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Aging Baby Boomers Spur Housing Efforts

Driving along Yosemite Avenue past A street residents might notice the signs of construction. A bright yellow building is nearing completion and is visible from the road. This is a common sight across the country, even in a housing market where many find it cheaper to buy than to build. This is not a single family home, or even an apartment complex. This construction project is a senior housing complex, the one type of new building that is doing well despite the economy.

December 14, 2011 | Andrea Goodwin | Local News


4-H Club To Hold Craft, Bake Sale

Orange Blossom 4-H Club is holding a fundraising craft and bake sale from 10a.m.-2p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 17 at Oakdale Feed and Seed.

December 13, 2011 | Dawn M. Henley | Local News


Holiday Giving Ramps Up As Need Grows

The fourth annual Because We Care toy drive is in full swing, but donations are down and the need is greater than ever, said Ann Farmer, founder and coordinator.

December 07, 2011 | Kim Van Meter | Local News


OID Board Selects Officers

The Oakdale Irrigation District Board of Directors selected its new officers for 2012 at the Dec. 6 regular meeting. Director Frank Clark will serve as board president, Steve Webb will serve as vice president, OID General Manager Steve Knell will serve as board secretary, and OID Chief Financial Officer Kathy Cook will serve as treasurer.

December 07, 2011 | Dawn M. Henley | Local News


Infant Found Deceased In Waterford Trash Can

On Thursday evening, Dec. 1 at 9:22 p.m. Stanislaus County 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.

December 03, 2011 | Kim Van Meter | Local News


Police Search For Stabbing Suspect

Police are searching for an Oakdale man suspected of stabbing another Oakdale man in the forearm following an argument. Benjamin Gayton, 29, is a local transient who is described as a Hispanic male, 5 feet 6 inches, 135 pounds, with very short, shaved brown hair and hazel eyes. He was last seen wearing a ripped white tank top undershirt. Gayton has a tattoo on his right arm that reads, "Gayton."

December 02, 2011 | Kim Van Meter | Local News


Stiff Wind Downs Trees

Dubbed an "epic windstorm" by Weather.com, the blustery storm didn't spare Oakdale as it blew through town Wednesday, Nov. 30, downing trees all over the city, including two at the Oakdale Golf and Country Club and a large tree on Maag Avenue near the junior high as well as a power pole or two. Wind gusts in the Oakdale area were approximately 30 mph but areas in Los Angeles were hit with winds as high as 100 mph. The wind storm continued into Thursday, Dec. 1 with spotty power outages in some affected areas. In the foothill areas ...

December 01, 2011 | Kim Van Meter | Local News


Tree Of Life Lights Hope For Families

Oakdale families are invited to celebrate their loved ones with the Oak Valley Hospital Foundation's Tree of Life. Donors can purchase a light on the tree in memory of a lost loved one or in honor of a survivor. Anyone can purchase a light and they are not specifically for one disease or disorder.

November 30, 2011 | Andrea Goodwin | Local News


OID - Water Use, Costs Studied

The Oakdale Irrigation District Board of Directors visited several interrelated issues pertaining to water use in the district at its recent regular meeting.

November 30, 2011 | Dawn M. Henley | Local News


Cowboy Christmas Expands To Two-Day Event

Judging by the healthy turn out for both days, the decision to turn the 19th annual Cowboy Museum Cowboy Christmas into a two-day event was a smart one as community members and western-oriented shoppers crowded into the community center Friday and Saturday, Nov. 25-26.

November 30, 2011 | Kim Van Meter | Local News


Measure $ Allocated

Oakdale City Council members wasted no time appropriating Measure O sales tax dollars. The tax collection does not go into effect until April, but the council budgeted nearly $260,000 of the money at their recent meeting to keep two firefighter positions, two police officers, and operations of the senior and community centers. The adopted 2011-2012 budget included only partial funding for each of those services and hinged on the passing of Measure O to avoid cuts.

November 30, 2011 | Andrea Goodwin | Local News


City Lights Up

Oakdale will deck its halls for the holidays on Friday, Dec. 2 with the annual lighting of the Oakdale Christmas tree. This year's tree lighting was organized and sponsored by the Oakdale Garden Club, and will include 30 smaller trees, each sponsored by local organizations.

November 30, 2011 | Andrea Goodwin | Local News


Gather 'Round The Christmas Tree

Cloverland Elementary School students help kick off holiday festivities by decorating a tree for the city's tree lighting event. The Old-Fashioned Downtown Christmas and city tree-lighting ceremony are scheduled for Friday, Dec. 2. Look for information on both these local favorites in the Nov. 30 issue of The Oakdale Leader.

November 29, 2011 | Dawn M. Henley | Local News


Cowboy Santa Rides Into Town

Cowboy Santa was sighted Saturday, Nov. 26 as he sauntered into the community center for his annual appearance at the Cowboy Museum's Cowboy Christmas event. Ever a popular staple to the western-themed community event, Cowboy Santa never fails to delight young and old. The Oakdale Leader will have the full story as well as more photos of the event in the Wednesday, Nov. 30 issue.

