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City Fire Q&A On Budgets, Changes

With the new fiscal year in full swing, The Oakdale Leader thought it would be prudent to sit down with Oakdale City Fire Chief Michael Botto and find out how the city fire department is weathering the budget crisis and how the changes might affect the community. (Answers may have been edited for content.) What structural changes within the department will be made to accommodate the FY Budget 2010-11? BOTTO: We have reduced our administration staffing from two full-time chief officers and one half-time executive secretary to two part-time chief officers and one full-time executive secretary. Division Chief/Fire Marshal ...

July 21, 2010 | Kim Van Meter | Local News


Communities Rocked By Tragic Loss

Four men, known for their deep and abiding friendship that spanned decades, were killed when their boat capsized in heavy surf off Point Reyes National Seashore, Wednesday, July 14 during an annual fishing excursion with a tight-knit group known as the "Oakdale Offshore Fishermen."Coast Guard crews pulled the bodies of Henry Medrano, 62, of Riverbank, and Melvin Cox, 67, of Imboden, Arkansas (formerly of Riverbank) from the frigid water while the body of boat pilot Ronald Fuentes, 65, of Riverbank, washed ashore Thursday morning and skipper of the 24-foot yellow-hulled boat, Jack 'Jackie' Taylor, 62, also from Riverbank was ...

July 21, 2010 | Kim Van Meter | Local News


Group Seeks To Renew ‘Lost Youth’ Plaque

An idea for a plaque to memorialize Oakdale's "Lost Youth" originated in 1990 by families who had grieved the loss of their own children and wanted to memorialize all the young people in the area who had passed so they would not be forgotten.The plaque lists the names of young people in the Oakdale school district - Oakdale, Valley Home, Knights Ferry, and Waterford areas - who had lost their life, for any reason, before the age of 26.Oakdale residents Shannon Trent, Jackie Rankin, and Shirley Watson, who have been involved since its inception, are trying to revitalize the ...

July 21, 2010 | Dawn M. Henley | Local News


Community Blood Drive Scheduled This Month

On Friday, July 30 the Oakdale Leader and Riverbank News team up to sponsor the Oakdale Community Blood Drive for Life to be held at the Gene Bianchi Community Center between 11:30 a.m. and 7 p.m.All registered donors will be treated to fun, live music, complimentary meal, candy from Sconza, event T-shirt to the first 100 donors and drawings for gifts from local merchants all day long.Delta Blood Bank provides all blood products to local hospitals and also contributes where possible to needs outside the local area, including disaster relief efforts. Here's why they ...

July 15, 2010 | | Local News


FFA, 4-H Clubs Prepare For Fair

Local 4-H and FFA members are washing and grooming their animals, canning fruits, decorating cakes, and working on sewing projects to exhibit at the upcoming Stanislaus County Fair, which runs July 16-25.That's just to name a few things that the young fair exhibitors are doing to prepare. There's a lot involved in getting ready for the fair. Along with Oakdale FFA, there are several 4-H clubs - Sierra, River Oaks, Valley Home, Orange Blossom, and Shooting Stars - that typically have members representing myriad projects at the fair. As usual, Oakdale will have a number of livestock exhibitors at ...

July 15, 2010 | Dawn M. Henley | Local News


Former Mayor Garcia Passes

Former Oakdale Mayor Elmo Garcia, 74, died Tuesday, July 6 with his family at his side after a long and courageous battle with cancer.He was born and raised in Oakdale to Pablo and Micaela Garcia. He attended Oakdale schools.By the age of 21, Mr. Garcia was already showing his commitment to the City of Oakdale when he assisted with forming Oakdale's first Police Reserves. He obtained the rank of Captain for three years and was a member of the reserves for 10 years.In his early 30s, he was elected to the Oakdale City Council, serving from ...

July 15, 2010 | | Local News


OID Vents Delta, Tri-Dam Concerns

The Oakdale Irrigation District's water counsel Tim O'Laughlin spoke to the Board of Directors at the regular July 6 meeting about the status of Delta issues regarding water rights and uncontrolled, unregulated, and possibly illegal diversions there. O'Laughlin's talk was part of an agenda item about possibly responding to a June 2010 editorial about "Delta attacks" in the San Joaquin Farm Bureau News penned by its Executive Director Bruce Blodgett.

The OID directors voiced their displeasure with the editorial.

July 07, 2010 | Dawn M. Henley | Local News


Holiday Hectic For Region

There were no drownings, no major accidents and no fires in the Oakdale area but there was still plenty going on as heavy traffic clogged roadways and police chased down drunk drivers and busted criminals right and left during the Fourth of July holiday weekend.

July 07, 2010 | Kim Van Meter | Local News


Alternative Education Buildings Removed

An empty lot remains where two portable classrooms had stood together for many years at the Alternative Education location on the corner of Hinkley Avenue and G Street, just west of Oakdale High School. The two portables were approximately 25 years old and were recently removed to make way for three newer relocatables from Oakdale Junior High School, which are no longer needed due to the completion of permanent classroom buildings there.

