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DNA May Reveal Deceased Baby's Mother

On Dec. 1, 2011 Sheriff's Deputies responded to the Bait Barn located at 12505 Yosemite Blvd in Waterford for an infant found in a garbage can. Fire personnel immediately responded and the infant was pronounced deceased.

May 11, 2012 | | Local News


City To Finally Receive 2010-2011Audit

After a series of city financial standings coming to light, Finance Director Albert Avila has assured Oakdale Interim City Manager Greg Wellman that the city's 2010-2011 audit will be received by Friday, May 11 and delivered to the city council. The council also just received notice of the 2009-2010 audit that had been withheld for nearly a year.

May 09, 2012 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Council Debates Vacancy

Gridlocked by a series of two-two split motions, a packed council chambers on Monday possibly saw a glimpse into the future of a polarized Oakdale City Council stalemated on controversial agenda voting items if a fifth and deciding member is not appointed.

May 09, 2012 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Perfect Day For Celebrating Flight

When the forecast calls for clear and sunny skies with a light breeze, it is a perfect day for flying.

May 09, 2012 | Mike Moon Special To The Leader | Local News


Oakdale Residents Fill Several ‘Wrath’ Roles

Ma Joad is a strong and resilient woman. Tested by a harsh life on the family farm in Oklahoma, she has been the cement that has kept her family together. But the Great Depression of the 1930s and the horrific dust bowl conditions that accompanied that event, have just about worn her down. According to Jenni Abbott who portrays Ma in the critically and audience acclaimed production, currently running at the Gallo Center for the Arts in Modesto, she is "a woman who faces a dilemma. What do you give when you have nothing? But she is a woman with ...

May 09, 2012 | Mike Moon Special To The Leader | Local News


Hospital Audit Questions New Construction Costs

An independent audit done at the request of Oak Valley Hospital CEO John McCormick earlier this year has identified $689,106 in questionable costs and $30,043 in unsupported costs for the new hospital construction project.

May 09, 2012 | Richard Paloma | Local News


City Treasurer Plans Resignation

City Treasurer Mike Murray has indicated he plans on resigning his position surrounding concerns of city financial mismanagement and a dispute in the process in which he was asked to sign overdue statements.

May 09, 2012 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Lions Club Lights Up Kerr Park

People often say that Oakdale is a community that looks after its own, whether it's a rallying cry for someone who is sick or injured, or a school program in desperate need of saving.

May 09, 2012 | Kim Van Meter | Local News


Media Blast Aimed At Oakdale Tourism

The Oakdale Tourism and Visitors Bureau (OTVB) has partnered with NextMedia Group of San Jose for an aggressive marketing program to encourage Bay Area residents to visit Oakdale this summer.

May 09, 2012 | Richard Paloma | Local News


A Local Kentucky Derby Experience

Spend the day at the Turlock Turf Club on Saturday, May 5 for the Kentucky Derby.

May 04, 2012 | | Local News


Council To Hear Interest In Vacant Seat

At the Monday night, May 7 meeting, the Oakdale City Council will decide on how to fill the vacant position left by Jason Howard who resigned last month.

May 03, 2012 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Rodeo Busting Stereotypes

"True cowboys are there to watch the rodeo, not get rowdy."

May 02, 2012 | Kim Van Meter | Local News


Oakdale Battles $ Woes

Interim City Manager Gregory Wellman has made no secret that the City of Oakdale has money problems and cites a lack of financial oversight and historically poor business habits as the cause.

May 02, 2012 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Strapped City - Oakdale’s Excessive Legal Fees A Financial Burden

With city coffers being slashed and worker lay-offs on the horizon, the City of Oakdale finds itself using much needed funds to pay legal fees by outside legal firms hired to defend the city.

May 02, 2012 | Richard Paloma | Local News


City Explores Limited Service Privatization

While financial troubles for cities like Oakdale deepen, city administrators are discussing the possibility of contracting out some local city services.

May 02, 2012 | Richard Paloma | Local News


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Fire Contract - Council Moves Forward, Re-Opens Hershey Sale

The cost-saving move to contract with Stanislaus Consolidated Fire District for fire department services moved to its final step with a presentation by Stanislaus Consolidated Fire Chief Randall Bradley at the Monday June 16 Oakdale City Council Meeting.

