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Duo Hired For Seeking City Grants

With cuts to city staff and the inability of a previously contracted firm to perform, the City of Oakdale has decided to go with a local, smaller firm that has a proven track record in the area of obtaining city grants from state and federal agencies.

August 10, 2011 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Charges Filed Against Valley Home School Superintendent

Valley Home School Superintendent Thomas Kevin Hart was charged with felony child molestation on Friday, Aug 5 by the Stanislaus District Attorney's Office, including two counts of continuous sexual abuse of a child, one count of sexual penetration, and one count of a lewd and lascivious act upon a child.

August 10, 2011 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Food Services Director Resigns Amid Investigation

Longtime Oakdale Joint Unified School District Food Services Director Raymond Martinez abruptly resigned his position, effective Aug. 2 amidst allegations of possible theft, misappropriation of district property, and embezzlement of public funds.

August 10, 2011 | Richard Paloma | Local News


ORFD Program Plays It Safe

It's summer time and Oakdale Rural Fire Protection District (ORFD) has been busy - rescuing people from the Stanislaus River.

August 10, 2011 | Kim Van Meter | Local News


Music Fest Funds Local Scholarships

Each year since 2009, The Heidi Brunk Foundation has been able to offer the chance of a scholarship to more and more students from area high schools so they can pursue their education in music and the arts.

August 10, 2011 | Dawn M. Henley | Local News


Eager Students Search Class Lists

Fair Oaks Elementary students could hardly wait to discover who their new teacher would be for the 2011-2012 school year and there was quite a crowd assembled Thursday, Aug. 4 when the class lists were posted at 4 p.m. School starts bright and early at all Oakdale Unified School District sites Wednesday, Aug. 10.

August 08, 2011 | Kim Van Meter | Local News


Reimbursement Fight Looms For Hospital

In an attempt to fight off cuts that could severely hamper the hospital's operation, Oak Valley Hospital Chief Executive Officer John Friel urged a letter writing campaign to elected officials to block a proposed bill.

August 03, 2011 | Richard Paloma | Local News


New Horse Joins Police Department Family

The Oakdale Police Department equestrian budget is going to double -from $1 to $2 - with the recent addition of Moe, an 8-year-old bay quarter horse gelding.

August 03, 2011 | Kim Van Meter | Local News


Oak Valley Hospital Board Hears Special Districts Threat

The Oak Valley Hospital District governing board was painted a gloomy picture as they were informed of a joint meeting of the California Assembly's Committee on Accountability and Administrative Review and the Local Government Committee that discussed "California's Special Districts: Efficiency and Alternatives."

August 03, 2011 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Website Debuts For City Groups And Events

Described as a "one stop shop for groups and events," city volunteers introduced a new website designed to assist users in getting information about Oakdale all in one location.

August 03, 2011 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Council Members ‘Fence’ Over Issues

Several issues presented to the Oakdale City Council on Monday, Aug. 1 generated discussion by members who showed no hesitation in voicing their opposing views.

August 03, 2011 | Richard Paloma | Local News


OID Support - Life Jacket Program Buoyed

Oakdale fire and rural fire departments have been given $3,000 from Oakdale Irrigation District to use toward the purchase of 140 life jackets for a loaner program being implemented for use on Oakdale's waterways and the Stanislaus River. The OID Board of Directors voted 4-0 to support Oakdale's life jacket program in an action at the Aug. 2 regular meeting. Director Herman Doornenbal was absent.

August 03, 2011 | Dawn M. Henley | Local News


OID To Fund Life Jacket Loaners

The Oakdale Irrigation District Board of Directors approved a donation of $3,000 to Oakdale fire and rural fire departments in an action at the Aug. 2 regular meeting to use toward the purchase of 140 life jackets for a loaner program being implemented for Oakdale's waterways.

August 02, 2011 | Dawn M. Henley | Local News


Huli Huli Fundraiser Saturday

The first Huli Huli fundraiser is slated for Saturday, July 30 at the Rodeo Grounds from 6 p.m. until midnight where attendees will enjoy a teriyaki chicken and rice dinner followed by dancing with music provided by local favorite Remedy. Tickets will not be sold at the door.

July 29, 2011 | Kim Van Meter | Local News


Cowboy Capital Celebrates American Cowboy Heritage

The outside of the Oakdale Cowboy Museum looked like an authentic ranching camp on Saturday, July 23 with tents, a chuck wagon, branding design, and little buckaroos learning steer roping.

