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County Fair Welcomes Visitors

Complete with rainbow-colored parrots, trundling turtles and slithering snakes, the ever popular Rainforest Adventure exhibit is back, the carnival rides are even more stomach-churning than before, the young farmers' animal barns include a petting zoo and the stage shows range from circus slapstick such as Jest In Time to country singers like Clint Black.

July 20, 2011 | John Branch | Local News


Council Taps Wellman As Interim Manager

Gregory Wellman has been appointed as interim city manager, starting on Aug. 1. The announcement came at Monday night's Oakdale City Council meeting, July 18.

July 20, 2011 | Richard Paloma | Local News


West Nile Confirmed

The Turlock Mosquito Abatement District and Public Health Officials received notification that three mosquito samples taken in the Turlock area on July 8 were positive with the West Nile Virus (WNV), indicating that West Nile Virus (WNV) is active in Stanislaus County.

July 20, 2011 | | Local News


Oakdale Festa Espirito Santos Parade Slated Sunday

It's festa time.

July 20, 2011 | Dawn M. Henley | Local News


Oakdale, Riverbank Councils Slate Police Merger Meet

Looking into the possibility of sharing police services, Riverbank and Oakdale councils have set a date of Monday, Aug. 29 in Riverbank City Council chambers for a joint study session on that topic.

July 20, 2011 | John Branch | Local News


Oakdale Appoints Interim Manager

The appointment of Oakdale's new part-time interim city manager, who will start Aug. 1, was announced at the Oakdale City Council meeting Monday night, July 18. Gregory Wellman retired last year after more than four decades in the public sector.

For more information, read the July 20 issue of The Oakdale Leader.

July 19, 2011 | | Local News


Tax Measure - Council Declines Funding

Not seeing the need to use public money for educational material for the upcoming sales tax measure, the Oakdale City Council on Monday, July 5 declined to fund a $9,500 contract for a private consultant to handle informative services and materials.

July 13, 2011 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Agriculturalist Of The Year - Gilbert Honored

Joining a distinguished list of honorees over the past 30 years, Longtime Oakdale resident and businessman Robert "Bob" Gilbert was celebrated as "2011 Agriculturalist of the Year" by the State of California.

July 13, 2011 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Exhibitors Prep For County Fair

Oakdale FFA members and local 4-H club members are preparing their projects to exhibit at the Centennial of the Stanislaus County Fair that runs July 15-24.

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


OPD Retires Three

Saying goodbye is always hard, but particularly so when you're saying it to people who are less like coworkers and more like family.

July 13, 2011 | Kim Van Meter | Local News


Huli Huli Luau - Grassroots Group Takes On Football Fundraiser

A grassroots movement by a motivated group of Mustang football parents has spawned a new fundraiser.

July 13, 2011 | Kim Van Meter | Local News


Local FFA, 4-H Members Ready For Fair

Members of Oakdale's FFA and 4-H clubs are preparing their animals and getting other projects ready to exhibit at the Stanislaus County Fair, July 15-24. Oakdale will be represented with a large contingent of breeding and market livestock, as well as numerous building exhibits such as sewing and photography.

Some local exhibitors will also show their animals at California State Fair, which starts July 14, overlapping with the county fair.

July 12, 2011 | Dawn M. Henley | Local News


Mellow Fourth Of July

Emergency responders likely exhaled a collective sigh of relief as the Fourth of July holiday passed without much of a hiccup and with only one notable rescue on the Stanislaus River involving a 90-year-old woman.

July 06, 2011 | | Local News


City Manager Search Narrows

Weeding out a list that started with 23 possible names for Oakdale's part-time city manager, the city council's ad-hoc committee has narrowed down the choices from 16 potential applicants to two serious considerations and is now weighing the qualifications and fit of a potential candidate.

July 06, 2011 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Future Of City Redevelopment Agency Still Uncertain

The saga that has centered on preserving Oakdale's redevelopment agency is still filled with as much jarring and ups and downs in the legislative arena as an eight-second ride on the back of a bull in a rodeo arena.

July 06, 2011 | Richard Paloma | Local News


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Bond Refinancing Results In City Savings

Wearing a cowboy hat to reinforce his point, Oakdale City Manager Bryan Whitemyer pioneered the Monday, March 16 Oakdale City Council meeting, telling everyone that at no time the city was ever considering changing its 'Cowboy Capital' motto (see related story on this page).

