In a 4-1 vote at a special meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 28, the Oakdale Irrigation District Board of Directors approved rescinding their action from the Jan. 23 special meeting where they had originally voted to send out a mailer to OID landowners to see about their interest in voluntarily fallowing land in order to make water available for a transfer to the Westlands Water District. Director Jack Alpers was the dissenting vote. To clarify, OID won't send out fliers.
With water becoming more of a valuable resource this dry season, Oakdale city officials are contemplating the idea of finding a way to utilize treated wastewater for irrigation purposes or to possibly recharge the city's eight deep groundwater wells.
A full parking lot and a standing room only crowd that spilled into the hallway of the Oakdale Irrigation District offices was the scene at a special meeting of the OID Board of Directors on Jan. 23. On the agenda was a single closed session item of a potential water sale to the "federal and state export contractors" on the agenda.
In what's being described as a "newly refurbished" Oakdale Tourism and Visitor's Bureau, recently appointed Chairman Keith Boggs has set course to give the group more effectiveness in bringing tourism to the city and the community more involvement in the direction it will take.
Small, nonfarm businesses in 35 California counties and neighboring counties in Arizona and Nevada are now eligible to apply for low-interest federal disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).
California moved into the top half of the nation with a rank of 23rd and a grade of C- in the 2014 American College of Emergency Physicians' state-by-state report card on America's emergency care environment ("Report Card"). The state still ranked near the bottom of the country at 42nd with an F in the category of Access to Emergency Care, the same grade it received in 2009. In 2009, California received a D+ and ranked 37th in the nation.
A last minute call out just before Oakdale High School's Christmas break resulted in the community showing up with donations of food, clothing, and gifts for underprivileged students who are served through the school's Care Closet, just in time for the holidays.