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River Safety Cautioned

The temperatures are climbing quickly into the 'is it summer already?' zone and Oakdale is lucky to have the cool, crisp waters of the Stanislaus River winding its way through the zip code. However, officials with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers are quick to remind people that the river is running swift from high country snow run-off and cold with brisk temperatures between 55 and 60 degrees.

Cooler than normal spring weather brought late season snow to the mountains, delaying the annual melting by about three weeks, according to reports by the National Weather Service in Sacramento.

June 09, 2010 | | Local News

Elizabeth Brichetto Retires From Rural Fire Board

After serving 18 years and nine months on the Oakdale Rural Fire Protection District Board, Elizabeth Brichetto has decided it's time to do something else.

June 09, 2010 | Kim Van Meter | Local News

OID Takes Next Steps For Automation

The Oakdale Irrigation District Board of Directors unanimously approved the implementation of a demonstration project for Total Channel Control (TCC) on the Claribel and Cometa laterals by Rubicon Systems, an Australian company that manufactures water control gates, precision water measurement instruments using wireless technology, and monitoring and control software that enables water authorities to manage and operate their systems more efficiently.

June 02, 2010 | Dawn M. Henley | Local News

Lights, Camera, Oakdale! – City Plays Host To Film Production Crew

The words 'quiet on set!' could be heard from production crew members in the Chateau Meroux, the countryside home of Sean Gnekow, which is nestled next to Woodward Reservoir, about four miles north of Oakdale.

June 02, 2010 | Krista Anderson Special To The Leader | Local News

Fire Season - Prolonged Spring Prompts Concerns

There's no doubt the unseasonably cool spring weather coupled with late rains have kept the temperatures in a pleasant zone but not without cost. The rainy season has created an extra heavy fuel load as the official fire season declared by CAL FIRE - albeit delayed - approaches with an estimated late June or early July target. The date is driven by local and state burning conditions and activity.

June 02, 2010 | Kim Van Meter | Local News

Holiday Weekend Busy But Safe

The Memorial Day holiday weekend traffic, both Friday and Monday, backed up Yosemite Avenue and clogged up F Street but in spite of heavy traffic flow and increased visitors through the city, law enforcement reported a relatively quiet holiday with the only spike being in DUI arrests due to the special grant-funded traffic enforcement.

"The calls were really run-of-the-mill," Lt. Lester Jenkins of the Oakdale Police Department said. "We had very heavy traffic throughout the weekend but not a lot of accidents."

June 02, 2010 | | Local News

Stanislaus County Releases Proposed Budget

The Stanislaus County Chief Executive Office has released the county's recommended proposed budget for the 2010-2011 budget year. The recommended proposed budget will serve as an interim spending plan for Stanislaus County operations until a final budget for 2010-2011 is adopted in September.

June 02, 2010 | | Local News

Service Clubs Make A Difference In Quake Zone

Delta BC Mexico: The largest earthquake in the California Region since the 8+ in 1906 that hit San Francisco did not stop 22 U.S. citizens from going six miles from the epicenter to do their service work through area clubs in April this year. Forty-two miles south of the border the town of Delta had no water and very little electricity, which made doing the medical clinics and work at the local elementary school a challenge. In spite of this, a total of over $92,000 worth of clinics, refurbishing and delivery of materials took place in two days.

May 26, 2010 | John C. Brunk Special To The Leader | Local News

Voices, Orb Captured During Leader Investigation

The investigative results are in from the Western Region Paranormal Research (WRPR) group - and it's enough to raise the hair on your arm if you're inclined to believe them.

May 26, 2010 | Kim Van Meter | Local News

SSJID Funding Improvements For Woodward Reservoir

A million dollars from the South San Joaquin Irrigation District is helping upgrade one of the more popular regional summer recreation destinations - Woodward Reservoir.

May 26, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt Special To The Leader | Local News

Reassignment - Task Force Gains Cop

Members of the Oakdale City Council recently approved Police Chief Marty West's request to reassign an officer to a grant-funded position within the Stanislaus County Anti-Drug Abuse Enforcement Agency (SDEA), which will likely save the officer's employment but will result in one less officer for Oakdale.

May 26, 2010 | Kim Van Meter | Local News

Memorial Day Ceremonies Planned

Both of Oakdale's cemeteries will have Memorial Day observations for the community. The Independent Order of Odd Fellows (I.O.O.F.) Oakdale Lodge #228 will place flags at Oaklawn Cemetery (Memorial Park) on North Sierra Avenue on Saturday, May 29 at 9 a.m.