July 27, 2011 | Richard Paloma | Local News


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Tragedy On Tracks

A midafternoon train vs. pedestrian incident along the Burlington-Northern Santa Fe tracks between Riverbank and Escalon on Friday, April 24 claimed the life of an Oakdale woman.

April 30, 2015 | Marg Jackson | Local News


Farmers Market Adds “Twist”

Opening Wednesday, May 6, the Oakdale Farmers Market provides the community with an abundance of fresh fruit and vegetables as well as products that are grown and produced locally. The market, being overseen by the Oakdale Tourism and Visitors Bureau will run every Wednesday, from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. until Sept. 2.

April 30, 2015 | | Local News


County Moves To Shut Medical Pot Shop

Stating that Kiona's Farm'acy, just outside the Oakdale city limits, falsified its business license application and calling it a "marijuana dispensary," the Stanislaus County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously Tuesday, April 21 to file a lawsuit to close down the business.

April 30, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Interupted Burglary Leads To Chase, Manhunt, And Arrest

An interrupted residential burglary in the Del Rio area off Stewart Road and McHenry Avenue on Wednesday, April 29, led to a high speed chase with the vehicle being discarded outside of Oakdale off Rodden Road. The suspect fled on foot and swam across the Stanislaus River back into the city causing police to lock down the area as sheriff's units conducted a neighborhood search for the man.

April 29, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Unsavory Spa Rubbing Some The Wrong Way

In the dark underground world of sex trafficking, acts of prostitution and its victims, the women forced to work in the sex trade, are often concealed in a single business: brothels posing as massage parlors.

April 24, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


SOS Race Earns Thousands

The morning of Saturday, April 18 brought made to order weather for 272 runners, spectators and volunteers greeted by a blue, sun-filled sky as they participated in the Sixth Annual Support Oakdale Schools (SOS) Fun Run/Walk.

April 22, 2015 | Teresa Hammond | Local News


Volunteers Tackle Love Oakdale Effort

Admitting he was kind of "de facto appointed" this year to oversee the Love Oakdale project, local resident Zach Greenlee wasn't complaining. He was, instead, excited to see the spirit of volunteerism that hundreds of residents brought with them to Wood Park early Saturday morning.

April 22, 2015 | Marg Jackson | Local News


Prank Sign Leads To CHP Stop

An Oakdale Joint Unified School District bus filled with over 45 students of the Oakdale High School track team had its journey to Lathrop interrupted by a stop from the California Highway Patrol due to possible distress and a welfare check of its occupants.

April 17, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


City To Discuss “Big Box” Restriction Monday

The Oakdale City Council has slated for its next meeting, Monday, April 20, to discuss amending the current Municipal Code to make it easier for large retail developments to come to the city.

April 17, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Senior Reaches Great Heights For Birthday

Marie McAnally wasn't just interested in a cake and candles to commemorate her 83rd birthday; that would be too simple. According to McAnally's daughter Cindy Webb, she pondered her 'Bucket List' instead for ideas.

April 15, 2015 | | Local News


Countdown To Relay

Oakdale's annual Relay For Life is just around the corner – the 24-hour signature fundraising event for the American Cancer Society will be hosted at Oakdale High School on Saturday and Sunday, April 25 and 26.

April 15, 2015 | Marg Jackson | Local News


City Meeting Water Goals

With California in its fourth year of drought and Governor Jerry Brown putting out an executive order calling for cutbacks of 20 percent, the City of Oakdale announced that their figures show that the city and its residents have nearly met that mark based on 2013 figures.

April 15, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Kids Spring Fest Fun

Saturday, April 4 marked the 2015 Kids Spring Fest as over 1,000 kids and adults gathered at Kerr Park for a fun day under the sun. The ninth annual event, presented by City of Oakdale and the Kiwanis Club, held four separate egg hunts for kids in varying age groups, up to age 12, along with lunch, games and prize drawings among other activities for both kids and adults.

April 08, 2015 | | Local News


Area Trio Opening Dialogue On Mental Illness

One in four adults, or approximately 61.5 million Americans, have an experience with mental illness in a given year. With a current estimated population of over 21,000 within the Oakdale City limits that's over 5,000 Oakdale community members who will be affected by mental illness in some way.

April 08, 2015 | Teresa Hammond | Local News


Council Taps Murdoch To Fill Vacant Seat

With two members of the Oakdale City Council stating they wanted someone with the same "business sense" as former Councilman Don Petersen, the Oakdale City Council voted 3-1 to appoint local commercial real estate developer Richard Murdoch to the dais for the remaining two years left when Petersen resigned in February.

April 08, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


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