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Check Smoke Alarms As Time Changes

To help reduce the number of home fire fatalities, CAL FIRE is reminding all Californians to make sure they have working smoke alarms in their homes. Nearly two-thirds of home fire deaths result from fires in homes with no working smoke alarms. A little attention to these important life saving devices can go a long way in increasing your chance of surviving a devastating fire. Many people use the time change – such as this weekend as we 'fall back' early morning Sunday, Nov. 3 – to change the batteries and test their alarms.

November 01, 2013 | | Local News


Check Before You Burn Begins New Season

The Valley's most important regulation for wintertime air-pollution reduction begins its 11th season on Friday, Nov. 1.

October 31, 2013 | | Local News


Corrected: Delta Cross Channel Gates To Be Opened

The Bureau of Reclamation will open the Delta Cross Channel Gates on Thursday, Oct. 31, at approximately 9a.m., to allow for recreational boating through the weekend. The gates will be closed on Monday, Nov. 4, at 9 a.m., in order to meet Bay-Delta flow standards at Rio Vista, according to State Water Resources Control Board Decision D-1641. The gates will remain closed until further notice.

October 30, 2013 | | Local News


Fire Merger Presented In Oakdale Forum

Local residents, including those from Knights Ferry and Valley Home, gathered at the Gene Bianchi Community Center on Monday night, Oct. 28, to hear a presentation at a special Oakdale City Council meeting regarding the Stanislaus Consolidated Fire Protection District absorbing the City of Oakdale Fire Department and Oakdale Rural Fire Protection District. In addition to council members, board members from both fire protection districts were on hand.

October 30, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Oakdale Thanksgiving Spirit Strong

Members of the Spirit of Oakdale Committee are gearing up for the 20th annual Oakdale Thanksgiving Dinner, to be served at the Gene Bianchi Community Center, 110 S. Second Ave., Oakdale.

October 30, 2013 | | Local News


Public Works Drama Continues

Just a few short months after settling his hostile workplace lawsuit resulting from defending the city's only African-American worker in another lawsuit, the City of Oakdale placed Public Works Supervisor Mark Ozbirn on administrative leave claiming an investigation now into his work performance.

October 30, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Bold Midday Bank Robbery

Oakdale Police are investigating a bank robbery where a brazen robber presented his handwritten demand note on a napkin and fled with an undisclosed amount of cash.

October 29, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Arrest Made In Monday Bomb Threat

Oakdale Police responded to a reported bomb threat shortly before 1 p.m. Monday, Oct. 28 in a call that prompted a 'shelter in place' for students at nearby Oakdale High School.

October 28, 2013 | | Local News


Arrest Made In Shooting

After a week long investigation, Oakdale Police have made one arrest and are anticipating the arrest of a second identified suspect from the Oct. 17 shooting near the Oakdale Market where a 23-year-old male from Riverbank was shot two times.

October 25, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Operation Fog Ready To Kick In

During the winter months, San Joaquin, Stanislaus and Merced Counties are plagued by extremely dense fog which poses a severe hazard to drivers. Typically the fog season begins during the month of November and continues through February. Despite this predictable seasonal occurrence, multi-vehicle accidents are commonplace due to the combination of fog, excessive speeds and traffic congestion.

October 25, 2013 | | Local News


Shooting Believed Gang Related

The serenity of a cool autumn morning was disrupted on Thursday, Oct. 17 around 11:30 a.m. when shots rang out on I Street near the front of the Oakdale Market.

October 23, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Ex-Fire Chief Files Suit

Citing that he has the right to an appeal hearing under the district's disciplinary policy and that he was not afforded the opportunity to confront witnesses, former Stanislaus Consolidated Fire Chief Steven Mayotte filed suit at Stanislaus Superior Court on Thursday, Sept. 12.

October 23, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Homecoming Week Wraps

Homecoming Week festivities wrapped up successfully on Friday, Oct. 18 when the Oakdale High School Mustangs beat Sierra High School at the OHS Corral by a 24-17 final in Friday night football. The satisfying win (See story, photos in Sports, Page B1) capped a busy week that also saw a repeat Powder Puff victory by the Class of 2014 (Page B2) and the crowning of new royalty in the Homecoming Court.

