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Fire Officials Emphasize The Importance Of Trees

Trees are an essential part of California's climate and are vital to improving air quality and conserving water. To help educate Californians on the value that trees provide to building successful, healthy cities and neighborhoods, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) and California ReLeaf are announcing the annual statewide Arbor Week poster contest for students in third, fourth and fifth grades. In addition, CAL FIRE and California ReLeaf are also holding a video contest for students in sixth, seventh and eighth grades. For each contest, students are asked to create original artwork or video based ...

December 28, 2016 | | Local News

Annual Chanukah Menorah Lighting

Congregation Beth Shalom, The Center for Jewish Life in greater Stanislaus County and the Central Valley based in Modesto, has announced that they will hold a public lighting ceremony of the Chanukah Menorah in downtown Oakdale on Thursday night, Dec. 29 from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. in front of the Bianchi Community Center at 110 S. Second Ave.

December 28, 2016 | | Local News

Holiday Happiness Delivered

A special event involving several local Masons and Shriners played out on Christmas morning, as a group traveled to the Shriner's Hospital in Sacramento for their Christmas parade.

December 28, 2016 | | Local News


Toastmasters Meet

December 28, 2016 | | Local News


On Friday, Dec. 23, Oakdale Police School Resource Officer Dan Taylor along with seven Oakdale Police explorers delivered Christmas gifts in the city. Taylor and Les Schwab Tires of Oakdale had a gift giving tree program where names were pulled representing the wishes and needs of children who were students of Oakdale schools. Anonymous citizens purchased the gifts, including some bicycles, resulting in 20 presents delivered throughout Oakdale.

December 28, 2016 | | Local News

Council Cancellation

Oakdale City Clerk Kathy Teixeira announced that the regular Oakdale City Council meeting for Monday, Jan. 3, 2017 has been cancelled.

December 28, 2016 | | Local News

Dickens Documentary Screening At Center

Simple yet powerful words: "modest, courageous, passionate, analytical, humble." These are the words Eriksen and Soren Dickens repeat as they speak of their late father, Mark Dickens.

December 28, 2016 | Teresa Hammond | Local News

Oakdale Year In Review: Reflecting Back On 2016

From OID water wars, police investigations, and annual events, first half 2016 headlines in the Oakdale Leader began and many continued with stories into the second half of the year. This week, we start our annual 'Year in Review' by taking a look at the months gone by, with top stories from the first half of the year, January through June. Next week, a look at the last six months of the year.

December 28, 2016 | | Local News

Naval Academy Nomination Provided For OHS Senior Hill

U.S. Representative Jeff Denham has named Oakdale High School senior Sophia Hill as one of the 2016 service academy nominees from California's 10th congressional district. Rep. Denham nominated 25 students from cities across the district to four of the nation's prestigious military academies.

December 21, 2016 | | Local News

Films: Cherished Holiday Traditions And Great Gifts

Tradition plays a pivotal role during the holiday season. While each family has its own unique holiday traditions, certain traditions are embraced and shared by families far and wide.

December 21, 2016 | | Local News


Valley Home students were recently acknowledged for their scholastic efforts at the Student of the Month assembly. Students honored were: Jesse Ruddy, Zeke Johnson, Luis Perez, Will Tucker, Morgan Timmerman, Heston Timmerman, Connor Galentine, Dominic Call and Violette Seagraves.

December 21, 2016 | | Local News

Tax Volunteers Needed

The holidays are here and tax time is near, and there is still time to become a Tax-Aide volunteer.

December 21, 2016 | | Local News

Police Beat

NOTICE: The names and incidents printed in the Police Log are obtained from the daily log of the Oakdale Police Department, which is a public document. The listing of a name here does not imply that person's guilt or innocence. That can only be determined by a court of law.

December 21, 2016 | | Local News

Study Shows UC Merced Enjoying Steady Growth

The University of California, Merced, received more than 18,000 applications from California high school seniors seeking admission for Fall 2017, a 10.1 percent increase from the previous year, or the largest percent increase in the UC system.

December 21, 2016 | | Local News

Toys For Tots Collection Sees Successful Season

Once again Oak Summit Masonic Lodge No. 112 F & AM was happy to lend a helping hand to the hundreds of kids who might have gone without in this Holiday Season.

December 21, 2016 | | Local News

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Coat Drive Helps AVF Spread The Warmth

The weather has changed a bit from what seemed to be an early spring to the return of winter that is seen normally in the ...

February 28, 2018 | Virginia Still | Local News

Sign-Ups Underway Now For Annual Chili Cook-Off

American Veterans First is hosting its chili cook-off for another year, with the second annual fundraising event scheduled for Saturday, March 10.

February 28, 2018 | | Local News

Oakdale’s Inaugural Father-Daughter Ball A Success

Oakdale Sunrise Rotary is beaming with excitement at the success of their inaugural "Boots and Bows" Father/Daughter Ball, hosted in February at the Gene ...

February 28, 2018 | | Local News

Shelter Pet Alliance Program Reaches Another Milestone

The Oakdale Shelter Pet Alliance (OSPA) recently celebrated the completion of 3,000 dog and cat spay/neuters through its voucher program since the program ...

February 28, 2018 | | Local News

Grants Provided For Variety Of Habitat, Wildlife Projects

At its Thursday, Feb. 22 quarterly meeting, the Wildlife Conservation Board (WCB) approved approximately $17.9 million in grants to help restore and protect fish ...

February 28, 2018 | | Local News

Distinguished Young Women Hopefuls Vie For Title

The annual Distinguished Young Women of Oakdale program will be held on Saturday, March 10 at 7 p.m. at Magnolia School Auditorium. Soroptimist International ...

February 28, 2018 | | Local News

MJC Panel Discussion Focuses On Speech

The Modesto Junior College Civic Engagement Project (CEP) invites the community to Free Speech and Hate Speech: A Panel Discussion with Experts on Thursday, March ...

February 28, 2018 | | Local News

Houck Takes Speech Trek Top Honors

Five students from Oakdale High School tackled the topic "How Can We Stand Up to Sexism?" at this year's Speech Trek Contest on Thursday ...

February 28, 2018 | | Local News


It is officially Girl Scout Cookie Time – the sweet treats benefitting local Girl Scout troops on sale now around the region. This group was busy ...

February 28, 2018 | | Local News

School Board Support Sought For SOS Run

Monday night provided the perfect forum for Support Oakdale Schools (SOS) Fun Run board members Ted Thome, Joey Valencia and Tina Lane to get the ...

February 28, 2018 | Teresa Hammond | Local News

Projects, Volunteers Needed For Love Oakdale Initiative

The date for the 2018 edition of Love Oakdale is Saturday, April 21, with the gathering point to start the day offered this year at ...

February 28, 2018 | | Local News

Dairymen Gather Locally For Unique ProCross Tour

Creative Genetics has added its own unique spin to Oakdale's famous title as "Cowboy Capital of the World." Earlier this month the Oakdale-based business ...

February 28, 2018 | Teresa Hammond | Local News

Robbery Under Investigation

Oakdale Police are investigating another late night robbery, this one occurring at Circle K, 1515 W. F St., marking the second time in less than ...

February 24, 2018 | | Local News

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