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Year In Review - Top Newsmakers, Issues Remembered

From new city leadership and the subsequent financial changes, to the possibility of fire consolidation with the Stanislaus Fire Protection District, 2013 was filled with Oakdale Leader headlines both good and bad. This week, we continue with our annual 'Year in Review' by taking a look at stories from the second half of the year, July through December.

December 31, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


New Laws Impact Motorists For 2014

With the New Year beginning, the California Highway Patrol is reminding motorists of several new laws or changes to existing law that go into effect in 2014. The following are summaries of some transportation-related laws that, unless otherwise stated, go into effect on Jan. 1, 2014.

December 31, 2013 | | Local News


CHP Reminds Revelers To Safely Ring In The New Year

The California Highway Patrol (CHP) is urging motorists to begin the New Year responsibly. If the celebration plans include alcohol, designate a driver before the festivities begin. The CHP will be ringing in the New Year on the roadway with motorists as part of a Maximum Enforcement Period (MEP), which begins at 6p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013, and continues through 11:59p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014.

December 30, 2013 | | Local News


CHP Secures Seat Belt Grant To Help Save Lives

Saving lives by securing vehicle occupants throughout the state is the objective behind the California Highway Patrol's (CHP) "Vehicle Occupant Restraint Education and Instruction III (VOREIIII)" grant. In 2013, California achieved one of the higher seat belt usage rates in the nation at 97.4 percent. Through education and enforcement, the CHP is hoping to increase the seat belt usage rate while simultaneously reducing the number of people killed and injured in collisions.

December 26, 2013 | | Local News


Furlough Schedule Implemented

Lee Lundrigan, Stanislaus County Clerk Recorder and Registrar of Voters reminds the public that the Clerk Recorder and Registrar of Voters Department will experience furlough closures during the holidays.

December 25, 2013 | | Local News


Donations Sought - Family Seeks Help With Genetic Test

At first glance, 2-year-old Landon Shatswell is pretty much like most active toddlers. He loves to jump and run, play with his toys and listen to his mom, Desiree Shatswell read to him at night.

December 24, 2013 | Kim Van Meter Special To The Leader | Local News


Year In Review: Final Look At 2013

From new city leadership and the subsequent financial changes to keep the city afloat, to the discontinuation of maternity services at Oak Valley Hospital, as well as selfless acts done to better the community, 2013 was filled with Oakdale Leader headlines both good and bad. This week, we start our annual 'Year in Review' by taking a look at the months gone by, with stories from the first half of the year, January through June.

December 24, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Season To Focus On Traffic Safety

As Californians ready for their holiday travels, the California Highway Patrol (CHP) is running its annual Christmas Maximum Enforcement Period, MEP. The two-day holiday enforcement effort is designed to help ensure the safety of the motoring public during a time when celebrations are in full swing.

December 24, 2013 | | Local News


Holiday Hours At Library

For those interested in getting special books to read over the holidays, the Oakdale Library has special holiday hours.

December 23, 2013 | | Local News


Students Helping Students

Taking the holiday theme of giving to the next level, Oakdale students and teachers helped a Sonora elementary school impacted by fire get back on firm educational ground.

December 20, 2013 | Marg Jackson | Local News


Man Slices Own Throat In Front Of Police

Oakdale Police responded to a report of a family disturbance at an unknown apartment on the 300 block of S. Sixth Ave. on Wednesday afternoon, Dec 18 and ended up summoning an ambulance for a man who stabbed himself.

December 20, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


OHS Care Closet Needs Pre-Holiday Stocking

Oakdale High School's Care Closet, known as Veronica's Care Closet, for less fortunate students is in great need for some re-stocking prior to the Christmas Break. The last day of school prior to the break is Friday, Dec. 20.

December 18, 2013 | Dawn M. Henley | Local News


OID Directors Reduce City Pool Donation

A reduced amount of money to donate to the City of Oakdale for its operation of the Royce Memorial Pool was motioned and approved by the Oakdale Irrigation District Board of Directors at the Dec. 17 regular meeting.

December 18, 2013 | Dawn M. Henley | Local News


Columbia Historic Park Calls For Docents

Have you ever wondered how you can give back to the community and help one of your local California State Parks at the same time? Become a Columbia State Historic Park docent.

December 17, 2013 | | Local News


(A) Home For The Holidays

Friday the 13th was anything but unlucky for single mother Sharon Nardello of Oakdale as she received the keys to her three-bedroom home that was renovated by Habitat for Humanity.

December 14, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


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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


Veronica’s Care Closet Seeking Donations

As many look ahead to lazy mornings and summer schedules Oakdale High School's Dana McLain has other thoughts on her mind.

April 01, 2015 | Teresa Hammond | Local News


Annual Spring Fest Saturday

The City of Oakdale, in cooperation with the Kiwanis Club of Oakdale, is hosting the ninth annual Kids Spring Fest on Saturday, April 4 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

April 01, 2015 | | 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


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


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