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Police Trio Honored For Heroic Actions

Three members of the Oakdale Police Department were recognized for heroic action on Monday night, Feb. 2 stemming from a 2014 incident where a man threatened his family with a knife and who attempted to take his own life in the process.

February 04, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Drought Concerns Linger For Region

After a historically dry January, Oakdale Irrigation District officials are bracing for a fourth year of drought and all its implications.

February 04, 2015 | | Local News


Council Agrees To Appoint

Faced with the possibility of financing a $20,000 special election as well as having to wait until the end of the year, the Oakdale City Council unanimously approved moving forward with the decision to appoint someone to fill Don Petersen's upcoming vacant seat.

February 04, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


No Charges Filed Against Restaurateur Accused Of Sexual Assault

For the second time the Stanislaus County District Attorney's Office has asked the court to grant them more time to decide if they will pursue criminal charges against a Turlock man accused of sexually assaulting an employee at his Oakdale pizzeria.

February 03, 2015 | | Local News


Denham, Staff Prepare For Mobile Office Hours

U.S. Representative Jeff Denham (R-Turlock) has announced Mobile District Office Hours for the month of February. Mobile District Office Hours, MDOs, are an opportunity for 10th district residents to meet with the congressman and staff to hear more about his work in Washington, D.C. and the Central Valley, have their questions answered or get help with specific casework.

February 02, 2015 | | Local News


Designate A Sober Driver For Super Bowl Sunday

The Super Bowl is one of the most celebrated sporting events in the world. As the most anticipated sporting event of the year, it is an opportunity for family, friends, and fans to gather together, celebrate, and root for their favorite team. However, the celebration can quickly turn to tragedy when partygoers exercise poor judgment and fail to designate a non-drinking driver.

January 31, 2015 | Nina Frisby | Local News


Survey Says: Super Bowl Should Be National Holiday

A surprising new survey reveals Americans want healthier food choices at their Super Bowl parties, even though they often stick to fattening old favorites.

January 30, 2015 | | Local News


Fugitive Taken Into Custody

An Escalon man wanted in connection with a stabbing earlier this month was apprehended outside Oakdale on Thursday morning.

January 29, 2015 | | Local News


Mayor Touts City, Calls For More Retail

Mayor Pat Paul announced that 2014 was a pivotal year for the City of Oakdale in her annual State of the City address on Wednesday at the Bianchi Community Center.

January 29, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Petersen Resigns From Council

Tuesday night's Oakdale City Council meeting, Jan. 20, came to a surprising end when Councilman Don Petersen announced that he would be resigning his position effective Feb. 28.

January 28, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


City Concerns Linger: Vagrancy Vs. Homeless

The homeless problem in Oakdale is continuing to be an issue as Neighborhood Watch groups in the city are starting to speak out requesting action as city officials search for an answer.

January 28, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Veteran Records Bill Introduced By Denham

U.S. Representative Jeff Denham (R-Turlock) introduced a bill to clear a key bureaucratic hurdle for veterans across the country by ensuring access to electronic DD-214s at Vet Centers.

January 26, 2015 | | Local News


Transportation Commission Leaders Tapped For 2015

At its Thursday, Jan. 22 meeting, the California Transportation Commission unanimously approved the appointments of Lucy Dunn as the Chair and Robert Alvarado as the Vice Chair, effective March 1, 2015. Ms. Dunn and Mr. Alvarado will serve in their respective positions for one year.

January 23, 2015 | | Local News


Petersen Resigns From Council

The Tuesday night, Jan. 20 Oakdale City Council meeting came to a surprising end when Councilman Don Petersen announced that he would be resigning his position effective Feb. 28.

January 22, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Farmers Respond Favorably To Conservation Initiative

A year from now, if all goes as planned, some 3,250 acres within the Oakdale Irrigation District will use water much more efficiently.

January 21, 2015 | | Local News


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Olsen Education Bill Passes Committee Vote

Legislation by Assembly Republican Leader Kristin Olsen, of Modesto, and Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins (D - San Diego), that seeks to provide a creative answer to the need to grow early education opportunities by harnessing the power of the private sector passed its first committee on Monday.

