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Manager Seeks Cost Recovery

Newly appointed Oakdale City Manager Bryan Whitemyer hit the ground running in ways to ease the city's financial woes. Whitemyer, only on the job since Feb. 4, announced that recent California Department of Finance rulings have allowed California cities to recover some of their costs lost with the dissolution of former redevelopment agencies and the administrative costs now associated with the successor agencies.

February 27, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Sweeping Returns

A constructive Oakdale City Council meeting on Feb. 19 saw the council voting to bring back street sweeping services to the city that had gone without since 2009.

February 27, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Oak Valley CEO Still Presses Obstetrics Closure

Despite two heated public forums on the matter where citizens and employees alike opposed closing Oak Valley Hospital's Obstetrics Unit, CEO John McCormick will be recommending shutting the department at the board of directors meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 27.

February 26, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Lawsuit Filed In Death Of Off-Duty Officer

The family of the late Oakdale Police Officer Paul Katuszonek, who was tragically killed on Nov. 8, 2012 when his Honda Accord was rear ended by a semi-tractor trailer on Highway 132 in Modesto, has filed a lawsuit claiming wrongful death, negligence, and "survivor actions."

February 22, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Fire Chief On Administrative Leave

The Stanislaus Consolidated Fire Protection District placed embattled Fire Chief Steve Mayotte on paid administrative leave pending an investigation on Friday, Feb. 15.

February 21, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


OID Approves Annexation List

A revised list of parcels for agricultural annexation was approved by the Oakdale Irrigation District Board of Directors at its Feb. 19 regular meeting. The approval was for a total of 812.1 acres, owned by seven applicants, to be annexed. This item had been tabled at the prior OID meeting.

February 20, 2013 | Dawn M. Henley | Local News


Tempers Flare, Accusations Fly At Hospital Forum

What started as an orderly public hearing on Wednesday night, Feb. 13, turned into shouting, arguing, accusations, and name calling from the audience as the Oak Valley Hospital board hosted its first forum on the proposed closing of the hospital's obstetrics department.

February 20, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Area Congressman Responds To State Of The Union Address

Residents reacted with a blend of optimism and uncertainty after President Barack Obama delivered the 2013 State of the Union address to Congress on Tuesday, Feb 12.

February 20, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Oakdale Rotary Club Eyes Gazebo Revamp

After putting in a gazebo at C.E. Wood Park at a cost of $30,000 for the City of Oakdale in 1990, the Oakdale Rotary Club is looking at overhauling the wood marquee in favor of wrought iron or some other substance due to the neglect and vandalism it has had to endure.

February 20, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Arrest Made In Infant Death

Oakdale Police announced that they arrested Nichole Todd-Smith, 31, in connection with the death of her 44-day-old daughter from December 11.

February 19, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Arrest Warrant For Mom Of Meth OD Baby

Oakdale police have obtained a felony arrest warrant for the mother of a 44-day-old girl that died in December. Toxicology results returned in January showed the infant had a high level of methamphetamine in its system at the time of its death.

February 18, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Weekend Fundraisers Aim To Aid Local Youngsters

On Saturday, Feb. 19 at Karate For Kids, 3342 Santa Fe in Riverbank, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., there will be a car wash and bake sale to raise funds for one of the Karate For Kids students who is in need of heart surgery. They are accepting donations in any amount for the car wash. While the supporters' cars or trucks are being washed they can enjoy some food and beverages that will be available, again for an unspecified donation amount. On the menu, they will have hot dogs, chips, cookies, baked goods and beverages. Everyone ...

February 15, 2013 | | Local News


Oak Valley Forum On Obstetrics Closure Impassioned

What started as an orderly public hearing on Wednesday night, Feb. 13, turned into shouting, arguing, accusations, and name calling from the audience as the Oak Valley Hospital board held its first forum on the proposed closing of the hospital's obstetrics department.

February 14, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Merchants Battling Blight

Hours after the Oakdale City Council on Monday night, Feb. 4 approved Police Chief Lester Jenkins' recommendation to remove the downtown benches in an effort to combat loitering by vagrants, city crews were out on North Third Avenue Tuesday morning unbolting and hauling away the benches for "refurbishing." With the benches now gone, downtown merchants await to see if the result is positive.

February 13, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


OID To Revisit Select Parcel Annexation

The Oakdale Irrigation District Board of Directors chose to table an action item regarding the list of selected parcels for annexation at its Feb. 5 regular meeting. The item will come back before the board at the Feb. 19 regular meeting. OID General Manager Steve Knell said the board wants to make refinements to the selection criteria for the annexation, possibly by implementing a variance to increase the available water for annexed lands.

February 13, 2013 | Dawn M. Henley | Local News


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Open House Scheduled At Oakdale FES Hall

The Oakdale FES Hall, at 190 N. Lee Ave., will host an Open House on Sunday, Feb. 25 from noon to 5 p.m.

February 07, 2018 | | Local News


Artist Honors Listed In Delicato Showcase

More than 80 pieces of fine art are currently on display in the Delicto Wine Tasting Room until Saturday, Feb. 17. Over 160 entries submitted ...

February 07, 2018 | | Local News


Community Briefs

Women's Connection

February 07, 2018 | | Local News


Warm Weather Drives Gas Prices Upward

Local gas prices are slowly rising, with a double digit jump seen in the Bay area.

February 07, 2018 | | Local News


Burchell Hill Neighborhood Watch Marks Anniversary

The first meeting for 2018 was hosted recently by the Burchell Hill Neighborhood Watch group.

February 07, 2018 | | Local News


Arbor Day Foundation Seeking New Members

Joining the Arbor Day Foundation is an ideal way to get in the mood for spring planting. Anyone who joins the Foundation in February 2018 ...

February 07, 2018 | | Local News


Oakdale Police Plan DUI Saturation Patrols

The California Office of Traffic Safety, Police, Sheriff and the CHP are huddling up for a special designated driver reminder to urge football fans across ...

February 03, 2018 | | Local News


River Avenue Closure Extended

The current road closure/detour on River Avenue in Oakdale has been extended through Thursday, Feb. 8. Originally, the closure was to impact the traffic ...

February 02, 2018 | | Local News


Road Closure In Effect Friday

City of Oakdale Public Works officials are reminding motorists of road work going on Friday, Feb. 2 through 5 p.m. on River Avenue between ...

February 02, 2018 | | Local News


How Outdoor Enthusiasts Can Protect The Environment

Recreational activities can be made even more enjoyable by incorporating the great outdoors into the proceedings. Fresh air and sunshine can increase energy levels, and ...

January 31, 2018 | | Local News


No Change In Area Gas Prices

Average retail gasoline prices in Modesto have not moved in the past week, averaging $2.99/gallon Sunday, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of ...

January 31, 2018 | | Local News


Fundraising Professional Group Awards Diversity Scholarships

The Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) Yosemite Chapter began 2018 by naming awardees for the chapter's annual Diversity Scholarship and its 2018 Board Members.

January 31, 2018 | | Local News


Battle Of The Badges Upcoming

It's being billed as the 'Battle of the Badges' – a blood drive being sponsored by the Oakdale Police Department and scheduled for Thursday, Feb ...

January 31, 2018 | | Local News


Lifetime Achievement Award Goes To Riise

By MARG JACKSON

January 31, 2018 | Marg Jackson | Local News


Oakdale Mustangs Set Sights On Reclaiming Aca Dec Title

It's a new day and a bit of a new beginning for Oakdale High's 2018 Academic Decathlon Team. For the first time in ...

January 31, 2018 | Teresa Hammond | Local News


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