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Maximum Enforcement Period For Holiday Weekend

The Memorial Day holiday traditionally marks the end of the school year and the beginning of summer, when many Californians head out to picnics, barbecues, and outdoor events. The California Highway Patrol (CHP) reminds those headed out on the road to buckle up, designate a driver, and eliminate distractions.

May 26, 2012 | | Local News


City Bond Rating Downgraded

Moody's Investors Service has slightly downgraded Oakdale's Sewer Enterprise Revenue bond rating, citing concerns about the city's lagging economy and uncertainty of future financial performance.

May 24, 2012 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Chocolate Fest Goers Treated To Sweet Time

Tens of thousands of chocolate lovers came out for this year's Oakdale Chocolate Festival over the weekend with Mother Nature especially cooperative, bringing sunny skies with temperatures in the mid to upper-80s and a slight breeze to keep everyone comfortable.

May 23, 2012 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Council At Impasse With Appointment

The Oakdale City Council came to a stalemate during a recent special meeting for the appointment to fill the position left vacant by Jason Howard, who resigned in April. Without a selection by mid-June the matter goes to the voters in a special election in November.

May 23, 2012 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Division 1 North - Oakdale Rural Moves Forward

If there ever was a general sense of confusion and frustration over what to do and how to do it, the situation facing Oakdale Rural Fire Protection District regarding area known as Division 1 North would qualify.

May 23, 2012 | Kim Van Meter | Local News


Audit, Cell Tower Highlight Meet

With several items listed on Monday's Oakdale City Council agenda, two items – the city audit results and a proposed cell phone tower – sparked the most discussion between the public, city officials, and contracted commercial representatives.

May 23, 2012 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Past Arrests - Candidate Drops From Race

In a discovery on Thursday May 17, The Leader learned that Oakdale City Council hopeful Scott Jaspar was arrested on suspicion of rape in December 2007.

May 23, 2012 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Local 4-Hers Show Their Fashion

Orange Blossom 4-H Club recently hosted the annual Stanislaus County 4-H Fashion Review at Valley Home Elementary School. Boys and girls ages seven to 17 years old competed in categories where they either made their own outfits or purchased them and then modeled the outfits in front of judges for a score. Orange Blossom 4-Hers Cory Barney and Matthew Black hosted the event to earn their Emerald Stars.

May 22, 2012 | | Local News


Solar Eclipse This Sunday

This Sunday, May 20, there will be a partial solar eclipse visible from the Oakdale/Modesto/Sonora area.

May 19, 2012 | | Local News


Donations Sought As Family Fights Illness

Justin Myers, an Oakdale graduate, has been fighting a mysterious illness that was discovered when he was in junior high. The Oakdale Leader has followed Justin's journey through several stories, including when he received his restored 1969 Chevy Camaro through the Make-A-Wish program. After eight years of frequent blood transfusions for what they can only determine is Pure Red Cell Anemia (partial bone marrow failure), Justin is showing signs of major organ failure. His liver is in Stage 3 Fibrosis due to iron overload, which drops his odds to 70-75 percent. Treatments are no longer effective but they have ...

May 18, 2012 | | Local News


Council Candidate Has Past Rape Arrest

In a recent discovery, The Leader has learned that Oakdale City Council hopeful Scott Jaspar was arrested for rape and penetration with a foreign object that occurred in Nevada County in 2007.

May 17, 2012 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Feathers Tapped As Manager

The Oakdale City Council announced that former Atwater Assistant City Manager Stan Feathers will take over as the part-time interim city manager on July 1when current Interim City Manager Greg Wellman is required to leave the post.

May 16, 2012 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Overworked, Understaffed - City Audits Arrive Late

After a series of city financial crises coming to light, Finance Director Albert Avila assured Oakdale Interim City Manager Greg Wellman that the city's tardy 2010-2011 audit would be received by Friday, May 11 and delivered to the city council. Last week the council also just received notice of the 2009-2010 audit report that had been withheld for nearly a year.

May 16, 2012 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Housecleaning Leaves Leadership Quandary

Since the seating of the current city council in November of 2010, the City of Oakdale tribunal has purged or presided over the departure of nearly all of its department heads. Of the two that remain; the public works director has been given notice he will no longer be employed after July and the finance director may be in jeopardy of being gone by this July also.

May 16, 2012 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Former Mayor Speaks Out About City Finances

Past Oakdale Mayor Farrell Jackson believes much that is being declared about the city's financial status may not be completely accurate.

