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Hospital Board Extends CEO Contract

During the closed session of the Oak Valley Hospital Board on April 27, voting members agreed to extend the contract of Oak Valley Hospital CEO John Friel until February 2012 to ensure the efficient transition into the hospital's new building.

Board President Wendell Chun, in a prepared statement, said the governing body believed Friel should continue leading the organization through the critical conversion phase and was recommending the extension of his CEO contract through February 2012. Chun added the board was prepared to work closely with Friel throughout the process.

April 28, 2011 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Hallam Out, Myers On Leave - City Hall Shake Up

In a surprising move, the Oakdale City Council voted 4-0, with Katherine Morgan unavailable to attend, to release City Manager Steve Hallam during a closed session special noontime meeting on Monday, April 25. Earlier this month, Oakdale Deputy Director of Public Works and Airport Manager David Myers was placed on paid administrative leave pending a hearing date, leaving his employment with the city in question.

April 27, 2011 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Oakdale Airport: What Does The Future Hold?

When arriving at the Oakdale Municipal Airport, one of the first sights off Laughlin Road is a line of empty trucking trailers lining the north perimeter of the facility. From the parking lot, dilapidated and parted out airplanes from another era rest on the tarmac like discarded cars parked on front lawns of low rent neighborhoods. Behind the newer hangars, sit construction equipment, company vehicles, and supplies of a local construction company owner as a storage perk due to his tenancy. Airport offices are shells even though they announce services as a lounge, mechanic, rentals, and instruction.

April 27, 2011 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Shop For Charity Event Coming To Oakdale

Designer fashions are coming to Oakdale - for two days only.

April 27, 2011 | Kim Van Meter | Local News


Weekend Fundraiser Slated For Oakdale Boy

Eight-year-old Gannon Dial, a student at Sierra View Elementary School, has suffered from epilepsy since he was two and has anywhere from 20 to 30 seizures a day. After the failure of numerous medications and other modalities to control his seizures, he has been scheduled to undergo brain surgery on May 4.

April 27, 2011 | Dawn M. Henley | Local News


Hospital Board To Hear Oversight Report

The Oak Valley Hospital Governing Body will hear and is expected to approve the Bond Oversight Committee's final report on the new hospital construction at the Wednesday, April 27 regular meeting.

Construction on the new hospital facility began in 2009. The hospital remains on schedule for a phased-in opening in late 2011.

April 26, 2011 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Graduation Prep

April 22, 2011 | Kim Van Meter | Local News


Nearing $2M — Relay Rallies Community

Teams by the dozens, participants by the hundreds, they converged on the campus of Oakdale High School for a 24-hour period to fight a common foe: cancer.

April 20, 2011 | Marg Jackson | Local News


Ad Hoc Committee Brings Out Discussion

The naming of members to an ad hoc committee that will be exploring a possible sales tax increase generated a plethora of community speakers ranging in disagreement from the proper name of the committee to the opposition of imposing a temporary sales tax increase in the city.

April 20, 2011 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Seniors Protest Proposed Cell Phone Tower

Some area senior citizens are protesting plans to build a 70-foot cell phone tower in the northwest part of Oakdale at a meeting hastily called by seniors, the Community Development Department and AT &T Mobility Company.

April 20, 2011 | John Branch | Local News


Volunteers Offer Helping Hands

Many volunteers in the community perform tasks without any type of recognition simply because they enjoy it. Many of these people quietly contribute their time and effort, making their part of the world a better place.

Read the April 20 issue of The Oakdale Leader to see the first in what will become a regular feature series and get inspired about volunteers who are making difference in Oakdale.

April 15, 2011 | Dawn M. Henley | Local News


Countdown To Relay

Time is ticking down until the start of Oakdale's 10th annual Relay For Life, the signature fundraising event of the American Cancer Society.

Dozens of teams will take to the track, set up on the soccer fields at Oakdale High School, for a 24-hour period from Saturday, April 16 to Sunday, April 17 to raise money and awareness in the fight against cancer.

April 14, 2011 | Marg Jackson | Local News


Local Author Snags Nomination

Reporter by day, romance novelist by night - and weekends - Kimberly Van Meter recently learned that she'd joined the ranks of Nora Roberts, Debbie Macomber, and Brenda Novak when she received a call from the Romance Writers of America (RWA) Friday, March 25 notifying her she'd been selected as a finalist in the 2011 RITA race.

April 14, 2011 | Staff reports | Local News


Wild Rodeo Weekend

A DUI checkpoint sparked a wild pursuit that sent a rented 15-passenger U-Haul van hurtling onto the sidewalk on East F Street in an attempt to bypass the officers, Saturday night, April 9.

April 13, 2011 | | Local News


OVH Board - No Decision On CEO Extension

Despite calling a special meeting on the subject on Wednesday, April 6, the Oak Valley Hospital District Governing Board still has not come to a decision on the fate of Chief Executive Officer John Friel on whether or not to extend his contract as the hospital's top administrator. Friel's current contract ends in October of this year.

April 13, 2011 | Richard Paloma | 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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