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'Net Thieves Breach City Account

A breach in security by Internet hackers resulted in the theft of more than $118,000 from Oak Valley Community Bank that belonged to the City of Oakdale.

September 22, 2011 | Kim Van Meter | Local News


Drowning Victim Recovered

The body of the 31-year-old man suspected of drowning at Woodward Reservoir last week was recovered by divers during the day on Tuesday, Sept. 13.

September 21, 2011 | | Local News


New Teen Center Starts Taking Shape

Janelle Scheper looked all over the Central Valley for the perfect location for a new youth center, and she found her ideal spot in downtown Oakdale. The Zone, scheduled to open in October, will offer entertainment for children and youth from toddlers to teens at its South Second Avenue location.

September 21, 2011 | Andrea Goodwin agoodwin@oakdaleleader.com | Local News


Council Moves Forward On Housing

Oakdale City Council members finalized a development agreement for a 155-unit housing development at their Monday night meeting, Sept. 19. In addition to the development agreement, council took action on several agenda items, including a contract for fire services and three Parks and Recreation decisions.

September 21, 2011 | Andrea Goodwin agoodwin@oakdaleleader.com | Local News


Saturday Showcase Offers Activities At Wildlife Center

Local kids got up close and personal with the animals at the Stanislaus Wildlife Care Center on Saturday at the center's Day with Wildlife fundraiser.

September 21, 2011 | Andrea Goodwin agoodwin@oakdaleleader.com | Local News


Students Stir Up Success With Recipes

What's the secret of success? Some Oakdale students have created "recipes" with real-life applications for achieving their goals. By identifying certain traits through the actions of successful people, they also looked deeper into their own values and how to apply them toward accomplishing their goals.

September 20, 2011 | Dawn M. Henley | Local News


Ceremony Remembers Fallen Hero

Two years and a week to the day he lost his life in Afghanistan, HM3 James Ray 'Doc' Layton was honored once again.

September 15, 2011 | Marg Jackson | Local News


‘Appearance Of Impropriety’ - Council Begins Investigation

A divided crowd converged on the community center Monday evening, Sept. 12 as Oakdale City Council members held an open forum, followed by a closed session, to discuss the recent discovery of a Limited Liability Company (LLC) registered in the name of three current top administrative city employees and one former city manager.

September 14, 2011 | Kim Van Meter & Andrea Goodwin kvanmeter@oakdaleleader.com/agoodwin@oakdaleleader.com | Local News


Busy Session Greets Oakdale City Council Members

Oakdale City Council had a full agenda for its Sept. 6 meeting. The city introduced a code amendment that would establish a system for entering development agreements with developers of large projects in Oakdale. They also held a first reading of a proposed development agreement between the City of Oakdale and Trieste Investors LCC, which would lock the city into a 10-year agreement for a 155-unit housing project on East F Street.

September 14, 2011 | Andrea Goodwin agoodwin@oakdaleleader.com | Local News


Cap Cost In Place For Special Counsel

Following a closed session as part of a special Monday night meeting, Sept. 12, Oakdale City Council members reported that they are taking action to investigate perceived impropriety involving city employees. Interim City Manager Gregory Wellman made the report after closed session on Tuesday night. He said that "absolutely no conclusions have been reached" regarding any allegations. However, the council directed Wellman to investigate concerns raised regarding the business venture between Vizina, Hallam, Hallinan and West.

September 14, 2011 | | Local News


Local Heroes Recognized On 9/11

Oakdale firefighters, police officers, and emergency medical technicians (EMTs) were honored with a ceremony and barbecue at the Lighthouse Baptist Church on Sunday, Sept. 11 called "Heroes Appreciation Sunday." The event to recognize the 10-year anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks and to honor local heroes was organized by the church with several in-kind donations from local businesses as well as financial and food donations made by members of the congregation.

September 14, 2011 | Dawn M. Henley | Local News


Consolidated Fire Offers Aid To Oakdale

Directors of Stanislaus Consolidated Fire Protection District (SCFPD) have agreed to help the depleted forces of the Oakdale City and Oakdale Rural fire departments by hiring a part-time Chief Officer to lead fire and rescue operations in the Oakdale area and providing some administrative help by the SCFPD Chief.

