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Farmer Sets Sights On Congressional Seat

Democrat Michael Eggman, a local farmer and beekeeper, has announced his bid for Congress in the 10th Congressional District. Eggman promised to bring his real-world experience and common sense approach to solving problems in Washington.

April 25, 2013 | | Local News


City Considers Call To Leave StanCOG

Citing that the Stanislaus Council of Governments (StanCOG) is an unelected and unaccountable body that the council has "abdicated" its powers to, Oakdale resident Charles Shetron and Jan Ethridge of Salida have been vocal and asked the Oakdale City Council to secede from the organization.

April 24, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Campus Concern - Board Addresses Discipline Complaint

Complaints about the handling of discipline of a student at Sierra View Elementary School was addressed by the Oakdale Joint Unified School District Board of Trustees at the regular meeting on April 22.

April 24, 2013 | Dawn M. Henley | Local News


Countdown On To Annual Relay

For the 12th year, Oakdale and surrounding area residents will gather for 24 hours on the campus of Oakdale High School, united in the fight against cancer.

April 24, 2013 | | Local News


POSTER CHILD - Oakdale Family Selected March Of Dimes Ambassadors

To look at her now, you would never know that RaeAnn Victoria Rodrigues overcame tremendous odds just to take her first breath.

April 23, 2013 | Marg Jackson | Local News


Berryhill Resolution Advocates Expanding Yosemite Boundaries

Senator Tom Berryhill (R-Twain Harte) recently announced the passage of Senate Joint Resolution 5 (SJR 5), urging the Federal Government to pass legislation to expand Yosemite National Park.

April 20, 2013 | | Local News


Garden Club To Recognize Fallen Officer

In honor of National Arbor Day, the Oakdale Garden Club will plant a Blue Oak Tree in memory of Oakdale Police Officer Paul Katuszonek on Friday, April 26, at 2 pm. The tree will be planted in the northwest corner of Valley View Park overlooking the Stanislaus River.

April 19, 2013 | | Local News


Boston Marathon - Oakdale Families Escape Injury In Bombing

Minutes after Oakdale distance runner Tom Burchell crossed the Boston Marathon finish line and was greeting his wife Julie at the family waiting area, the couple felt a blast that shook the ground and caused chaos in the area.

April 17, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


River Flows On The Rise

The Bureau of Reclamation, which operates New Melones Reservoir, and the Oakdale Irrigation District recently released information about flow increases in the Stanislaus River.

April 17, 2013 | Dawn M. Henley | Local News


Hottest Ticket - Annual Cowgirl Luncheon Wild Success 12 Times Over

It's the hottest ticket in town and for 464 lucky ladies - it's money well-spent.

April 17, 2013 | Kim Van Meter | Local News


Oakdale Council Hears Bond Refinance Proposal

Since taking over as city manager in February, Bryan Whitemyer has been conducting a "global financial review," scrutinizing the city's books looking for ways of cost savings for the economically struggling budget.

April 17, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Suspect At-Large In Gang Related Shooting

A wanted parolee was taken into custody and another man is still on the run from a shooting incident on Thursday, April 11.

April 16, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Boston Marathon-Oakdale Families Escape Injury In Bombing

Minutes after Oakdale distance runner Tom Burchell crossed the Boston Marathon finish line and was greeting his wife Julie at the family waiting area, the couple felt a blast that shook the ground and caused chaos in the area.

April 15, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Events Run Nearly Nonstop For Rodeo Week

It isn't called Rodeo Week for nothing.

April 11, 2013 | Marg Jackson | Local News


Rodeo Parade Entertains Masses

It's time to people-watch in Oakdale, and what better place than to watch them march down the middle of F Street to the beat of their own drums – or to the clip clop of horses' hooves – than at the 62nd Annual Oakdale Rodeo Parade?

April 11, 2013 | Dawn M. Henley | Local News


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Fire Contract - Council Moves Forward, Re-Opens Hershey Sale

The cost-saving move to contract with Stanislaus Consolidated Fire District for fire department services moved to its final step with a presentation by Stanislaus Consolidated Fire Chief Randall Bradley at the Monday June 16 Oakdale City Council Meeting.

June 18, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Reptiles Visit Library

Lizards, snakes, a big, hairy spider, and an extra-large cockroach were found in the front room of the Oakdale Library on June 5 – much to the delight of library visitors.

June 18, 2014 | Dawn M. Henley | Local News


OID ‘Very Good’ Financially

The financial condition of the Oakdale Irrigation District is in "very good" shape, according to the district's auditor Brian Nash of Richardson and Company.

June 18, 2014 | Dawn M. Henley | Local News


Local Realtors Express Fury With City

Learning of the city's move to go with Prudential Commercial Real Estate of Modesto to list the Downtown Hershey Building caused Oakdale real estate agents to voice their ire towards city officials at a monthly Realtors meeting at the Oakdale Country Club on Thursday, June 12. In return, the city has reversed its decision to contract with Prudential Commercial Real Estate and will now reintroduce the item at Monday's June 16 city council meeting.

June 13, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


APP: Stat Game Or Effective Program? Part II – Second Amendment In The Crosshairs

(Editor's note: This is the second of a two-part piece. Part 1 was featured last week)

June 11, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Richard Paloma to appear on Power Talk Radio 1360 AM today at 4pm

Oakdale Leader reporter, Richard Paloma, will be appearing on Power Talk Radio 1360 AM on the Dave Bowman Show today at 4:00 pm. Paloma will be discussing his article from today's Leader on firearm seizures by the DOJ.

June 04, 2014 | | Local News


Visitors Bureau Focusing On Public Market

With the goal of taking the weekly farmer's market and making it into an area known public market, the Oakdale Travel and Visitors Bureau (OTVB) along with Roger Brooks of Brooks International, recently completed a day-and-a-half community workshop at the Gene Bianchi Community Center to improve tourism to the city.

June 04, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


City’s Proposed Budget Presented To Council

Because the Measure O sales tax enhancement carries the city through March 2015, the preliminary 2014-2015 budget presented by Oakdale City Manager Bryan Whitemyer at the Monday, June 2 city council meeting didn't foresee any service cuts.

June 04, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


APP: Stat Game Or Effective Program?

(Editor's Note: This is the first in a two-part special series.)

June 04, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


No 10-Day OID Rotations

"In light of drought and continuing water conditions," the Oakdale Irrigation District will forgo 10-day irrigation rotations for the 2014 water season, which will also leave some water in the district's "conservation account" at New Melones Reservoir, said OID General Manager Steve Knell at the June 3 regular meeting of the OID Board of Directors.

June 04, 2014 | Dawn M. Henley | Local News


Market Gears Up For Summer Run

The Oakdale Farmers Market is seeing a few changes this year. In addition to moving the Market to Wednesday nights and extending the hours just a bit, from 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., visitors will notice a huge change when they visit. The closure of E Street will allow market goers to safely browse all that the market has to offer. With this small closure it allowed organizers to move things around and get produce stands and other food offerings out of the sun.

May 28, 2014 | | Local News


Citizens Group Hears Groundwater Concerns

Over 75 people attended a two-hour town hall meeting on groundwater concerns at the Oakdale Community Center on May 21.

May 28, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


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