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ORFD Deputy Chief Ready For Change

Five years ago, a young captain with years of tactical experience and a solid head on his shoulders was tapped, along with a then-administrative secretary, to assume the helm of the Oakdale Rural Fire District upon the retirement of long-time chief Bill Houk.

It was a temporary measure aimed at saving the beleaguered district much-needed cash until a fire initiative could be passed for an infusion of additional funds.

July 29, 2009 | Kim Van Meter | Local News


Cowboy Capital Sign Welcomes Visitors

Visitors entering Oakdale from the South will now notice a new welcome sign, one that clearly identifies this as the city that is the 'Cowboy Capital of the World.'
The sign is at the same location as the original sign, on South Yosemite near the Oakdale Recycling Center.
"The Cowboy Museum received many suggestions following the Cowboy Capital of the World Contest last year stating that Oakdale should have a sign indicating that we're (still) the Cowboy Capital of the World," explained Cowboy Museum Executive Director Christie Camarillo. "A committee was formed and in February of this year, Director ...

July 22, 2009 | | Local News


OID Tunnel Project Bid Awarded

The Oakdale Irrigation District Board of Directors voted unanimously at their July 21 meeting to award the bid for the South Main Canal and Tunnel improvement project to the lowest bidder, which is Magorian Mines Services of Auburn. OID General Manager Steve Knell said that because of the "tight" bids he expected that bid protests would be filed by the competing bidders.
Magorian submitted a bid for $5.26 million, while the next lowest bidder was Sierra Mountain Construction of Tuolumne County, which came in with $5.38 million. The next bid was Johnson Western Gunite with $5.43 million ...

July 22, 2009 | Dawn M. Henley | Local News


Junior Exhibitors Prep For Fair

The countdown to the county fair is on. Oakdale's FFA and 4-H members are getting their project displays ready, checking the weights of their market animals, practicing showmanship, and getting their equipment together. The Stanislaus County Fair runs July 31 through Aug. 3.
Oakdale High School FFA member Presley Gravatt is taking a market lamb named "Elvis," three Suffolk breeding sheep, and a dairy replacement heifer - a pregnant Holstein named "Lola" - to this year's fair.
One of Gravatt's Ag teachers, Bob Joseph, recently weighed Elvis so that she would know how close she's getting with the ...

July 22, 2009 | Dawn M. Henley | Local News


Wildland Fire Threatened Homes

A 21-year-old woman suffered smoke inhalation and was taken to the hospital after she attempted to extinguish the flames threatening her home as a 20-acre wild land fire between Liberini Avenue and River Road burned trees and grass Sunday, July 12.

July 15, 2009 | | Local News


Public Meeting Set On Ag Spreading

Stanislaus County Department of Environmental Resources will host a meeting at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, July 21 at the Oakdale Library, 151 So. First Ave., Oakdale to consider: A request to issue a Stanislaus County Food Processing By-product Use permit to ConAgra Foods for the land application of food processing by-products.

July 15, 2009 | | Local News


Leadership Group Gets Public Safety View

A group of six community members enrolled in the Leadership course sponsored by the Oakdale Chamber of Commerce took a day to get an up-close and personal view of the issues inherent to public safety by spending a day with the police department, Thursday, June 25.

July 08, 2009 | Kim Van Meter | Local News


Presale Movie Night Fundraiser Tickets

Support your local Oakdale Gator swim team and take your family out to an evening at the movies by buying presale movie night fundraiser tickets for Ice Age 3 and Transformers 2, showing Thursday, July 9 at the Oakdale Theater. Tickets are $7 and they must be purchased in advance.

July 02, 2009 | Kim Van Meter | Local News


Dorada Park Gazebo Dedicated

Con Agra Foods, a long time major employer in Oakdale, recently donated $15,000 to the City of Oakdale for a gazebo to shade the bandstand in Dorada Park.

July 01, 2009 | | Local News


Fire Agencies Urge Caution

The promise of hot temperatures and a Fourth of July holiday that lands on a Saturday has fire agencies gearing up for a busy - and fun - holiday but warn that being caught with illegal fireworks could result in fines that range from $500 to $5,000.

July 01, 2009 | | Local News


CHP Plans Special Enforcement Period

As motorists prepare to head out onto the highway for some summer fun this Independence Day, the California Highway Patrol (CHP) is doing its part to help keep the fireworks where they belong … in the sky. And with some advance planning, the CHP hopes this can be a safe celebration for everyone.