November 26, 2011 | Kim Van Meter | Local News


Holiday Events On The Schedule

Whether it's sharing a holiday meal with friends or getting in some early holiday shopping, the season is alive and well.

November 23, 2011 | | Local News


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Policy Research Center Study Sees Strengthening Economy

The California economy will maintain strong growth despite soft U.S. economic growth and a deepening drought, according to the latest projection from the Center for Business and Policy Research at the University of the Pacific. The latest forecast boosts its projection of 2015 job growth in California to 2.8 percent, up from 2.3 percent in the January forecast. With the State's unemployment rate projected to drop below 6 percent by the end of the year, more moderate 1.8 percent job growth is anticipated in 2016. New home construction is beginning to pick up. Housing starts ...

June 07, 2015 | | Local News


Summer Season Sees Steady Pump Prices

Average retail gasoline prices in Modesto have fallen 6.0 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.38 per gallon Sunday, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 201 gas outlets in Modesto. This compares with the national average that has increased 0.4 cents per gallon in the last week to $2.75/gallon, according to gasoline price website GasBuddy.com.

June 06, 2015 | | Local News


Warehouse Water Leak Reveals Marijuana Grow

Water flowing from beneath a roll-up door of a warehouse on Ackley Circle led police to the discovery of 136 marijuana plants and a sophisticated grow operation. The tenant, an Oakdale resident, was arrested for marijuana cultivation while police also investigate additional building code violations.

June 05, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Adoption Event Offered Saturday At Petco

The Oakdale Shelter Pet Alliance will be hosting an adoption event at Petco in the Crossroads Shopping Center in Riverbank on Saturday, June 6 from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. with adoptable pets from the Oakdale Animal Shelter.

June 04, 2015 | Report Abuse account | Local News


Super Times Offered At Oakdale Library

Summer fun can include more than just going on vacation, to the lake or even the beach. Oakdale residents are taking advantage of the air conditioning at the Oakdale Library this summer to beat the heat. Many activities are planned at the library at 151 S. First Ave., including this past Thursday when children invaded the building to be a part of the Super Hero Training Academy.

June 03, 2015 | | Local News


Water Allotments Raised By OID

A couple of beneficial spring storms combined with cool weather and strong water conservation led to good news Tuesday morning for farmers in the Oakdale Irrigation District: A small bump in the amount of water they will receive in the fourth year of drought.

June 03, 2015 | | Local News


Sunshine Rafting Flows With ACS

Sunshine Rafting Adventures continues to do its part in making a splash for the fight against cancer. For the fourth consecutive year, the local rafting business will partner with the American Cancer Society for its annual rafting trip.

June 03, 2015 | Teresa Hammond | Local News


Summer Splashes Down At Community Pool

Saturday was picture perfect for the opening of the Oakdale Community Pool – better known as 'The Plunge' – as youngsters from around the area converged to dive in to summer vacation.

June 03, 2015 | Marg Jackson | Local News


Council Delays Massage Ban

An urgency ordinance recommended by the Oakdale Police Department that would have put a temporary 45-day moratorium on new massage parlors from opening was held over by the Oakdale City Council on Monday night, June 1, after a local Realtor and spa owner advised members that they were days away from opening a "professional" facility.

June 03, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Congressman Brings Mobile Office To Constituents

U.S. Representative Jeff Denham (R-Turlock) has announced Mobile District Office Hours for the month of June 2015, with stops planned locally in Escalon, Oakdale and Riverbank.

June 02, 2015 | | Local News


Drowning Claims Lathrop Man At Woodward

Stanislaus County Sheriff's Department officials confirmed reports and updated a previous story that a person drowned during Memorial Day weekend at Woodward Reservoir Regional Park outside of Oakdale on Saturday, May 23.

May 28, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Ceremony Marks Service, Sacrifice Of Veterans

A respectful crowd, many having brought lawn chairs and others choosing to sit on tailgates or simply stand, gathered Monday morning at the Oakdale Citizens Cemetery for the annual Memorial Day service hosted by the Romain Schell Veterans of Foreign Wars Post.

May 27, 2015 | Marg Jackson | Local News


Class Of 2015 Turns The Tassels

Balloons were bought, flowers delivered and tears shed as over 700 students of Oakdale Joint Unified Schools celebrated with commencement ceremonies over the past week. Students of Oakdale Alternative Education, Oakdale Junior High and Oakdale High School each turned tassels as they now begin the next chapter of their lives.

May 27, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Micke Grove Hosts Memorial Day Ceremony

A Memorial Day celebration welcomes the community to honor those who have served in the US Armed Forces, enjoy a free-admission day at Micke Grove Regional Park and Museum, followed by a complimentary dinner on the grounds of the Historical Museum.

May 24, 2015 | | Local News


D.A. Dismisses Case Of Jura’s Pizza Owner

The Stanislaus County District Attorney's Office announced on May 19 that it would not prosecute the sexual assault case against Jura Aghassi, the former owner of Jura's Pizza formerly located on North Yosemite Avenue which closed last year.

May 21, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


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