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Friday Night Fundraiser Scores Big For Padilla

Setting what they felt was an achievable $2,000 goal, organizers of the Hector Padilla soccer fundraiser more than tripled their expectations.

May 03, 2017 | Marg Jackson | Local News


Hospital Salutes Volunteers

Frank Ayala was named as the Junior Volunteer of the Year and Cathline Oliveira named as the Oak Valley Hospital District Volunteer of the Year in an appreciation celebration hosted on Wednesday, April 26.

May 03, 2017 | | Local News


May Programs For All Ages At The Oakdale Library

Preschool Story Time and Wiggle Worms resume in May.

May 03, 2017 | | Local News


Disaster Loan Application Deadline Set For May 31

Director Tanya N. Garfield of the U.S. Small Business Administration's Disaster Field Operations Center - West today reminded California private nonprofit organizations of the May 31 deadline to apply for an SBA federal disaster loan for property damage caused by severe winter storms, flooding and mudslides that occurred Feb. 1 through 23, 2017. Private nonprofits that provide essential services of a governmental nature are eligible for assistance.

May 03, 2017 | | Local News


Fruit, Veggie Fest Set

Community partners and local families will join the Stanislaus County Health Services Agency's Nutrition Education and Obesity Prevention program and Champions for Change for Fruit & Veggie Fest 2017, a family-friendly event to celebrate the many benefits of drinking water. During the event, families are invited to sample a large selection of fruit-infused waters, dance with a live radio-remote from KMIX, and watch performances from Zumba group Bailoterapia Que Te Mueve and Modesto Police Activities League Baile Folklorico traditional dance group. Everyone who attends will be entered in a raffle for healthy products donated by local Stanislaus farms and businesses ...

May 03, 2017 | | Local News


Trout Releases Planned In Truckee Basin Waters

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) will start releasing Pilot Peak Lahontan cutthroat trout into Truckee area waters to give Sierra Nevada anglers the opportunity to catch some trophy sized trout in a year or two.

May 03, 2017 | | Local News


Partnership Formed To Aid Small Farmers And Ranchers

American AgCredit has announced a strategic partnership with Kitchen Table Advisors to support the economic viability of sustainable small farmers and ranchers. An independent project of the Trust for Conservation Innovation, Kitchen Table Advisors empowers farmers and ranchers throughout Northern California with the business tools, knowledge and resources they need to flourish.

May 03, 2017 | | Local News


T.P. Express Celebrates Three Decades Of Service

Some might say Michael Harris was born into a unique vantage point of Stanislaus County. From as far back as he can remember, Harris has been riding in a T.P. Express truck. Originally acquired by his father Wayne in 1987, this year marks the 30th anniversary of the portable restroom Oakdale business. Harris purchased the business in 2009.

May 03, 2017 | Teresa Hammond | Local News


Community Briefs

Classics On Display

May 03, 2017 | | Local News


Pet Adoption Event Scheduled At Petco

The Oakdale Shelter Pet Alliance volunteers will have a few adoptable pets from the Oakdale Animal Shelter at Petco in the Riverbank Crossroads Shopping Center on Saturday, May 6 from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. These four legged furry little animals are ready to find their forever homes.

May 03, 2017 | | Local News


Carrillo Earns Appointment As New Police Lieutenant

Oakdale Police Chief Scott Heller announced the appointment of Joe Carrillo as the Department's new Lieutenant on Monday afternoon, May 1. Carrillo is a 26-year veteran of the Oakdale Police Department who has served in a wide variety of assignments over the years. For the last nine years Carrillo has served as a patrol Sergeant with a recent stint as the acting Lieutenant. Additionally, he has served as Corporal, Field Training Officer, Canine Handler, and Detective.

May 03, 2017 | | Local News


Stanislaus Consolidated Crews Contain Storage Unit Blaze

There were several fire engines at a storage facility near the intersection of North Yosemite Avenue (Highway 120) and A Street due to a call originally listed as a potential structure fire in the early morning around 8 a.m. on April 26. As calls continued to roll in to the Stanislaus Consolidated Fire Protection District dispatch that smoke and flames were seen at storage unit complex, the call was upgraded to a working structure fire which put several units at the scene.

