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Ballot Tabulation Update

Clerk Recorder and Registrar of Voters Lee Lundrigan recently released this update on the Nov. 6 Presidential Election.

November 13, 2012 | | Local News


Sunday Night Shooting Leaves Two Dead

Two people were killed in a Sunday night shooting in the 300 block of East I Street in Oakdale.

November 12, 2012 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Oakdale Police Officer Killed In Traffic Accident

Black bands covered the badges of Oakdale Police personnel on Friday as the department mourned the loss of their colleague and friend.

November 09, 2012 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Jackson Garners Top Vote For Oakdale Council

Former mayor and city councilman Farrell Jackson polled the most votes in the Oakdale City Council election Tuesday, receiving 2,224 in his bid for a shortened two-year term.

November 07, 2012 | Marg Jackson | Local News


Solar Participation Raises Concerns

An Oakdale City Council member's employment with a local alternative energy firm has raised conflict-of-interest concerns for participating in agenda item discussions as the city explores the possibility of an alternative energy project of its own using solar panels in an attempt to offset city energy costs.

November 07, 2012 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Hurricane Sandy Fund Set Up For Victims

Lifelong Oakdale resident Kathy Shepherd set up a Hurricane Sandy Fund at Valley First Credit Union in Oakdale to directly benefit East Coast residents struggling in the super storm's aftermath.

November 07, 2012 | | Local News


City Receives Bids For Services

The City of Oakdale took its next step toward privatization of public works services on Wednesday, Oct. 31, when it publicly opened bids on a potential contract for city park maintenance.

November 07, 2012 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Council Moves Forward On Multiple Projects

Land decisions underscored a series of votes by the Oakdale City Council on Monday evening, Nov. 5. After discussions, the council chose to re-designate 10 acres in the Bridle Ridge housing development from high-density to medium-density residential zoning, voted to purchase three parcels on Yosemite Avenue between H and J streets for the proposed community plaza and skate park, and moved forward for a new perimeter fence around the city-owned airport.

November 07, 2012 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Dunlop, Jackson Take Lead In Oakdale Council Race

Incumbent Oakdale City Councilman Tom Dunlop appeared headed for re-election to a four-year term with 1,141 votes as of 9:30 p.m. Tuesday, with five of 10 Oakdale precincts reporting in. Newcomer Don Petersen was close behind with 1,111 votes and, if the trend held, would be elected to the other four-year term on the council.

November 06, 2012 | Marg Jackson | Local News


City Receives Bids For Public Works Services

The City of Oakdale took its next step toward privatization of public works services on Wednesday, Oct. 31, when it publicly opened bids on a contract for city park maintenance.

November 02, 2012 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Benefit Slated For Jandie Sitton-Parker

If there ever was a representative for the term "grace under pressure," Jandie Sitton-Parker would fit the bill.

October 31, 2012 | Kim Van Meter | Local News


Pumpkin Roll In The Ferry

Knights Ferry will be hosting the 49th Annual Pumpkin Roll in the historic community on Sunday, Nov. 4. This traditional 'Sunday after Halloween' event draws participants from throughout the Valley to try their hand at the art of rolling a pumpkin.

October 31, 2012 | | Local News


Car Wash Fundraiser Benefits Local Family

Get your car washed and help a local family.

October 31, 2012 | Virginia Still vstill@oakdaleleader.com | Local News


Thanksgiving Dinner Served Up For Community

The Spirit of Oakdale committee is continuing to do what it does best. They will be hosting the 19th annual Thanksgiving dinner at Oakdale's Gene Bianchi Community Center, 110 S. Second Ave., on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, Nov. 22. They will be serving from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and seating people as they come through the door.

October 31, 2012 | Virginia Still vstill@oakdaleleader.com | Local News


Coco In Need Of Donations For Procedure

When Coco, a two-year-old Chihuahua, was found she was tied to a tree, whimpering and cowering. She was abandoned, dirty, malnourished, and had clearly been abused given her gaunt appearance.

October 31, 2012 | Richard Paloma | Local News


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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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