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Malone, School District Return To Fundamentals

Classrooms are once again taking shape and campus grounds are being prepared. As Oakdale Joint Unified School District students and families enjoy their final weeks of summer, much of the district staff and administration are readying themselves for the 2016-17 school year. The official first day of school for class instruction is Wednesday, Aug. 10.

July 27, 2016 | Teresa Hammond | Local News

Cowboy Capital Shines In Saturday Competition

Competitors were there for the glory – and the coveted belt buckles – as they met for the National Day of the American Cowboy at the Oakdale Saddle Club Rodeo Grounds on Saturday.

July 27, 2016 | Marg Jackson | Local News

Fish And Wildlife Plans Habitat Condition Update

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) will hold an outreach meeting Saturday, Aug. 20 in Los Banos regarding the Northern San Joaquin Valley Type A and B Wildlife Areas. CDFW will take comments and recommendations and provide updates on habitat conditions, availability of water for wetlands and possible impacts to hunter access on public lands.

July 27, 2016 | | Local News


Young Sophie Jenkins, a member of Sierra 4-H, looks on with a little trepidation as she and her mini rabbit go through the judging process at the Stanislaus County Fair on Thursday, July 14. Several local youngsters were involved in 4-H and FFA activities at the fair, with a number of residents also entering a variety of fair competitions. Look for results in a future issue of The Leader.

July 20, 2016 | | Local News

UC Merced Students Benefit From Grant $$

Undergraduate humanities students at the University of California, Merced, will gain valuable research opportunities and support for their transitions into graduate studies and scholarly careers, thanks to a new program that will serve 60 students over the next three years.

July 20, 2016 | | Local News

County Office Of Education Seeks Backpack Donations

The start of a new school year is an exciting time for most children, but for homeless children, this is a time open to emotional and academic challenges. Without even the most basic supplies, these students start at a disadvantage that only gets worse as the school year progresses. The Stanislaus County Office of Education aims to provide local homeless and at-risk youth with new backpacks and school supplies – tools they need to achieve academic success. To that end, SCOE's Operation Backpack Drive is on now through Thursday, July 28. Backpacks, school supplies or cash donations can be made ...

July 20, 2016 | | Local News

Red Dirt And Gold Dust Angels Camp Music Fest

Grab a cowboy hat and low-back lawn chair or blanket and settle under the shade of heritage oaks at the first ever Red Dirt and Gold Dust Music Fest (RDGDMF), set for Saturday, Aug. 6 in Angels Camp.

July 20, 2016 | | Local News

Keep Pets Cool, Comfortable And Safe During Hot Weather

Summer may be a time for vacations and recreational activities for human beings, but pets may not be privy to the same luxuries. Summer recreation may not always include our four-legged friends, as summer heat and other issues can pose a threat to companion animals. As a result, pet parents must make pet safety a priority when the weather heats up.

July 20, 2016 | | Local News

Valley Food Competition Highlights New Products

The 2016 Fresno Food Expo is excited to debut 33 innovative new products, varietals and packaging concepts that were entered into the New Product Awards from 28 different Central California businesses. Now in its fourth year, the New Product Awards, presented by Baker Peterson Franklin CPA, LLP, have become a strategic opportunity for participating businesses to launch new products. This year's products range from freeze-dried organic fruits and craft beers made with locally grown ingredients to infused olive oils, craft chocolate, gourmet nuts and nut butters, healthy snacks and everything in between, even all natural dog treats, which showcase ...

July 20, 2016 | | Local News

Clear The Shelters Event Scheduled For Saturday

Clear the Shelters, a successful nationwide pet adoption drive that took the country by storm, will be held this year on Saturday, July 23.

July 20, 2016 | | Local News

Veterans Advisory Commission Schedules Meeting In Waterford

The Stanislaus County Veterans Advisory Commission (VAC) will be holding its monthly meeting on Monday, July 25 in the Waterford Community Center at 540 C St., starting at 5:30 p.m.

July 20, 2016 | | Local News

First Phase Of Project Sees Water Line Work

On a recent 100-degree day, work crews on C Street in Oakdale were busy digging through the roadway to replace an aging water main. The line runs from Johnson Avenue to South Sixth Avenue.

July 20, 2016 | | Local News

McNerney Offers Legislation To Aid Veterans In Business

In an effort to help veterans maximize their broad skill set off the battlefield, and navigate the tricky field of startups and entrepreneurial opportunities, Congressman Jerry McNerney recently introduced the Strengthening Technical Assistance, Resources, and Training to Unleash the Potential of Veterans (STARTUP Vets) Act of 2016. This legislation would connect veterans aspiring to become business owners with technical and financial resources via incubators and accelerators that commit to creating more veteran-owned and operated businesses.

