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Questions Arise Over Success Of Climbers Fest

The event touted to put Oakdale on the map and to bring in "climbers from all over the world" resulted in extremely poor attendance of less than 300 and a profit of just $200 after the city invested $2000 in sponsorship for the affair.

November 21, 2012 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Oakdale Pooch Seeks Top Dog Honors

With a list of awards and dog show honors for her prize standard schnauzer, Oakdale resident Kim Studley has high hopes for BIS GCH Blackhawk Finnegan's Wake, also known by the pet name "Fin."

November 21, 2012 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Study May Mean Rate Hike

Oakdale City Council members voted to move forward on Monday, Nov. 19, with a utility rate study very likely to raise water and sewer rates to help the revenue shortfall of the wastewater fund.

November 21, 2012 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Community Dinner Thursday

Fast approaching 20 years, the annual Spirit of Oakdale Thanksgiving dinner will be served at Oakdale's Gene Bianchi Community Center, 110 S. Second Ave., on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, Nov. 22.

November 21, 2012 | | Local News


Stampede Plays Role In Charity Game

The varsity and junior varsity divisions of the Oakdale Stampede Youth Football team played contests at Modesto Christian High on Nov. 10 in a fundraiser effort to donate all proceeds to the family of Jayden Thomas, who was tragically killed in an auto accident after leaving a youth football game in Manteca. The Modesto Broncos donated the use of their field and snack bar for the two games. A bake sale, silent auction, T-shirt sales and donation jars also accumulated funds for the family.

November 19, 2012 | Report Abuse account | Local News


Oakdale Officer’s Impact Felt By Many

Grey and cloudy skies matched the somber mood of those attending the funeral service for Oakdale Police Officer Paul Katuszonek on Friday morning, Nov. 16, at the Lakewood Memorial Park in Hughson.

November 16, 2012 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Oakdale Officers Joined In Solemn Procession

Coming from departments all across the Central Valley, police officers joined with the Oakdale Police Department for a solemn funeral procession on Friday morning, mourning one of their own.

November 16, 2012 | Marg Jackson | Local News


Oakdale Police Prepare For Officer’s Memorial Service

Funeral services are Friday morning, Nov. 16 for Oakdale Police Officer Paul Katuszonek, killed in an auto accident last week.

November 15, 2012 | | Local News


Former Waterford City Administrator Hired For Oakdale

Interim City Manager Stan Feathers announced on Nov. 5 that retired Waterford City Administrator Chuck Deschenes has joined the city's management team as an interim operations manager. Deschenes replaces retired Merced County CEO Demetrios "Dee" Tatum, who leaves the position due to state regulations on the limited number of hours he can work after retirement.

November 14, 2012 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Citizens Cast Votes, Council Members Seated

Oakdale voters have spoken on the structure they want to see for its city council and the direction they will take the city for the next few years. One newcomer will join a re-elected councilman for full terms and a former mayor will fill the two-year remainder of a vacant seat.

November 14, 2012 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Denham Re-Elected, Has Oakdale Issues On Radar

Congressman Jeff Denham has a list of local matters to take on as he prepares to take over the newly drawn 10th Congressional District. On Tuesday, Nov 6, Denham defeated Democratic challenger Jose Hernandez by taking 54 percent of votes cast.

November 14, 2012 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Oakdale Police Officer Dies In Modesto Crash

Black bands covered the badges of Oakdale Police personnel on Friday as the department mourned the loss of their colleague and friend.

November 14, 2012 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Ballot Tabulation Update

Clerk Recorder and Registrar of Voters Lee Lundrigan recently released this update on the Nov. 6 Presidential Election.

November 13, 2012 | | Local News


Sunday Night Shooting Leaves Two Dead

Two people were killed in a Sunday night shooting in the 300 block of East I Street in Oakdale.

November 12, 2012 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Oakdale Police Officer Killed In Traffic Accident

Black bands covered the badges of Oakdale Police personnel on Friday as the department mourned the loss of their colleague and friend.

November 09, 2012 | Richard Paloma | Local News


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Kids Spring Fest Fun

Saturday, April 4 marked the 2015 Kids Spring Fest as over 1,000 kids and adults gathered at Kerr Park for a fun day under the sun. The ninth annual event, presented by City of Oakdale and the Kiwanis Club, held four separate egg hunts for kids in varying age groups, up to age 12, along with lunch, games and prize drawings among other activities for both kids and adults.

April 08, 2015 | | Local News


Area Trio Opening Dialogue On Mental Illness

One in four adults, or approximately 61.5 million Americans, have an experience with mental illness in a given year. With a current estimated population of over 21,000 within the Oakdale City limits that's over 5,000 Oakdale community members who will be affected by mental illness in some way.

April 08, 2015 | Teresa Hammond | Local News


Council Taps Murdoch To Fill Vacant Seat

With two members of the Oakdale City Council stating they wanted someone with the same "business sense" as former Councilman Don Petersen, the Oakdale City Council voted 3-1 to appoint local commercial real estate developer Richard Murdoch to the dais for the remaining two years left when Petersen resigned in February.

April 08, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Investigation Recovers Stolen Radioactive Device

An eBay ad and the sharp eye of a tenacious victim led Oakdale Police to recover a $10,000 piece of construction equipment that was taken from a work truck last year.

April 03, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Annual Pioneer Rodeo In Late Fall Offers Oakdale Lasting Success

Covered Calistoga wagons and settlements complete with chow carts will descend on Oakdale this November as various Davy Crockett and Daniel Boone characters arrive in the city for the debut of Pioneer Days and the Pioneer Rodeo, The Leader has learned.

April 01, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


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


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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