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Local Car Seat Check Saturday In Riverbank

The California Highway Patrol (CHP) and Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) are observing National Child Passenger Safety Week, Sept. 18 through 24. Throughout the week, CHP officers will raise awareness of the importance of child safety seats by conducting community events statewide.

September 21, 2016 | | Local News

Be Alert For Wildlife In Fall Months Ahead

Caltrans and the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) remind motorists to remain alert for wildlife on roadways during Watch Out for Wildlife Week, which runs Sept. 18-24.

September 21, 2016 | | Local News

YES Kids Open Auditions

YES, Youth Entertainment Stage, Kids is seeking students in grades four through eight to be actors, singers, and dancers for Disney's "My Son Pinocchio Jr." with open auditions to be held soon.

September 21, 2016 | | Local News

California Outdoors

Packing Out And Measuring Game

September 21, 2016 | | Local News


Modesto Junior College Art Gallery presents Abstract Considerations, an exhibition of the works of artist Matt Rhoades. The display is open to the public through Thursday, Sept. 22. The MJC Art Gallery is located on East Campus, 435 College Ave., Modesto and it is open Monday through Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Thursday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Admission is free.

September 14, 2016 | | Local News

General Deer Season Opens This Weekend

California's 2016 general deer season will open in zones B1-B3, B5, B6, C1-C4, D6-D8, X9A, X9B and X12 on Saturday, Sept. 17. The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) reminds hunters to pay close attention to the occurrence of wild fires in their favorite hunting spots. Current information on forest closures can be found at

September 14, 2016 | | Local News

Emergency Responders Need Structured Support System

Emergency responders, which includes the police, firefighters and paramedics who are the first to arrive at the scene of an incident, are in the business of protecting others and helping to save lives. These workers are on call during natural disasters, technological failures, terrorist attacks, and many other potentially traumatic events. Emergency responders are the unsung heroes of many communities that they work hard to keep safe and secure.

September 14, 2016 | | Local News

New Report Shows UC Merced Making Strides

In just its 12th academic year, the University of California, Merced, has been named one of the best public universities in the nation by U.S. News & World Report.

September 14, 2016 | | Local News

Exchange Students Seek Regional Host Families

Cultural Homestay International (CHI), a non-profit high school organization is looking for volunteer local host families for international high school students, ages 15 to 18 years of age who are coming for the second semester of the 2016-17 school year and the full 2017-18 school year. These personable and academically select high school students speak some English, are bright, curious and anxious to improve their communication skills.

September 14, 2016 | | Local News

Area Motorists See Slight Rise In Prices

Average retail gasoline prices in Modesto have risen 5.0 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.57/gallon Sunday, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 201 gas outlets in Modesto. This compares with the national average that has fallen 1.8 cents per gallon in the last week to $2.17/gallon, according to gasoline price website

September 14, 2016 | | Local News

On The Shelf

Looking for a good book? Librarians at the Oakdale Library are always happy to offer reading suggestions. And now, a good book is easier to find than ever. New books at the Oakdale Library will be featured each month in the Oakdale Leader. Librarians will provide information about books for children and adults, both fiction and non-fiction.

September 14, 2016 | | Local News

Vanderheiden Is Named OPD’s Newest Sergeant

With recent retirements and new hires, the Oakdale Police Department continues to fill its upper ranks with the recent promotion of veteran patrol officer Gary Vanderheiden to the rank of sergeant within the department.

September 14, 2016 | Richard Paloma | Local News

MJC Presentation Focuses On Mountain Lions, Bighorn Sheep

The Modesto Area Partners in Science (MAPS) will offer the presentation "Mountain lions and bighorn sheep: risks, rewards, or range abandonment?" by Jeff Villepique, Ph.D., a wildlife biologist with California Fish & Wildlife, Inland Deserts Region. The free event is scheduled for Friday, Sept. 30 at 7:30 p.m. in Sierra Hall 132 on Modesto Junior College's West Campus, 2201 Blue Gum Ave., Modesto.

September 14, 2016 | | Local News

CHP Schedules Brake Safety Week Activities

For the safety of everyone traveling on California roadways, the California Highway Patrol (CHP) is focusing on brake inspections and education for commercial vehicles during Brake Safety Week, Sept. 11-17, 2016.

September 14, 2016 | | Local News


Astoria Senior Living resident Donna Wilkens recently checked a box on her bucket list. The 88-year-old took a first time motorcycle ride with a friend to Knights Ferry for lunch at the River's Edge. She also shared that she thoroughly enjoyed it and can't wait to do it again.

September 14, 2016 | | 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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