July 20, 2016 | | Local News

Nine Valley Youths Attend Summer CAP Encampment

Nine area Civil Air Patrol members – including one Oakdale – recently completed the 2016 California Wing Encampment, held June 24 through July 1 at Camp San Luis Obispo. Cadets that attended were: Elizabeth Benavente, 13, of Modesto, Nicholas Desomma, 13, of Turlock, Gino Estrella, 13, of Modesto, AnneMarie Fiori, 14, of Modesto, Nicholas Hahn, 15, of Hughson, Lucas Hardy, 13, of Oakdale, Zoe Hines, 14, of Modesto, Austin Kuesthardt, 15, of Modesto, and Domenica Spaner, 17, of Tracy. Hosted by the California Wing, more than 200 cadets and staff came from all across California.

July 20, 2016 | JON DOMKE - CAP Public Affairs Officer | Local News

Movie Under The Stars Plays To A Minion Crowd

Oakdale families enjoyed an evening of mild weather as they gathered in Cottle's Woods Park on Saturday night, July 16 for a special viewing of Minions, presented by Center for Human Services.

July 20, 2016 | Teresa Hammond | Local News

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OJUSD Maintains Emergency Plans

Safety in Oakdale schools is at the forefront within the administration at Oakdale Joint Unified School District.

February 21, 2018 | Teresa Hammond | Local News


Four Oakdale High School students, under the direction of teacher Denise Springer, competed in the 81st Lions Club Student Speakers Contest on Thursday, Feb. 8 ...

February 21, 2018 | | Local News

OHS Alumni Groups Planning Fall Reunions

Plans are underway for the 125th reunion of Oakdale Joint Union High School; with a group of interested alums meeting recently to get the effort ...

February 21, 2018 | | Local News

Local Cyclist Setting Sights On $$ For Team In Training

One would be hard pressed to meet a family whose life wasn't drastically changed by a cancer diagnosis. In that instance, the story of ...

February 21, 2018 | Teresa Hammond | Local News

Young Scientists Prepare For Regional Olympiad

Budding young scientists from throughout the region are gearing up for the 32nd Annual Stanislaus County Regional Science Olympiad slated for Saturday, March 3 at ...

February 21, 2018 | | Local News

Cub Scout Pack 303 Hosts Annual Pinewood Derby

Cub Scout Pack 303 of Oakdale will host its annual Pinewood Derby on Saturday, March 3. The event is being hosted in cooperation with Cub ...

February 21, 2018 | | Local News

Showcase For Artists In Annual Carriage Show

The Carriage Art Show, hosted at the Gene Bianchi Community Center in Oakdale, featured the work of artists involved in the Valley Art Association, which ...

February 21, 2018 | Marg Jackson | Local News

Artist Brightens Valley With Works From The Heart

One never really knows when misfortune may result in opportunity.

February 21, 2018 | Teresa Hammond | Local News

Californians Can Help Wildlife At Tax Time

You don't have to own hiking boots or a fishing pole, or have a degree in environmental science to help wildlife. A click of ...

February 21, 2018 | | Local News

Police, American Red Cross Hosting Community Blood Drive

Oakdale Police Department and American Red Cross are inviting the public to donate blood during the Oakdale Community Mobile Blood Drive.

February 21, 2018 | | Local News

Sail To Recovery Program

Women in the military, female veterans, female first responders and military/first responder wives have a special opportunity coming up through American Veterans First.

February 21, 2018 | | Local News

Lower Pump Prices Seen

Average retail gasoline prices in Modesto have fallen 0.4 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.10/gallon as of Feb. 19 ...

February 21, 2018 | | Local News

Governor Appoints New Caltrans Director

Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. announced on Tuesday the appointment of Laurie Berman to serve as the new Director for the Department of Transportation (Caltrans ...

February 21, 2018 | | Local News

Habitat Restoration Projects Currently Being Sought

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) is now accepting proposals for projects under its Fiscal Year 2018-19 Fisheries Habitat Restoration Proposal Solicitation Notice ...

February 21, 2018 | | Local News

Community Hospice, Foundation Welcomes New Board Members

Community Hospice, the oldest and largest nonprofit hospice provider serving the Central Valley, is pleased to announce its new Community Hospice and Community Hospice Foundation ...

February 21, 2018 | | Local News

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