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Budget Woes - Firefighters Take City Hit

Despite warnings of inadequate service levels by its line personnel, a plea from its past long-term fire chief, an administrative advisement by the current command staff against future cuts, and going against a recent $32,000 fire study by the city on fire department staffing, the Oakdale City Council accepted City Manager Bryan Whitemyer's recommendation by a vote of 4-1 to lay off two firefighters at the end of the calendar year.

October 09, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


AAUW Branch Celebrates Success

Alma Martinez Torres was given the opportunity to pursue her dreams, and has realized them by becoming an optometrist, due in part to a scholarship from the American Association of University Women (AAUW) Oakdale-Riverbank-Escalon Branch.

October 09, 2013 | Dawn M. Henley | Local News


Bikes, Kids, Cars: Rocky Road Rapport

It's just after 4 p.m. on a typical weekday and the streets in Oakdale hustle with the usual afternoon traffic rush. Fridays are the worst due to those departing for outside weekend destinations as rows of cars, RVs, trucks, and even agricultural equipment rumble along city surface streets designated as state highways.

October 09, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Federal Recreational Facilities, Army Corps Parks Closures

The Bureau of Reclamation announced the status of Mid-Pacific Region recreational facilities and amenities available to the public during the federal government shutdown. Facilities operating with lapsing federal appropriations are closed; those that are funded through concessions or operated by California State Parks are open.

October 08, 2013 | | Local News


Highway 108 Information Session

A public information session led by Laura Podolsky of the Local Government Commission, on behalf of the City of Oakdale, will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 8, from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 pm at the Gladys L. Lemmons Senior Center at 450 East A Street.

October 07, 2013 | | Local News


7-11 Robber Identified And Arrested

After obtaining video footage of two Friday, Oct. 4 early morning robberies, Oakdale Police were able to identify the suspect and make an arrest shortly after midnight on Saturday, Oct. 5.

October 05, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Early Morning 7-11 Robberies Minutes Apart

Oakdale Police are looking for a lone individual suspected of robbing two 7-11 convenience stores in the early a.m. hours on Friday, Oct. 4.

October 04, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Gusty Winds Prompt Health Caution

Blowing dust as a result of gusty winds has prompted local air-pollution officials to issue a health cautionary statement through Friday, Oct. 4 throughout the San Joaquin Valley. This health caution is in effect in San Joaquin, Stanislaus, Merced, Madera, Fresno, Kings, Tulare and the Valley portion of Kern counties.

October 03, 2013 | | Local News


Expo Focuses On Growing Business

Grow Your Business Expo is slated for today, Thursday, Oct. 3 from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Gene Bianchi Community Center, 110 S. Second Ave., in Oakdale. The event is open to the community so people can see what Oakdale businesses and Chamber Members have to offer. There will be a variety of great products and services available in one location. This event is free and there will be raffle prizes and vendors on hand encouraging the community to buy locally.

October 03, 2013 | | Local News


OID Approves Water Sale

In a 4-1 vote on Tuesday, the Oakdale Irrigation District Board of Directors okayed the plan to move forward with a deal to sell water to the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SF PUC), operating through the City and County of San Francisco (CCSF). The approval was for a one-year option, although, some contingencies must be met first. Director Steve Webb was the dissenting vote.

October 02, 2013 | Dawn M. Henley | Local News


Oakdale: No Way Out (Or In)

Built in 1931 when brand new Ford Model A cars cruised the roadway, the Stanislaus River Bridge serves as the only northern route accommodating eastbound Highway 120 traffic entering the city.

October 02, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Superheroes Of Symbiosis

A little more than a week has passed since the conclusion of the "Symbiosis Gathering" that took place at Woodward Reservoir outside Oakdale, hosting a thrilling array of entertainment, art and many other festivities. The "participants" have all gone home, but another group has inhabited the beautiful marshland that makes up Woodward Reservoir for the past week. They are the "Waste Busters" and they aren't afraid of the trash that lurks in the dark. They are the unseen heroes that swoop in to fight the monstrous piles of waste left behind, and they're the real reason events and ...

