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Safety In Focus For Holiday

Safety first should be the watchword this long holiday weekend, according to local officials.

River water is still running high and cold, making it all the more important for rafters and swimmers to use life jackets. Authorities also caution against boating and drinking, or 'floating' and drinking for rafters, as the alcohol will slow response time and could create added danger for those trying to enjoy a day on the water. Extra patrols will be implemented on the area's waterways as deputies crack down on drunken or impaired boaters.

July 01, 2011 | Marg Jackson | Local News


Hospital Foundation Celebrates Successful Past Year

Over 40 members of the Oak Valley Hospital Foundation gathered at the home of Bill and Saundra West earlier this month to recognize the year's accomplishments by the organization and present awards to some of its members.

June 29, 2011 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Hospital Board Answers Grand Jury

During the Oak Valley Hospital monthly meeting on Wednesday, June 22, the governing board released its written response to the Grand Jury Report from May 5 regarding Brown Act violations and not following established policy on awarding bids.

June 29, 2011 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Financial Stability For Rural District

The first thing Oakdale Rural Fire Protection District Chief Lee Winton noticed when he took his post at the helm of the rural district was a distressing fact: they were perpetually in the red.

June 29, 2011 | Kim Van Meter | Local News


Local CattleWomen Donate Beef To Charity

Annually in the month of June, the San Joaquin/Stanislaus CattleWomen donate $500 worth of beef to a charity, at $250 each, in the two counties. This year, the Salvation Army of Modesto (Stanislaus) and of Stockton (San Joaquin) were chosen to receive the donation of beef. The Salvation Army centers were able to choose any cut or combination of cuts of beef.

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


River Levels Lower For Holiday Weekend

Flows on the Stanislaus River will be lowered over the Fourth of July weekend. Recently, the Stanislaus has been running high and cold at 2,000 cubic feet per second (cfs).

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


Held Funds Rile Chamber

A decision by the Oakdale Finance Department to hold over $11,000 in directed funds drew ire from the Oakdale Chamber of Commerce resulting in the funds being immediately released.

June 29, 2011 | Richard Paloma | Local News


ATV Crash Claims Local Teen

A Thursday accident along a rural road outside the city resulted in the death of a 17-year-old Oakdale girl, killed June 23 when her ATV entered the path of a 2002 Chevrolet. The Chevy was traveling westbound on Rice Road at about 45 mph early Thursday evening when the vehicles collided.

June 29, 2011 | | Local News


Crowds Brace For Hot Holiday

Fireworks booths throughout Oakdale are open for business and the temperatures are predicted to heat up for the weekend, with plenty of people liable to hit the local waterways for the Fourth of July holiday.

June 29, 2011 | Marg Jackson | Local News


Phantom Crew Installs Delayed Sidewalk

Out of concern for the senior citizens and a frustration with government inefficiency, a construction professional wishing to remain anonymous gathered his crew and took a few hours of his time on Saturday, June 25, to install a 95-foot sidewalk on A Street near Yosemite Avenue.

June 29, 2011 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Sacrifices Pay Off For Rural Fire

Oakdale Rural Fire Protection District has achieved some financial security for the end of the fiscal year. Chief Lee Winton is in the process of saving for a rainy day; a reserve fund is something ORFD hasn't had.

For more details about how Rural Fire improved the bottom line, read the June 29 issue of The Oakdale Leader.

June 28, 2011 | | Local News


Oakdale Girl Killed In ATV Wreck

A 17-year-old Oakdale girl was killed Thursday evening, June 23 when her ATV entered the path of a 2002 Chevrolet traveling westbound on Rice Road at 45 mph.

June 24, 2011 | Kim Van Meter | Local News


Dangerous Depths - Officials Warn Of Conditions

It seems at the beginning of every warm weather season, water officials issue a dire warning about conditions on the Stanislaus River. The basics: it's moving fast, it's cold, and it's filled with hidden dangers, remain the same. The difference this year? Take the essence behind those typical warnings and multiply that by a hundred and you might have an inkling of what officials fear for the 2011 summer season.

June 22, 2011 | Kim Van Meter | Local News


ROTA Directors Mull County Takeover

Riverbank Oakdale Transit Authority (ROTA) directors will delay raising their public bus fares, originally planned to become effective July 1, pending consideration of a Stanislaus County proposal to assume transit operations for the cities of Riverbank and Oakdale.

June 22, 2011 | John Branch | Local News


Council Unanimous On New Budget

The City of Oakdale will enter the 2011-2012 fiscal year with a balanced budget, approved unanimously by council members at the Monday, June 20 city council meeting.

June 22, 2011 | Richard Paloma | Local News


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Olsen Education Bill Passes Committee Vote

Legislation by Assembly Republican Leader Kristin Olsen, of Modesto, and Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins (D - San Diego), that seeks to provide a creative answer to the need to grow early education opportunities by harnessing the power of the private sector passed its first committee on Monday.

April 27, 2015 | | 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


Investigation Recovers Stolen Radioactive Device

An eBay ad and the sharp eye of a tenacious victim led Oakdale Police to recover a $10,000 piece of construction equipment that was taken from a work truck last year.

April 03, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Annual Pioneer Rodeo In Late Fall Offers Oakdale Lasting Success

Covered Calistoga wagons and settlements complete with chow carts will descend on Oakdale this November as various Davy Crockett and Daniel Boone characters arrive in the city for the debut of Pioneer Days and the Pioneer Rodeo, The Leader has learned.

April 01, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Testicle Festival – Romancing The Stones

Monday night marked my fourth Oakdale Testicle Festival, taking me a long way from my first time as a newbie with only a few weeks on for The Leader, and an editorial staff of women (sans sports guy) when I was "chosen" to cover the annual event.

April 01, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


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