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Council Sets Special Session

Members of the Oakdale City Council will gather for a special meeting on Monday, Jan. 31 at 5 p.m. in the council chambers regarding the issuance of two separate series of tax allocation revenue bonds.

January 29, 2011 | | Local News


Vehicle Crashes Into Local UPS Store

Employees at the local UPS Store on East F Street in Oakdale were shocked when a vehicle crashed into the building on Wednesday morning, Jan. 26. The driver reportedly got her boot stuck between the brake and the accelerator, sending the car into the building. Oakdale Police Office Ben Savage, at left, moves in to assess the situation.

January 27, 2011 | | Local News


Mayor Delivers State Of The City Speech

A crowd of more than 100 persons, including city officials, community residents and some visitors from neighboring Riverbank, attended the Oakdale Chamber of Commerce's 'State of the City' address presented by Oakdale Mayor Pat Paul at the city's Community Center on Wednesday, Jan. 26.

January 27, 2011 | | Local News


Shattered - Another Teen Injured In Crosswalk Collision

Holly Wheeler, an 18-year-old, 2010 graduate of Oakdale High is among a growing number of people joining a club created of unfortunate circumstances.

January 26, 2011 | Kim Van Meter | Local News


Oakdale Farmer Takes Reins Of Statewide Organization

At their semi-annual Board of Directors meeting, representatives of Backcountry Horsemen of California (BCHC) units throughout the state elected Oakdale resident, Dennis M. Serpa to their top leadership position. Serpa has now taken the reins as President of this over 3000-member equestrian organization that, through volunteer service and education, works to keep public lands open for recreational stock use.

January 26, 2011 | | Local News


OID Weighs Cost Cuts

In a recent memo to the Oakdale Irrigation District Board of Directors published in the agenda of the Jan. 18 regular meeting, General Manager Steve Knell noted that OID capital construction will be put on hold for the next two to three years. That move is due to the absence of revenue from Tri-Dam, resulting from unreimbursed expenses from the insurance company for the Donnells generator failure; weak power prices; and escalating construction costs of the Tulloch third unit.

January 19, 2011 | Dawn M. Henley | Local News


Former Schoolteacher Nabs Achiever Award

Patricia Graham embodies the spirit of a 1920s flapper in that she allows nothing to stand in the way of accomplishing her goal, whether it's conventional thinking or a busted hip, for the 86-year-old former Riverbank High school teacher has always chased after what she wanted - a character trait she encouraged and fostered in her students.

January 19, 2011 | Kim Van Meter | Local News


City Money Woes

In the face of tough economic times, the City of Oakdale made substantive accomplishments for 2010. Unfortunately, the same creativity and prudent budget spending that was vital for these achievements are going to be needed for 2011.

January 19, 2011 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Bonsack Gallery To Facilitate Art Club

If there's one thing Debi Bonsack and husband Brad Keith know - it's art.

January 12, 2011 | Kim Van Meter | Local News


Family Faces Test of Survival

An Oakdale resident and Manteca District Ambulance paramedic, 30-year-old Troy Hawkins, had a premonition - one he acted on - that likely saved the life of his 34-year-old brother from a snowmobile accident and a freezing death in deep snow.

January 12, 2011 | Glenn Kahl Special To The Leader | Local News


Jobless Rates Still High

Yearly unemployment figures for the area saw only a slight drop from where they started in January 2010, raising uncertainty regarding recovery in 2011.

January 12, 2011 | | Local News


Superintendent Search

A timeline of the Superintendent search process was covered at a special meeting of the Oakdale Joint Unified School District Board of Trustees on Monday, Jan. 10. Dr. Wendell Chun of Educational Leadership Services (ELS), who was selected to conduct the school district's search for a new superintendent, provided the review.

January 12, 2011 | Dawn M. Henley | Local News


OID Creates New Job

The Oakdale Irrigation District is at a point in modernization and automation of its canal facilities that it needs to hire a technological person to manage and maintain its control and data acquisition (SCADA) sites, said OID General Manager Steve Knell at the Jan. 4 regular meeting of the Board of Directors. The board unanimously approved a new staff position for an information technology/SCADA coordinator.

January 05, 2011 | Dawn M. Henley | Local News


Oakdale Chamber Announces Annual Award Nominees

At the Oakdale Annual Awards Banquet each year the Oakdale Chamber of Commerce honors members of the community for Citizen of the Year, Junior Achievement, Community Service, Business of the Year and Lifetime Achievement. The purpose is to honor individuals, organizations and businesses who have worked unselfishly to improve our Oakdale community and help others.

