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Bypass Overview Draws 100 Plus To Meeting

Planning for the "bypass" - otherwise known as the North County Corridor project - hasn't gone away. While planning began in 2008 and the first phase of construction is not slated to begin until 2018, the public interest continues to run high. Area residents just haven't had a recent meeting.

June 22, 2011 | John Branch | Local News


Cautions Abound For River Safety

Leaders in Oakdale's fire and police departments, as well as the irrigation district are cautioning people about recreation activities on the Stanislaus River.

Oakdale Irrigation District General Manager Steve Knell said very high river flows are expected as of July 1 because water must be released from New Melones Reservoir due to the Federal Bureau of Reclamation's operating permit that states it cannot store water behind the dam after June 30.

June 21, 2011 | Dawn M. Henley | Local News


Rural Fire Talks Continue

Action was tabled but discussions are ongoing with the Oakdale Rural Fire Protection District Board (ORFD) in regards to the current brown out schedule affecting the outlying posts of Valley Home and Knights Ferry with differing opinions on which station should receive the lion's share of summer staffing.

June 15, 2011 | Kim Van Meter | Local News


Criticism Follows Lengthy Meetings

After a series marathon council meetings, some of which contained hot topic items lasting nearly until midnight, the common question heard within the audience before the start of many Oakdale council meetings nowadays is not about posted agenda items, but, "How long will this one last?"

June 15, 2011 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Sidewalk Project Riddled With Bureaucracy

The mayor, public works personnel, and the senior citizen advisory commission all want to put in a reasonably priced sidewalk at the northwest corner of A Street and Yosemite Avenue. The only hold-up seems to be what is described as "bureaucratic red tape" if the city is involved.

June 15, 2011 | Richard Paloma | Local News


All Church Picnic And Concert

The Oakdale Family Church of the Nazarene will hold a fundraiser picnic and concert Sunday, June 12 to raise funds to send 12 Oakdale youths to the Nazarene Youth Conference in Louisville, Kentucky from July 5-10 for fellowship and to learn of the transformational power of God. Thousands of students from all over the United States and Canada will be attending.

June 10, 2011 | Kim Van Meter | Local News


Joplin Journey - Group Lends Helping Hand

A contingent of Oakdale citizens has been in Joplin, Missouri for the past week, helping the town recover from a devastating tornado that happened just over two weeks ago.

June 08, 2011 | Dawn M. Henley | Local News


Sales Tax Initiative Prepped For Ballot

Meeting late into the night on Monday, June 6, Oakdale City Council members were part of a session that included several hours of discussion, finger pointing, and pleading over the possibility of the city going forward with a special sales tax measure. In the end, whether "begrudgingly" or "cautiously," the council unanimously approved going forward with the initiative and will ask the Stanislaus County Board of Supervisors to place on the November 2011 ballot a vote for a half-cent sales tax increase over a three-year period.

June 08, 2011 | Richard Paloma | Local News


City Banking On Jail Booking Payments

As Gov. Jerry Brown continues pushing his tax plan toward the end of the fiscal year, Oakdale bean counters are closely watching the status of the state's vehicle license fee extensions as they are finalizing city budgets.

June 08, 2011 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Weather Cooperates For Farmers Market Opening

After several days of unstable weather, the sun did its June duty and came out to kick off the first evening of the Oakdale Certified Farmers Market on Thursday, June 2.

June 08, 2011 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Big Draw - Annual Senior Information Day Meets With Success

The 11th annual Senior Information Day, held at the community center, Friday, June 3 drew a respectable crowd of senior citizens interested in learning about the newest services available and topics affecting their age group.

June 08, 2011 | Kim Van Meter | Local News


OID Has Clean Audit

The Oakdale Irrigation District got a clean bill of health from the independent auditor Brian Nash of Richardson and Company. The OID Board of Directors heard Nash's report at its June 7 meeting and then unanimously approved the district's 2010 comprehensive annual financial report. The board also approved the 2010 annual financial report for OID improvement districts.

