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Farm Bureau Helps Sheriff’s Detectives

On Tuesday, Oct. 15 Stanislaus County sheriff's deputies responded to the report of a suspicious person and vehicle in the 3800 block of Service Road. Deputy Veronica Esquivez and Deputy Kyle Briggs found Irvin Turpitt, 53 of Modesto who tried to flee when deputies arrived. Turpitt, a well-known career criminal, was immediately apprehended and found to be in possession of a reported stolen vehicle. He was also in possession of illegal narcotics, stolen property and had several outstanding warrants for his arrest.

October 18, 2013 | | Local News


Morning Shooting Believed Gang Related

The serenity of a cool autumn morning was disrupted on Thursday, Oct. 17 around 11:30 a.m. when shots rang out on I Street near the front of the Oakdale Market.

October 17, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Mayor Pat Paul Hospitalized

Oakdale Mayor, Pat Paul, was hospitalized at Doctor's Medical Center in Modesto on Tuesday, Oct. 15 for an undisclosed reason. Staff at Doctor's Medical Center confirmed she was still there on Wednesday Oct. 16.

October 16, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Jog-A-Thons Help Fund School Needs

A stampede, of sorts, began in the morning hours when the signal was given and running students careened around their respective tracks to the beat of music played over loud speakers, in the name of raising money.

October 16, 2013 | Dawn M. Henley | Local News


Fire Merger Study Presented

Officials from the Stanislaus Consolidated Fire Protection District on Monday, Oct. 14 moved forward on the possibility of a merger with the City of Oakdale Fire Department and the Oakdale Rural Fire Protection District with the presentation of a study that looked into staffing, finances, and combining operations.

October 16, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Army Corps Of Engineers Closes All Regulatory Offices

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Sacramento District today announced it has closed its seven regulatory offices in California, Utah, Nevada and Colorado due to the absence of available federal funding.

October 15, 2013 | | Local News


City Workers Sign Contract

City of Oakdale workers will get a five percent raise in July with the signing of the recent contract for its police, fire, miscellaneous, and management employees. In return the employees have agreed to pay the full eight percent employee share of the PERS retirement costs with the sworn police and fire members paying their full nine percent share.

October 15, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Citizens Meet To Discuss Aquifer Concerns

Concerns about the future of water in the region will take center stage on Monday night.

October 14, 2013 | | Local News


Scabies Outbreak Concerns Care Facility Staff

Staff at Oak Valley Hospital's Oak Valley Care Center has confirmed they are taking precautionary measures for an outbreak of scabies at the facility.

October 11, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Events Canceled At New Melones Lake

Due to the federal government shutdown, some upcoming events planned at New Melones Lake have been cancelled. They are listed below.

October 10, 2013 | | Local News


Chamber Expo Helps Local Businesses Grow

The Gene Bianchi Community Center was the place to be on Thursday, Oct. 3 when the Oakdale Chamber of Commerce hosted its second Grow Your Business Expo.

October 09, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Annual Block Party Brings Out Community

A full "Block Party" – complete with a closed street – and put on by the Center for Human Services (CHS) - Oakdale Family Resource and Counseling Center on Oct. 4, hosted 33 vendors and service providers for local families. The third annual event, which was open to the community, took place on Mann Avenue between F and G streets. It provided information about community services, free food, music, giveaways, face painting and more.

October 09, 2013 | Dawn M. Henley | Local News


Budget Woes - Firefighters Take City Hit

Despite warnings of inadequate service levels by its line personnel, a plea from its past long-term fire chief, an administrative advisement by the current command staff against future cuts, and going against a recent $32,000 fire study by the city on fire department staffing, the Oakdale City Council accepted City Manager Bryan Whitemyer's recommendation by a vote of 4-1 to lay off two firefighters at the end of the calendar year.

October 09, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


AAUW Branch Celebrates Success

Alma Martinez Torres was given the opportunity to pursue her dreams, and has realized them by becoming an optometrist, due in part to a scholarship from the American Association of University Women (AAUW) Oakdale-Riverbank-Escalon Branch.

October 09, 2013 | Dawn M. Henley | Local News


Bikes, Kids, Cars: Rocky Road Rapport

It's just after 4 p.m. on a typical weekday and the streets in Oakdale hustle with the usual afternoon traffic rush. Fridays are the worst due to those departing for outside weekend destinations as rows of cars, RVs, trucks, and even agricultural equipment rumble along city surface streets designated as state highways.

October 09, 2013 | Richard Paloma | 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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