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Outbreaks Suggest Busy Fire Season

California has already experienced an increase in fire activity, and to ensure Californians are ready, Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr. has declared May 5-11, 2013 as "Wildfire Awareness Week." During Wildfire Awareness Week Cal Fire is reminding residents of the dangers from wildfires and the simple steps that should be followed to prepare and prevent them.

May 08, 2013 | | Local News


Deadline Looms For Irrigated Lands Coalition

It's the "last call" to join the East San Joaquin Water Quality Coalition, also known as the Irrigated Lands Coalition, said Tom Orvis, Governmental Affairs Directors for the Stanislaus County Farm Bureau, at the recent Oakdale Irrigation District Board of Directors meeting. He said the deadline is Monday, May 13.

May 08, 2013 | Dawn M. Henley | Local News


OID Vote - Westlands Water Sale Cleared

A one-year water transfer contract with the Westlands Water District (WWD) was unanimously approved at the May 7 regular meeting of the Oakdale Irrigation District Board of Directors. There are some conditions on the contract that first protect OID water users before any transfer.

May 08, 2013 | Dawn M. Henley | Local News


Mother Gets Nine Year Sentence In Baby Death

Nicole Todd-Smith, the mother of the 44-day-old baby that died of a methamphetamine overdose in December, was sentenced to nine years in prison on Tuesday, May 7.

May 07, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Women's Club Gathers Tuesday

Members of the Oakdale Women's Club will gather for their monthly luncheon meeting on Tuesday, May 7.

May 06, 2013 | Report Abuse account | Local News


Day-Use Fees Waived For Military Families At Corps Parks

Active military service members and their families are invited to enjoy free access to day-use facilities throughout the Sacramento District and at any of the more than 2,500 U.S. Army Corps of Engineers parks across the nation.

May 04, 2013 | Report Abuse account | Local News


Short Agenda For Council Meeting

A brief agenda is on tap for the Oakdale City Council Meeting for Monday, May 6.

May 03, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Air Officials Issue North Valley Health Caution

Wildfires in Tehama and Sacramento counties are sending smoke to the northern Valley counties of the Air District, especially San Joaquin and Stanislaus, prompting local air officials to issue a health cautionary statement.

May 02, 2013 | | Local News


Awareness Forum

A Public Safety Awareness Forum is being hosted by the City of Oakdale on Thursday, May 9 at the Gene Bianchi Community Center. Slated from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., the 'Awareness Matters' forum is designed to help attendees learn about safeguarding home, family and community; preparing for an emergency in case of fire or other disaster; and decreasing the likelihood of being targeted by criminals.

May 01, 2013 | | Local News


Volunteers Prepare For Love Oakdale

More than 20 projects are going to be on the list when volunteers gather for Love Oakdale on Saturday, May 4.

May 01, 2013 | Marg Jackson | Local News


Hospital Board Tables Decision On Foundation

After taking public criticism for voting to shut down its popular maternity ward a few months ago, Oak Valley Hospital officials are considering another controversial decision – disassociation with the well-liked and admired Oak Valley Hospital Foundation.

May 01, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Symphony Of The Sierra Presents Spring Concert

The Columbia College Symphony of the Sierra will perform its spring 2013 concert on Saturday, May 4 at 3p.m. in the Dogwood Forum Building on the Columbia College campus. Admission is free. Doors open at 2:30p.m.

April 30, 2013 | | Local News


Hospital Board Tables Decision On Foundation

After taking public criticism for shutting down its popular maternity ward a few months ago, Oak Valley Hospital officials are considering another controversial decision – disassociation with the well-liked and admired Oak Valley Foundation.

April 26, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Farmer Sets Sights On Congressional Seat

Democrat Michael Eggman, a local farmer and beekeeper, has announced his bid for Congress in the 10th Congressional District. Eggman promised to bring his real-world experience and common sense approach to solving problems in Washington.

April 25, 2013 | | Local News


Countdown On To Annual Relay

For the 12th year, Oakdale and surrounding area residents will gather for 24 hours on the campus of Oakdale High School, united in the fight against cancer.

April 24, 2013 | | Local News


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Council Kept Out Of Loop On FAA Complaint

Despite airport items on recent agendas, the Oakdale Mayor and City Council claim they were not advised of an April complaint letter from the Federal Aviation Administration and the city's May 5 response letter. Some of the agenda items approved by the council even included a quarterly street sweeping contract and $16,000 lighting upgrade to bring the airport up to standards addressed in the complaint.

August 01, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


FAA Investigating Complaints About Airport

The Federal Aviation Administration San Francisco Airports District Office has informed the City of Oakdale it has received complaints that the Laughlin Road airport may be violating portions of its grants assurances sections as it applies to the condition and operation of the facility.

July 30, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Burchell Hill Hosts National Night Out

The Burchell Hill neighborhood and park will serve as the primary Oakdale city location for this year's 31st Annual National Night Out Against Crime on Tuesday, Aug. 5. The event is scheduled from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

July 30, 2014 | | Local News


OTVB Names New Administrator

A new face with new enthusiasm and drive will be taking over as administrator for the Oakdale Travel and Visitors Bureau (OTVB) after the departure of Ramona Howard who left the organization to pursue other career interests.

July 25, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Council Boosts Fees

A Landscape and Lighting Maintenance District (LLMD) agenda item on fee increases that prompted lengthy discussion at the previous meeting, and eventually delayed the vote until questions could be answered, was approved at a relatively brief Monday, July 21 Oakdale City Council meeting.

July 23, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Water Plan Finalized

With California water regulators having voted to approve fines up to $500 a day for residents who waste water on lawns, landscaping and car washing, the City of Oakdale must now come up with a conservation plan for its residents and 7,000 water customers.

July 23, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Breaking Bread, Breaking Ground

At a ceremony on July 15, Oakdale Joint Unified School District officials broke ground for the new 5000-square foot steel structure that will be the Central Kitchen. This will be the first of a handful of projects spearheaded by the Facilities Committee.

July 23, 2014 | Teresa Hammond | Local News


Oakdale To Finalize Conservation Plan

With California water regulators having voted to approve fines up to $500 a day for residents who waste water on lawns, landscaping and car washing, the City of Oakdale must now come up with a conservation plan for its residents and 7000 water customers.

July 18, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Swift Follow-Up By Police In Weekend Crimes

The man wanted in connection of the rape of a teenaged girl was spotted and arrested on the grounds of Oakdale High School Tuesday night, July 15.

July 16, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


County Fair Serves Up Family Fun

The fun continues daily at the Stanislaus County Fairgrounds in Turlock, with concerts, fun on the midway, food, displays and more.

July 16, 2014 | | Local News


Blue Star Mothers Group Forms Locally

When Emmy McDaniel's son Clayton joined the Navy after graduating from Oakdale High School in 2013, she became one of many parents who are part of a special group, facing uncertainty as she waits to find out where his career takes him.

July 16, 2014 | Marg Jackson | Local News


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