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Love Oakdale Saturday

For the first time, local residents will have a chance to 'Love Oakdale' on Saturday.

September 26, 2012 | Marg Jackson | Local News


Valley View: City Gem Or Toxic Hazard?

What is now a 25 acre neighborhood city park with meandering sidewalks and benches with views of the Stanislaus River and the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range was at one time a municipal dump and trash burn site.

September 26, 2012 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Fundraiser Aims To Rehab, Maintain Park

Tough times call for innovative thinking and that's exactly what's happening with the Oakdale Youth Sports Association fundraiser blitz as they attempt to raise the funds necessary to spruce up one of Oakdale's hidden gems: Kerr Park.

September 26, 2012 | Kim Van Meter | Local News


Community Assists Burglary Victim

Police are investigating a Saturday night burglary at the Oakdale Yogurt Station on West F Street where the premises was ransacked and had equipment damaged, goods scattered, and items taken, including the business safe.

September 26, 2012 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Chamber Hosts Candidate Forum

The Oakdale Chamber of Commerce is hosting a City of Oakdale candidate forum on Wednesday, Sept. 26 at 6p.m. in the Oakdale City Council Chambers, 277 N. Second Ave.

September 25, 2012 | | Local News


Yogurt Station Burglarized

Police are investigating an overnight burglary at the Oakdale Yogurt Station on West F Street where the premises was ransacked and had equipment damaged, goods scattered, and items taken, including the business safe.

September 23, 2012 | Richard Paloma | Local News


CALTRANS: Watch Out For Wildlife Awareness Week

Caltrans and the California Department of Fish and Game (DFG) remind motorists during "Watch Out for Wildlife (WOW) Awareness Week" (Sept. 16-22) to remain alert while driving to improve safety for travelers and wildlife alike.

September 20, 2012 | | Local News


Stearns Road Residents Want Answers On Bypass

More than 30 residents of the Stearns Road area affected by the proposed North County Corridor project showed in force at the Oakdale City Council Chambers on Wednesday, Sept. 12. The Stearns Road route for the corridor is one of three alternatives developed since June of 2011 and would impact approximately 120 land parcels.

September 19, 2012 | Richard Paloma | Local News


A Garden Grows In Oakdale

In an area known for good soil and a climate for premiere farming, there lays a plot of thriving and meticulously tended to plants just off one of Oakdale's main thoroughfares. The crop of choice for this urban gardener: medicinal marijuana and his own blend of "purple lush" and "cherry pie" varietals for a high-potency cannabis.

September 19, 2012 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Rental Market: Incentives Needed To Fill Units

Anyone who has anxiously awaited the local newspaper to scan the classified listings knows that the rental market in most areas can be as brutal as an MMA match with opponents wearing brass knuckles. Generally speaking, it's not a walk in the park to find a quality, affordable rental that fits all the criteria you're searching for.

September 19, 2012 | Kim Van Meter | Local News


Council Proceeds On Privatization

By a vote of 3-1 on Monday, Sept. 17, the Oakdale City Council moved forward to explore the privatization of the public works department by accepting requests for proposals for city park maintenance.

September 19, 2012 | Richard Paloma | Local News


OID Hears Comments On Water Sale

A discussion item relating to a potential water transfer to the City of Brisbane in the San Francisco Bay Area brought several community members to the podium to provide public comments to the Oakdale Irrigation District Board of Directors at the Sept. 18 regular meeting.

September 19, 2012 | Dawn M. Henley | Local News


Lawsuit Filed By Former Hospital Foundation Director

The falling out between the Oak Valley Foundation and Oak Valley Hospital continues as former Executive Director Amy Thompson filed suit against the hospital and its former CEO John Friel claiming wrongful termination, breach of contract, and interference with protected civil rights.

September 19, 2012 | Richard Paloma | Local News


American Legion Posts To Revitalize In Local Areas

Military veterans in and around Modesto, Stockton and neighboring areas are invited for a special service session from Thursday, Sept. 20 through Saturday, Sept. 22 at the following locations: Modesto American Legion Post 74, 1001 S. Santa Cruz Ave., Modesto and American Legion Post 16, 2020 Plymouth Road, Stockton. For the Modesto location, on Saturday, Sept. 22, the event will be moved to the Modesto Moose Family Center #1608, 821 Fifth St. Modesto.

