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Thief Takes Off With Coin-Op Washing Machine

Police are looking for thieves suspected of stealing a coin-operated washing machine from a Ponderosa Drive apartment complex sometime over the weekend.

The manager discovered theft Monday, March 21 and noted all the community mailboxes had also been pried open. The estimated value of the washing machine is $1,000.

March 25, 2011 | Kim Van Meter | Local News


Bleak Budget Forecast For City

Oakdale's city council chambers were at standing room only capacity on Monday night as Oakdale City Manager Steve Hallam painted a gloomy picture of the city's budget for the 2011-2012 fiscal year. By the time Mayor Pat Paul's gavel sounded at a few minutes before midnight to close the proceedings, very few of the citizens remained.

March 23, 2011 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Weather Or Not – Civil War Battles Rage On

Like the U.S. Postal Service, neither rain, nor sleet … nor gale-force winds, nor blaring car alarms could keep the American Civil War Association from its expected date of a reenactment.

March 23, 2011 | Ike Dodson | Local News


OID Puts Hold On Water Season

Significant rains have delayed the start of the Oakdale Irrigation District's water irrigation season. OID was initially slated to start the season on Tuesday, March 22.

March 23, 2011 | Dawn M. Henley | Local News


Mine Project Battle Galvanizes Cities

City officials from Riverbank and Oakdale joined forces to battle with the Tuolumne County Board of Supervisors at its Tuesday, March 15 meeting. At issue - a hearing on an open-pit rock mine bordering Stanislaus County off Cooperstown Road that would increase rail traffic through both cities.

March 23, 2011 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Local Cheesemaker Wins Awards

Oakdale's John Bulk is now able to add to his family's award wall at Oakdale Cheese and Specialties.

March 23, 2011 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Bridle Ridge Residents Waiting For Trail Light Repairs

After suffering from the theft of copper wiring and the vandalism to several lamps, some Bridle Ridge residents now fear becoming victimized when using the walking trails after dark or their property becoming vulnerable due to lack of illumination.

March 23, 2011 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Crosswalk Sting - Cops Cite Multiple Drivers In Downtown Detail

"Houston…we have a problem."

March 16, 2011 | Kim Van Meter | Local News


Two-Day Event Success

The annual Home and Garden show hosted by the Oakdale Chamber of Commerce switched up their game this year by extending it to two days and the additional day was a huge hit for vendors and attendees, said chamber officials.

March 16, 2011 | Kim Van Meter | Local News


Civil War Weekend

The American Civil War Association will be doing authentic battle reenactments in Knights Ferry this weekend, Saturday, March 19 and Sunday, March 20 near the Knights Ferry Covered Bridge.

March 16, 2011 | | Local News


Water Season Looms

The water season in the Oakdale Irrigation District is slated to begin with deliveries on Tuesday, March 22, in an action taken at the March 14 regular meeting of the OID Board of Directors.

March 16, 2011 | | Local News


Council Chambers To Exhibit Local Artists

The bare plaster walls of the Oakdale City Council chambers may soon be adorned with works featuring local artists.

March 16, 2011 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Revision Approved In City Office Closure

Officials for the City of Oakdale have revised the original recommendation to have city offices closed one day per week - Fridays - in favor of having city offices open up two hours later at 10 a.m., four days a week, Tuesday through Friday.

March 16, 2011 | Richard Paloma | Local News


30 Years And Still Hangin’- Favorite Fun-Raiser Returns For Another Year

Preparations for the 30th annual Oakdale Testicle Festival are winding down as the March 28 date for the event draws closer.

March 16, 2011 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Oakdale Fire Cuts Looming

In protracted budget reductions that go on for years, such as the nation has experienced, there comes a time when there's simply no more fat to trim, no more tricks to pull, and the reductions are found in flesh and blood.

March 09, 2011 | Kim Van Meter | Local News


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District Elections Being Forced On City

In a move it is referring to as an "advisement," but taken as "extortion" by one city official, a Modesto Latino organization is recommending that the smaller-sized six-square-mile town of Oakdale implement district elections for its city council and school board elected offices.

March 27, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Saturday Spring Fest, Safety Day Set

It's time for the annual Kiwanis Club of Oakdale and City of Oakdale Kids Spring Fest and Safety Day, set for Saturday, March 30.

March 27, 2013 | | Local News


Road Construction Continues on Oakdale Streets

Work crews have been out in force around Oakdale the last couple of weeks as part of a wide-ranging water line replacement project. Monday morning, the crews had part of West G Street blocked off as they continued the work, prompting a detour around the project area. The brief road closures have been scattered all around the downtown area and motorists are advised to be prepared for the occasional detours and traffic tie ups as the water line work continues.

March 25, 2013 | Report Abuse account | Local News


No Contest Plea In Baby Death

Nicole Todd-Smith, the mother accused of overdosing her 44-day-old baby with methamphetamine, pleaded no contest to felony child endangerment and causing great bodily injury or death on Friday, March 22.

March 23, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


District Elections Being Forced On City

In a move it is referring to as an "advisement," but taken as "extortion" by some city officials, a Latino organization is recommending that the pint-sized six square mile town of Oakdale implement district elections for its city council and school board elected offices.

March 22, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Prom Dress Event For Disadvantaged Teens

The Center For Human Services' Oakdale Family Resource and Counseling Center is holding its "Project Prom: Don't Stress the Dress" event on Friday, March 22 from 2p.m. to 5p.m.

March 21, 2013 | Dawn M. Henley | Local News


New Chief For Stanislaus Consolidated

A veteran Fire Chief with over 34 years of firefighting and emergency service experience has temporarily taken over as interim fire chief for the Stanislaus Consolidated Fire Protection District.

March 21, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


OHS Second In Division At State Aca Dec

The Oakdale High School Academic Decathlon team captured a second place spot in Division II and were ranked 11th overall, with a team score of 46,680.6 points, at the California Academic Decathlon State Finals in Sacramento, March 14-17.

March 21, 2013 | | Local News


Science Fair Wraps Up Successful Year

The project boards have been removed, as the annual Oakdale Joint Unified School District Science Fair recently finished, but now some projects are ready to move on to the county level.

March 21, 2013 | Dawn M. Henley | Local News


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


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