June 18, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Reptiles Visit Library

Lizards, snakes, a big, hairy spider, and an extra-large cockroach were found in the front room of the Oakdale Library on June 5 – much to the delight of library visitors.

June 18, 2014 | Dawn M. Henley | Local News


OID ‘Very Good’ Financially

The financial condition of the Oakdale Irrigation District is in "very good" shape, according to the district's auditor Brian Nash of Richardson and Company.

June 18, 2014 | Dawn M. Henley | Local News


Local Realtors Express Fury With City

Learning of the city's move to go with Prudential Commercial Real Estate of Modesto to list the Downtown Hershey Building caused Oakdale real estate agents to voice their ire towards city officials at a monthly Realtors meeting at the Oakdale Country Club on Thursday, June 12. In return, the city has reversed its decision to contract with Prudential Commercial Real Estate and will now reintroduce the item at Monday's June 16 city council meeting.

June 13, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


APP: Stat Game Or Effective Program? Part II – Second Amendment In The Crosshairs

(Editor's note: This is the second of a two-part piece. Part 1 was featured last week)

June 11, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Cooling Centers Officially Open As Temperatures Creep Into Triple Digits

Due to extreme temperatures expected today, the City of Oakdale has offered the Gladys L. Lemons Senior Community Center at 450 East A St. as a cooling center. The center will remain open until 6 p.m. today for anyone needing such assistance.

June 09, 2014 | | Local News


Richard Paloma to appear on Power Talk Radio 1360 AM today at 4pm

Oakdale Leader reporter, Richard Paloma, will be appearing on Power Talk Radio 1360 AM on the Dave Bowman Show today at 4:00 pm. Paloma will be discussing his article from today's Leader on firearm seizures by the DOJ.

June 04, 2014 | | Local News


Visitors Bureau Focusing On Public Market

With the goal of taking the weekly farmer's market and making it into an area known public market, the Oakdale Travel and Visitors Bureau (OTVB) along with Roger Brooks of Brooks International, recently completed a day-and-a-half community workshop at the Gene Bianchi Community Center to improve tourism to the city.

June 04, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


City’s Proposed Budget Presented To Council

Because the Measure O sales tax enhancement carries the city through March 2015, the preliminary 2014-2015 budget presented by Oakdale City Manager Bryan Whitemyer at the Monday, June 2 city council meeting didn't foresee any service cuts.

June 04, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


APP: Stat Game Or Effective Program?

(Editor's Note: This is the first in a two-part special series.)

June 04, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


No 10-Day OID Rotations

"In light of drought and continuing water conditions," the Oakdale Irrigation District will forgo 10-day irrigation rotations for the 2014 water season, which will also leave some water in the district's "conservation account" at New Melones Reservoir, said OID General Manager Steve Knell at the June 3 regular meeting of the OID Board of Directors.

June 04, 2014 | Dawn M. Henley | Local News


Denham Announces Mobile Office Hours, Locations

U.S. Representative Jeff Denham (R-Turlock) has announced Mobile District Office Hours for the month of June, with stops planned in Oakdale, Riverbank and Escalon.

June 02, 2014 | | Local News


OTVB Focusing On Public Market

With the goal of taking the weekly farmers market and making it into an area known public market, the Oakdale Travel and Visitors Bureau (OTVB) along with Roger Brooks of Brooks International, completed a day-and-a-half community workshop at the Gene Bianchi Community Center to improve tourism to the city.

May 31, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Traffic Impacts Due On Highway 99

The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) will perform various road construction and maintenance activities on State Route 99 (SR-99) from French Camp Road to SR-4/Crosstown Freeway. No two consecutive ramps will close at the same time.

May 30, 2014 | | Local News


Focus On Skin Protection For Summer Months

May is National Skin Cancer Awareness Month – and summer is quickly approaching. While this is a time of year when many Californians look ahead to lazy summer days at the beach or pool, it is essential to remember to protect yourself. Skin cancers are rapidly on the rise, and an estimated 1 in 5 Americans can expect to be diagnosed with skin cancer in their lifetime. In the past three decades, more people have had skin cancer than all other cancers combined and the incidence of skin cancers jumped 77 percent between 1992 and 2006 alone. According to Tim Turnham ...

May 29, 2014 | | Local News


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