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Travel Bureau Not Reporting Finances

The oft embattled Oakdale Tourism and Visitors Bureau remains out of compliance with its directives, this time for failing to follow a council mandated timeline for its bi-annual reports on finances and their business plan.

December 11, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Steps Taken Toward Fire Services Contract

Calling the proposal the city's greatest chance of success at a special Oakdale City Council meeting on Monday, Dec. 9, Oakdale City Manager Bryan Whitemyer moved that the city council pursue a contract with the Stanislaus Consolidated Fire Protection District for fire services.

December 11, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Winter Weather Prompts Pass Closures

The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) has closed State Route 4 (SR-4) over Ebbetts Pass and SR-89 over Monitor Pass, in Alpine County, and SR-108 over Sonora Pass, in Tuolumne County, as of Monday, Dec. 9.

December 10, 2013 | | Local News


Holiday Enforcement Efforts Show Favorable Results

The California Highway Patrol (CHP) and its law enforcement partners throughout the nation are pleased to announce the results from the two recent traffic safety challenges issued for Interstate 5 (I-5) and Interstate 40 (I-40). No lives were lost during the two-day campaign on I-40. Unfortunately, one person was killed during the four-day effort on I-5 in California's Kern County.

December 09, 2013 | | Local News


Travel Bureau Ignoring Agreement To Report Finances

The oft embattled Oakdale Tourism and Visitors Bureau remains out of compliance with its directives, this time for failing to follow a council mandated timeline for its bi-annual reports on finances and their business plan.

December 07, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Debit Card Scam Hits Central Valley

A debit card scam has hit residents in Manteca and Ripon and continues through residents of the Central Valley by hackers using automated recorded messages to steal from card holders.

December 06, 2013 | | Local News


Angel Trees Placed In Community For Holiday Season

Center for Human Services (CHS) – Oakdale Family Resource and Counseling Center introduced Angel Trees in 2011 to assist families in need during the holiday season. Last year, CHS – Oakdale Family Resource and Counseling Center hosted Angel Trees at four different sites and were able to provide gifts for approximately 130 Angels (local children). This year, the center is hosting Angel Trees at 10 sites and plan to serve over 160 Angels. If you or someone you know is interested in adopting a local 'Angel' in need this holiday season, Angel Trees can be found at the following locations:

December 05, 2013 | | Local News


Columbia College Presents Sounds Of The Seasons

The 45-voiced Columbia College Community Chorus with 25-piece orchestra, under the direction of John Carter, will present their annual Sounds of the Season Concerts Friday through Sunday, Dec. 6, 7, and 8 at the Historic Opera Hall at 250 S. Washington St., Sonora. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and 3 p.m. on Sunday. Music on the program will include selections from J.S. Bach's Christmas Oratorio, Christmas motets, seasonal favorites and audience carol sing-a-longs. Tickets are $10 presale ($12 at the door) and $5 age 12 and under. Tickets are available at ...

December 05, 2013 | | Local News


To Detect And Protect

There's a new cop on the beat.

December 04, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


City Asks OID For $$ Donation

The City of Oakdale's manager Bryan Whitemyer requested a check for $99,000 from the Oakdale Irrigation District Board of Directors to keep the Royce Memorial Pool open at the Dec. 3 regular meeting of the board.

December 04, 2013 | Dawn M. Henley | Local News


Council Designates Special Parking

In response to a complaint of parking availability by the business owner of Plaza 131, Oakdale City Manager Bryan Whitemyer asked the city council at its Dec. 2 meeting to designate that street parking on South Second Avenue in front of the business be designated only for the patrons of Plaza 131.

December 04, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


OHS Grad Appointed To Napa Ag Post

The Napa County Board of Supervisors, after a competitive interview process, announced on Tuesday, Nov. 26 that they have appointed Oakdale High School Class of 1979 graduate Greg Clark as Agriculture Commissioner/Sealer of Weights and Measures for Napa County. The department has 32 employees and a budget of $ 5.3 million.

December 03, 2013 | | Local News


Senior Drivers Focus Of CHP Program

For some, the ability to drive is a true sign of independence. Driving plays an important role in maintaining an active, fulfilling lifestyle. As part of the California Highway Patrol's (CHP) mission of providing the highest level of "Safety, Service, and Security" to people throughout the state, the CHP remains steadfast in maintaining and improving traffic safety and mobility for California's older drivers.

December 02, 2013 | | Local News


New Melones Lake Plans Autumn Interpretive Programs

The Bureau of Reclamation announced the autumn interpretive programs at New Melones Lake. These Ranger-led activities support the Department of the Interior's Let's Move Outside initiative (www.letsmove.gov/lets-move-outside) which encourages children and their families to enjoy outdoor activities that abound in every city, town and community. All activities are free and suitable for all ages; most do not require reservations. Participants should wear sturdy shoes and clothing appropriate for the weather. A water bottle and sunscreen are recommended. Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

November 29, 2013 | | Local News


Cooking Safety Tips From CAL FIRE Officials

With the Thanksgiving holiday now upon us, CAL FIRE is reminding Californians about the dangers that home fires pose during the holiday season. Holidays are a time of food, fun and festivities; but they are also a time to be extra cautious as thousands of home fires across the nation are caused from holiday cooking.