October 23, 2013 | | Local News


Salmon Festival This Weekend

The Salmon Festival is a go," said Krista Smith, 2013 Stanislaus River Salmon Festival co-organizer.

October 22, 2013 | Dawn M. Henley | Local News


Hillside Rescue At Park

Oakdale fire and rescue crews responded to Valley View Park on Sunday, Oct. 20 regarding a 17-year-old male that had fallen down the hillside toward the river.

October 21, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


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New Stanislaus Consolidated Chief Takes Oath Of Office

The post has been filled at the Stanislaus Consolidated Fire Protection District (SCFPD) for Fire Chief by Rick Weigele, who was sworn in at a ...

June 14, 2017 | Virginia Still | Local News


Surging River Waters Not Yet Float Ready

River rafting enthusiasts will need to wait just a bit longer before casting off and floating their way down the Stanislaus River. A wet and ...

June 14, 2017 | Teresa Hammond | Local News


How To Avoid Hot Weather Automotive Breakdowns

When the weather warms, many people take to the outdoors to enjoy the sunshine and rising temperatures. Summer road trips or vacations are the norm ...

June 14, 2017 | | Local News


Common Grilling Mistakes To Avoid At Summer BBQ

Cooking food over an open fire imparts all sorts of flavor. Grilling tends to be quicker, less messy and more convenient than cooking in the ...

June 14, 2017 | | Local News


Saturday Pet Adoption Event At Tractor Supply

Tractor Supply Company at 1580 E. F St., Oakdale, will host pet and livestock adoptions on Saturday, June 17 from 10 a.m. until 2 ...

June 14, 2017 | | Local News


Accordion Club Gathers

The Good Time Accordion Club will host its next monthly Music and Social gathering on Wednesday, June 14 at 7 p.m.

June 14, 2017 | | Local News


“Snow Queen” Tale Takes Stage In June

Get ready for some chilling fun at Hutton's Hamlet in Oakdale, as the Performing Arts Center stages the production "Snow Queen" on Friday and ...

June 14, 2017 | | Local News


Toe-Tappin’ Summer Entertainment Slated

The ever-popular Concerts In The Park, hosted by the Oakdale Chamber of Commerce since 1991, is slated to kick off July 14 at Dorada Park ...

June 14, 2017 | By KIM VAN METER Special To The Leader | Local News


Annual Information Day Benefits Area Seniors

For the past 16 years the City of Oakdale and the Oak Valley Hospital District (OVHD) have been bringing the community together, providing the annual ...

June 14, 2017 | Virginia Still | Local News


Senior Menu

Senior lunches are served Monday through Friday at the Gladys L. Lemmons Senior Center in Oakdale. Call to reserve a lunch, 303-0946.

June 14, 2017 | | Local News


Tourism And Visitors Bureau Project Brightens Up Oakdale

The Oakdale Tourism and Visitors Bureau, also known as the OTVB, has started brightening up Oakdale, one light at a time.

June 14, 2017 | By AUTUMN NEAL Special To The Leader | Local News


Gas Prices Drop Down

Average retail gasoline prices in Modesto have fallen 7.5 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.93/gallon on Monday, according to ...

June 14, 2017 | | Local News


Regional Roadwork Means Traffic Delays For Motorists

Several projects being done throughout this week by the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) will have an impact on local motorists.

June 14, 2017 | | Local News


Laura’s Law Programs Considered For County

Laura's Law is a state law that enables counties to seek court-ordered Assisted Outpatient Treatment (AOT) for people with serious mental disorders. Several counties ...

June 14, 2017 | | Local News


Bachman Retires After Serving The Community For 29 Years

After 29 years of service to the Oakdale community, Rick Bachman has hung up his turnout gear for a new chapter – retirement. Battalion Chief Kevin ...

June 14, 2017 | Virginia Still | Local News


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