The Romain Schell Post #2922 Veterans Foreign Wars, Oakdale, will host a ceremony on Monday, May 31 at 11 a.m. at the Oakdale Citizens Cemetery, East J Street. Flags for the ceremony will be placed by the Oakdale Historical Society.

May 26, 2010 | | Local News

OID Approves Funds To City, Fire

The Oakdale Irrigation District Board of Directors approved over $146,000 to fund requests from the City of Oakdale's Parks and Recreation department and the Fire department in a 3-2 vote at the May 18 regular meeting. Directors Herman Doornenbal and Al Bairos were the dissenting votes.

May 19, 2010 | Dawn M. Henley | Local News

Hair Collection Drive Aimed At Helping With Oil Spill Clean-Up

If you're looking for an easy way to do your part in helping clean up the oil spill currently befouling the ocean in the Gulf of Mexico, the ladies at Pamyla's Salon and Spa have the answer: go get a hair cut.

May 19, 2010 | | Local News

Cowboys And Chocolate

Some years the weather during the annual Oakdale Chocolate Festival is the invisible and unwelcome festival goer when it brings triple-digit temperatures but this year, the 18th annual chocolate event had mild - even delightfully - perfect weather for the 70,000 attendees who flocked to Oakdale for the weekend.

May 19, 2010 | Kim Van Meter | Local News

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Wildlife Training Academy Applications Due This Month

The application deadline for the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) law enforcement training academy is fast approaching. Interested individuals must file their completed ...

October 05, 2016 | | Local News

Clothing Consignment Shop Celebrates 10-Year Anniversary

It has been a decade since Tanya Bruchacek opened the doors to a concept which was new to the community of Oakdale. In October 2006 ...

October 05, 2016 | Teresa Hammond | Local News

Legislation Signed Into Law Focuses On Disabled Veterans

Legislation introduced in April by U.S. Reps. Jeff Denham (R-CA) and Sean Patrick Maloney (D-NY) to help ensure disabled veterans receive the appropriate level ...

October 05, 2016 | | Local News

French Camp VA Clinic A Step Closer To Reality

Congressman Jerry McNerney (CA-09) strongly supported the passage of H.R. 5325, which funds the Department of Veterans Affairs' planned community based outpatient clinic in ...

October 05, 2016 | | Local News

Council Chooses Park Name

After consideration of names and a public hearing, Oakdale Community Park will be the name of the city's new park along South Yosemite Avenue ...

October 05, 2016 | Richard Paloma | Local News

OHS Drama Presents Beloved ‘Peanuts’ Show

Charles Schulz's beloved comic comes to life on the Oakdale High School stage with performances of 'You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown.'

October 05, 2016 | | Local News

Free Tuition For Training Available To County Youth

Stanislaus County Alliance Worknet in partnership with Computer Tutor Business and Technical Institute is offering no cost training or paid work experience for individuals ages ...

October 05, 2016 | | Local News


Rivi's Wine Bar patio area was filled to capacity last week as the first Paint Night was hosted to a crowd of 30 eager ...

October 05, 2016 | Teresa Hammond | Local News

Project Heroes Dinner Scheduled In Oakdale

Pacific Project Heroes is planning its sixth annual Western themed dinner, dance and auction on Saturday, Oct. 8 from 5:30 p.m. to 11 ...

October 05, 2016 | | Local News

Oakdale Steps Up Its Western Heritage

The first Western Days festival, sponsored by the Oakdale Tourism and Visitors Bureau, was hosted Friday evening, Sept. 30 featuring a concert by The Dave ...

October 05, 2016 | | Local News


Oakdale High School Leadership students hosted their annual Sweater and Coat drive the last week of September. Items collected during the weeklong event will now ...

October 05, 2016 | Teresa Hammond | Local News

OID Approves Lucrative Water Sale By 3-2 Vote

In a move that will bring $2 million to Oakdale Irrigation District coffers, district board members, by a 3-2 vote, approved a deal in a ...

October 05, 2016 | Richard Paloma | Local News

High Expectations For Open House

Oakdale Airport will welcome in the community for its Open House, being offered this Saturday, Oct. 8 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m ...

October 05, 2016 | | Local News

OASIS Aims To Strengthen Ties With Police Department

OASIS After School Program Manager Matt Dillon is looking to foster positive relationships for his students and their community.

October 05, 2016 | Teresa Hammond | Local News

Residents Relay Bypass Concerns

Monday night's Oakdale City Council meeting brought a standing room only crowd to the council chambers with the overflow of citizens into the lobby ...

October 05, 2016 | Richard Paloma | Local News

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