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Council Hears Two Proposed Sales Tax Measures For November Ballot

Oakdale voters may have to consider if they want to raise their local sales tax by 3/4 of a cent with two proposed measures that could be on the November 2014 ballot.

February 21, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Caltrans Activates Signs To Urge Water Conservation

In response to the state's severe drought, Caltrans has launched a statewide educational campaign on the state's highways, urging all Californians to conserve water. California's more than 700 electronic highway signs will now periodically display the following water conservation message:

February 20, 2014 | | Local News


Crane Road Plans Concerns Residents

Oakdale, in a series of public postings, has announced plans to develop the west side of town near Crane Road that will call for more than 1,000 homes and over 700,000 square feet of office buildings, stores and other commercial development.

February 19, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Albright Succumbs To H1N1 Virus

Oakdale resident Wayne Albright, 56, passed away in a New Mexico hospital on the evening of Wednesday, Feb. 12.

February 19, 2014 | | Local News


City Justifies Spending For Measure O Funds

Over 78 percent of revenue collected from Measure O has gone toward public safety and all the funds have been spent correctly, according to a presentation by Oakdale City Manager Bryan Whitemyer on Feb. 13 to the members of the city's oversight committee.

February 19, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Drought Conditions - OID Authorizes March 3 Irrigation Season Start

The start of the 2014 water season will be March 3, as approved in an action by the Oakdale Irrigation District Board of Directors at the Feb. 18 regular meeting. Also approved in the action was the adoption of Level II drought measures.

February 19, 2014 | Dawn M. Henley | Local News


Police Canine Chevy Gets First Arrest

Oakdale's new police canine, Chevy, sprang into action tracking the path of a fleeing wanted felon and eventually getting the hiding suspect to surrender to police via bark and threat of bite if he resisted.

February 18, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Police Investigating Two Separate Shootings

Oakdale Police were called to two separate shooting incidents in a matter of minutes on Sunday night, Feb. 16.

February 17, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Spending Justified For Measure O Funds

Over 78 percent of revenue collected from Measure O has gone towards public safety and all the funds have been spent correctly according to a presentation by Oakdale City Manager Bryan Whitemyer on Feb. 13 to the members of the city's oversight committee.

February 14, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Oakdale Man With H1N1 Virus Passes in New Mexico

The Leader has learned that Wayne Albright, 56, passed away in a New Mexico hospital in the evening on Wednesday, Feb. 12.

February 13, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Council 180s On Fire Study Payment

Despite a decision less than three months ago where council members publicly criticized the premise, the Oakdale City Council has reversed its position about paying a third of a Stanislaus Consolidated Fire Protection District study on a fire department merger.

February 12, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


O Yes? - Council Considers Continuing Measure

City officials for Oakdale have made it no secret that without the additional revenue provided from Measure O, the city would be in a great hardship operationally.

February 12, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Pabalan Wins ‘Distinguished’ Title

Oakdale High School junior Rachelle Pabalan was named the recipient of the Distinguished Young Woman title on Saturday, Feb. 8, passed to her by OHS senior and outgoing Distinguished Young Woman Sabrina Franciosa. In addition to the $2,500 scholarship for the title award, Pabalan received two $200 scholarships in the Scholastics and Interview categories.

February 12, 2014 | | Local News


H1N1 Downs Oakdale Man Out Of State

Despite feeling under the weather in early January, sprint race car enthusiast and longtime A.L. Gilbert employee Wayne Albright still set out with his son, Dakota, and a friend to pursue his passion at the Lucas Oil Sprint Car Chili Bowl in Tulsa.

February 12, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


OHS Celebrates Winter Homecoming

Oakdale High School plays Sonora in basketball at the OHS gymnasium on Friday, Feb. 14 for Winter Homecoming. The game is also Senior Night and marks the final time the longstanding rivals will face each other as Valley Oak League opponents, as Sonora will move into a different league next season.

February 12, 2014 | | Local News


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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


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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