May 03, 2017 | | Local News


Valley Vote Now Open

U.S. Representative Jeff Denham (R-Turlock) recently opened the "Valley Vote" contest, a public component of California's 10th District Congressional Art Competition. The online voting period will end at Noon PST on Monday, May 8.

May 03, 2017 | Nina Frisby | Local News


Early Returns Show Santos Maintaining OID Seat

Unofficial results in the April 25 recall election for Oakdale Irrigation District Director Linda Santos showed with just under 500 votes counted, the 'No' votes for recall were 276 to 218 'Yes' votes. The early, unofficial returns show Santos holding on to the post but there are additional ballots to review before the count is finalized and the results can be certified.

April 26, 2017 | | Local News


Veterans Commission Pays Visit To Oakdale

Members of the Stanislaus County Veterans Advisory Commission made an appearance at the Oakdale City Council Chambers on Monday evening, April 24. The commission, according to Chairman Richard Edgecomb, makes it a point to visit the various districts within the county in an ongoing effort to keep local veterans apprised of benefits and developments that matter in their lives.

April 26, 2017 | By RAYMOND GIBSON Special To The Leader | Local News


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New Mom Forging Forward Through Unexpected Tragedy

The past 13 months have held much change for Katie Woltkamp. To summarize her life from 2016 to present day as a rollercoaster ride would ...

May 31, 2017 | Teresa Hammond | Local News


Community Gathers In Observance Of Memorial Day

An audience of close to 50 community members assembled on Monday, May 29 in observance of the Memorial Day holiday and to offer respects to ...

May 31, 2017 | Teresa Hammond | Local News


Woodward Reservoir Hosts Boat, Sport Expo

In a continued celebration of Woodward Reservoir's 100th season, Stanislaus County Parks and Recreation is bringing an Ultimate Boat & Sport Expo to the main ...

May 31, 2017 | | Local News


Summer Family Fun Can Be Found Close To Home

Summer revelers often take to the skies, rails and waves to embark on a vacation adventure. With the kids out of school and relaxed hours ...

May 31, 2017 | | Local News


Keeping Kids Engaged During Summer Vacation

'Summer Slide' is a term parents may hear at the end of the school year. No, it doesn't have anything to do with playground ...

May 31, 2017 | | Local News


Community Briefs

Art Show Finale

May 31, 2017 | | Local News


How Families Can Make Staycations More Unique

As a result of the economic downturn that began in 2008, many families found themselves forgoing traditional vacations in favor of 'staycations.' In such instances ...

May 31, 2017 | | Local News


Production At Hutton’s Hamlet

Hutton's Hamlet is planning for its 19th season of Summer Youth Theater and they're as excited as ever to get the practices and ...

May 31, 2017 | | Local News


Pump Prices Edge Up

Average retail gasoline prices in Modesto have risen 2.2 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.03/gallon Monday, according to GasBuddy ...

May 31, 2017 | | Local News


Connector Ramp Closure

The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) will close the connector ramp from northbound State Route 99 (SR-99) to westbound SR-120/Manteca Bypass for striping operations.

May 31, 2017 | | Local News


Find A New Best Friend At Petco Adoption Event

The Oakdale Shelter Pet Alliance is hosting a Pet Adoption Event at Petco in the Crossroads Shopping Center on Saturday, June 3 from 10 a ...

May 31, 2017 | | Local News


Red Cross Calls For Donors To Prevent Blood Shortage

The American Red Cross urges those who have never given blood before – as well as those who haven't given recently – to make an appointment ...

May 31, 2017 | | Local News


Modesto Rotary Hosts Annual Senior Walk

Coming up in September, the Senior Stride Fun Walk event put on by the Modesto Rotary Club provides seniors, families and friends the opportunity to ...

May 31, 2017 | | Local News


Scholarship Contest Open To Girls Ages 16 And Over

Yonan's Jewelers is giving away a $1,000 scholarship as part of the empowHER Lounge at the upcoming Stanislaus County Fair. Girls ages 16 ...

May 31, 2017 | | Local News


UOP Business Research Center Releases Economic Forecast

The California economy continues to perform well despite an uncertain policy environment according to the latest projection from the Center for Business and Policy Research ...

May 31, 2017 | | Local News


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