May 16, 2012 | Richard Paloma | Local News


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Citizens Speak Out On Park ‘Drunkards’

An agenda item at the Aug. 19 Oakdale City Council meeting on a proposal to prohibit city park drinking brought out public comments by several residents, some spirited, in support of the ban.

August 21, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


‘Negative Outlook’ Removed From City Bond

After the city's sewer enterprise bond rating took a beating last year from Moody's Investor Services and being downgraded, the financial firm announced on Friday, Aug. 16 that it had removed the "negative outlook" tag attached to the sewer bond.

August 21, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Taste Of Oakdale On The Horizon

The rousing aroma of delicious dishes will fill the air at the Gene Bianchi Community Center on Tuesday, Aug. 27 when the Oakdale Chamber of Commerce's Fifth Annual Taste of Oakdale opens its doors at 5 p.m.

August 21, 2013 | | Local News


Son Arrested In Pettit Homicides

With a history of being a security guard with a license to carry a firearm and reported past boasting of phantom employment within the fire service, it may not be surprising that Brandon Pettit, 25, was arrested in connection with the murder of his parents. The bodies of his mother and father were discovered after an Aug. 8 house fire in Modesto.

August 19, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


First Air Alert of season scheduled to begin Monday

In order to prevent the valley air basin from exceeding critical 1-hour ozone levels, local air officials are declaring the season's first Air Alert, to begin Monday, Aug. 19 and continue through Wednesday, Aug. 21.

August 17, 2013 | | Local News


Senior Center Taking Steps To Maintain Financial Health

With its funding severely slashed in the city's tough financial times, resourceful seniors are keeping their center afloat with fundraising activities, donations, and volunteering their time.

August 16, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Mental Health Study Outlines Accessibility Issues

Looking at what he termed a 'disproportionate number of mental health cases coming through Pathways clinic near Oak Valley Hospital, physician's assistant intern Zach Greenlee has partnered with some fellow interns in hopes of making a difference.

August 15, 2013 | Marg Jackson | Local News


Help Support The Stanislaus Family Justice Center

The Stanislaus Family Justice Center provides lifesaving solutions through partnerships. They serve to eradicate violence from the community. Their mission is to not rest until every victim of domestic violence and every abused child receives the services, love, comfort and help they deserve.

August 15, 2013 | | Local News


Neighbors Celebrate Oakdale's National Nite Out

Several Oakdale neighborhoods joined in on the 30th Annual National Night Out – America's Night Out Against Crime on Aug. 6, celebrating with block parties and park gatherings.

August 14, 2013 | Dawn M. Henley | Local News


Stanislaus Consolidated Annexation?

In a move to create more efficient and less costly protection for residents and businesses in Oakdale, the Stanislaus Consolidated Fire District approved a plan on Thursday, Aug. 8 to study possible annexation of the city's fire department.

August 14, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Accident Gridlocks Traffic

Afternoon motorists were delayed on the way to their destinations on Sunday afternoon, Aug. 11, when a J.S. West & Company propane tank became dislodged, causing the tanker to roll on its side on Highway 120 north of River Road.

August 14, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Valley Vision Review

After seven months of gathering input and a comprehensive review of the future needs of Stanislaus County, the Stanislaus Council of Governments (StanCOG) is ready to present the four proposed alternatives for the Valley Vision Stanislaus plan; a long range regional transportation plan that will provide the framework for investment in roads, freeways, public transit, bike trails and other ways people move around the county for the next 28 years.

August 14, 2013 | | Local News


Local Tractor Supply Puts Focus On Pet Appreciation

It's time for the third annual Pet Appreciation Week at Tractor Supply Company, an event celebrating pets and the joy they add to our lives. This year's event is going on Aug. 14 through 18. Customers visiting their local Tractor Supply store will enjoy great sale items throughout the pet department and, for the main event on Saturday, Aug. 17, customers will find pet adoptions, giveaways, nutrition demonstrations and more. All pets are also welcome to take part in the festivities.

August 14, 2013 | | Local News


Natural Resource Volunteer Program Applicants Sought

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) is recruiting applicants for the Natural Resource Volunteer Program (NRVP) to serve in the Sacramento area. The NRVP provides conservation and enforcement education through public service while providing biological, enforcement and administrative staff support to CDFW.

August 13, 2013 | | Local News


Stanislaus Consolidated Exploring Annexation Of Oakdale City and Rural Fire Departments

In a move to create more efficient and less costly protection for residents and businesses in Oakdale, the Stanislaus Consolidated Fire District approved a plan on Thursday, Aug. 8 to study possible annexation of the city's fire department.

August 09, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


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