Members of Oakdale's FFA and 4-H clubs are preparing their animals and getting other projects ready to exhibit at the Stanislaus County Fair, July 15-24. Oakdale will be represented with a large contingent of breeding and market livestock, as well as numerous building exhibits such as sewing and photography.
Some local exhibitors will also show their animals at California State Fair, which starts July 14, overlapping with the county fair.
Emergency responders likely exhaled a collective sigh of relief as the Fourth of July holiday passed without much of a hiccup and with only one notable rescue on the Stanislaus River involving a 90-year-old woman.
Weeding out a list that started with 23 possible names for Oakdale's part-time city manager, the city council's ad-hoc committee has narrowed down the choices from 16 potential applicants to two serious considerations and is now weighing the qualifications and fit of a potential candidate.
The saga that has centered on preserving Oakdale's redevelopment agency is still filled with as much jarring and ups and downs in the legislative arena as an eight-second ride on the back of a bull in a rodeo arena.
Capping off his morning travels on Tuesday, June 28 with a lunch stop at the local H–B Saloon, Congressman Jeff Denham heard from local constituents as he enjoyed the "Kim & Jim" special from the menu.
A 90-year-old woman was rescued from the Stanislaus River Monday, July 4 when her River Journey boat capsized near the Russian Rapids. She wasn't injured but she was sinking fast in spite of her life jacket. For full details and a snapshot of the Fourth of July holiday, don't miss the July 6 issue of The Oakdale Leader
Safety first should be the watchword this long holiday weekend, according to local officials.
River water is still running high and cold, making it all the more important for rafters and swimmers to use life jackets. Authorities also caution against boating and drinking, or 'floating' and drinking for rafters, as the alcohol will slow response time and could create added danger for those trying to enjoy a day on the water. Extra patrols will be implemented on the area's waterways as deputies crack down on drunken or impaired boaters.
Over 40 members of the Oak Valley Hospital Foundation gathered at the home of Bill and Saundra West earlier this month to recognize the year's accomplishments by the organization and present awards to some of its members.
During the Oak Valley Hospital monthly meeting on Wednesday, June 22, the governing board released its written response to the Grand Jury Report from May 5 regarding Brown Act violations and not following established policy on awarding bids.
Annually in the month of June, the San Joaquin/Stanislaus CattleWomen donate $500 worth of beef to a charity, at $250 each, in the two counties. This year, the Salvation Army of Modesto (Stanislaus) and of Stockton (San Joaquin) were chosen to receive the donation of beef. The Salvation Army centers were able to choose any cut or combination of cuts of beef.
A Thursday accident along a rural road outside the city resulted in the death of a 17-year-old Oakdale girl, killed June 23 when her ATV entered the path of a 2002 Chevrolet. The Chevy was traveling westbound on Rice Road at about 45 mph early Thursday evening when the vehicles collided.
Fireworks booths throughout Oakdale are open for business and the temperatures are predicted to heat up for the weekend, with plenty of people liable to hit the local waterways for the Fourth of July holiday.