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Valley Talent Project Performers Take Stage

The eighth annual edition of the talent show that dazzles the community each year while supporting the non-profit Gallo Center will take center stage this Friday and Saturday night.

August 23, 2017 | | Local News


The solar eclipse on Monday blocked out about 75 percent of the sun's light in the Central Valley for a brief period in the morning; viewers needed special glasses to safely view the sun being covered by the moon. On the ground, there were many ways to see the phenomenon, including here, as the crescent shapes of what remained of the sun were projected through the leaves of a tree at the Escalon Times-Oakdale Leader-Riverbank News office shortly after 10 a.m. on Aug. 21. Also shown, a view of the solar event, with glasses covering the camera lens ...

August 23, 2017 | | Local News

California Day Of Preparedness Slated

The California Governor's Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) is hosting the 12th annual California Day of Preparedness on Saturday, Aug. 26. The day encourages Californians to take steps to prepare for emergencies or disasters in their homes, businesses, schools and communities. This free, family-friendly event is powered by Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E).

August 23, 2017 | | Local News

Transportation Commission Authorizes SB1 Project Funds

Caltrans announced on Thursday, Aug. 17 that 32 major "fix-it-first" transportation projects can be accelerated a year earlier than planned thanks to anticipated funding from Senate Bill 1 (SB 1), the Road Repair and Accountability Act of 2017. The advancement is possible due to nearly $690 million in funding authorized by the California Transportation Commission (CTC).

August 23, 2017 | | Local News

Community Briefs

Final Summer Concert

August 23, 2017 | | Local News

Community Band Concert Benefits Scholarship Fund

Two special concerts in September and October are planned at the Oakdale Senior Center, 450 E. A St., Oakdale. Tuesdays, Sept. 5 and Oct. 17 are the dates; concerts feature the Oakdale Community Band and the Singing Seniors, starting at 6:30 p.m.

August 23, 2017 | | Local News

Community Park Celebration

Not all the finishing touches have been put on yet, but the City of Oakdale is gearing up for a special grand opening celebration of the new Oakdale Community Park next month.

August 23, 2017 | | Local News

Reduce Vehicle Emissions With Kids Back In School

Pollution from back-to-school traffic could cause a spike in ozone. With school back in session the Valley Air District is asking the public to reduce vehicle emissions by carpooling or walking their children to school and to refrain from vehicle idling during school pick-ups and drop-offs. Triple-digit temperatures and multiple wildfires may also impact Valley air quality, and the public's help is crucial in reducing the risk of spikes in ground-level ozone and exceeding federal air quality standards.

August 23, 2017 | | Local News


Speaker Alejandro Carrillo, far right, joined community members and leaders to denounce racism at a rally aimed at unity Monday evening, Aug. 21 at the Community Center Plaza. The Oakdale Police Department was a solid presence at the rally as a precaution against any violence but the event went smoothly and without interruption. Oakdale City Mayor Pat Paul placed a resolution condemning racism, bullying, bigotry and hate within the community. The rally was in response to recent tragic events in Charlottesville, Virginia where a man with an Oakdale post office box address was associated with one of the white nationalist ...

August 23, 2017 | | Local News

New Website Connects Veterans

CalVet has introduced a new website to provide better, faster access to news and information for veterans.

August 23, 2017 | | Local News

Reporter’s Notebook

I'm going to admit that writing this column is actually pretty hard. I have about four different introductions that I could be using; each time I start I say "Erase everything else. This one has to come from the heart." And yet, here we are. Take from the heart part five.

August 23, 2017 | By AUTUMN NEAL Leader Correspondent | Local News

OID, Valley Home School Feature November Races

Competition will be featured for two Oakdale Irrigation District seats this fall, including one post that is shared with the Escalon area in San Joaquin County. The seats are for four-year terms.

August 23, 2017 | Marg Jackson | Local News

Report Supports California State Rail Plan

Caltrans has released Rail and the California Economy, a research report investigating how the state's vast passenger and freight rail system contributes to California's economy, as well as an overview of opportunities for rail to address the state's needs and challenges in the future.

August 23, 2017 | | Local News

Dos Reis Park Reopens

Dos Reis Regional Park in Lathrop reopened Monday, Aug. 21 for camping and day-use only. The park's boat launch remains closed due to dock repairs; there is no estimated reopening date.

August 23, 2017 | | Local News

Wish Granted For Oakdale Teen

Christopher Courtney spent his 13th birthday a bit different than the average teenager. The Oakdale Junior High eighth grader began his 13th year last Saturday, flanked by family and a community which has greatly impacted his young life – Make-A-Wish.

August 23, 2017 | 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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