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Airport Plan Takes Off, FBO Search Is On

A staff presentation on the future of the Oakdale Airport highlighted the Monday, March 18 Oakdale City Council meeting.

March 21, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


City’s Cost For “Interim” Leaders Tops $415K

In a document released by the Oakdale City Manager's Office on city salaries, the City of Oakdale paid over $415,000 to just three employees who were initially designated as temporary, part-time, hourly employees, hired to guide the city to solvency during the absence or after the removal of certain upper-management employees.

March 20, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


OID Covers Most City Pool Costs

The operation of the City of Oakdale's public swimming pool has been rescued again this year due to the 4-0 approval of a $72,500 donation from the Oakdale Irrigation District Board of Directors at the March 19 regular meeting. Director Al Bairos was absent.

March 20, 2013 | Dawn M. Henley | Local News


Civil War Days This Weekend

The Knights Ferry Civil War Days event, put on by the American Civil War Association, takes place on Saturday, March 23 and Sunday, March 24 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Knights Ferry covered bridge area. Battle times on Saturday are at 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. Battle times on Sunday are at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.

March 20, 2013 | | Local News


Testicle Festival Monday

Boasting one of the more unusual names – and fares – of any festival, the 32nd Annual Oakdale Testicle Festival is set for Monday, March 25 at the FES Hall in Oakdale.

March 20, 2013 | | Local News


Pollinator Hedgerows, Cover Crops Education Slated

The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in California will host an open house at the Lockeford Plant Materials Center (PMC) on Wednesday, March 27 from 10a.m. to 3p.m. The event, to be held in Lockeford will present opportunities to learn from conservation and science professionals about pollinator hedgerows, cover crops, soil health and related subjects in a setting focused on group learning and field tours.

March 19, 2013 | | Local News


Over $415K Paid To Three “Interims” In 2012

In a document released by the Oakdale City Manager's Office on city salaries, the City of Oakdale paid over $415,000 to just three employees who were initially designated as temporary, part-time, hourly employees, hired to guide the city to solvency during the absence or after the removal of certain upper-management employees.

March 15, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Flower Planting Effort Saturday

Mimi Medlen and a crew of family and friends will be planting spring flowers around the Eric Medlen memorial statue in Oakdale this Saturday, March 16 starting at 11 a.m. They are looking for additional volunteers to come out and help plant the flowers around the Eric Medlen memorial.

March 14, 2013 | | Local News


Home Search Leads To Large Drug Bust

Oakdale Police arrested a documented gang member and seized large quantities of illegal narcotics with a street value of over $31,000 on Monday, March 11 during a home detention search.

March 13, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Life Skills Learned After School

Learning how to grow vegetables and fruit, learning to sew, and preparing food are a few life skills that some students in the Aspire program at Magnolia Elementary School are learning weekly during the hours after school.

March 13, 2013 | Dawn M. Henley | Local News


Measure O Spending Detailed For Concerned Citizens

With Measure O proceeds exceeding expectations, some in the community are questioning what exactly the funds have gone toward.

March 13, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Audubon Society Disputes Willms Ranch Divide

After receiving approval from the Stanislaus County Board of Supervisors earlier this year that the owners of the Willms Ranch can divide the nearly 2400-acre site outside of Knights Ferry into 42 parcels, the Stanislaus Audubon Society filed a Writ of Mandate on Monday, March 4 challenging the parcel split.

March 13, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


EMS Director Placed On Leave

A few days after bringing aboard two brand new ambulances donated by the Oak Valley Foundation, Oak Valley Hospital Emergency Services Director Ray Leverett was placed on administrative leave by Hospital CEO John McCormick.

March 13, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Audubon Society Disputes Willms Ranch Parcel Divide

After receiving approval from the Stanislaus County Board of Supervisors in January that the owners of the Willms Ranch can divide the nearly-2400 acre site outside of Knights Ferry into 42 parcels, the Stanislaus Audubon Society filed a Writ of Mandate on Monday, March 4 challenging the parcel split.

March 08, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Hospital Board Votes To Close Obstetrics

By a vote of six to one, the Oak Valley Hospital Board of Directors decided to close the obstetrics unit of the hospital that has delivered babies since the early 1970s.

March 06, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


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Motorcycle Accident Claims Oakdale Man

A late Saturday afternoon accident resulted in fatal injuries to the motorcyclist involved and tied up traffic for hours as police investigated the crash.

June 25, 2014 | | Local News


Employee Action - Stanislaus Consolidated Settles Lawsuits

The actions of a former embattled Stanislaus Consolidated fire chief, who himself was the plaintiff of his own lawsuit last year, has resulted in the approval of settlements in three separate actions filed by subordinate employees in 2011 and 2012.

June 25, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


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


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