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Chamber Announces Award Nominees

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 of these awards is to honor individuals, organizations and businesses who have worked unselfishly to improve our Oakdale community and help others. Mary Ann Heath was named the Lifetime Achievement recipient for 2009. The awards night will be held at the Gene Bianchi Community Center, Friday, Jan. 15, 2010 at 6 p.m. Tickets are on sale now at the Oakdale Chamber of Commerce for $30 per person. Seating is ...

December 30, 2009 | | Local News


Vernon Gladney Retires From OPD

The Oakdale Police Department is retiring a man whose character speaks for itself. For the past 30 years, Lt. Vernon Gladney has personified integrity, honesty, and compassion and he has brought those personal values to everything he does, whether he's wearing the uniform, working with his church, or helping out a friend.

December 30, 2009 | Kim Van Meter | Local News


Toy Drive Delights 500 Children

For 500 local children Christmas Day was not without dolls, trucks, and Legos as the first ever police department sponsored toy drive not only delivered the goods, but the smiles as the community rallied to donate bins of new toys for the cause spearheaded by Senior Outreach Coordinator Ann Farmer.

December 30, 2009 | Kim Van Meter | Local News


Year In Review: A Look Back At 2009

Budget issues, training for - and the ultimate arrival of - the swine flu, success for Oakdale academic decathletes, all made headlines in the local area for the year 2009. This week, we start our review of the year gone by, with stories taken from the front pages of The Leader, showcasing January through June in part one of the year in review.

December 30, 2009 | | Local News


Cowboy Legend Sousa Passes

Oakdale has lost one of its all-time great cowboy ambassadors.

December 23, 2009 | | Local News


New Hospital Construction On Budget

Making a quarterly report to the Oak Valley Hospital Board of Directors recently, the Citizen's Oversight Committee Chair, Mickey Peabody, reported that the committee is "satisfied with expenditure of funds and very pleased that the project remains ahead of schedule and on budget." A combination of favorable weather and diligent efforts by contractors was credited with the project being a month ahead of schedule.

December 23, 2009 | | Local News


OID Hears Riverbank’s Development Plans

The City of Riverbank's Director of Economic Development and Housing Tim Ogden delivered a presentation to the Oakdale Irrigation District Board of Directors about Riverbank's and the Redevelopment Agency's plans to redevelop the Army Ammunition Plant area, a 150 acre site.

December 16, 2009 | Dawn M. Henley | Local News


Rare Cold Snap Brings Snow Flurries, Frost

While snow flurries in the high country isn't cause for much hoopla, when the white stuff started to fall in Oakdale and throughout the Central Valley it was enough to stop people from working and caused students to stare out the windows in awe.

December 09, 2009 | | Local News


Supervisors Approve Con Agra Permit

The Stanislaus County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously at the Dec. 8 regular meeting to approve the Con Agra permit to spread aerated pond sediment on Oakdale farmlands owned by John Brichetto.

December 09, 2009 | | Local News


Members of the Oakdale City Council approved the Oakdale City Fire Department Fire Plan on Monday ev

Members of the Oakdale City Council approved the Oakdale City Fire Department Fire Plan on Monday evening, Dec. 7 but the message was clear: planning is good but there's no money to implement anything.

December 09, 2009 | Kim Van Meter | Local News


Community Welcomes Hailee Home

Three weeks to the day - and almost to the minute - that she suffered a near fatal head injury in a gymnastics accident, 11-year-old Hailee Cunha got out of the family car and walked in to a crowd of well wishers at her Oakdale home, just in time for Thanksgiving.

December 02, 2009 | Marg Jackson | Local News


Peabody Returns From Capitol

As previously reported, Mickey Peabody, a local activist, volunteer and overall busy woman traveled to the State Capitol as a member of the California Senior Legislature (CSL) representing Stanislaus County as a senior senator to attend the annual session of the CSL, held in Sacramento.

