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Year In Review: Final Look At 2013

From new city leadership and the subsequent financial changes to keep the city afloat, to the discontinuation of maternity services at Oak Valley Hospital, as well as selfless acts done to better the community, 2013 was filled with Oakdale Leader headlines both good and bad. This week, we start our annual 'Year in Review' by taking a look at the months gone by, with stories from the first half of the year, January through June.

December 24, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Season To Focus On Traffic Safety

As Californians ready for their holiday travels, the California Highway Patrol (CHP) is running its annual Christmas Maximum Enforcement Period, MEP. The two-day holiday enforcement effort is designed to help ensure the safety of the motoring public during a time when celebrations are in full swing.

December 24, 2013 | | Local News


Holiday Hours At Library

For those interested in getting special books to read over the holidays, the Oakdale Library has special holiday hours.

December 23, 2013 | | Local News


Students Helping Students

Taking the holiday theme of giving to the next level, Oakdale students and teachers helped a Sonora elementary school impacted by fire get back on firm educational ground.

December 20, 2013 | Marg Jackson | Local News


Man Slices Own Throat In Front Of Police

Oakdale Police responded to a report of a family disturbance at an unknown apartment on the 300 block of S. Sixth Ave. on Wednesday afternoon, Dec 18 and ended up summoning an ambulance for a man who stabbed himself.

December 20, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


OHS Care Closet Needs Pre-Holiday Stocking

Oakdale High School's Care Closet, known as Veronica's Care Closet, for less fortunate students is in great need for some re-stocking prior to the Christmas Break. The last day of school prior to the break is Friday, Dec. 20.

December 18, 2013 | Dawn M. Henley | Local News


OID Directors Reduce City Pool Donation

A reduced amount of money to donate to the City of Oakdale for its operation of the Royce Memorial Pool was motioned and approved by the Oakdale Irrigation District Board of Directors at the Dec. 17 regular meeting.

December 18, 2013 | Dawn M. Henley | Local News


Columbia Historic Park Calls For Docents

Have you ever wondered how you can give back to the community and help one of your local California State Parks at the same time? Become a Columbia State Historic Park docent.

December 17, 2013 | | Local News


(A) Home For The Holidays

Friday the 13th was anything but unlucky for single mother Sharon Nardello of Oakdale as she received the keys to her three-bedroom home that was renovated by Habitat for Humanity.

December 14, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Did City Violate Brown Act With Parking Call?

Not only have questions arisen over the legitimacy and fairness of the Oakdale City Council's Dec. 2 move to designate a portion of South Second Avenue for the exclusive parking of a single establishment, but the process in which it was administered raises serious concerns on potential violations of The Brown Act that governs how cities conduct business.

December 13, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Steps Taken Toward Fire Services Contract

Calling the proposal the city's greatest chance of success at a special Oakdale City Council meeting on Monday, Dec. 9, Oakdale City Manager Bryan Whitemyer moved that the city council pursue a contract with the Stanislaus Consolidated Fire Protection District for fire services.

December 11, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Travel Bureau Not Reporting Finances

The oft embattled Oakdale Tourism and Visitors Bureau remains out of compliance with its directives, this time for failing to follow a council mandated timeline for its bi-annual reports on finances and their business plan.

December 11, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Downtown - Crowd Braves Winter Chill

Weatherwise, it was a cold and nearly blustery night, with the decided chill in the air making you believe it could snow.

December 11, 2013 | Marg Jackson | Local News


Winter Weather Prompts Pass Closures

The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) has closed State Route 4 (SR-4) over Ebbetts Pass and SR-89 over Monitor Pass, in Alpine County, and SR-108 over Sonora Pass, in Tuolumne County, as of Monday, Dec. 9.

December 10, 2013 | | Local News


Holiday Enforcement Efforts Show Favorable Results

The California Highway Patrol (CHP) and its law enforcement partners throughout the nation are pleased to announce the results from the two recent traffic safety challenges issued for Interstate 5 (I-5) and Interstate 40 (I-40). No lives were lost during the two-day campaign on I-40. Unfortunately, one person was killed during the four-day effort on I-5 in California's Kern County.

December 09, 2013 | | Local News


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Testicle Festival – Romancing The Stones

Monday night marked my fourth Oakdale Testicle Festival, taking me a long way from my first time as a newbie with only a few weeks on for The Leader, and an editorial staff of women (sans sports guy) when I was "chosen" to cover the annual event.

April 01, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Veronica’s Care Closet Seeking Donations

As many look ahead to lazy mornings and summer schedules Oakdale High School's Dana McLain has other thoughts on her mind.

April 01, 2015 | Teresa Hammond | Local News


Annual Spring Fest Saturday

The City of Oakdale, in cooperation with the Kiwanis Club of Oakdale, is hosting the ninth annual Kids Spring Fest on Saturday, April 4 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

April 01, 2015 | | Local News


Dried And Confused: Lunch Focuses On Water Rights

With California in its third drought year, the Oakdale Chamber of Commerce's 42nd Annual Ag Scholarship Luncheon on March 19 brought in known attorney, Valerie Kinkaid, to discuss its chosen topic, "Three Major Threats to Water Rights."

March 25, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


OTVB – What Direction Now?

With the recent shoot-down of "Pioneer Perfect," the Oakdale Tourism and Visitor's Bureau decided to finally "embrace" "Cowboy Capital of the World" as it continues its mission to develop and promote tourism for the City of Oakdale.

March 25, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


City Opposes Fed Plan

With the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation planning to release significant water flows down the Stanislaus River during a time of continued drought in the area, the City of Oakdale took a stand and opposed the agency's planned actions, expressing serious concerns with its 2015 Drought Contingency Plan.

March 25, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Civil War Battles Rage

Sometimes, the South won. Sometimes, the North prevailed.

March 25, 2015 | | Local News


Panel Addresses Culture Of Violence In Schools

Audience members waited with bated breath as Oakdale Police Chief Lester Jenkins carefully formulated his answer on whether or not he personally believed that security personnel should be authorized to carry concealed weapons on school campuses.

March 25, 2015 | BY ALYSSON AREDAS | Local News


Area Water Woes Linger As Irrigation Season Looms

Even as water began filling its canals this week, the Oakdale Irrigation District board discussed ways Tuesday morning to ensure there is enough to last until September.

March 18, 2015 | | Local News


Bond Refinancing Results In City Savings

Wearing a cowboy hat to reinforce his point, Oakdale City Manager Bryan Whitemyer pioneered the Monday, March 16 Oakdale City Council meeting, telling everyone that at no time the city was ever considering changing its 'Cowboy Capital' motto (see related story on this page).

March 18, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Residents Shoot Down Slogan

City of Oakdale residents have long felt recognition and pride with the city's motto of "Cowboy Capital of the World" but when the Oakdale Travel and Visitors Bureau introduced a marketing slogan of "Pioneer Perfect," many residents expressed outrage, calling for the city and OTVB not to meddle with something already in place.

March 18, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Residents View ‘Pioneer Perfect’ As Off Track

City of Oakdale residents have long felt recognition and pride with the city's motto of "Cowboy Capital of the World" but when the Oakdale Travel and Visitors Bureau introduced a marketing slogan of "Pioneer Perfect," many residents expressed outrage, calling for the city and OTVB not to meddle with something already in place.

March 12, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


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