September 18, 2012 | | Local News


Former Foundation Director Files Suit

The falling-out between the Oak Valley Foundation and Oak Valley Hospital continues as former Executive Director Amy Thompson filed suit against the hospital and its former CEO John Friel claiming wrongful termination, breach of contract, and interference with protected civil rights.

September 16, 2012 | Richard Paloma | Local News


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Discarded Election Assurances About Safety

It only took three months for City of Oakdale officials to go against the grain of its then recently passed sales tax measure designed to maintain public safety staffing levels.

June 12, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Another City Exec Gone

In an effort to make up a $1 million deficit in operating costs, Oakdale City Manager Bryan Whitemyer confirmed Friday, June 7, that Human Resources Analyst Michelle McKinsey was given notice that her last day with the city will be June 30.

June 07, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Clean Green Yard Machines Opens New Funding Round

Back by popular demand, the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District's Clean Green Yard Machines program opened June 4 with more funding and more lawn mower options than ever before.

June 06, 2013 | | Local News


O No - Citizens Protest Potential Cuts

Less than 18 months after voters passed a half-cent sales tax in November 2011 with Measure O to solidify public safety service and staffing levels, City Manager Bryan Whitemyer is proposing discarding those promises in an effort to balance the budget.

June 05, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


City Reviews Dispatch Services

With the goal of saving the financially-strapped City of Oakdale operational costs, City Manager Bryan Whitemyer has reached out to the City of Turlock regarding the idea of their police department to take over police dispatch services for Oakdale PD.

June 05, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Farmer's Market Resumes

The summer staple of Oakdale returns downtown to North Third Avenue this Thursday, June 6, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

June 05, 2013 | | Local News


MJC Earns Place In Cup Contest

The California Community College Athletic Association (CCCAA), in association with the National Alliance of Two-Year College Athletic Administrators (NATYCAA), has announced Modesto Junior College has placed 11th out of 105 Community Colleges in the final standings of the 2012-13 NATYCAA Cup.

June 04, 2013 | | Local News


Farmers Market Starts Thursday

The summer staple of Oakdale returns downtown on North Third Avenue this Thursday, June 6, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

June 01, 2013 | | Local News


Former Police Dog Passes

Retired K-9 Officer "Shadow" passed away on Monday, May 20 according to his owner Beth Baker of Turlock.

May 31, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Red Flag Fire Danger Warning For Region

With dry winds forecast for many parts of Northern California, CAL FIRE has increased its staffing and is urging the public to be extra cautious due to the heightened fire danger. The National Weather Service has issued a Red Flag Warning stretching form Shasta County down through the Sacramento Valley to San Joaquin County starting Friday morning for high winds and low humidity lasting through Saturday evening.

May 31, 2013 | | Local News


Dairy Farmers Support Marketing Order Vote

California Dairy Campaign (CDC) members applauded Rep. Jim Costa, D-16, for his leadership in passing the "California Milk Marketing Order Act" in the House Agriculture Committee passed farm bill. Representative Jim Costa, D-16, spoke to the California Dairy Campaign board of directors and membership to discuss the farm bill, ethanol policy, immigration and water issues at the CDC office in Turlock.

May 30, 2013 | | Local News


Comment Period Open For Water Banking Criteria

The Bureau of Reclamation released Draft Water Banking Criteria for banking Central Valley Project water outside of a contractor's contract service area. Reclamation developed these criteria to implement water banking as authorized by the Central Valley Project Improvement Act and as allowed by certain federal contracts.

May 28, 2013 | | Local News


Patriotic Remembrance - Memorial Day Ceremony Draws Good Crowd

Rain was on the schedule for Memorial Day, Monday, May 27 but the weather remained mild and dry for the Memorial Day Ceremony at the Oakdale Citizens' Cemetery, which made for a pleasant remembrance for the good-sized attending crowd.

May 28, 2013 | Kim Van Meter Special To The Leader | Local News


DUI, Driver’s License Checkpoint Planned

Modesto Area of the California Highway Patrol will be conducting a DUI and driver's license checkpoint on Saturday, May 25 between 8 p.m. to 3 a.m. somewhere within the unincorporated area of Stanislaus County.

May 24, 2013 | | Local News


City Saving On Consultant

The City of Oakdale looks to save approximately $12,000 a year by moving to a new consulting firm to administer its three community facilities district bonds for Bridle Ridge Development.

May 23, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


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