The poem, "Sense of Direction," written by Sandi McGinnis set to music composed by Ross McGinnis, inspired a dance called "Ashes" to be performed by Tami Stark McQueen at the 19th Annual Dancing Poetry Festival in San Francisco.
The Valley air basin's first seasonal Air Alert will begin Monday, Aug. 20 and continue through Tuesday, Aug. 21, with the possibility of being extended. This includes the counties of San Joaquin, Stanislaus, Merced, Madera, Fresno, Kings, Tulare and the Valley air basin portion of Kern.
A man wanted for two separate shootings in Oakdale, being a member of a street gang, and a felon in possession of a firearm was arrested by Stanislaus County sheriff's deputies and a sheriff canine after a brief chase and extensive search late Thursday into early Friday morning, Aug. 17.
The Oakdale Chamber of Commerce will hold a business mixer Thursday, Aug. 16, at the Oakdale Rodeo Grounds Clubhouse, located at 1624 E. F Street from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
The Oakdale Redevelopment Agency Oversight Board is asking city legal staff for clarification if Mayor Pat Paul's self-appointment to the panel is a conflict of interest. One board member is taking it beyond that and going to the Fair Political Practices Commission for a decision.
National Night Out, Tuesday, Aug. 7 was a night of fun for several Stanislaus County communities, including Valley Home and Oakdale, with both locations participating in the event. National Night Out is designed to heighten crime prevention awareness, strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships, and send a message to criminals letting them know that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back.
The Oakdale Tourism and Visitors Bureau (OTVB) continues to draw fire with its decisions, this time turning down sponsorship of the Sierra View Music Fest in lieu of financial support toward a first time, developing October event – the Oakdale Climbers Festival.
Two council incumbents, a former mayor, both the current and former treasurer, a community volunteer and two others have met the final deadline for three city council positions available in the November election, the Oakdale City Clerk's Office announced on Friday, Aug. 10. Two of the seats are full four-year posts and one is only a two-year period to fill out the term of Jason Howard, who resigned his seat last April due to outside-the-area job interests.
While there are still homeowners struggling with the foreclosure tidal wave that seemed to swamp many homeowners who purchased in 2009-2011, record low fixed mortgage rates and a modest inventory of homes has helped the market to slowly recover but true rebounding will take more time, according to real estate professionals.
An Aug. 7 city directive from Interim Oakdale City Manager Stan Feathers obtained by The Leader was sent to all Oakdale city employees, instructing them not to make city business statements to the media and advising them his office "…is responsible for the City's media relations, with the exception of most public safety issues."
If you're not one of the 10.23 million people who watched the Aire Serv of Stanislaus County CEO on "Undercover Boss," you get a second chance.
In 2012, it is simply not enough to be on the Internet; preparing and handling the ongoing shift of consumer behavior to mobile Internet usage is no longer an option, but a necessity. Recent research shows that 48 percent of adults now own a smart phone capable of browsing the Internet. Of those people, 79 percent have engaged in shopping related activities on their mobile device.
The Leader has obtained an Aug. 7 city directive from Interim Oakdale City Manager Stan Feathers to all city employees instructing them not to make city business statements to the media and advising them his office "…is responsible for the City's media relations, with the exception of most public safety issues."
Nearly three months after being advised by city leaders to have a separate board of directors than its business improvement district members, the Oakdale Tourism and Visitors Bureau seems to be ignoring the city's direction.
Action at the Aug. 7 regular meeting saw the Oakdale Irrigation District Board of Directors choose a new audit firm, the Kemper CPA Group, for the years 2012, 2013, and 2014 in a 4-0 vote. Director Al Bairos was absent. The three-year contract bid was for $78,750.
Oakdale High School plays Sonora in basketball at the OHS gymnasium on Friday, Feb. 14 for Winter Homecoming. The game is also Senior Night and marks the final time the longstanding rivals will face each other as Valley Oak League opponents, as Sonora will move into a different league next season.
Valentine's Day is one of the most feel-good holidays of the year, full of love, roses, and candy hearts everywhere you look. No matter what you choose to do on that special day, from a group date with friends to a romantic dinner with your significant other, the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) encourages you to keep the memories pleasant. Nothing can ruin an evening like getting a DUI or causing a crash. Plan ahead and designate a sober driver, or better yet, spread the love by being the designated sober driver for others.
Oakdale emergency crews were busy Friday night, Feb. 7 around 8:30 p.m. when police and fire units were called out to the 400 block of S. Wood Avenue after a car crashed into a house.
Despite an earlier decision less than three months ago where council members publicly criticized the premise, the Oakdale City Council reversed its position about paying a third of a Stanislaus Consolidated Fire Protection District study on a fire department merger.
Assemblymember Kristin Olsen, R-Modesto, has asked the Joint Legislative Audit Committee to complete an audit before the end of this year on the policies and procedures of adopting, updating and installing new electronic processing systems within the Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA).
A significant increase in fines for water theft was unanimously approved at the Oakdale Irrigation District Board of Directors regular meeting on Feb. 4.
The Oakdale Cowboy Museum was filled with people Wednesday, Jan. 29 as the crowd came for the official opening of the museum's newest exhibit, "The Tales of the Yosemite Back Country, Mather Saddle & Pack Station, operated by the Barnes Family since 1929" in conjunction with the 150th anniversary of the Yosemite Grant Act.
The Oakdale Lions Club will host the annual Don Osborne Memorial Run for the Library on Saturday, Feb. 8, rain or shine, beginning at the library, corner of G Street and South First Avenue.
Lee Lundrigan, Stanislaus County Clerk Recorder & Registrar of Voters reports her staff will perform marriage ceremonies on Valentine's Day at the main City / County Building located at 1010 Tenth Street in Modesto.
In a 4-1 vote at a special meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 28, the Oakdale Irrigation District Board of Directors approved rescinding their action from the Jan. 23 special meeting where they had originally voted to send out a mailer to OID landowners to see about their interest in voluntarily fallowing land in order to make water available for a transfer to the Westlands Water District. Director Jack Alpers was the dissenting vote. To clarify, OID won't send out fliers.
With water becoming more of a valuable resource this dry season, Oakdale city officials are contemplating the idea of finding a way to utilize treated wastewater for irrigation purposes or to possibly recharge the city's eight deep ground water wells.
Oakdale Mayor Pat Paul will deliver the State of the City address today, Wednesday, Jan. 29 at the Gene Bianchi Community Center, 110 S. Second Ave., Oakdale.
With water becoming more of a valuable resource this dry season, Oakdale city officials are contemplating the idea of finding a way to utilize treated wastewater for irrigation purposes or to possibly recharge the city's eight deep groundwater wells.
A full parking lot and a standing room only crowd that spilled into the hallway of the Oakdale Irrigation District offices was the scene at a special meeting of the OID Board of Directors on Jan. 23. On the agenda was a single closed session item of a potential water sale to the "federal and state export contractors" on the agenda.
More than 200 people came out to the Gene Bianchi Community Center for the Oakdale Chamber of Commerce's 68th Annual Awards Dinner on Friday night, Jan 17.