Due to its inability to meet its portion of operating costs, the Riverbank-Oakdale Transit Authority is having the county take over its dial-a-ride service.
Responding to the rural area between Oakdale and Riverbank amid concerns of an agricultural business pursuing green energy, Congressman Jeff Denham and State Senator Tom Berryhill met with the owners and employees to better understand their energy conversion process and hear their frustrations with power conglomerate PG&E. When they were done, the elected officials assured company representatives they would do what they could on both the state and federal levels.
Two four-year Oakdale City Council seats are up for grabs this November with five names on the ballot to choose from. Two are experienced dais members pursuing re-election. The other challengers – the current city treasurer, a known volunteer and small business owner, and a successful owner of a chain of extended care facilities – have hopes of guiding Oakdale for the next four years.
In 2009, Oakdale leaders along with officials from the City of Newman discovered a tax-sharing deal by the City of Modesto with an oil distribution company that was extracting tax dollars normally flowing toward their coffers. Both cities pursued the matter to the State Board of Equalization, but only Newman officials followed it through with appeals to finally receive back compensation. Now, Newman's periodic share of the sales tax revenue is returned to them by Modesto.
As a seasoned photo journalist, Sarah Goodwin has made her living looking through a lens, freezing moments of heartache, horror and humanity in the war-torn corners of the globe. She and her long-time partner, combat reporter James Dodd, have always shared a deep commitment to their work. So when a roadside bomb in Iraq sends her home to New York for months of painful recovery, both are reeling from the trauma. In witty and engaging conversation, the couple explores this new direction their lives have taken, not sure what it's revealing or where this new road will take them ...
Responding to the outskirts of Oakdale for concerns of an agricultural business pursuing green energy, Congressman Jeff Denham and State Senator Tom Berryhill met with the owners and employees to better understand their energy conversion process and hear their frustrations with PG&E. When they were done, the elected officials assured company representatives they would do what they could on the state and federal levels.
A discussion on setting water delivery fees for 2013 came before the Oakdale Irrigation District Board of Directors at their regular meeting on Oct. 16.
October is the time for harvest. And in the Central Valley, including Oakdale, local drug agents have been busy taking down marijuana grows throughout Stanislaus County. For the second time in as many weeks, Oakdale Police have raided a pot plantation within the city and made arrests of the growers.
A new effort, "St. Matti's for Seniors" is a ministry of Saint Matthias Anglican Church, 101 S. First Ave., Oakdale. The new senior ministry will be providing transportation to local senior citizens who are in need. They will be matching up volunteers with seniors to provide transportation to appointments, the grocery store, or to run errands. They are currently looking for more volunteers who have a heart for seniors and would like to help. They are hoping the volunteers can give at least an hour or two of service during the week.
A former mayor and councilman, a former treasurer, and a lifelong Oakdale resident fresh to politics make up the slate to fill the two-year city council seat left vacant mid-term by the resignation of Jason Howard.
In a concise meeting with a tapered agenda, the Oakdale City Council heard a presentation from Finance Director Albert Avila on Monday, Oct. 15 that informed the council that all street lights would be back on in the city within a month. Some of the lights had been shut off more than two years ago due to city budget concerns.
Although there has been a 25 percent decline in large truck-involved fatal collisions from (2007-2010) nationally, the California Highway Patrol (CHP) is working daily to save even more lives through enforcement and education. To further enhance that progress, the CHP is joining forces with other law enforcement agencies throughout the U.S., Canada, and Mexico for the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance's Operation Safe Driver, Oct. 14 to 20. This operation targets unsafe and aggressive driving by both passenger and commercial vehicle drivers by conducting high visibility enforcement operations and public outreach.
The Oakdale City Council, at its Monday meeting, will hear a presentation from Finance Director Albert Avila regarding the possible return of street sweeping of residential areas and restoration of street lighting to areas that were discontinued due to budget cuts.
The 10th anniversary of the Healthy Aging and Fall Prevention Summit is scheduled for Friday, Oct. 12 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Modesto Centre Plaza, 10th and K streets in Modesto. The free health screenings and Health Fair event for older adults (50-plus) and their caregivers is presented by the Healthy Aging Association, Kaiser Permanente and Stanislaus Area Agency on Aging. More than 1,000 people attended last year.
Oakdale Police arrested a local man on Tuesday, Dec. 24, on suspicion of an array of sexual assault charges regarding a 13-year-old girl he met on Facebook.
In a special afternoon ceremony on Thursday, Dec. 18, "The Friends of Wes Stewart" dedicated a park bench in in the Oakdale Town Plaza at the Bianchi Community Center in memory of prominent Oakdale community member Wes Stewart who served 16 years in Oakdale City government and volunteered countless hours in the CAPS program
The City of Oakdale is looking into refinancing Bridle Ridge development bonds that will likely generate significant savings for the property owners and also generate capital funds for the road maintenance in the Bridle Ridge subdivision.
When Storm Watch 2014 (aka Pineapple Express) was reported, Jonyce O'Neill was not thinking of a flooded landscape or a potential leaking roof … she thought instead of her friends, her 'peeps.' As many sat at a computer screen staring at predictions of how bad the storm would be, O'Neill put a plea on Social Media for trash bags, coats and blankets for her friends who would endure the elements ... outdoors.
Brad Greer, an ASE Certified automobile technician from Oakdale, was recently honored with a national achievement award as the SpeeDee Oil Change & Auto Service/ASE Automobile Technician of the Year. Forty-seven automotive professionals were recognized on Nov. 19, 2014, at the Fall Board of Governors meeting of the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) held at the Hyatt Regency Pier 66 in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.
Modesto Junior College has submitted an application to be one of the 15 California Community Colleges to develop a baccalaureate degree pilot program. MJC's application proposes the creation of a four-year program in respiratory care.
Lego Day is now a monthly program at the Oakdale Library thanks to a generous donation from the Oakdale Rotary Club and the Friends of the Oakdale Library.
Oakdale High School senior Logan Eaton was called to the office last week to take a phone call he will not soon forget. Eaton was one of 16 Central Valley high school seniors to receive a phone call from U.S. Representative Jeff Denham (R-Turlock). The nature of the phone call was to inform the senior he was one of the nominees named for the United States Naval Academy.
As the city recovers financially, along with the recent passage of Measure Y – the continuation of the half-cent sales tax – Oakdale city officials moved to bolster the ranks of its condensed police force by adding two police officer positions to the department.
A mid-morning stop by police of a suspicious person followed with some additional investigation resulted in the arrest of an Oakdale resident for possessing stolen property from an earlier theft from Medlen's House of Beef.
Police are investigating an early morning Dec. 10 shooting they believe is a continuation of an earlier assault from Quik Stop Market.
Last week two new laws in neighboring Manteca went into effect aimed at dealing with the city's homeless population and the problems caused by their makeshift encampments within the city.
Troops both abroad and stateside will be treated to a touch of home this holiday season.
Local doctors have reported seeing an increase in pneumonia cases in the city as the wet and cold weather of winter hits the Central Valley.
New blood was injected into the Oakdale City Council with the swearing in on Monday night, Dec. 8 of newcomers Cherilyn Bairos and J.R. McCarty, replacing journeyman council members Farrell Jackson and Michael Brennan.