September 14, 2011 | John Branch | Local News


City Considers Developing River Access For Public

The City of Oakdale does not have a public river access and boat launching area, and members of the Citizens' Action Committee hope to remedy that. Five members of the Citizen's Action Committee formed the River Access Working Group to study options for a publicly owned and maintained river access and boat launch area. They made a presentation to Oakdale City Council on Sept. 6 with information on the current lack of river access and what they hope to see in Oakdale's future.

September 14, 2011 | Andrea Goodwin agoodwin@oakdaleleader.com | Local News


Local Fire Departments To Get Assistance

The Oakdale City and Oakdale Rural fire departments are going to get some help from Stanislaus Consolidated Fire Protection District (SCFPD) with operations and administration. Due to the retirements of local fire officials and budget cuts that have reduced the size of the fire fighting force, the SCFPD and the fire departments are looking for viable options to operate.

September 13, 2011 | | Local News


Business Venture Stirs Controversy

An investigative services company created by the current police chief, legal counsel, director of human resources, and a former city manager has raised ethical and legal questions, spurring an internal investigation into the ramification of such an action by current city employees in top administrative positions.

September 09, 2011 | Kim Van Meter | Local News


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Kayaking, History Offered At Melones Visitors Center

The next couple of Saturdays will hold some special programs at New Melones Lake Visitors Center, with kayaking featured on April 23 and Me-Wuk heritage ...

April 20, 2016 | | Local News


Assembly Bill Aims To Track Cargo Theft

Assemblymember Kristin Olsen (R-Riverbank) said AB 2805, her bill to create a task force that would develop and adopt standards for detecting and tracking cargo ...

April 20, 2016 | | Local News


Sunday Drowning At Woodward Reservoir

Stanislaus Consolidated Fire Protection District officials reported that emergency crews responded to a possible drowning at the Woodward Reservoir on Sunday, April 17 around 4 ...

April 20, 2016 | | Local News


4-H Earns Top Honors At West Coast Rabbit Show

On the weekend of April 9th and 10th, 2016, the Orange Blossom 4-H Rabbit Project participated in the West Coast Classic Rabbit Show in Reno ...

April 20, 2016 | Molly Terpstra Orange Blossom 4H Reporter | Local News


Refurbished Sierra DinnerTrain Celebrates Re­Opening

Under vivid blue skies with a crisp breeze blowing, the train whistle blew at regular intervals through Oakdale on Sunday, April 17.

April 20, 2016 | | Local News


Love Oakdale Slated Saturday

The kickoff rally is planned for 8 a.m. on Saturday, April 23 at Wood Park in Oakdale, in the heart of downtown, as work ...

April 20, 2016 | | Local News


Parade Organizer Praises Help From Local Youths

In her first year as serving as coordinator of the Oakdale Rodeo Parade, Lisa Vandermeer said she got plenty of help … from an unexpected source.

April 20, 2016 | | Local News


Annual Peddler’s Faire Supports Local Museum

Whether it be a love of the outdoors, a unique find or a bit of history, Knights Ferry has it all to offer its visitors ...

April 20, 2016 | Teresa Hammond | Local News


Market Moves Back To Third

After controversy with its location last year and the Oakdale Tourism and Visitors Bureau withdrawing its sponsorship, the Oakdale City Council on Monday, April 18 ...

April 20, 2016 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Weekend Brings Annual Relay For Life

Teams, cancer survivors, caregivers and the community will gather this weekend at Oakdale High School, participating in the annual Relay For Life of Oakdale. This ...

April 20, 2016 | Marg Jackson | Local News


Oakdale Resident, Author Runs Sub 3-Hour Boston Marathon

It was 33 years to the day that well known sports journalist and accomplished author Matt Fitzgerald crossed the Boston Marathon finish line for the ...

April 20, 2016 | Teresa Hammond | Local News


WELCOME TO MUDTOWN

Weekend rain may have made conditions less-than-ideal for all things rodeo, but it didn't matter, as competitors, parade watchers and rodeo enthusiasts of all ...

April 13, 2016 | | Local News


‘Smog Lady’ Reunited With Unique Collection

BY VIRGINIA STILL

April 13, 2016 | Virginia Still | Local News


Soul Travels: Oakdale High School Senior’s Sole-Fullness

By TERESA HAMMOND

April 13, 2016 | Teresa Hammond | Local News


Community Briefs

Singing Senior

April 13, 2016 | | Local News


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