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City Workers Sign Contract

City of Oakdale workers will get a five percent raise in July with the signing of the recent contract for its police, fire, miscellaneous, and management employees. In return the employees have agreed to pay the full eight percent employee share of the PERS retirement costs with the sworn police and fire members paying their full nine percent share.

October 15, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Citizens Meet To Discuss Aquifer Concerns

Concerns about the future of water in the region will take center stage on Monday night.

October 14, 2013 | | Local News


Scabies Outbreak Concerns Care Facility Staff

Staff at Oak Valley Hospital's Oak Valley Care Center has confirmed they are taking precautionary measures for an outbreak of scabies at the facility.

October 11, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Events Canceled At New Melones Lake

Due to the federal government shutdown, some upcoming events planned at New Melones Lake have been cancelled. They are listed below.

October 10, 2013 | | Local News


Chamber Expo Helps Local Businesses Grow

The Gene Bianchi Community Center was the place to be on Thursday, Oct. 3 when the Oakdale Chamber of Commerce hosted its second Grow Your Business Expo.

October 09, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Annual Block Party Brings Out Community

A full "Block Party" – complete with a closed street – and put on by the Center for Human Services (CHS) - Oakdale Family Resource and Counseling Center on Oct. 4, hosted 33 vendors and service providers for local families. The third annual event, which was open to the community, took place on Mann Avenue between F and G streets. It provided information about community services, free food, music, giveaways, face painting and more.

October 09, 2013 | Dawn M. Henley | Local News


Budget Woes - Firefighters Take City Hit

Despite warnings of inadequate service levels by its line personnel, a plea from its past long-term fire chief, an administrative advisement by the current command staff against future cuts, and going against a recent $32,000 fire study by the city on fire department staffing, the Oakdale City Council accepted City Manager Bryan Whitemyer's recommendation by a vote of 4-1 to lay off two firefighters at the end of the calendar year.

October 09, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


AAUW Branch Celebrates Success

Alma Martinez Torres was given the opportunity to pursue her dreams, and has realized them by becoming an optometrist, due in part to a scholarship from the American Association of University Women (AAUW) Oakdale-Riverbank-Escalon Branch.

October 09, 2013 | Dawn M. Henley | Local News


Bikes, Kids, Cars: Rocky Road Rapport

It's just after 4 p.m. on a typical weekday and the streets in Oakdale hustle with the usual afternoon traffic rush. Fridays are the worst due to those departing for outside weekend destinations as rows of cars, RVs, trucks, and even agricultural equipment rumble along city surface streets designated as state highways.

October 09, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Federal Recreational Facilities, Army Corps Parks Closures

The Bureau of Reclamation announced the status of Mid-Pacific Region recreational facilities and amenities available to the public during the federal government shutdown. Facilities operating with lapsing federal appropriations are closed; those that are funded through concessions or operated by California State Parks are open.

October 08, 2013 | | Local News


Highway 108 Information Session

A public information session led by Laura Podolsky of the Local Government Commission, on behalf of the City of Oakdale, will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 8, from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 pm at the Gladys L. Lemmons Senior Center at 450 East A Street.

October 07, 2013 | | Local News


7-11 Robber Identified And Arrested

After obtaining video footage of two Friday, Oct. 4 early morning robberies, Oakdale Police were able to identify the suspect and make an arrest shortly after midnight on Saturday, Oct. 5.

October 05, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Early Morning 7-11 Robberies Minutes Apart

Oakdale Police are looking for a lone individual suspected of robbing two 7-11 convenience stores in the early a.m. hours on Friday, Oct. 4.

October 04, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Gusty Winds Prompt Health Caution

Blowing dust as a result of gusty winds has prompted local air-pollution officials to issue a health cautionary statement through Friday, Oct. 4 throughout the San Joaquin Valley. This health caution is in effect in San Joaquin, Stanislaus, Merced, Madera, Fresno, Kings, Tulare and the Valley portion of Kern counties.

October 03, 2013 | | Local News


Expo Focuses On Growing Business

Grow Your Business Expo is slated for today, Thursday, Oct. 3 from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Gene Bianchi Community Center, 110 S. Second Ave., in Oakdale. The event is open to the community so people can see what Oakdale businesses and Chamber Members have to offer. There will be a variety of great products and services available in one location. This event is free and there will be raffle prizes and vendors on hand encouraging the community to buy locally.

October 03, 2013 | | Local News


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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


Dried And Confused: Lunch Focuses On Water Rights

With California in its third drought year, the Oakdale Chamber of Commerce's 42nd Annual Ag Scholarship Luncheon on March 19 brought in known attorney, Valerie Kinkaid, to discuss its chosen topic, "Three Major Threats to Water Rights."

March 25, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


OTVB – What Direction Now?

With the recent shoot-down of "Pioneer Perfect," the Oakdale Tourism and Visitor's Bureau decided to finally "embrace" "Cowboy Capital of the World" as it continues its mission to develop and promote tourism for the City of Oakdale.

March 25, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


City Opposes Fed Plan

With the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation planning to release significant water flows down the Stanislaus River during a time of continued drought in the area, the City of Oakdale took a stand and opposed the agency's planned actions, expressing serious concerns with its 2015 Drought Contingency Plan.

March 25, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Civil War Battles Rage

Sometimes, the South won. Sometimes, the North prevailed.

March 25, 2015 | | Local News


Panel Addresses Culture Of Violence In Schools

Audience members waited with bated breath as Oakdale Police Chief Lester Jenkins carefully formulated his answer on whether or not he personally believed that security personnel should be authorized to carry concealed weapons on school campuses.

March 25, 2015 | BY ALYSSON AREDAS | 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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