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Let The Donor Beware

You've cleaned out your closets as part of spring cleaning, or maybe you're left with clothing items that didn't sell at the latest garage sale. Donating the items to a charity for the less fortunate is a more likely alternative than just throwing them away, and besides, you can claim a tax deduction.

June 12, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Faux (Tower) Pas

Reminiscent of Petticoat Junction or Hooterville, the new faux water tower installed by AT&T greets travelers entering the city from the north along Highway 120 with "Welcome to the City of Oakdale."

June 12, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Discarded Election Assurances About Safety

It only took three months for City of Oakdale officials to go against the grain of its then recently passed sales tax measure designed to maintain public safety staffing levels.

June 12, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Another City Exec Gone

In an effort to make up a $1 million deficit in operating costs, Oakdale City Manager Bryan Whitemyer confirmed Friday, June 7, that Human Resources Analyst Michelle McKinsey was given notice that her last day with the city will be June 30.

June 07, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Clean Green Yard Machines Opens New Funding Round

Back by popular demand, the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District's Clean Green Yard Machines program opened June 4 with more funding and more lawn mower options than ever before.

June 06, 2013 | | Local News


O No - Citizens Protest Potential Cuts

Less than 18 months after voters passed a half-cent sales tax in November 2011 with Measure O to solidify public safety service and staffing levels, City Manager Bryan Whitemyer is proposing discarding those promises in an effort to balance the budget.

June 05, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


City Reviews Dispatch Services

With the goal of saving the financially-strapped City of Oakdale operational costs, City Manager Bryan Whitemyer has reached out to the City of Turlock regarding the idea of their police department to take over police dispatch services for Oakdale PD.

June 05, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Farmer's Market Resumes

The summer staple of Oakdale returns downtown to North Third Avenue this Thursday, June 6, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

June 05, 2013 | | Local News


MJC Earns Place In Cup Contest

The California Community College Athletic Association (CCCAA), in association with the National Alliance of Two-Year College Athletic Administrators (NATYCAA), has announced Modesto Junior College has placed 11th out of 105 Community Colleges in the final standings of the 2012-13 NATYCAA Cup.

June 04, 2013 | | Local News


Farmers Market Starts Thursday

The summer staple of Oakdale returns downtown on North Third Avenue this Thursday, June 6, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

June 01, 2013 | | Local News


Former Police Dog Passes

Retired K-9 Officer "Shadow" passed away on Monday, May 20 according to his owner Beth Baker of Turlock.

May 31, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Red Flag Fire Danger Warning For Region

With dry winds forecast for many parts of Northern California, CAL FIRE has increased its staffing and is urging the public to be extra cautious due to the heightened fire danger. The National Weather Service has issued a Red Flag Warning stretching form Shasta County down through the Sacramento Valley to San Joaquin County starting Friday morning for high winds and low humidity lasting through Saturday evening.

May 31, 2013 | | Local News


Dairy Farmers Support Marketing Order Vote

California Dairy Campaign (CDC) members applauded Rep. Jim Costa, D-16, for his leadership in passing the "California Milk Marketing Order Act" in the House Agriculture Committee passed farm bill. Representative Jim Costa, D-16, spoke to the California Dairy Campaign board of directors and membership to discuss the farm bill, ethanol policy, immigration and water issues at the CDC office in Turlock.

May 30, 2013 | | Local News


Comment Period Open For Water Banking Criteria

The Bureau of Reclamation released Draft Water Banking Criteria for banking Central Valley Project water outside of a contractor's contract service area. Reclamation developed these criteria to implement water banking as authorized by the Central Valley Project Improvement Act and as allowed by certain federal contracts.

May 28, 2013 | | Local News


Patriotic Remembrance - Memorial Day Ceremony Draws Good Crowd

Rain was on the schedule for Memorial Day, Monday, May 27 but the weather remained mild and dry for the Memorial Day Ceremony at the Oakdale Citizens' Cemetery, which made for a pleasant remembrance for the good-sized attending crowd.