January 05, 2011 | | Local News


Council Extends Public Invitation

Calling on citizens for input, members of the Oakdale City Council asked residents to attend two important meetings that will shape the city's budget and strategic plan for the next few years.

January 05, 2011 | Richard Paloma | Local News


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Charter Student Propels Forward

Oakdale resident and Valley Charter School graduate Matthew Gery is spending some time this summer taking final steps toward his future as he attends orientation at Arizona State University.

July 01, 2015 | Teresa Hammond | Local News


Grand Jury Says No Flaws Found

In its annual 2014-2015 published report, the Stanislaus County Civil Grand Jury found no fault with the Oakdale Airport or its operation with the exception of a minor issue that involved a segment of fencing being too low.

July 01, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Pump Price Relief Prompts

There's good news and bad news. First, the good news: We're still saving money on gasoline. The bad news? Your government wants more of it in their hands, not yours.

June 29, 2015 | | Local News


Grand Jury Finds No Flaw With Airport Operations

In its annual 2014-2015 published report, the Stanislaus County Civil Grand Jury found no fault with the Oakdale Airport or its operation with the exception of a minor issue that involved a segment of fencing being too low.

June 25, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Fresh From The Farm

It was a setting befitting a fine Home and Garden magazine as guests arrived for the inaugural Farm to Table dining experience hosted Friday night on the east end of town at Bloomingcamp Ranch. Under the watchful eye and hospitality of husband/wife team Matt and Courtney Smith, along with Bake Shop manager Vickie Thompson, guests were welcomed and encouraged to have something to drink and get comfortable.

June 24, 2015 | Teresa Hammond | Local News


Gas Prices Still Top $3 Per Gallon

Average retail gasoline prices in Modesto have fallen 4.8 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.20/gallon on Sunday, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 201 gas outlets in Modesto. This compares with the national average that has fallen 1.1 cents per gallon in the last week to $2.80/gallon, according to gasoline price website GasBuddy.com.

June 23, 2015 | | Local News


Council Moves Forward With Vacant Properties

With three city properties standing vacant, some for years, the Oakdale City Council decided to resolve their statuses, one of which consisted of having a building on one of the properties demolished despite a proposal by a local business person to use it to expand its existing services.

June 20, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Multiple Agencies Respond To Wildfire

A fast-moving fire in the area of River Road and McHenry Avenue along the Stanislaus River in Escalon prompted closure of the McHenry Avenue bridge that links San Joaquin and Stanislaus counties at midafternoon Thursday.

June 18, 2015 | Marg Jackson | Local News


Oakdale Woman $5 Million Lotto Winner

Jennifer Daniel is $5 million richer after hitting the maximum jackpot on a $20 California Lottery Scratch-off ticket.

June 18, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Carnival Continues For Eighth Annual Event

In just a little over a week Riverbend Ranch will be transformed from the everyday chaos and homestead of Eric and Lisa Kjeldgaard and their family of eight children as they open the property to the community for the Eighth Annual Riverbend Ranch Charity Carnival.

June 17, 2015 | Teresa Hammond | Local News


Council Hears Budget Plan

With the 2015-2016 fiscal year set to take begin in a few weeks, Oakdale City Manager Bryan Whitemyer presented the preliminary city budget for approval at the Monday, June 15 Oakdale City Council meeting.

June 17, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Super Summer Camp Continues

Local children need not go far for the feel and experience of Summer Camp as Oakdale Joint Unified School District is once again offering Oakdale's Super Summer Camp.

June 17, 2015 | Teresa Hammond | Local News


School District, City Consider Return Of Resource Officers

For a few years in Oakdale, school resource officers (SROs) were as much a part of campus life as hall passes and cafeteria food.

June 17, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


State Wrong To Restrict Senior Water Rights

With the State of California curtailing water rights for senior users, the Oakdale Irrigation District is speaking out, calling the move by the State Water Control Board unjustified and illegal.

June 17, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Up And Down Week For Gas Prices

Average retail gasoline prices in Modesto have fallen 6.6 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.24/gallon Sunday, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 201 gas outlets in Modesto. This compares with the national average that has increased 5.5 cents per gallon in the last week to $2.81/gallon, according to gasoline price website GasBuddy.com.

June 15, 2015 | | Local News


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