June 30, 2010 | Dawn M. Henley | Local News


Local Family Participates In Television’s Wife Swap

A family who live the lifestyle of 1840s pioneers, including traditional roles for men and women, swapped with an Oakdale family obsessed with modern technology whose mom, Heather Logan, is the breadwinner, on "Wife Swap," which aired Friday, June 25 on the ABC Television Network.

June 30, 2010 | | Local News


Holiday Closures, Fireworks Scheduled

The Fourth of July falls on a Sunday this year, which means many locations will also be closed on Monday, July 5 for the holiday observance.

All Oakdale city offices will be closed on July 5. There will be no mail delivery that day, banks ad businesses have the option of closing. The Oakdale Leader office will be closed on Monday as well.

June 30, 2010 | | Local News


Budget Approved, District Faces Deficit

The Oakdale Joint Unified School District Board of Trustees approved the 2010-2011 proposed budget at the regular June meeting. Trustee Mike Tozzi was absent.

June 30, 2010 | Dawn M. Henley | Local News


Students Learn By Doing At Art Day Camp

In an art studio tucked into the countryside of Oakdale, 12 young art students are learning about various art mediums while developing their self-esteem at an art day camp.

June 30, 2010 | Krista Anderson Special To The Leader | Local News


Budget Woes - City, Police Near Impasse

Negotiations remain ongoing but representatives of the Oakdale Police Officers' Association (OPOA) have revealed that the membership unanimously rejected the city's last, best and final offer, sending negotiations in the direction of an impasse as the June 30 deadline looms.

June 30, 2010 | Kim Van Meter | Local News


Districts Join Forces In Fight To Save River

It's not exactly "Jaws" but the predators that lurk in the Stanislaus River unmercifully attack the young.

June 23, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt Special To The Leader | Local News


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Kinsey Collection Debuts At Gallo Center

For over 35 years, Bernard Kinsey and his wife Shirley have amassed a collection of art and history that documents the African American experience from ...

January 27, 2016 | | Local News


Howard Training Center Plans Annual Crab Feed

It's almost time for the annual Howard Training Center Crab Fest, set this year for Friday and Saturday, Feb. 5 and 6. All seats ...

January 27, 2016 | | Local News


El Niño Program Scheduled Friday

The Modesto Area Partners in Science (MAPS) will offer the presentation "El Niño: Earth's Climate Heartbeat" by Noah Hughes, professor of Earth Sciences ...

January 27, 2016 | | Local News


Devastating State Fires See Insurance Claims Skyrocket

Two of the most destructive fires in California's history, the Valley and Butte Fires, ravaged nearly 150,000 acres in Northern California last fall ...

January 27, 2016 | | Local News


CHP Preps For Super Bowl Traffic With New Web Site

As preparations continue for the National Football League's biggest event of the season, the Bay Area is bracing for a surge in motor vehicle ...

January 27, 2016 | | Local News


New Patch, Badge Introduced For Oakdale Police Department

Even before he was appointed as police chief, Lester Jenkins thought the Oakdale Police Department needed a design change to its uniform shoulder patch.

January 27, 2016 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Country Group Parmalee To Perform At County Fair

You won't want to "Close Your Eyes" for this – as Parmalee is set to perform this summer at the Stanislaus County Fair.

January 27, 2016 | | Local News


February Programs Offered At Oakdale Library

Story Time Sessions will continue throughout February at the Oakdale library, with a number of other special events also planned.

January 27, 2016 | | Local News


City Settles Lawsuit

The City of Oakdale has entered into a "separation agreement" with former Public Works Supervisor Mark Ozbirn, who had a pending lawsuit with the city ...

January 27, 2016 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Homecoming Fun For Mustangs

It was a busy, fun and festive week leading up to a pair of basketball games and crowning of Homecoming Royalty in Oakdale this week ...

January 27, 2016 | | Local News


CROWNING GLORY

Smiles all around, top photo, for the new Winter Homecoming Queen TJ Verdegaal, crowned at the Friday night festivities at Oakdale High School in between ...

January 27, 2016 | Dennis D. Cruz | Local News


City Council Advised Of Citrus Pest Threat

Both the Stanislaus County Agriculture Commissioner and a member of the California Department of Food and Agriculture were on hand Tuesday night, Jan. 19 to ...

January 27, 2016 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Relay Fundraiser In Escalon

Relay For Life of Escalon will be hosting a fundraiser on Monday, Jan. 25 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

January 23, 2016 | | Local News


AAUW Program Focuses On Educational Leadership

Heather Sherburn, a former principal at Modesto's Orville Wright Elementary School, and an educator for 27 years, will be the guest speaker addressing the ...

January 21, 2016 | | Local News


Arrest Made In Afternoon Stabbing

Oakdale Police were called to the scene of a stabbing of a 25-year-old man at a convenience store located in the 900 block of S ...

January 20, 2016 | Richard Paloma | Local News


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