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Study Shows Stanislaus River Trout Population Plummets

The once healthy population of rainbow trout living in the Stanislaus River declined precipitously during the California drought, according to survey results released Monday, Aug. 15 by the fisheries consulting firm FISHBIO.

August 17, 2016 | | Local News

Sergeant Shimmel Retiring From Oakdale Police Department

Nearly his entire adult life, Brian Shimmel has worn a uniform. This month he becomes a civilian for the first time in over 30 years as he is retiring from the Oakdale Police Department at the rank of sergeant.

August 17, 2016 | Richard Paloma | Local News

Refrain From Vehicle Idling As Kids Return To School

With school back in session the Valley Air District is asking the public to reduce vehicle emissions by carpooling or walking their children to school and to refrain from vehicle idling during school pick-ups and drop-offs. Triple-digit temperatures and multiple wildfires are impacting Valley air quality, and the public's help is crucial in reducing the risk of spikes in ground-level ozone and exceeding federal air quality standards.

August 17, 2016 | | Local News

Human Services Program Offers MJC Fall Orientation

The Human Services Program at Modesto Junior College is sponsoring a Fall 2016 Orientation on Thursday, Aug. 25 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. in Room 218 of the Center for Advanced Technologies (CAT) Building on East Campus, 435 College Ave., Modesto. The public is invited to participate in this free event.

August 17, 2016 | | Local News

Veterans First Has Opened

The opportunity for the public to thank a veteran and first responders occurred this past Saturday at the Grand Opening celebration of Veterans First on Patterson Road in Riverbank. The festivities began at 9 a.m. with an opening prayer. With approximately 80 to 100 people that stopped by throughout the day, the Veterans First building buzzed with positive energy, kindness, and support.

August 17, 2016 | Virginia Still | Local News

Les Schwab Tire Center Remodeled In Oakdale

Les Schwab Tire Centers has completely remodeled its Oakdale store and invites the public to a one-day grand reopening event on Saturday, Aug. 20.

August 17, 2016 | | Local News

Save Mart Makes Significant Investment In Oakdale Store

The Save Mart Companies has begun a major modernization and expansion project at its Oakdale store. This is the third location under the Save Mart banner incorporating the brand's fresh, updated look and the new features geared toward convenience and service.

August 17, 2016 | | Local News

Fit Body Boot Camp Joins Oakdale Shopping Center

The southwest end of the Oakdale Shopping Center has seen a bit more traffic in the past few weeks. 'Traffic' via automobiles and fitness clad pedestrians in both the early morning and dinner hours.

August 17, 2016 | Teresa Hammond | Local News

Digital Citizenship Is Focus Of SCOE Technology Night

The Stanislaus County Office of Education (SCOE) is hosting a Technology Night for Parents: Digital Citizenship on Tuesday, Aug. 23. The event is scheduled from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. at SCOE's Petersen Event Center at 720 12th St., Modesto. The free hour-long session, offered concurrently in both English and Spanish, is the first in a series of technology sessions geared toward parents. Walk-ins are welcome but registration is encouraged online at

August 17, 2016 | | Local News


Oakdale's downtown weekly Farmer's Market, each Wednesday from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on North Third Avenue, offers plenty of fun, farm fresh produce, entertainment and more. With a handful of weeks remaining, now is the time to take advantage of the outdoor market. Members of the Singles Skirts 'n Flirts square dance club entertained at the Aug. 10 market while, at side, Glen Earl of Cap 'n Coops Kettle Corn takes a moment to greet Andy, the St. Bernard and, below, Jana Ciccarelli of the Oakdale Library gets animated during a story time session. Fruits ...

August 17, 2016 | Marg Jackson | Local News

Incumbents Only For Local Election

Over the last few years, Oakdale residents have seen their elected city officials set service rates, determine the fate of city property sales, decide on growth developments, and propose sales tax initiatives. Some of those times saw individuals in the community up in arms over those decisions, criticizing leaders for the actions that shaped the city.

August 17, 2016 | Richard Paloma | Local News

Stanislaus County Sees Human West Nile Case

The first human case of West Nile Virus this year in Stanislaus County has been reported.

August 17, 2016 | | Local News

New Judge, No Change In OID Court Ruling

With a different judge on the bench, attorneys for the Oakdale Irrigation District on Tuesday, Aug. 9, attempted to dismiss a lawsuit regarding their water conservation program and the need for its environmental study.

August 17, 2016 | Richard Paloma | Local News

Council Makes Moves To Get New Park Built

With the city's South Yosemite Park project site prepped and the surrounding street construction in the finishing stages, the Oakdale City Council moved forward at its Aug. 15 meeting with a contract for a company to complete the park creation that began with the pedestrian improvement project around the park site.

August 17, 2016 | Richard Paloma | Local News

Oakdale Students Return To School

On Wednesday, Aug. 10 Oakdale Joint Unified officially began the 2016-17 school year. As school bells began ringing at 7:40 a.m. at Oakdale High and East Stanislaus, one without school aged children may have pondered where all the traffic had come from.

August 17, 2016 | Teresa Hammond | 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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