March 18, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Residents Shoot Down Slogan

City of Oakdale residents have long felt recognition and pride with the city's motto of "Cowboy Capital of the World" but when the Oakdale Travel and Visitors Bureau introduced a marketing slogan of "Pioneer Perfect," many residents expressed outrage, calling for the city and OTVB not to meddle with something already in place.

March 18, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Report Card Issued For Caltrans Projects

Caltrans has published its third issue of The Mile Marker, a periodic reporting of areas where the department is excelling and where further improvement is needed.

March 17, 2015 | | Local News


OTVB Backs Off “Pioneer Perfect”

Following an afternoon press release by the City of Oakdale stating it had been "rumored" that the city was considering changing its slogan and had no intentions of doing so, the Oakdale Tourism and Visitors Bureau sent out its own Friday night statement that it would forego the launch of "Pioneer Perfect" and embrace the city's original motto "Cowboy Capital of the World."

March 14, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Residents View ‘Pioneer Perfect’ As Off Track

City of Oakdale residents have long felt recognition and pride with the city's motto of "Cowboy Capital of the World" but when the Oakdale Travel and Visitors Bureau introduced a marketing slogan of "Pioneer Perfect," many residents expressed outrage, calling for the city and OTVB not to meddle with something already in place.

March 12, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Schools Reach Some Contract Agreements

For the third consecutive month vacant seats were at a minimum for the Oakdale Joint Unified School Board meeting conducted Monday night, March 9. Oakdale City Council chambers were once again filled to capacity as teachers and parents stood along the sides, back and spilled out into the entry way.

March 12, 2015 | Teresa Hammond | Local News


Fatal Crash Results In Charges To Driver

The driver involved in a late summer fiery Knights Ferry crash that claimed the life of a Modesto man was arrested on Friday, March 6 and now faces murder charges for causing the collision.

March 12, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Pioneer Perfect Slogan Introduced To Council

As the Oakdale Travel and Visitors Bureau attempts to market the city, the topic of "Find Your Inner Pioneer" was presented to members of the city council at their regular meeting on March 2.

March 11, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Pioneer Perfect Introduced To Council

As the Oakdale Travel and Visitors Bureau attempts to market the city, the topic of "Find Your Inner Pioneer" was presented to members of the city council at their regular meeting on March 2.

March 06, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


City Sets Sights On Fire Grant

Over the last seven years the City of Oakdale has made budgetary reductions including dropping fire department staffing from six on-duty firefighters – three at each of its two stations – to four, with the two city fire stations now staffed with two personnel, one of which is funded by another agency through a partnership.

March 04, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Tulloch Lake Lowering Dominates OID Session

With each passing week without a significant storm, the grip of the four-year California drought squeezes more tightly on water agencies up and down the state. And members of the Oakdale Irrigation District board are feeling the pressure.

March 04, 2015 | | Local News


Armed Teen Arrested Friday Near OHS

An 18-year-old man was arrested by Oakdale Police for possessing a loaded handgun near the high school campus on Friday, Feb. 27 while students were out for the lunch break.

February 27, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Symbiosis Gathering To Return To Woodward Reservoir This September

Symbiosis Gathering is returning to Woodward Reservoir in Oakdale, CA on September 17 - 20, 2015 … and they're celebrating their 10 year anniversary! The Super Early-Bird tickets go on sale on March 3rd and the people behind Symbiosis want the local community to have first dibs on these. Producer Kevin KoChen promises, "This event will draw from the best of years past and look to the future in a production worthy of the decade of decadence."

February 27, 2015 | | Local News


Trio Of Deaths Impact Community

From the unexpected death of a Magnolia Elementary School sixth grader to a pair of deaths in violent auto accidents, the Oakdale community was reeling this week from the recent losses.

February 25, 2015 | Marg Jackson | Local News


Local Support For Those Living Through Loss

Fay Jacobsohn and Dorothy Villines are making lemonade from lemons, in the way of helping others. The two-woman team will facilitate the GriefShare Support Group as a service to the community.

February 25, 2015 | Teresa Hammond | Local News


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