To dispel rumors of bacterial contamination in the city's water lines, Oakdale Interim Public Services Director Jeff Gravel announced the recent chlorination of the city's water lines was due to construction and in no way a response to "fecal matter" in the system as some had reported on social media.
Oakdale residents and many from neighboring communities took advantage of the opportunity to officially welcome in the holiday season on Saturday. A portion of North Third Avenue was closed off to vehicle traffic, set up with vendor booths, food, music, horse drawn wagon rides and more, as part of the city's Downtown Christmas celebration. Later on, Santa continued the festivities at Oakdale in Wonderland for an evening of fun.
Stanislaus County Clerk Recorder and Registrar of Voters Lee Lundrigan announced the Nov. 8, 2016 Presidential General Election canvass of the vote was completed Monday, Dec. 5. Stanislaus County certified its election results which can be found posted on the election website, www.stanvote.com
Downtown Oakdale was the place to be to ring in some holiday cheer on Saturday. Here, several members of Orange Blossom 4-H sing and pose for a photo with Santa as part of the city's seasonal celebrations. Singing to Santa are Emma Fernandez, Jaylynn Casey, Jesse and Jamie Ruddy. The club also had some members who were ready to wrap gifts for anyone who needed it in front of the Odds and N's Store on North First Avenue
At the Dec. 5 Oakdale City Council meeting, the City of Oakdale entered into a contract with a Sacramento law firm to assist the city in getting repayment for loans it made to the former Oakdale Community Redevelopment Agency.
Right on the heels of winning the Sac-Joaquin Section Division 3 title – and welcomed back into town with a police escort and cheering fans lining the streets – the Oakdale Mustangs will saddle up for yet another football battle.
Oakdale High School 2016 alums fared well earlier this fall during their attendance at the FFA National Competition for Livestock Judging. The 2016 FFA State Livestock Judging Championship Team placed in the Top Five of the Indianapolis, Indiana event. Photographed left to right: Ag Advisor Isaac Robles, Ty Jones, Emma Wright, Madison Morgan and Kevin Snyder.
Central Valley Con returns for its second year at the Modesto Centre Plaza and Doubletree Hotel in downtown Modesto on Sunday, Dec. 4. The one day pop culture convention will run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. It is the third city in the StocktonCon Events list of events, in addition to Stockton and Lodi. (Grape City Con). Ticket prices for the one-day event are $8 at the door and $5 (plus convenience fees), at select locations around the Central Valley. A portion of the proceeds from the Central Valley Con will benefit the Modesto Gospel Mission.
Average retail gasoline prices in Modesto have not moved in the past week, averaging $2.42/gallon Sunday, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 201 gas outlets in Modesto. This compares with the national average that has fallen 1.3 cents per gallon in the last week to $2.12/gallon, according to gasoline price website GasBuddy.com.
Modesto Junior College Equine Unit invites the public to an Open House and Horse Sale on Saturday, Dec. 3, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the West Campus Equine Unit, 2201 Blue Gum Ave., Modesto. There is no admission charged and campus parking is free.
The Modesto Area Partners in Science (MAPS) offers the presentation "Fusion: Building a Miniature Star on Earth" by Tammy Ma, Ph.D., experimental laser-plasma physicist with the National Ignition Facility at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. The event is set for Friday, Dec. 2 at 7:30 p.m. in Sierra Hall 132 on the Modesto Junior College West Campus, 2201 Blue Gum Ave., Modesto. Both the program and parking are free.