July 01, 2009 | | Local News


Concerns Linger Over Corridor

Plenty of people turned out at the neighboring Riverbank Community Center on June 15 for a meeting on the North County Corridor State Route 108 East Route Adoption. At an estimated several hundred, there were probably more than the California Department of Transportation expected and they were without microphones, so it was virtually impossible for the organizers to direct the confused gathering.

June 24, 2009 | John Branch | Local News


OID Discusses 10-Day Rotations

The Oakdale Irrigation District is considering going to 10-day rotations in July. Water Operations Manager Kevin King told the Board of Directors that it's expected for temperatures to be high this week and the district may provide one or two 10-day rotations, then will go back to 12-day rotations.

June 24, 2009 | Dawn M. Henley | Local News


City Budget Hearing Continued

The public hearing regarding Oakdale's 2009-2010 budget has been continued until Wednesday, June 24 at 7:00 p.m.

June 19, 2009 | | Local News


Pointe Of Dance 7th Annual Recital Slated

The Pointe of Dance 7th annual dance recital featuring the talents of 140 dancers, ranging in age from 3 to 17, will be held at the River Oak Grace amphitheater Saturday, June 27 at 6 p.m.

June 16, 2009 | | Local News


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Square Dance Club Sessions

The Skirts 'n Flirts Square Dance Club of Oakdale is hosting a New Dancer Class.

September 06, 2017 | | Local News


Library Foundation Hosts Local Teen Author

The Stanislaus Library Foundation will host Modesto author Juliana Presto at its annual Author's Garden Gala on Saturday, Sept. 23. The gala will take ...

September 06, 2017 | | Local News


Open Auditions Set For Disney’s “Peter Pan, Jr.”

YES (Youth Entertainment Stage) KIDS is seeking students in fourth through eighth grades to be actors, singers, and dancers for Disney's "Peter Pan, Jr."

September 06, 2017 | | Local News


Region’s ‘Record Man’ Still Spinning Jazz Tunes

Elton John sang about a 'Rocket Man' but local resident Harold Peterson is definitely more of a 'Record Man' – and he has a room in ...

September 06, 2017 | Marg Jackson | Local News


MARKET NIGHT

September will be the final month for visitors to peruse and purchase the goods at the weekly downtown Oakdale Farmers Market, offered each Wednesday evening ...

September 06, 2017 | | Local News


Big Jump Seen At Pump

Average retail gasoline prices in Modesto have risen 12.6 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.96/gallon Monday, according to GasBuddy ...

September 06, 2017 | | Local News


North County Corridor Public Hearing Thursday

Area residents are invited to a public hearing on Thursday, Sept. 7 at the Gene Bianchi Community Center, 110 S. Second Ave., Oakdale. The hearing ...

September 06, 2017 | | Local News


Library Corner

Preschool Story Time and Wiggle Worms resume in September.

September 06, 2017 | | Local News


Valley Voice Delegation Carries Concerns To D.C.

Elected officials from all eight San Joaquin Valley counties will be meeting with White House officials and key federal legislators during the annual "Valley Voice ...

September 06, 2017 | | Local News


Community Hospice Announces New Board Member

Community Hospice, the oldest and largest nonprofit hospice provider serving the Central Valley since 1979, has welcomed a new member to its Board of Directors.

September 06, 2017 | | Local News


Taste Of Oakdale Draws Crowd For Sip And Savor

Restaurants, breweries, wineries and food vendors flocked to the ninth annual Taste of Oakdale, hosted by the Oakdale Chamber of Commerce, Tuesday evening, Aug. 29 ...

September 06, 2017 | By KIM VAN METER Special To The Leader | Local News


River Clean Up Aims To Bring Sparkle Back

The East Stanislaus Resource Conservation District will host the ninth annual Stanislaus River Cleanup from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Sept. 16 as ...

September 06, 2017 | | Local News


AAUW Members To Host Tech Trek Alum Pabalan

If you were to ask almost any girl attending Oakdale, Riverbank or Escalon High School what AAUW means to them you would probably get a ...

September 06, 2017 | | Local News


Fires Prompt Extension Of Health Caution

Three large wildfires, the Mission Fire in Madera County, the Pier Fire in Tulare County, and Railroad Fire in Madera/Mariposa counties, have prompted local ...

September 06, 2017 | | Local News


Labor Day Weekend Heat Brings Fire Concerns

With record setting heat throughout the state, CAL FIRE officials are urging Californians to be extra careful with their outdoor plans this holiday weekend. As ...

September 01, 2017 | | Local News


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