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Aging Baby Boomers Spur Housing Efforts

Driving along Yosemite Avenue past A street residents might notice the signs of construction. A bright yellow building is nearing completion and is visible from the road. This is a common sight across the country, even in a housing market where many find it cheaper to buy than to build. This is not a single family home, or even an apartment complex. This construction project is a senior housing complex, the one type of new building that is doing well despite the economy.

December 14, 2011 | Andrea Goodwin | Local News


4-H Club To Hold Craft, Bake Sale

Orange Blossom 4-H Club is holding a fundraising craft and bake sale from 10a.m.-2p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 17 at Oakdale Feed and Seed.

December 13, 2011 | Dawn M. Henley | Local News


Holiday Giving Ramps Up As Need Grows

The fourth annual Because We Care toy drive is in full swing, but donations are down and the need is greater than ever, said Ann Farmer, founder and coordinator.

December 07, 2011 | Kim Van Meter | Local News


OID Board Selects Officers

The Oakdale Irrigation District Board of Directors selected its new officers for 2012 at the Dec. 6 regular meeting. Director Frank Clark will serve as board president, Steve Webb will serve as vice president, OID General Manager Steve Knell will serve as board secretary, and OID Chief Financial Officer Kathy Cook will serve as treasurer.

December 07, 2011 | Dawn M. Henley | Local News


Infant Found Deceased In Waterford Trash Can

On Thursday evening, Dec. 1 at 9:22 p.m. Stanislaus County Sheriff's Deputies responded to the Bait Barn located at 12505 Yosemite Blvd in Waterford, for an infant found in a garbage can. Fire personnel immediately responded and the infant was pronounced deceased.

December 03, 2011 | Kim Van Meter | Local News


Police Search For Stabbing Suspect

Police are searching for an Oakdale man suspected of stabbing another Oakdale man in the forearm following an argument. Benjamin Gayton, 29, is a local transient who is described as a Hispanic male, 5 feet 6 inches, 135 pounds, with very short, shaved brown hair and hazel eyes. He was last seen wearing a ripped white tank top undershirt. Gayton has a tattoo on his right arm that reads, "Gayton."

December 02, 2011 | Kim Van Meter | Local News


Stiff Wind Downs Trees

Dubbed an "epic windstorm" by Weather.com, the blustery storm didn't spare Oakdale as it blew through town Wednesday, Nov. 30, downing trees all over the city, including two at the Oakdale Golf and Country Club and a large tree on Maag Avenue near the junior high as well as a power pole or two. Wind gusts in the Oakdale area were approximately 30 mph but areas in Los Angeles were hit with winds as high as 100 mph. The wind storm continued into Thursday, Dec. 1 with spotty power outages in some affected areas. In the foothill areas ...

December 01, 2011 | Kim Van Meter | Local News


Tree Of Life Lights Hope For Families

Oakdale families are invited to celebrate their loved ones with the Oak Valley Hospital Foundation's Tree of Life. Donors can purchase a light on the tree in memory of a lost loved one or in honor of a survivor. Anyone can purchase a light and they are not specifically for one disease or disorder.

November 30, 2011 | Andrea Goodwin | Local News


OID - Water Use, Costs Studied

The Oakdale Irrigation District Board of Directors visited several interrelated issues pertaining to water use in the district at its recent regular meeting.

November 30, 2011 | Dawn M. Henley | Local News


Cowboy Christmas Expands To Two-Day Event

Judging by the healthy turn out for both days, the decision to turn the 19th annual Cowboy Museum Cowboy Christmas into a two-day event was a smart one as community members and western-oriented shoppers crowded into the community center Friday and Saturday, Nov. 25-26.

November 30, 2011 | Kim Van Meter | Local News


Measure $ Allocated

Oakdale City Council members wasted no time appropriating Measure O sales tax dollars. The tax collection does not go into effect until April, but the council budgeted nearly $260,000 of the money at their recent meeting to keep two firefighter positions, two police officers, and operations of the senior and community centers. The adopted 2011-2012 budget included only partial funding for each of those services and hinged on the passing of Measure O to avoid cuts.

November 30, 2011 | Andrea Goodwin | Local News


City Lights Up

Oakdale will deck its halls for the holidays on Friday, Dec. 2 with the annual lighting of the Oakdale Christmas tree. This year's tree lighting was organized and sponsored by the Oakdale Garden Club, and will include 30 smaller trees, each sponsored by local organizations.

November 30, 2011 | Andrea Goodwin | Local News


Gather 'Round The Christmas Tree

Cloverland Elementary School students help kick off holiday festivities by decorating a tree for the city's tree lighting event. The Old-Fashioned Downtown Christmas and city tree-lighting ceremony are scheduled for Friday, Dec. 2. Look for information on both these local favorites in the Nov. 30 issue of The Oakdale Leader.

November 29, 2011 | Dawn M. Henley | Local News


Cowboy Santa Rides Into Town

Cowboy Santa was sighted Saturday, Nov. 26 as he sauntered into the community center for his annual appearance at the Cowboy Museum's Cowboy Christmas event. Ever a popular staple to the western-themed community event, Cowboy Santa never fails to delight young and old. The Oakdale Leader will have the full story as well as more photos of the event in the Wednesday, Nov. 30 issue.

November 26, 2011 | Kim Van Meter | Local News


Holiday Events On The Schedule

Whether it's sharing a holiday meal with friends or getting in some early holiday shopping, the season is alive and well.

November 23, 2011 | | 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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