June 08, 2011 | Dawn M. Henley | Local News


Tight Lines - City Critters Come To The Country

During the past week, three separate incidents popped up that focused my attention on wild critters right in the middle of a city environment. First, I happened to be perusing the newspaper and came across an article about a rattlesnake being killed in someone's garage right in the middle of town. Rattlers in town? The State Capitol maybe, but a small town in central California? Hooda thunk it?

June 08, 2011 | Don Moyer | Local News


Oakdale Group Helps Joplin Residents

Dozens of Oakdale residents recently caravanned to Joplin, Missouri taking supplies and their helping hands to make a contribution toward tornado relief efforts. Members of the Oakdale Family Church of the Nazarene and Gilton Solid Waste Management employees have been in Joplin since June 2. Find out more about what they've been doing in Joplin in the June 8 issue of The Oakdale Leader.

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


Sales Tax Survey Results On Council Agenda

The results of an ad hoc committee's sales tax study is set to be presented at the June 6 Oakdale City Council Meeting.

In May, the council commissioned Godbe Research of San Mateo County to perform a survey on the viability of the tax initiative that would raise the sales tax in Oakdale.

June 02, 2011 | Richard Paloma | Local News


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Friday Night Fundraiser Scores Big For Padilla

Setting what they felt was an achievable $2,000 goal, organizers of the Hector Padilla soccer fundraiser more than tripled their expectations.

May 03, 2017 | Marg Jackson | Local News


Hospital Salutes Volunteers

Frank Ayala was named as the Junior Volunteer of the Year and Cathline Oliveira named as the Oak Valley Hospital District Volunteer of the Year ...

May 03, 2017 | | Local News


May Programs For All Ages At The Oakdale Library

Preschool Story Time and Wiggle Worms resume in May.

May 03, 2017 | | Local News


Disaster Loan Application Deadline Set For May 31

Director Tanya N. Garfield of the U.S. Small Business Administration's Disaster Field Operations Center - West today reminded California private nonprofit organizations of the ...

May 03, 2017 | | Local News


Fruit, Veggie Fest Set

Community partners and local families will join the Stanislaus County Health Services Agency's Nutrition Education and Obesity Prevention program and Champions for Change for ...

May 03, 2017 | | Local News


Trout Releases Planned In Truckee Basin Waters

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) will start releasing Pilot Peak Lahontan cutthroat trout into Truckee area waters to give Sierra Nevada anglers ...

May 03, 2017 | | Local News


Partnership Formed To Aid Small Farmers And Ranchers

American AgCredit has announced a strategic partnership with Kitchen Table Advisors to support the economic viability of sustainable small farmers and ranchers. An independent project ...

May 03, 2017 | | Local News


T.P. Express Celebrates Three Decades Of Service

Some might say Michael Harris was born into a unique vantage point of Stanislaus County. From as far back as he can remember, Harris has ...

May 03, 2017 | Teresa Hammond | Local News


Community Briefs

Classics On Display

May 03, 2017 | | Local News


Pet Adoption Event Scheduled At Petco

The Oakdale Shelter Pet Alliance volunteers will have a few adoptable pets from the Oakdale Animal Shelter at Petco in the Riverbank Crossroads Shopping Center ...

May 03, 2017 | | Local News


Carrillo Earns Appointment As New Police Lieutenant

Oakdale Police Chief Scott Heller announced the appointment of Joe Carrillo as the Department's new Lieutenant on Monday afternoon, May 1. Carrillo is a ...

May 03, 2017 | | Local News


Stanislaus Consolidated Crews Contain Storage Unit Blaze

There were several fire engines at a storage facility near the intersection of North Yosemite Avenue (Highway 120) and A Street due to a call ...

May 03, 2017 | | Local News


Valley Vote Now Open

U.S. Representative Jeff Denham (R-Turlock) recently opened the "Valley Vote" contest, a public component of California's 10th District Congressional Art Competition. The online ...

May 03, 2017 | Nina Frisby | Local News


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