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Cooking Safety Tips From CAL FIRE Officials

With the Thanksgiving holiday now upon us, CAL FIRE is reminding Californians about the dangers that home fires pose during the holiday season. Holidays are a time of food, fun and festivities; but they are also a time to be extra cautious as thousands of home fires across the nation are caused from holiday cooking.

November 28, 2013 | | Local News


Asbestos Found In Water Tank

Demolition of a city water tank has been halted due to city engineers discovering asbestos inside the 100-year-old concrete storage tower.

November 27, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Holiday Travel Brings CHP Enforcement

With the Thanksgiving travel season approaching, the California Highway Patrol (CHP) is reminding all motorists to ensure everyone inside their vehicle is buckled up, before heading out. Whether your travels take you across the country or just across town, buckling up is one way to help secure a safe arrival at your destination.

November 27, 2013 | | Local News


Economics Focus - Ad Hoc Committee Sets Specific Goals

With the mission of recruiting new business as well as maintaining existing businesses in Oakdale, city officials have established a blue ribbon committee of local business and city leaders that have begun moving forward with an economic game plan.

November 27, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Dana’s Family Kitchen: Food, Friends And Fun

With a love for food, local resident Dana Johnson is sharing ideas, teaching people how to cook, and hosting a live segment on television's Fox 40 in Sacramento.

November 27, 2013 | Virginia Still | Local News


Holiday Ag Auction At MJC

Modesto Junior College's Agriculture and Environmental Science Division will be hosting its 60th Annual MJC Young Farmers Ag Holiday Auction on Thursday, Dec. 5. The auction features a large offering of gifts for everyone including home and garden items, travel activities, livestock feed and supplies, household goods, and much more.

November 26, 2013 | | Local News


Coordinated Holiday Enforcement Effort Due

The California Highway Patrol (CHP) is joining several other state highway patrol agencies across the nation to participate in two separate traffic safety challenges during the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. Keeping in line with the CHP's mission of saving lives, both campaigns have set a goal of zero fatalities during the five-day period.

November 25, 2013 | | Local News


Asbestos Found In City Water Tank

Demolition of a city water tank has been halted due to city engineers discovering asbestos inside the 100-year-old concrete storage tower.

November 22, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Council Says ‘No’ To Fire Study Payment

A consent agenda item by the city manager requesting the city pay over $8,300 for a joint fire study sparked discussion at the Monday, Nov. 18 Oakdale City Council meeting. The item had some council members questioning the intent of asking the city to pay for something they were told was being taken care of by the Stanislaus Consolidated Fire District.

November 20, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Leader Serves As Collection Site

The Oakdale Leader, 122 S. Third Ave., Oakdale will serve as a collection site for food and other needed items this holiday season.

November 20, 2013 | | Local News


Holiday Cards For Heroes

Oakdale High School Leadership students started a new event at OHS for the holidays. Students and staff who are interested are making cards, which will be mailed to men and woman in the U.S. Armed Services as part of the American Red Cross Holiday Mail for Heroes program.

November 20, 2013 | | Local News


OVH Director Calls Foul On Mayor’s Ambulance Ride

An Oak Valley Hospital District board member is criticizing the city for violating policies with its use of an Oak Valley ambulance the police department summoned for the mayor last month.

November 20, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


OID Discussion - Groundwater Draws Crowd

The topic of groundwater brought a standing-room-only crowd to the Oakdale Irrigation District Board of Directors Nov. 19 regular meeting. OID Water Operations Manager Eric Thorburn presented on groundwater specific to the OID service area where he covered a basic overview of groundwater, its management in OID, and OID's future plans.

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


4-H Makes Holiday Plans

Orange Blossom 4-H Club is gearing up for a year of learning, leadership, new friends, and community service. At their November meeting, members brought their homemade Thanksgiving centerpieces. Some made traditional candle and flower arrangements, while others made fun fall themed ones. A favorite was a basket ready for the hot rolls that looked like a turkey.

November 19, 2013 | | Local News


EPA Move Applauded By Assemblymember Olsen

On Friday, Nov. 15, according to the Wall Street Journal, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed easing the annual Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) requirement for ethanol in gasoline, acknowledging that mandated levels specified in a 2007 law are difficult, if not impossible, to meet.

November 18, 2013 | | Local News


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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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