May 28, 2013 | Kim Van Meter Special To The Leader | Local News


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Employee Action - Stanislaus Consolidated Settles Lawsuits

The actions of a former embattled Stanislaus Consolidated fire chief, who himself was the plaintiff of his own lawsuit last year, has resulted in the approval of settlements in three separate actions filed by subordinate employees in 2011 and 2012.

June 25, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Fire Contract - Council Moves Forward, Re-Opens Hershey Sale

The cost-saving move to contract with Stanislaus Consolidated Fire District for fire department services moved to its final step with a presentation by Stanislaus Consolidated Fire Chief Randall Bradley at the Monday June 16 Oakdale City Council Meeting.

June 18, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Reptiles Visit Library

Lizards, snakes, a big, hairy spider, and an extra-large cockroach were found in the front room of the Oakdale Library on June 5 – much to the delight of library visitors.

June 18, 2014 | Dawn M. Henley | Local News


OID ‘Very Good’ Financially

The financial condition of the Oakdale Irrigation District is in "very good" shape, according to the district's auditor Brian Nash of Richardson and Company.

June 18, 2014 | Dawn M. Henley | Local News


Local Realtors Express Fury With City

Learning of the city's move to go with Prudential Commercial Real Estate of Modesto to list the Downtown Hershey Building caused Oakdale real estate agents to voice their ire towards city officials at a monthly Realtors meeting at the Oakdale Country Club on Thursday, June 12. In return, the city has reversed its decision to contract with Prudential Commercial Real Estate and will now reintroduce the item at Monday's June 16 city council meeting.

June 13, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


APP: Stat Game Or Effective Program? Part II – Second Amendment In The Crosshairs

(Editor's note: This is the second of a two-part piece. Part 1 was featured last week)

June 11, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Richard Paloma to appear on Power Talk Radio 1360 AM today at 4pm

Oakdale Leader reporter, Richard Paloma, will be appearing on Power Talk Radio 1360 AM on the Dave Bowman Show today at 4:00 pm. Paloma will be discussing his article from today's Leader on firearm seizures by the DOJ.

June 04, 2014 | | Local News


Visitors Bureau Focusing On Public Market

With the goal of taking the weekly farmer's market and making it into an area known public market, the Oakdale Travel and Visitors Bureau (OTVB) along with Roger Brooks of Brooks International, recently completed a day-and-a-half community workshop at the Gene Bianchi Community Center to improve tourism to the city.

June 04, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


City’s Proposed Budget Presented To Council

Because the Measure O sales tax enhancement carries the city through March 2015, the preliminary 2014-2015 budget presented by Oakdale City Manager Bryan Whitemyer at the Monday, June 2 city council meeting didn't foresee any service cuts.

June 04, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


APP: Stat Game Or Effective Program?

(Editor's Note: This is the first in a two-part special series.)

June 04, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


No 10-Day OID Rotations

"In light of drought and continuing water conditions," the Oakdale Irrigation District will forgo 10-day irrigation rotations for the 2014 water season, which will also leave some water in the district's "conservation account" at New Melones Reservoir, said OID General Manager Steve Knell at the June 3 regular meeting of the OID Board of Directors.

June 04, 2014 | Dawn M. Henley | Local News


Market Gears Up For Summer Run

The Oakdale Farmers Market is seeing a few changes this year. In addition to moving the Market to Wednesday nights and extending the hours just a bit, from 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., visitors will notice a huge change when they visit. The closure of E Street will allow market goers to safely browse all that the market has to offer. With this small closure it allowed organizers to move things around and get produce stands and other food offerings out of the sun.

May 28, 2014 | | Local News


Citizens Group Hears Groundwater Concerns

Over 75 people attended a two-hour town hall meeting on groundwater concerns at the Oakdale Community Center on May 21.

May 28, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


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