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Enforcement Effort Targets Distracted Drivers

Effective Monday, June 17, drivers in the greater Sacramento region who are observed texting or talking on a hand-held cell phone will be targeted in a special enforcement operation that will last through June 30. Thirty-seven local police departments and the California Highway Patrol (CHP) will participate in the enforcement effort.

June 17, 2013 | Report Abuse account | Local News


First Responders And Students Train For The Unthinkable

On a weekday morning, two Oakdale Police patrol units respond to a call of a bomb threat at Oakdale Jr. High School. When the officers arrive a fire alarm sounds. Within moments, gunshots ring out from the classroom area at the rear of the school causing students to run.

June 15, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Weekend Charity Carnival

The Riverbend Ranch Charity Carnival will be held on Saturday, June 15 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 4500 River Road in Oakdale. The Carnival is a charity fund raiser that the Kjeldgaard family started in 2007 for an orphanage in Libera.

June 14, 2013 | | Local News


Oakdale Will See Tower Color Changed

In response to a June 12 Leader news article, AT&T representatives have contacted the Leader and the City of Oakdale and advised them that they will be changing the color of the recently constructed lime green faux water tank cell phone tower.

June 13, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


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


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Valley Saw Fewer Burn Restrictions This Season

The 14th winter of the Valley's residential wood-burning program ended with record improvement in air quality.

March 08, 2017 | | Local News


PLUNGE ON IN

Mustang swimmer Jackson Metcalfe dives into the pool at the Downey Invitational this past weekend, as the Oakdale High School swim team got their competitive ...

March 01, 2017 | | Local News


Rodeo Parade Changes

The annual Oakdale Rodeo Parade is scheduled on the second Saturday in April each year, just before the formal start of the PRCA/Oakdale Saddle ...

March 01, 2017 | | Local News


OHS Drama Club Stages Comedy ‘Clue’

Was it Colonel Mustard in the study with a lead pipe? Miss Scarlet in the billiard room with the rope? Mr. Green in the hall ...

March 01, 2017 | | Local News


Oakdale Man Killed In River Road Crash

A Friday night accident along River Road claimed the life of an Oakdale man, as his vehicle hit a tree west of Cleveland Avenue.

March 01, 2017 | | Local News


College, Career Center Update For School Board

Presidential holidays may have delayed the date for the February Oakdale Joint Unified School Board meeting, yet the evening proved to be informative and exciting ...

March 01, 2017 | Teresa Hammond | Local News


Fire Crews Battle Multi-Alarm Blaze

A multi-alarm fire on Monday afternoon, Feb. 27 virtually destroyed a 4,700-plus square foot custom home, with crews arriving on scene to find the ...

March 01, 2017 | Marg Jackson | Local News


Smiles For Life Campaign Set

Local dental patients can have their teeth whitened and help a child in need by visiting local Crown Council dentist Dr. Gurneet Chahal, as March ...

March 01, 2017 | | Local News


Regional Science Olympiad

Budding young scientists from throughout the region are gearing up for the 31st Annual Stanislaus County Regional Science Olympiad slated for Saturday, March 4 at ...

March 01, 2017 | | Local News


Datebook

The Friends of the Oakdale Library are gearing up for their annual Used Book Sale and are looking for donations of books as well. You ...

March 01, 2017 | | Local News


Knights Ferry Rally In Support Of Sioux

Water protectors will gather again in support of Standing Rock/Mni Waconi/Water is Life, slated to converge on Knights Ferry next week.

March 01, 2017 | | Local News


Spring Gas Prices Show Slight Rise

Average retail gasoline prices in Modesto have risen 3.8 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.69/gallon Sunday, according to GasBuddy ...

March 01, 2017 | | Local News


Forever Homes Needed For Abundance Of Pets

With a plethora of pets at the Oakdale Animal Shelter including a beautiful bunny that need forever homes, the Oakdale Shelter Pet Alliance will be ...

March 01, 2017 | | Local News


Chili, Camaraderie Served Up At Riverbank’s Veterans First

By MARG JACKSON

March 01, 2017 | | Local News


College Dance Conference

Modesto Junior College Department of Dance is proud to host the American College Dance Association Conference, March 1 through 4. The event involves 400 dancers ...

March 01, 2017 | | Local News


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