When summer came after Tyler Gunkel finished eighth grade, and before he started his freshman year at Oakdale High School, the 14-year-old figured he wanted to do more with his free time than stay at home tied to a computer or television. Too young to get a paying summer job, Tyler thought about volunteering his time at the city's nearby fire station on G Street – a short bike ride away.
U.S. Representative Jeff Denham (R-Turlock) will hold a United States Military Academy Information Night on Tuesday, Aug. 25. The event will take place from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Big Valley Christian High School in Modesto and give students interested in applying to one of the United States military academies an overview of the nomination process.
Recognizing that we need to look at different approaches and partnerships to respond to California's historic drought, including advancing crucial technological, scientific, and energy solutions, Congressman Jerry McNerney will host a California Drought Solutions Forum in Stockton. Open to the public, the forum will feature experts and voices that include farmers, water technology innovators, policy makers, federal and state government, academia, and others.
The California State Board of Fire Services has unanimously approved the accreditation of the Columbia College Fire Academy. Shane Warner, Fire Technology Program Coordinator at Columbia College, with the support of Columbia College´s administration, industry advisors, Department of Forestry and Fire Protection - Office of the State Fire Marshal, CAL FIRE, and other local and state fire agencies played a major role in helping the Fire Academy to obtain this prestigious accreditation.
The Yosemite Community College District (YCCD) Board of Trustees is seeking applications from qualified individuals interested in serving on the YCCD Measure E Citizens' Bond Oversight Committee (CBOC).
Assemblymember Adam Gray, who serves as the chair of the Assembly Select Committee on Rail, will be hosting a special public hearing on the existing passenger rail services in the San Joaquin Valley on Friday, Aug. 21 at 10 a.m. at the Modesto City Council/Stanislaus County Chambers (1010 10th St., Basement Chambers) in downtown Modesto. The focus of this Assembly Select Committee on Rail hearing will be on promoting the near-term improvement and expansion of the successful San Joaquin and Altamont Corridor Express (ACE) rail services.
Residents on the west end of town now have yet another place where they can purchase a gallon of milk or even a quart of motor oil. Earlier this month Dollar General at 921 W. F St., Oakdale opened its doors for a 'soft opening.'
Incoming seventh grade students are not the only ones new to the Oakdale Junior High School halls this 2015-16 school year. This summer as the students were busy shopping for back to school essentials, Melody Higgins and Dave Schmitt were equally busy preparing their classrooms as newly appointed teaching staff for the OJUSD.
The date is getting closer and time is running out to buy advance tickets for the Seventh Annual "Taste of Oakdale" sponsored by the Oakdale Chamber of Commerce. Date for the event is Tuesday, Aug. 25 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Bianchi Community Center.
Lance Campbell will be busy with more than class prep for his Social Studies students at East Stanislaus High School in the 2015-16 school year. Campbell is the newly elected President of the Oakdale Teachers Association. A position he sees as both a welcome challenge and an honor.
The Oakdale Children's Play Park, in Dorada Park on the corner of East A Street and North Second Avenue, was a vison of Dorene Splitsone in 1992. Through Dorene's determination and drive and with the help of the community, the Oakdale Children's Play Park became a reality in October 1993.
After the Oakdale City Council authorized replacement of $37,000 worth of outdated critical fire equipment on Monday, Aug. 17, the council also agreed to pay $34,094 as its part of increased administrative and overhead costs with the addition of three full-time firefighters. The positions were added to the line staff of the Stanislaus Consolidated Fire Protection District as a result of a recently obtained federal grant.
Average retail gasoline prices in Modesto have fallen 4.8 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.17/gallon Sunday, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 201 gas outlets in Modesto. This compares with the national average that has increased 8.5 cents per gallon in the last week to $2.68/gallon, according to gasoline price website GasBuddy.com.