October 02, 2013 | Laura Morgan | Local News


Substitute Pleads Not Guilty

Appearing with his attorney for only a few minutes, Oakdale Joint Unified School District Substitute Teacher Bryan Thies pleaded not guilty on Monday to two counts of felony lewd and lascivious acts with a child under the age of 14 and three misdemeanor charges of annoying or molesting a child.

October 01, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Barktoberfest Benefits Shelter Pets

The Fifth Annual Barktoberfest Benefit for homeless pets of Oakdale and Riverbank is on Saturday, Oct. 5 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

September 30, 2013 | | Local News


Pair Plead Not Guilty In Homicide

At their Wednesday, Sept. 25 arraignment in Stanislaus County Superior Court, Brandon Scott Pettit, 25, and Felix Valverde, 26, pleaded not guilty to murder and arson charges in the deaths of Pettit's parents, Scott and Janet Pettit of Modesto.

September 27, 2013 | | Local News


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Barn Sale Benefit

ASTRO Thrift and Gift store will host a Barn Extravaganza sale on Saturday, May 19 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

May 09, 2018 | | Local News


Railtown Slates Mother’s Day Train Rides At Jamestown Park

Railtown 1897 State Historic Park in Jamestown plans to treat moms extra special this Mother's Day. On Sunday, May 13, the Park is offering ...

May 09, 2018 | | Local News


Driver In Accident Arrested In Homicide

A Modesto man arrested in connection with a rural Oakdale homicide is the same man who crashed his car into an oncoming vehicle on Tuesday ...

May 07, 2018 | | Local News


Detectives Investigate Oakdale Homicide

On Tuesday, May 1 shortly after 4 p.m., Stanislaus County Sheriff's Deputies and Emergency Medical personnel responded to the 13000 block of Horseshoe ...

May 02, 2018 | | Local News


Oakdale Plays Host To Combined Relay

Teams of participants, cancer survivors, caregivers and those who have lost loved ones to the disease will take to the track for the 2018 Relay ...

May 02, 2018 | Marg Jackson | Local News


Taylor Winds Down Career With OJUSD

Terri Taylor is finally going to take a break and it has been a long time coming.

May 02, 2018 | Teresa Hammond | Local News


Full House Turns Out For Congressional Forum

Six candidates seeking the 10th Congressional District seat turned out for a special forum, hosted by the League of Women Voters and the local American ...

May 02, 2018 | Marg Jackson | Local News


Students Take On Annual District Science Fair Event

It was a busy week of sharing science and findings through study and experimentation for students of the 95361 this past week.

May 02, 2018 | | Local News


Vendors Lining Up For Farmer’s Market

The Oakdale Farmer's Market will be back for a new season starting later this month.

May 02, 2018 | | Local News


An Adventure In Road Trippin’

When I was a kid, the grandest road trip we took as a family was camping to Mammoth Pools, which was only about an hour ...

May 02, 2018 | By KIM VAN METER Special To The Leader | Local News


OHS Drama Presents ‘The Secret Garden’

Frances Hodgson Burnett's beloved Victorian classic, The Secret Garden, blossoms anew in an enchanting musical by Pulitzer Prize-winner Marsha Norman and Lucy Simon, to ...

May 02, 2018 | | Local News


Spring Art Show Winners Announced

Members of the Oak Valley Art Society, OVAS, had their annual Spring Art Show recently, hosted at the Escalon Library.

May 02, 2018 | | Local News


Community Briefs

Arts And Flowers

May 02, 2018 | | Local News


Valley Rail Project Receives Grant $$

California State Transportation Agency officials recently announced a series of grant awards under the Transit and Intercity Rail Capital Program (TIRCP), and selected the Valley ...

May 02, 2018 | | Local News


Wildlife Officers Keeping Close Watch On Overlimits

Law enforcement officers from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) have made several recent gross overlimit cases on crappie anglers in the San ...

May 02, 2018 | | Local News


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