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Hair Collection Drive Aimed At Helping With Oil Spill Clean-Up

If you're looking for an easy way to do your part in helping clean up the oil spill currently befouling the ocean in the Gulf of Mexico, the ladies at Pamyla's Salon and Spa have the answer: go get a hair cut.

May 19, 2010 | | Local News


Cowboys And Chocolate

Some years the weather during the annual Oakdale Chocolate Festival is the invisible and unwelcome festival goer when it brings triple-digit temperatures but this year, the 18th annual chocolate event had mild - even delightfully - perfect weather for the 70,000 attendees who flocked to Oakdale for the weekend.

May 19, 2010 | Kim Van Meter | Local News


Loan Modification Nightmare - Journey To Foreclosure Despite Attempts To Modify Loan

(Editor's note: the name of the lender has been withheld.)

May 19, 2010 | Kim Van Meter | Local News


State Grabs $13M From County, Cities

The Stanislaus County Redevelopment Agency was recently forced to turn over $2,818,246 to the Stanislaus County Auditor, a required payment resulting from the State's decision to raid $2.05 billion in local redevelopment funds as part of the 2009-10 State Budget. Instead of going to fund local job creation, economic growth and community revitalization projects, this money will now be siphoned off to help pay the State's obligations.

May 12, 2010 | | Local News


CEO Visits Local C21 M&M Offices

You know you're doing something right when the CEO of the company flies in from out of state to personally say hello.

May 05, 2010 | Kim Van Meter | Local News


Stamp Out Hunger On May 8

On Saturday, May 8, Oakdale letter carriers will again help 'Stamp Out Hunger!' across America with the community's help in order to provide assistance to the rapidly increasing number of Americans who are struggling with hunger.

May 05, 2010 | | Local News


New Consignment Offers Designer Labels

Lucky U Consignment, the newest storefront on North Yosemite Avenue, is offering designer labels for the budget-minded fashionista, said owner Amy Delgado.

April 28, 2010 | Kim Van Meter | Local News


Library Books Donated In Educators Memory

The Oakdale Teachers Association recently donated approximately 20 books overall to elementary school libraries recently in the Oakdale Joint Unified School District in memory of former teacher and administrator Pam Antinetti.

April 28, 2010 | Dawn M. Henley | Local News


Freitas Retires After 30 Years In Business

If there's one thing Sarah Freitas, long-time Oakdale resident and owner of Sarah's Dry Cleaning, knows it's cleaning, stitching, and altering clothes.

April 28, 2010 | Kim Van Meter | Local News


South Main Canal, Tunnels - OID’s Rehab Projects Completed

The Oakdale Irrigation District has recently completed work on the South Main Canal and Tunnels capital improvement project. Ron Skaggs of Condor Earth Technologies delivered a presentation to the OID Board of Directors at the April 20 regular meeting.

April 21, 2010 | Dawn M. Henley | Local News


Paranormal Research –Oakdale Leader Building Investigated

For years the Oakdale Leader building on South Third Avenue has been rumored to host more than just the employees on the payroll. Stories of mysterious happenings, odd sounds, and even an apparition sighting or two have abounded, shared among the community from past and present employees but now it's official - The Leader office is a hot bed of paranormal activity, at least according to the investigators with the Western Region Paranormal Research (WRPR) group following an evening spent in the building.

April 21, 2010 | Kim Van Meter | Local News


Oakdale Loses Pioneer Donnelly

Longtime Oakdale resident Dan Donnelly died Saturday, April 17 at his Oakdale home. He was 94.

April 21, 2010 | | Local News


Pets Put Best Paws Forward

Hosted this year by the Believing For A Cure team, the first - of what will likely become an annual event - Bark For Life in Oakdale has been declared a huge success.

April 21, 2010 | Marg Jackson | Local News


Good Time To Be A Cowgirl At Annual Fundraising Luncheon

If it weren't for cowgirls, there wouldn't be any cowboys.

April 14, 2010 | Dawn M. Henley | Local News


Weekend Busy For Authorities

Rodeo prep in Oakdale takes on all forms from within different factions in the community but when the second week of April hits the calendar, law enforcement has always kept a wary eye on what the weather is planning to do.

April 14, 2010 | Kim Van Meter | Local News


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Kids Spring Fest Fun

Saturday, April 4 marked the 2015 Kids Spring Fest as over 1,000 kids and adults gathered at Kerr Park for a fun day under the sun. The ninth annual event, presented by City of Oakdale and the Kiwanis Club, held four separate egg hunts for kids in varying age groups, up to age 12, along with lunch, games and prize drawings among other activities for both kids and adults.

April 08, 2015 | | Local News


Area Trio Opening Dialogue On Mental Illness

One in four adults, or approximately 61.5 million Americans, have an experience with mental illness in a given year. With a current estimated population of over 21,000 within the Oakdale City limits that's over 5,000 Oakdale community members who will be affected by mental illness in some way.

April 08, 2015 | Teresa Hammond | Local News


Council Taps Murdoch To Fill Vacant Seat

With two members of the Oakdale City Council stating they wanted someone with the same "business sense" as former Councilman Don Petersen, the Oakdale City Council voted 3-1 to appoint local commercial real estate developer Richard Murdoch to the dais for the remaining two years left when Petersen resigned in February.

April 08, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


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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