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Bypass Overview Draws 100 Plus To Meeting

Planning for the "bypass" - otherwise known as the North County Corridor project - hasn't gone away. While planning began in 2008 and the first phase of construction is not slated to begin until 2018, the public interest continues to run high. Area residents just haven't had a recent meeting.

June 22, 2011 | John Branch | Local News


Cautions Abound For River Safety

Leaders in Oakdale's fire and police departments, as well as the irrigation district are cautioning people about recreation activities on the Stanislaus River.

Oakdale Irrigation District General Manager Steve Knell said very high river flows are expected as of July 1 because water must be released from New Melones Reservoir due to the Federal Bureau of Reclamation's operating permit that states it cannot store water behind the dam after June 30.

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


Rural Fire Talks Continue

Action was tabled but discussions are ongoing with the Oakdale Rural Fire Protection District Board (ORFD) in regards to the current brown out schedule affecting the outlying posts of Valley Home and Knights Ferry with differing opinions on which station should receive the lion's share of summer staffing.

June 15, 2011 | Kim Van Meter | Local News


Criticism Follows Lengthy Meetings

After a series marathon council meetings, some of which contained hot topic items lasting nearly until midnight, the common question heard within the audience before the start of many Oakdale council meetings nowadays is not about posted agenda items, but, "How long will this one last?"

June 15, 2011 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Sidewalk Project Riddled With Bureaucracy

The mayor, public works personnel, and the senior citizen advisory commission all want to put in a reasonably priced sidewalk at the northwest corner of A Street and Yosemite Avenue. The only hold-up seems to be what is described as "bureaucratic red tape" if the city is involved.

June 15, 2011 | Richard Paloma | Local News


All Church Picnic And Concert

The Oakdale Family Church of the Nazarene will hold a fundraiser picnic and concert Sunday, June 12 to raise funds to send 12 Oakdale youths to the Nazarene Youth Conference in Louisville, Kentucky from July 5-10 for fellowship and to learn of the transformational power of God. Thousands of students from all over the United States and Canada will be attending.

June 10, 2011 | Kim Van Meter | Local News


Joplin Journey - Group Lends Helping Hand

A contingent of Oakdale citizens has been in Joplin, Missouri for the past week, helping the town recover from a devastating tornado that happened just over two weeks ago.

June 08, 2011 | Dawn M. Henley | Local News


Sales Tax Initiative Prepped For Ballot

Meeting late into the night on Monday, June 6, Oakdale City Council members were part of a session that included several hours of discussion, finger pointing, and pleading over the possibility of the city going forward with a special sales tax measure. In the end, whether "begrudgingly" or "cautiously," the council unanimously approved going forward with the initiative and will ask the Stanislaus County Board of Supervisors to place on the November 2011 ballot a vote for a half-cent sales tax increase over a three-year period.

June 08, 2011 | Richard Paloma | Local News


City Banking On Jail Booking Payments

As Gov. Jerry Brown continues pushing his tax plan toward the end of the fiscal year, Oakdale bean counters are closely watching the status of the state's vehicle license fee extensions as they are finalizing city budgets.

June 08, 2011 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Weather Cooperates For Farmers Market Opening

After several days of unstable weather, the sun did its June duty and came out to kick off the first evening of the Oakdale Certified Farmers Market on Thursday, June 2.

June 08, 2011 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Big Draw - Annual Senior Information Day Meets With Success

The 11th annual Senior Information Day, held at the community center, Friday, June 3 drew a respectable crowd of senior citizens interested in learning about the newest services available and topics affecting their age group.

June 08, 2011 | Kim Van Meter | Local News


OID Has Clean Audit

The Oakdale Irrigation District got a clean bill of health from the independent auditor Brian Nash of Richardson and Company. The OID Board of Directors heard Nash's report at its June 7 meeting and then unanimously approved the district's 2010 comprehensive annual financial report. The board also approved the 2010 annual financial report for OID improvement districts.

June 08, 2011 | Dawn M. Henley | Local News


Tight Lines - City Critters Come To The Country

During the past week, three separate incidents popped up that focused my attention on wild critters right in the middle of a city environment. First, I happened to be perusing the newspaper and came across an article about a rattlesnake being killed in someone's garage right in the middle of town. Rattlers in town? The State Capitol maybe, but a small town in central California? Hooda thunk it?

June 08, 2011 | Don Moyer | Local News


Oakdale Group Helps Joplin Residents

Dozens of Oakdale residents recently caravanned to Joplin, Missouri taking supplies and their helping hands to make a contribution toward tornado relief efforts. Members of the Oakdale Family Church of the Nazarene and Gilton Solid Waste Management employees have been in Joplin since June 2. Find out more about what they've been doing in Joplin in the June 8 issue of The Oakdale Leader.

June 07, 2011 | Dawn M. Henley | Local News


Sales Tax Survey Results On Council Agenda

The results of an ad hoc committee's sales tax study is set to be presented at the June 6 Oakdale City Council Meeting.

In May, the council commissioned Godbe Research of San Mateo County to perform a survey on the viability of the tax initiative that would raise the sales tax in Oakdale.

June 02, 2011 | Richard Paloma | 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


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