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Oakdale Girl Killed In ATV Wreck

A 17-year-old Oakdale girl was killed Thursday evening, June 23 when her ATV entered the path of a 2002 Chevrolet traveling westbound on Rice Road at 45 mph.

June 24, 2011 | Kim Van Meter | Local News

Dangerous Depths - Officials Warn Of Conditions

It seems at the beginning of every warm weather season, water officials issue a dire warning about conditions on the Stanislaus River. The basics: it's moving fast, it's cold, and it's filled with hidden dangers, remain the same. The difference this year? Take the essence behind those typical warnings and multiply that by a hundred and you might have an inkling of what officials fear for the 2011 summer season.

June 22, 2011 | Kim Van Meter | Local News

ROTA Directors Mull County Takeover

Riverbank Oakdale Transit Authority (ROTA) directors will delay raising their public bus fares, originally planned to become effective July 1, pending consideration of a Stanislaus County proposal to assume transit operations for the cities of Riverbank and Oakdale.

June 22, 2011 | John Branch | Local News

Council Unanimous On New Budget

The City of Oakdale will enter the 2011-2012 fiscal year with a balanced budget, approved unanimously by council members at the Monday, June 20 city council meeting.

June 22, 2011 | Richard Paloma | Local News

OID To Fence Out Unwelcome Cars

A new fence and locked walk-through gate will be erected at the Oakdale Irrigation District offices. In an action at the OID Board of Directors regular meeting on June 21, the board voted 4-0, with director Frank Clark absent, to install a 350 linear feet, six-foot high chain link fence on the east side of the OID property bordering the Live Oak Plaza. OID has a satellite office space in the Live Oak Plaza, those employees will have a key for the walk-through gate.

June 22, 2011 | Dawn M. Henley | Local News

Park Host Volunteers Serve As Army Corps ‘Eyes’ And ‘Ears’

Sometimes the most important job or person is overlooked until you realize without them - you'd be in hot water, or as in the case of the Stanislaus River: frigid, rushing, and dangerous water.

June 22, 2011 | Kim Van Meter | Local News

OID Fills Operations Manager Vacancy

The Oakdale Irrigation District recently announced the promotion of Eric Thorburn to Water Operations Manager. Because of Thorburn's dedication to his job and his knowledge of modern irrigation practices and system controls he was promoted to the position.

June 22, 2011 | Eric Thorburn | Local News

Oakdale Police History On Display

Retired Oakdale Police Lieutenant Vern Gladney acquired a vast assortment of duty gear over his 30 years of service with the city's police department, a career that spanned parts of four decades.

June 22, 2011 | Richard Paloma | Local News

Expo Boosts City Image, Coffers

A three-day tradeshow hosted by a local distribution company brought in much needed revenue to bolster local businesses.

June 22, 2011 | Richard Paloma | Local News

Blueberry Thrills - Murphy Road U-Pick Farm Lures Families

Jeremiah Hinkle clutched his bucket tight as he maneuvered between the rows of blueberries, picking the biggest ones he could find.

June 22, 2011 | Jason Campbell Special To The Leader | Local News

Valley Home Dedicates New Community Park

Nearly five years in the making, Valley Home's Community Center Park was dedicated on Saturday, June 18 with a few dozen residents who turned out for the event. The new park replaces the old Valley Home Clubhouse, which was razed approximately four years ago due to the inability to bring the dilapidated building up to code. A new covered structure with lighting and a concrete floor called the "pavilion" is the focal point of the park. New picnic tables, park benches, new chain link fencing, grass, shrubs and trees, boulders, a flagpole, dedication plaque, an irrigation system, and more ...

June 22, 2011 | Dawn M. Henley | Local News

Bypass Overview Draws 100 Plus To Meeting

Planning for the "bypass" - otherwise known as the North County Corridor project - hasn't gone away. While planning began in 2008 and the first phase of construction is not slated to begin until 2018, the public interest continues to run high. Area residents just haven't had a recent meeting.

June 22, 2011 | John Branch | Local News

Cautions Abound For River Safety

Leaders in Oakdale's fire and police departments, as well as the irrigation district are cautioning people about recreation activities on the Stanislaus River.

