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Gilton Heads Disaster Relief Assistance

Shocked by the devastation and loss of life in Joplin, Missouri as a result of the recent tornado, the owners of Gilton Solid Waste Management are spearheading a local effort to provide relief supplies to the many people suffering. In the next week, Gilton will haul donated materials, volunteers, and company employees to Missouri to distribute supplies and help in any way possible. The trucks and personnel plan to leave Wednesday, June 1. Any type of non-perishable food, clothing, bedding and personal hygiene items donated to assist displaced people would be greatly appreciated. Gilton will pick up any donated materials ...

May 27, 2011 | Kim Van Meter | Local News


Fire Fallout - 60-Day Out Clause Enacted

If the recent submission of a 60-day out clause in relation to the current joint staffing agreement to the Oakdale Rural Fire Protection District Board is any indication of relations between the rural district and the city firefighters -the honeymoon is over.

May 25, 2011 | Kim Van Meter | Local News


City Mayors Hear Police Merger Issue

Oakdale Mayor Pat Paul and Riverbank Mayor Virginia Madueno met with Oakdale Police representatives on May 18 to hear a presentation on the possibility of combining police services. Both mayors left the meeting with positive hopes of the collaboration and bringing the presentation to future city council meetings.

May 25, 2011 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Sun, Fun, And Yum - Chocolate Festival A Sweet Success

Thousands of attendees came out to this year's Oakdale Chocolate Festival and were not only greeted by entertaining acts, a classic car show, wandering mascots, and food and treats of every variety, but the weather cooperated for two sun-filled, yet not too warm, beautiful days.

May 25, 2011 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Hospital Staff Comes Through In Drill

Serious flooding and dam failure has occurred in Oakdale. The power is lost, back-up generators have failed, telephones are out, and traffic jams are occurring citywide due to inaccessible streets and weather conditions.

May 25, 2011 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Fire Concerns - Knights Ferry ‘Too Vulnerable’

Concerns over the current brown out schedule in effect have Oakdale Rural Protection District Board Director John Bairos concerned.

May 25, 2011 | Kim Van Meter | Local News


Sewer And Water Rate Hikes Forseen

Members of the Oakdale City Council heard a dreary forecast of the public works department budget and the need for a nearly 33 percent rate increase in water and sewer fees to keep the city solvent at a special meeting regarding all non-general fund budgets on Thursday, May 18.

May 25, 2011 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Chocolate Festival Brings Fun, Yum To Oakdale

This marks the 19th year for Oakdale's annual Chocolate Festival. The "Cowboys and Chocolate" themed event happens Saturday, May 21 from 9a.m. – 6p.m. and Sunday, May 22 from 9a.m. – 5p.m. Folks will be lining up on Chocolate Avenue, which runs through Wood Park on Yosemite Avenue in downtown Oakdale, to sample and purchase their favorite chocolate concoctions.

The forecast for this year's Chocolate Festival calls for sunny weather and mild temperatures with highs in the mid to upper 70s.

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


Decommissioned - Council Makes Changes

Hearing a final report from an ad hoc committee assigned to investigate violations of Business Improvement District commission members, Oakdale City Council members on Monday night also heard a call for admonishing four members for their actions of holding a private meeting, a violation of the Brown Act.

May 18, 2011 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Commission Examines Ultra-Light Access At Airport

Oakdale Airport Commission members meeting on Thursday, May 12, looked into allowing private vehicle access across the runways for the purpose of operating powered parachutes; also known as "ultra-light vehicles."

May 18, 2011 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Grand Jury Finds Hospital Violated Meeting Laws

In a report released on May 10, the Stanislaus County Civil Grand Jury found that the Oak Valley Hospital District violated Brown Act meeting laws in 2010.

May 18, 2011 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Hospital Benefit Luncheon A Sweet Success

Popping champagne corks could be heard as the wait staff passed hors d'oeuvres when over 275 local women entered the Reata Event Center for the third annual Women, Wine and Chocolate Extravaganza benefiting the Oak Valley Hospital Foundation on Friday, May 13.

May 18, 2011 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Goin’ Fishing A Hit With City Kids

A group of disadvantaged youth with the Stanislaus County Police Athletic League traveled to the Horseshoe Recreation area on Orange Blossom Road in Oakdale to participate in the seventh annual Fish Day hosted by the Knights Ferry Army Corp of Engineers on Saturday, May 7.

May 18, 2011 | Kim Van Meter | Local News


Amgen Tour Whooshes Through Oakdale

The Oakdale community came out Tuesday, May 17 to celebrate the Amgen Tour of California bicycle event as hundreds of riders whooshed through the heart of town in a fast and furious bid to reach the sprint line finish (a special award would be given to the rider who crossed first during this leg of the race). Volunteers spent hours training for this specialized event and were identified by their bright yellow jackets. They helped ensure spectator and rider safety during the event. Hudson Photography was high in the sky to capture the event for next year's phonebook and ...

May 17, 2011 | Kim Van Meter | Local News


Local Man Awarded Unusual Honor

Have you ever wondered what it's like to backpack into the high country with nothing more than a pack mule, a compass, and a good sense of direction? Jay Barnes, a man with deep roots in local soil, knows a few things about that and can tell a few stories about growing up on the Mather Saddle and Pack Station in Groveland where his family has operated the station for 82 years. Barnes was recently named Most Honored Packer for the Bishop Mule Days. For more about this man and his family's unusual occupation, don't miss the ...

May 13, 2011 | Kim Van Meter | Local News


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Civil War Battles Rage

Sometimes, the South won. Sometimes, the North prevailed.

March 25, 2015 | | Local News


Panel Addresses Culture Of Violence In Schools

Audience members waited with bated breath as Oakdale Police Chief Lester Jenkins carefully formulated his answer on whether or not he personally believed that security personnel should be authorized to carry concealed weapons on school campuses.

March 25, 2015 | BY ALYSSON AREDAS | Local News


Four Vying For Open Council Seat

The Oakdale City Clerk's office announced on Thursday, March 19 that four citizens applied and are being considered for the open city council seat vacated by Don Petersen last month.

March 20, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Area Water Woes Linger As Irrigation Season Looms

Even as water began filling its canals this week, the Oakdale Irrigation District board discussed ways Tuesday morning to ensure there is enough to last until September.

March 18, 2015 | | Local News


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


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