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City Horn Blows Again

It's been a journey of stops and starts but the Oakdale City Fire Department horn is blowing again after nearly two years of trying to get the historic horn to continue its blaring at specific times during the day after it finally gave up the ghost and died completely.

September 02, 2009 | Kim Van Meter | Local News


Oakdale Exhibitors Get Results At Stanislaus County Fair

Oakdale's 4-H and FFA members had a good showing at the 2009 Stanislaus County Fair, which recently wrapped its annual run. Oakdale FFA members exhibited sheep, beef cattle, dairy cattle, market goats, swine, and rabbits at this year's county fair. While many members placed in the tops of their classes, due to space only champions and first places are listed.

August 26, 2009 | | Local News


Sharing Grief Helps With Loss Of Loved Ones

Nineteen months ago, Tamie Rodgers endured the loss of her husband to a brain tumor. She and her husband had moved to Oakdale with their two children from the Midwest to be closer to family. Her husband died six months after the relocation; he had managed the brain tumor for six-and-a-half years.

August 26, 2009 | Dawn M. Henley | Local News


Fire Threatens Landmark

Quick thinking and a crucial decision helped save a landmark Oakdale business from likely going up in flames … and limited the damage caused by a Thursday evening fire in the heart of the city.

August 26, 2009 | Marg Jackson | Local News


Fatal Wreck Claims Father, Son

An Oakdale man and his 4-year-old son died from injuries stemming from a collision that occurred Thursday afternoon, Aug. 20 on Barnhart Road near Santa Fe Avenue, said officials.

August 26, 2009 | | Local News


Thursday Fire Destroys Garage

Thick black smoke billowed over Oakdale's early evening sky Thursday, as a one car garage went up in flames in the backyard of a home in the 300 block of South Third Avenue.
The fire erupted about 6:45 p.m. and the street quickly filled up with spectators watching as flames from the small outbuilding sent smoke curling up into the sky. Fire crews arrived on scene and a few people were escorted out of the home in front of the garage by police, with one man also going back in to retrieve a dog before officers hustled ...

August 21, 2009 | | Local News


Oakdale 4-Hers Win At County Fair

Oakdale area 4-H members recently came home from the Stanislaus County Fair with lots of memories and championship ribbons.
Several members of the Sierra and Valley Home 4-H clubs earned numerous accolades with their livestock at the fair.
Valley Home 4-H sheep group leader Cheri Martin reported that there were approximately 120 market lambs in the 4-H competition. Sierra 4-H member Tanner Morgan took the 4-H Grand Champion Market Lamb honors. Also earning 4-H breed champion market lamb honors were Justin Martin with his Suffolk and Garrett Martin with a blackface crossbreed, both of Valley Home 4-H; Jaycee Spence of ...

August 19, 2009 | | Local News


Oakdale Rural Fire Hires New Chief

After much deliberation and multiple applications for the job -†including a pitch by the Oakdale City Fire Department for administrative services - the Oakdale Rural Fire Protection District, ORFD, has hired retired Cal Fire employee, Lee Winton for the job of rural fire chief.
Winton is expected to assume duties Sept. 1.
ORFD Board Director Sherry Schlegel said of the decision, "Although the City (Oakdale City Fire) came with a wonderful proposal, we decided we needed someone there all the time who was going to work every day at the station. We feel we made the best decision for the situation ...

August 19, 2009 | | Local News


File Of Life Enrollment Draws Seniors

It was a successful day, Wednesday, Aug. 12, when CAPS (Citizen Auxiliary Police Services) members went to the Senior Center to sign up those interested in the File Of Life program, currently facilitated by the Senior Outreach.
According to Ann Farmer, Senior Outreach Coordinator, the day was well worth the effort as 120 seniors were signed up for the program that helps first responders find the appropriate medical information for elderly patients.
File Of Life, similar to the Vial Of Life, is a personal home medical file slip prepared for emergency first responders that includes current medicine dosages that slide ...

August 19, 2009 | Kim Van Meter | Local News


OID Farmers Get Full Rebate

In a 4-1 vote at the Tuesday, Aug. 18 regular meeting, the Oakdale Irrigation District Board of Directors approved a 100 percent rebate equal to the 2010 water year taxes for farmers in the district. Director Jack Alpers was the dissenting vote, stating that he supported a 50 percent rebate but felt that anything above that was "outrageous."
The vote was part of an action item that called for the board to decide how to allocate $5 million from a water sale to the Westside farmers earlier this year. The rebate equates to approximately $1.2 million. While the rebate ...

August 19, 2009 | Dawn M. Henley | Local News


Car Seat Safety Day Offers Education

It was a slow start but by the end of the day, Saturday, Aug. 15 more than one family went home with a replacement child safety seat because theirs was out-of-date or unsafe, according to safety standards.
The Oakdale Police Department, in conjunction with other Stanislaus County law enforcement agencies, worked together to conduct free child safety seat check events at St. Mary's Church at 1225 Olive St. in Oakdale.
The car seat checks gave parents and caregivers the opportunity to learn how to install and use child safety seats correctly. Properly securing a child in a child safety ...

August 19, 2009 | | Local News


National Night Out Brings Neighbors Together

Following last year's blueprint, the City of Oakdale hosted three park parties in celebration of the Tuesday, Aug. 4 National Night Out event with varying levels of success.
The parties, which offered free hot dogs, chips and a drink, were made possible by generous donations given by local businesses but while some parties, such as the one at Dorada Park were subdued, another, such as the party at Shire Park in Bridle Ridge was rocking and rolling - literally - as entertainment was top of the list.
Oakdale City firefighters were manning the grill at Dorada Park while the antique fire ...

August 12, 2009 | Kim Van Meter | Local News


Reporter’s Notebook – A Perk, If You Will

In this day and age there are precious few perks to be found in this business so I always make it a point to attend the Media Day offered at the Stanislaus County Fair the day prior to opening for the public. In the six years since I've been with The Leader, I've only missed it twice (once because I was on bedrest during my last pregnancy, and another when I went to Georgia for my first RWA conference).
This year it was smashing good fun (as it always is) and I'm happy to share the experience ...

August 05, 2009 | Kim Van Meter | Local News


OID Bid Award Met With Protests

The Oakdale Irrigation District Board of Directors voted unanimously at the Aug. 4 regular meeting to award the contract to Magorian Mines of Auburn for the South Main Canal and Tunnels project after determining that the discrepancies in Magorian's bid were inconsequential.
The matter had been referred to OID's legal counsel and consultant Condor Earth Technologies after protests were filed following the previous regular meeting on July 21, when the bid was conditionally awarded.
Several public comments were heard on the matter that raised concerns about Magorian's bid and ability to complete the project. An attorney representing ...

August 05, 2009 | Dawn M. Henley | Local News


Residents Air Out Concerns Over Pond Mud

A public meeting on July 21 filled the Oakdale Library with more than 70 concerned citizens regarding the potential spreading of by-product rinse mud dredged from the ConAgra facility's aerated ponds to be used as soil amendments on 13 farmland and orchard properties throughout the local area owned by Oakdale farmer John Brichetto.

Con Agra spokesperson Bob Kula reported that there are three ponds on the site but it is one pond that is relevant to this issue. The pond is 20 feet deep and, he said, has about 10 feet of solids in it and that the tomato ...

July 29, 2009 | Dawn M. Henley | 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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