of teacher Denise Springer, competed in the 81st Lions Club Student Speakers Contest on Thursday, Feb. 8 ...

February 21, 2018 | | Local News

OHS Alumni Groups Planning Fall Reunions

Plans are underway for the 125th reunion of Oakdale Joint Union High School; with a group of interested alums meeting recently to get the effort ...

February 21, 2018 | | Local News

Local Cyclist Setting Sights On $$ For Team In Training

One would be hard pressed to meet a family whose life wasn't drastically changed by a cancer diagnosis. In that instance, the story of ...

February 21, 2018 | Teresa Hammond | Local News

Young Scientists Prepare For Regional Olympiad

Budding young scientists from throughout the region are gearing up for the 32nd Annual Stanislaus County Regional Science Olympiad slated for Saturday, March 3 at ...

February 21, 2018 | | Local News

Cub Scout Pack 303 Hosts Annual Pinewood Derby

Cub Scout Pack 303 of Oakdale will host its annual Pinewood Derby on Saturday, March 3. The event is being hosted in cooperation with Cub ...

February 21, 2018 | | Local News

Showcase For Artists In Annual Carriage Show

The Carriage Art Show, hosted at the Gene Bianchi Community Center in Oakdale, featured the work of artists involved in the Valley Art Association, which ...

February 21, 2018 | Marg Jackson | Local News

Artist Brightens Valley With Works From The Heart

One never really knows when misfortune may result in opportunity.

February 21, 2018 | Teresa Hammond | Local News

Californians Can Help Wildlife At Tax Time

You don't have to own hiking boots or a fishing pole, or have a degree in environmental science to help wildlife. A click of ...

February 21, 2018 | | Local News

Police, American Red Cross Hosting Community Blood Drive

Oakdale Police Department and American Red Cross are inviting the public to donate blood during the Oakdale Community Mobile Blood Drive.

February 21, 2018 | | Local News

Sail To Recovery Program

Women in the military, female veterans, female first responders and military/first responder wives have a special opportunity coming up through American Veterans First.

February 21, 2018 | | Local News

Lower Pump Prices Seen

Average retail gasoline prices in Modesto have fallen 0.4 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.10/gallon as of Feb. 19 ...

February 21, 2018 | | Local News

Governor Appoints New Caltrans Director

Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. announced on Tuesday the appointment of Laurie Berman to serve as the new Director for the Department of Transportation (Caltrans ...

February 21, 2018 | | Local News

Habitat Restoration Projects Currently Being Sought

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) is now accepting proposals for projects under its Fiscal Year 2018-19 Fisheries Habitat Restoration Proposal Solicitation Notice ...

February 21, 2018 | | Local News

Community Hospice, Foundation Welcomes New Board Members

Community Hospice, the oldest and largest nonprofit hospice provider serving the Central Valley, is pleased to announce its new Community Hospice and Community Hospice Foundation ...

February 21, 2018 | | Local News

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