Oakdale Irrigation District General Manager Steve Knell said very high river flows are expected as of July 1 because water must be released from New Melones Reservoir due to the Federal Bureau of Reclamation's operating permit that states it cannot store water behind the dam after June 30.

June 21, 2011 | Dawn M. Henley | Local News

Rural Fire Talks Continue

Action was tabled but discussions are ongoing with the Oakdale Rural Fire Protection District Board (ORFD) in regards to the current brown out schedule affecting the outlying posts of Valley Home and Knights Ferry with differing opinions on which station should receive the lion's share of summer staffing.

June 15, 2011 | Kim Van Meter | Local News

Criticism Follows Lengthy Meetings

After a series marathon council meetings, some of which contained hot topic items lasting nearly until midnight, the common question heard within the audience before the start of many Oakdale council meetings nowadays is not about posted agenda items, but, "How long will this one last?"

June 15, 2011 | Richard Paloma | Local News

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OHS, Community Prepare For Homecoming Parade

Streets will once again close down to make way for the Oakdale High School student body and the Annual Homecoming Parade. The event will be ...

October 12, 2016 | | Local News

OHS FFA Represents At National Competition

Academic and sports teams are not the only areas where Oakdale High School is making its mark. As Oakdale Agriculture programs continue to grow and ...

October 12, 2016 | Teresa Hammond | Local News

Clear Skies Perfect Setting For Airport’s Open House

Whether you like Piper Cubs or prefer a good Cessna 195, chances are you could have found them on Saturday.

October 12, 2016 | Marg Jackson | Local News

Fishing Report

Have you ever had an idea that you thought could possibly be a great invention but weren't sure whether or not that idea was ...

October 12, 2016 | | Local News

New Legislation Requires Ignition Interlocks For DUI

In action on Wednesday, Sept. 28, Governor Jerry Brown signed SB 1046 into law, expanding a four-county pilot program that requires ignition interlocks for all ...

October 05, 2016 | | Local News

College Financial Aid Info Meeting Scheduled

Modesto Junior College is offering a 'Cash for College Night' for high school seniors and recent graduates. The workshop is set for today, Wednesday, Oct ...

October 05, 2016 | | Local News

Recreation Round-Up

Visit the City web page at or Like us on Facebook at - City of Oakdale Recreation and Gladys L. Lemmons Senior Community ...

October 05, 2016 | | Local News

AAUW Planning Annual Scholarship Fundraiser

The local American Association of University Women, Oakdale, Riverbank, Escalon (AAUW ORE) Branch is currently planning its major scholarship fundraising event to be held on ...

October 05, 2016 | | Local News

October’s Library Schedule Packed With Multiple Events

A jam packed schedule of events has been prepared for the Oakdale library during October.

October 05, 2016 | | Local News

Local Author Offers Alzheimer’s Presentation

Maureen Minnehan Jones, author and registered nurse, will be presenting a talk on Alzheimer's and Ronald Reagan and prevention of this devastating disease during ...

October 05, 2016 | | Local News

Soroptimists Set To Offer Dream It, Be It Conference

Local service organization Soroptimist International of Oakdale is sponsoring a "Dream It, Be It" conference for seventh through ninth grade girls who attend Oakdale, Valley ...

October 05, 2016 | | Local News

Congressional Visits Set For Central Valley Cities

U.S. Representative Jeff Denham (R-Turlock) has announced Mobile District Office Hours for the month of October. Mobile District Office Hours are an opportunity for ...

October 05, 2016 | | Local News

ASTRO Offers October Kitten Adoption Special

The ASTRO (Animal Shelter To Riverbank & Oakdale) Foundation has an abundance of over 100 kittens and cats that are currently available for adoption. The majority ...

October 05, 2016 | | Local News

Tea Party Session Set

The next Stanislaus County Tea Party Meeting will be on Wednesday, Oct. 5 at the Grizzly Rock Cafe, 4905 N. Golden State Blvd., Turlock, at ...

October 05, 2016 | | Local News

Join Block Party Event

Center for Human Services (CHS) - Oakdale Family Resource and Counseling Center will host its Sixth Annual Community Block Party on Friday, Oct. 7 from 2 ...

October 05, 2016 | | Local News

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