November 28, 2013 | | Local News


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Don’t Forget To Pay Your Use Tax

As California consumers load up online shopping carts this holiday season, they might not realize these purchases are taxed to support vital public services. Online shoppers who are not charged sales tax may owe use tax, which has been imposed on purchases from out-of-state retailers since 1935. Like sales tax, use tax helps fund public safety, education and more.

November 20, 2014 | | Local News


Community Spirit - Preparations Made For Thanksgiving Feast

In just barely one week, the kitchen area of the Gene Bianchi Community Center will once again be clanking and moving. Twenty one years later, the Spirit of Oakdale community meal is more than an institution; it is a fine oiled machine. On Thursday, Nov. 27 the small army and committee will once again open the doors at 11 a.m. and serve up a free Thanksgiving meal to anyone who stops by.

November 19, 2014 | Teresa Hammond | Local News


City Addresses ADA Accessibility Issues

With the City of Oakdale required to do a self-evaluation of its Americans with Disabilities Act compliance and develop a formal transition plan, the Oakdale City Council on Monday, Nov. 17 unanimously approved an item for the city to address the changes necessary to implement accessibility in its buildings, parks and public rights-of-way.

November 19, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Oakdale Ranks Fifth In State Water Conservation

While Central Valley residents are being urged to use water wisely during the drought, a new report shows that residents of Oakdale are coming through in their conservation efforts.

November 12, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Sconza Employee Files Federal Labor Charges Against Union

A Sconza Candy Company employee has filed federal charges against a local bakers union and her employer for a litany of rights violations regarding mandatory union membership and a subsequent suspension she received for not joining the union in a timely manner.

November 12, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Blue Star Moms Lead Donation Efforts

Veterans' Day now looks a bit different to Oakdale mothers Emmy McDaniel and Alicia London than it did two years ago. Both are now parents to sons who are on active duty in the military. That's a fact which prompted them both to become pro-active with Mid-Cal Blue Star Moms, a congressionally chartered Veteran Service Organization.

November 12, 2014 | Teresa Hammond | Local News


Measure Y Wins Easily

Oakdale voters sent a message on Tuesday, Nov. 4 with a resounding "Yes" in approving Measure Y, the continuation of a local half-cent sales tax, passing it by a 70 to 30 percent margin.

November 12, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Thanksgiving Day - OHS Freshman Earns Spot In Macy’s Parade

The 2014 Thanksgiving Break is going to start just a bit early for Oakdale High School freshman Hope Kindred. The 14-year-old will be boarding a plane on the evening of Thursday, Nov. 20, but she will not be headed for a tropical family vacation. Hope will be boarding a red eye flight out of Sacramento with a final destination of New York City.

November 12, 2014 | Teresa Hammond | Local News


Operation Christmas Child Comes To Oakdale

Oakdale's The River Christian Community Church, 1351 E. G St., is a collection location this year for Operation Christmas Child.

November 12, 2014 | | Local News


Sconza Employee Files Federal Labor Charges Against Union

A Sconza Candy Company employee has filed federal charges against a local bakers union and her employer for a litany of rights violations regarding mandatory union membership and a subsequent suspension she received for not joining the union in a timely manner.

November 10, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Bushwacker Bucks Legendary Career Into Retirement

The most prominent figure in sports to retire this year not named Derek Jeter lives right here in Oakdale.

November 05, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Irrigation District Enacts Higher Fees

With little fanfare and no public comment, the Oakdale Irrigation District raised the price of water for its 2,900 agricultural customers Tuesday. Later, board members moved to soften the financial impact of higher rates by supporting a proposal to help farmers pay for projects to improve irrigation efficiency.

November 05, 2014 | | Local News


Largent Claims Seat On Escalon School Board

Longtime Escalon Unified School District board member John Largent was returned to the board by an overwhelming majority in the Tuesday election.

November 05, 2014 | Marg Jackson | Local News


CHP Continues Distracted Driving Campaign Crackdown

In response to this growing incidence of distracted driving, the California Highway Patrol (CHP) has launched a yearlong, Adult Distracted Driving traffic safety campaign in partnership with the Office of Traffic Safety and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. A minimum of 80 distracted driving enforcement operations and at least 500 traffic safety presentations will be completed statewide by the end of September 2015.

November 03, 2014 | | Local News


Amtrak Train Hits And Kills Pedestrian

Riverbank Police and Emergency crews responded to a report of a pedestrian struck by an Amtrak train around 9:13 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 31 near the area of Terminal Avenue and Claribel Road.

October 31, 2014 | | Local News


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