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City Status - Mid-Year Budget Near Predictions

A report at the March 17 Oakdale City Council meeting by City Manager Bryan Whitemyer regarding the city budget, showed the city with only a $72,000 variance of its final budget proposed from October of last year.

March 19, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News

Civil War Hits Ferry This Weekend

The Civil War comes alive at the Knights Ferry Civil War Days event, put on by the American Civil War Association this weekend.

March 19, 2014 | | Local News

New Transport Program Aids Area Veterans

A celebration of the new Stanislaus Veterans Medical Transport Program, a collaborative effort to serve Stanislaus area veterans, will be held on Wednesday, March 19, at the Stanislaus County Courthouse Lawn near 12th and I streets in Modesto at 5 p.m. Special guest speaker will be Representative Jeff Denham (R-10th District).

March 17, 2014 | | Local News

Special St. Patrick’s Day Enforcement Effort

As Californians throughout the state plan to celebrate the St. Patrick's Day holiday, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the Office of Traffic Safety (OTS), and the California Highway Patrol (CHP) encourage motorists to plan ahead and designate a sober driver, or arrange for a safe and sober ride home.

March 15, 2014 | | Local News

Sheriff’s Department Issues Telemarketing Alert

Financial scams have become prevalent among seniors. They often go unreported and are devastating to the senior, leaving them in a vulnerable position with little time to recoup their losses. The most common scams are done over the phone, with no face-to-face interaction, and no paper trail, theses scams are incredibly hard to trace. Lonely seniors with nobody to talk to are prime targets. Once a successful deal has been made, the senior's name is then shared with similar schemers looking for easy targets, defrauding the same person repeatedly.

March 14, 2014 | | Local News

California Gas Prices Reach $4 Per Gallon Mark

The annual climb in retail gasoline prices that pushes refineries to meet clean energy mandates has elevated the national average price of gas to $4.01 per gallon, a rise of 32 cents since Jan. 1. And Wednesday, Los Angeles became the first major metro area in the continental U.S. see its average price reach $4 per gallon.

March 13, 2014 | | Local News

Accusations Fly In Airport Battle

Finger pointing regarding bias, threats, mismanagement, and outright lies continue to fly in the latest drama involving the Oakdale Airport.

March 12, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News

Committee Gets View Of Oakdale After ‘O’

Oakdale City Manager Bryan Whitemyer painted a bleak picture of the city without the continuance of the city's half-cent sales tax assessment at the Measure O Committee meeting on Monday, March 10.

March 12, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News

New Look For Oakdale Police Fleet

With four of the nine vehicles in its fleet with over 120,000 miles, the Oakdale Police Department is making a gradual change in vehicles, shifting from its mainstay police sedan, the Ford Crown Victoria, to the Chevrolet Tahoe SUV.

March 12, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News

World Champion Bucking Bull - Testicle Festival Honors Bushwacker

Tickets are now on sale for the 33rd Annual Oakdale Testicle Festival which will be held on Monday, March 31 at the FES Hall in Oakdale.

March 12, 2014 | | Local News

Congressional Competition Seeks Young Artists

U.S. Representative Jeff Denham (R-Turlock) has announced the details of California's 10th District Congressional Art Competition. The competition provides aspiring student artists with the chance to display their talent and creativity. One winner from the 10th District will be invited to share their artwork with the rest of the nation in the U.S. Capitol.

March 10, 2014 | | Local News

Hospice Receives Grant For Expanding Services

Community Hospice announced this week they were awarded a $100,000 grant from the New York Life Foundation. Community Hospice was one of 20 bereavement service providers that received the funding as part of an effort to help expand grief support services to diverse and disadvantaged youth across the country.

March 08, 2014 | | Local News

Student Artists Celebrate Contributions Of Trees

As trees across the state begin to blossom for spring, California's Arbor Week is emphasizing the importance trees have on communities and their residents. Officials from CAL FIRE and California ReLeaf, an organization working to preserve, protect and enhance California's urban forests, have announced the winners of the statewide Arbor Week poster contest.