December 02, 2009 | Kim Van Meter | Local News


Supervisors Meet On Pond Sludge

The Stanislaus County Board of Supervisors will consider ConAgra's application for a permit to spread aerated pond sediment onto Oakdale farmlands owned by John Brichetto at a public meeting at 9:15 a.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 8. The meeting will be held at the Basement Chambers, 1010 10th St., Modesto, where the board will conduct a public hearing to consider adoption of a Negative Declaration.

December 02, 2009 | Dawn M. Henley | Local News


Pond Sludge Spreading Goes To Supervisors

The potential spreading of by-product waste material from ConAgra's aerated ponds onto Oakdale farmlands is going before the Stanislaus County Board of Supervisors at a public meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 8. The meeting will be at 9:15 a.m. at the Basement Chambers, 1010 10th St., Modesto, where the board will conduct a public hearing to consider adoption of a Negative Declaration for the ConAgra permit application.

November 25, 2009 | Dawn M. Henley | Local News


Christmas Tree Gala To Fund Books For Students

Budget cutbacks have affected school districts throughout the state. Smaller districts have been especially vulnerable because of smaller operating budgets, but the Valley Home Parent Teacher Club (VHPTC) has come up with a creative way to raise some extra funds needed for the school.

November 25, 2009 | Dawn M. Henley | Local News


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Civil War Battles Rage

Sometimes, the South won. Sometimes, the North prevailed.

March 25, 2015 | | Local News


Panel Addresses Culture Of Violence In Schools

Audience members waited with bated breath as Oakdale Police Chief Lester Jenkins carefully formulated his answer on whether or not he personally believed that security personnel should be authorized to carry concealed weapons on school campuses.

March 25, 2015 | BY ALYSSON AREDAS | Local News


Four Vying For Open Council Seat

The Oakdale City Clerk's office announced on Thursday, March 19 that four citizens applied and are being considered for the open city council seat vacated by Don Petersen last month.

March 20, 2015 | Richard Paloma | 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


Report Card Issued For Caltrans Projects

Caltrans has published its third issue of The Mile Marker, a periodic reporting of areas where the department is excelling and where further improvement is needed.

March 17, 2015 | | Local News


OTVB Backs Off “Pioneer Perfect”

Following an afternoon press release by the City of Oakdale stating it had been "rumored" that the city was considering changing its slogan and had no intentions of doing so, the Oakdale Tourism and Visitors Bureau sent out its own Friday night statement that it would forego the launch of "Pioneer Perfect" and embrace the city's original motto "Cowboy Capital of the World."

March 14, 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


Schools Reach Some Contract Agreements

For the third consecutive month vacant seats were at a minimum for the Oakdale Joint Unified School Board meeting conducted Monday night, March 9. Oakdale City Council chambers were once again filled to capacity as teachers and parents stood along the sides, back and spilled out into the entry way.

March 12, 2015 | Teresa Hammond | Local News


Fatal Crash Results In Charges To Driver

The driver involved in a late summer fiery Knights Ferry crash that claimed the life of a Modesto man was arrested on Friday, March 6 and now faces murder charges for causing the collision.

March 12, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Pioneer Perfect Slogan Introduced To Council

As the Oakdale Travel and Visitors Bureau attempts to market the city, the topic of "Find Your Inner Pioneer" was presented to members of the city council at their regular meeting on March 2.

March 11, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Pioneer Perfect Introduced To Council

As the Oakdale Travel and Visitors Bureau attempts to market the city, the topic of "Find Your Inner Pioneer" was presented to members of the city council at their regular meeting on March 2.

March 06, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


City Sets Sights On Fire Grant

Over the last seven years the City of Oakdale has made budgetary reductions including dropping fire department staffing from six on-duty firefighters – three at each of its two stations – to four, with the two city fire stations now staffed with two personnel, one of which is funded by another agency through a partnership.

March 04, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Tulloch Lake Lowering Dominates OID Session

With each passing week without a significant storm, the grip of the four-year California drought squeezes more tightly on water agencies up and down the state. And members of the Oakdale Irrigation District board are feeling the pressure.

March 04, 2015 | | Local News


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