April 27, 2015 | | Local News


Unsavory Spa Rubbing Some The Wrong Way

In the dark underground world of sex trafficking, acts of prostitution and its victims, the women forced to work in the sex trade, are often concealed in a single business: brothels posing as massage parlors.

April 24, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


SOS Race Earns Thousands

The morning of Saturday, April 18 brought made to order weather for 272 runners, spectators and volunteers greeted by a blue, sun-filled sky as they participated in the Sixth Annual Support Oakdale Schools (SOS) Fun Run/Walk.

April 22, 2015 | Teresa Hammond | Local News


Volunteers Tackle Love Oakdale Effort

Admitting he was kind of "de facto appointed" this year to oversee the Love Oakdale project, local resident Zach Greenlee wasn't complaining. He was, instead, excited to see the spirit of volunteerism that hundreds of residents brought with them to Wood Park early Saturday morning.

April 22, 2015 | Marg Jackson | Local News


Prank Sign Leads To CHP Stop

An Oakdale Joint Unified School District bus filled with over 45 students of the Oakdale High School track team had its journey to Lathrop interrupted by a stop from the California Highway Patrol due to possible distress and a welfare check of its occupants.

April 17, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


City To Discuss “Big Box” Restriction Monday

The Oakdale City Council has slated for its next meeting, Monday, April 20, to discuss amending the current Municipal Code to make it easier for large retail developments to come to the city.

April 17, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Senior Reaches Great Heights For Birthday

Marie McAnally wasn't just interested in a cake and candles to commemorate her 83rd birthday; that would be too simple. According to McAnally's daughter Cindy Webb, she pondered her 'Bucket List' instead for ideas.

April 15, 2015 | | Local News


Countdown To Relay

Oakdale's annual Relay For Life is just around the corner – the 24-hour signature fundraising event for the American Cancer Society will be hosted at Oakdale High School on Saturday and Sunday, April 25 and 26.

April 15, 2015 | Marg Jackson | Local News


City Meeting Water Goals

With California in its fourth year of drought and Governor Jerry Brown putting out an executive order calling for cutbacks of 20 percent, the City of Oakdale announced that their figures show that the city and its residents have nearly met that mark based on 2013 figures.

April 15, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Kids Spring Fest Fun

Saturday, April 4 marked the 2015 Kids Spring Fest as over 1,000 kids and adults gathered at Kerr Park for a fun day under the sun. The ninth annual event, presented by City of Oakdale and the Kiwanis Club, held four separate egg hunts for kids in varying age groups, up to age 12, along with lunch, games and prize drawings among other activities for both kids and adults.

April 08, 2015 | | Local News


Area Trio Opening Dialogue On Mental Illness

One in four adults, or approximately 61.5 million Americans, have an experience with mental illness in a given year. With a current estimated population of over 21,000 within the Oakdale City limits that's over 5,000 Oakdale community members who will be affected by mental illness in some way.

April 08, 2015 | Teresa Hammond | Local News


Council Taps Murdoch To Fill Vacant Seat

With two members of the Oakdale City Council stating they wanted someone with the same "business sense" as former Councilman Don Petersen, the Oakdale City Council voted 3-1 to appoint local commercial real estate developer Richard Murdoch to the dais for the remaining two years left when Petersen resigned in February.

April 08, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Investigation Recovers Stolen Radioactive Device

An eBay ad and the sharp eye of a tenacious victim led Oakdale Police to recover a $10,000 piece of construction equipment that was taken from a work truck last year.

April 03, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Annual Pioneer Rodeo In Late Fall Offers Oakdale Lasting Success

Covered Calistoga wagons and settlements complete with chow carts will descend on Oakdale this November as various Davy Crockett and Daniel Boone characters arrive in the city for the debut of Pioneer Days and the Pioneer Rodeo, The Leader has learned.

April 01, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Testicle Festival – Romancing The Stones

Monday night marked my fourth Oakdale Testicle Festival, taking me a long way from my first time as a newbie with only a few weeks on for The Leader, and an editorial staff of women (sans sports guy) when I was "chosen" to cover the annual event.

April 01, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


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