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Wastewater Plant Tour Open To Public

Oakdale City Council will hold a special meeting on Monday, Jan. 9 at the Oakdale Wastewater Treatment Plant. Council and members of the public will take a tour of the facility to view progress on plant upgrades.

January 05, 2012 | Andrea Goodwin | Local News


Newsworthy Final Six Months Of Year

A swift-running river, bad news for schools in terms of state funding, and an increase in gang activity all found their way on to the front pages of The Leader during the latter half of 2011. Following are some of the top stories, July to December.

January 04, 2012 | | Local News


Battery Ingestion Harms Toddler

Jaden Mayfield was doing what probably any two-year-old boy would do one afternoon when he found something shiny …he put it in his mouth. Little did he or his family know that his age-appropriate curiosity would turn into a long hospital stay.

January 04, 2012 | Andrea Goodwin | Local News


California Rings In New Laws For 2012

The New Year brings fresh opportunity and challenges for most people but it also brings new laws for everyone to abide by. More than 800 laws will go into effect. Some laws directly affect your day-to-day, others not so much, but it's a good idea to know what's legal and what's not. Here is a small list of some of the more talked-about laws that will go into effect.

January 04, 2012 | | Local News


Locals Not Affected - Sears Holding Company Announces Store Closures

Although the list posted at the Sears Holding Company website is still not completely updated, the Oakdale Kmart and Sears locations seem to have escaped the chopping block as they are not among the 80 stores slated for closure throughout the country.

January 04, 2012 | | Local News


Redevelopment Decision Prompts Review

Oakdale city officials are scrambling to action after the California Supreme Court upheld the state's right to dismantle redevelopment agencies across the state in a Dec. 29 decision. The Supreme Court also ruled that an alternate strategy, which some were calling "ransom payments," was unconstitutional. This decision leaves the City of Oakdale scrambling to meet a four-month deadline to ensure repayment of around $1.5 million owed by the RDA to city held funds.

January 04, 2012 | Andrea Goodwin | Local News


Scarves For Seniors

Several Orange Blossom 4-H club members, in contributed photo at side, made approximately 110 scarves in December to contribute to the Oakdale Police Department's senior outreach program coordinated by CAPS (Citizens Auxiliary Police Services) member Lupe Aguilera.

January 03, 2012 | | Local News


Crime Scene Investigator Killed In Hughson

Sheriff Adam Christianson announced Friday morning, Dec. 30 that the Stanislaus County Sheriff's Office lost a crime scene investigator while she was investigating an active crime scene in Hughson.

December 30, 2011 | Kim Van Meter | Local News


Oakdale Evaluates Retail Potential

Looking to capitalize on existing opportunities, members of the Oakdale City Council have approved spending $16,000 of Redevelopment Agency money to fund a retail business study.

December 28, 2011 | Andrea Goodwin | Local News


Wetland Treatment Project Completed

A new wetland treatment system, the first project of its kind in the Oakdale Irrigation District, is in its final stage and getting the finishing touches at the Union Slough on V.A. Rodden land between Crow Road and Ellenwood, south of Claribel.

December 28, 2011 | Dawn M. Henley | Local News


OID Constructing New Wetland

The Oakdale Irrigation District is in the final stages of a wetlands and water treatment project. In the contributed photo at side, OID workers excavate material in an area of the project so a concrete spillway can be constructed on the central berm of the wetland. This is to prevent erosion of the berm if storm water flows exceed the capacity of the pipe and water goes over the spillway.

December 27, 2011 | Dawn M. Henley | Local News


4-Hers Paint Holiday Windows

Members of Orange Blossom 4-H club recently painted the windows of Oakdale Feed and Seed for the Christmas holiday. Farmer Santa on his tractor being pulled by his "reindeer," also known as farm animals, supply the main theme for the windows. A cowboy snowman also appears.

December 23, 2011 | | Local News


Business Improvement District Topic Of City Council Debate

The Oakdale Tourism Business Improvement District (BID) was the topic of lengthy debate at Monday night's Oakdale City Council meeting. New potential appointments, the lack of a spending report, and confusion over BID funds were all hotly debated in the public meeting.

December 21, 2011 | Andrea Goodwin | Local News


OID Directors Make Decision On Fringe Parcel Policy

After a year of investigating, interviewing and discussing, the Oakdale Irrigation District Board of Directors unanimously decided to adopt a policy on "fringe" parcels in an action at the Dec. 20 regular meeting.

December 21, 2011 | Dawn M. Henley | Local News


Annual Donation Aids Children’s Shelter

Oakdale's Children's Crisis Center Guardian House has been helping children when they need it most since 2002, but now they are getting some help to keep their doors open.

December 21, 2011 | Andrea Goodwin | Local News


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River Drowning, Rescues Highlight Continued Danger

The Sunday rescue of nine people thrown out of rafts along the Stanislaus River east of Oakdale ended well, with no serious injuries.

July 05, 2017 | Marg Jackson | Local News


Summer Pump Prices Down

Average retail gasoline prices in Modesto have fallen 3.1 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.81/gallon Sunday, according to GasBuddy ...

July 05, 2017 | | Local News


Celebration For ACE Expansion

The Altamont Corridor Express (ACE) passenger rail service will be expanding its service to include downtown Modesto. The extension of service will also include Manteca ...

July 05, 2017 | Virginia Still | Local News


Paddleboarding Can Yield Potential Health Benefits

Paddleboarding, which involves participants standing on a paddleboard or surfboard and using their arms to paddle through the ocean, is an increasingly popular recreational activity.

July 05, 2017 | | Local News


Congressional Art Contest Winner Honored In D.C.

U.S. Representative Jeff Denham welcomed the winner of California's 10th District Congressional Art Competition, Skye Ocaranza, to the U.S. Capitol on Thursday ...

July 05, 2017 | | Local News


YES Company Stages Footloose For Its 26th Annual Production

YES (Youth Entertainment Stage) Company is producing the time-honored '80s musical "Footloose," to be performed at the Gallo Center for the Arts. Tickets are now ...

July 05, 2017 | | Local News


World Rhythms At Lucca Winery

Red Tie Arts presents a Latin Guitar-World Fusion group called Incendio that will bring their blazing guitars and percussion along with world rhythms to Lucca ...

July 05, 2017 | | Local News


Controller Cheers Passage Of Tax Board Overhaul

One of the plan's key architects, State Controller Betty T. Yee cheered the legislative approval of the Taxpayer Transparency and Fairness Act of 2017 ...

July 05, 2017 | | Local News


United Samaritans Foundation Recognized As Top Nonprofit

Senator Tom Berryhill, R-Modesto, recently honored the United Samaritans Foundation as the 8th Senate District's Nonprofit of the Year for 2017.

July 05, 2017 | | Local News


CAL FIRE Stresses Safety As July 4 Holiday Approaches

With the Fourth of July holiday quickly approaching, CAL FIRE is reminding everyone to do their part to prevent fires and injuries caused by fireworks ...

June 30, 2017 | | Local News


Vietnam Moving Wall On Display In Stockton

The Vietnam Moving Wall is now on display at the Weber Point Events Center in Stockton. A ribbon cutting was scheduled Thursday, June 29 at ...

June 29, 2017 | | Local News


Float Trip Down Stanislaus Turns Deadly On Wednesday

Another drowning death in the Stanislaus River occurred Wednesday, as a woman in her 20s could not be revived after being pulled from the water.

June 29, 2017 | Marg Jackson | Local News


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