March 07, 2014 | | Local News

Oakdale Man Arrested For Child Porn In Ripon

Ripon Police announced that on Wednesday, March 5 they arrested a registered sex offender from Oakdale in possession of child pornography on a computer.

March 06, 2014 | | Local News

Time Out – Happy To Be Here

Hello Central Valley! I am the new face of sports reporting for Oakdale (and hopefully some Riverbank and Escalon assignments shortly). Although I have only been reporting for a month now, it has been a goal of mine to pursue sports journalism since my high school days at Del Puerto High School in Patterson, back in 2002. In the 12 years that have passed since graduation, I have held tedious jobs to support myself and my family. That would all change while perusing the classifieds and an advertisement "Sports Writer Wanted" appeared on my screen. I thought to myself "Wow ...

March 05, 2014 | Dennis D. Cruz | Local News

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Stanislaus County Trash Day

Volunteers are being sought for the first Stanislaus County Trash Day, set for Saturday, March 17 throughout the county.

March 08, 2018 | | Local News

Community Briefs

Weight Loss Support

March 07, 2018 | | Local News

Kash In Concert

Make plans to attend a special afternoon of music, featuring the original music of international songwriters, Alex Kash and Bethany Dalton-Kash

March 07, 2018 | | Local News

Region Still Seeing Rise In Pump Prices

Gas prices in the region continue to slowly climb, with the average retail gasoline prices in Modesto rising 3.3 cents per gallon in the ...

March 07, 2018 | | Local News

Almond Farmers Working Tirelessly To Protect Crops

The month of February wrapped up in an unforeseen manner for almond farmers throughout the Central Valley. An unprecedented stretch of freezing night time temperatures ...

March 07, 2018 | Teresa Hammond | Local News

New Member Tapped For Stanislaus Fire Board

A meeting scheduled for Thursday, March 8 in Riverbank at Stanislaus Consolidated Station 26 meeting room will see the swearing in of a new board ...

March 07, 2018 | | Local News


Students from throughout the Oakdale Joint Unified School District celebrated Read Across America on Friday, March 2 celebrating the birth of popular children's book ...

March 07, 2018 | | Local News

Popular City ‘Plunge’ Getting Solar Panels

Splish splash, The Plunge is going green – with solar energy, that is.

March 07, 2018 | By KIM VAN METER Special To The Leader | Local News

More Life At School Farm

Rain proved not to be a deterrent as a small army of students and community members descended on the Oakdale School Farm this past Friday ...

March 07, 2018 | | Local News

Vote For Top Chili

Mark the calendar for Saturday, March 10, as American Veterans First is hosting its second annual fundraising chili cook-off for another year. For those that ...

March 07, 2018 | | Local News

ASTRO Fundraiser Sets Sights On New Heights

Saint Patrick's Day has taken on a new spin for the Oakdale/Riverbank area thanks in part to the ASTRO Foundation.

March 07, 2018 | Teresa Hammond | Local News

Local AAUW Hosts Career Development Grant Recipient

Members, guests and prospective members of the American Association of University Women, Oakdale-Riverbank-Escalon Branch won't want to miss the chance to meet one of ...

March 07, 2018 | | Local News

Relay Corner

The Oakdale-Escalon-Riverbank-Waterford Relay For Life will be hosted May 5 and 6 at the Oakdale High School soccer fields. Teams are gearing up for the ...

March 07, 2018 | | Local News

Library Corner

Preschool Story Time and Wiggle Worms continue through March.

March 07, 2018 | | Local News

Civil Rights Icon Launches Women’s History Month

Dolores Huerta could only stay for a few minutes, but the message she delivered to an audience of 650 people at San Joaquin Delta College ...

March 07, 2018 | | Local News

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