The Memorial Day holiday traditionally marks the end of the school year and the beginning of summer, when many Californians head out to picnics, barbecues, and outdoor events. The California Highway Patrol (CHP) reminds those headed out on the road to buckle up, designate a driver, and eliminate distractions.
Moody's Investors Service has slightly downgraded Oakdale's Sewer Enterprise Revenue bond rating, citing concerns about the city's lagging economy and uncertainty of future financial performance.
Tens of thousands of chocolate lovers came out for this year's Oakdale Chocolate Festival over the weekend with Mother Nature especially cooperative, bringing sunny skies with temperatures in the mid to upper-80s and a slight breeze to keep everyone comfortable.
The Oakdale City Council came to a stalemate during a recent special meeting for the appointment to fill the position left vacant by Jason Howard, who resigned in April. Without a selection by mid-June the matter goes to the voters in a special election in November.
If there ever was a general sense of confusion and frustration over what to do and how to do it, the situation facing Oakdale Rural Fire Protection District regarding area known as Division 1 North would qualify.
With several items listed on Monday's Oakdale City Council agenda, two items – the city audit results and a proposed cell phone tower – sparked the most discussion between the public, city officials, and contracted commercial representatives.
In a discovery on Thursday May 17, The Leader learned that Oakdale City Council hopeful Scott Jaspar was arrested on suspicion of rape in December 2007.
Orange Blossom 4-H Club recently hosted the annual Stanislaus County 4-H Fashion Review at Valley Home Elementary School. Boys and girls ages seven to 17 years old competed in categories where they either made their own outfits or purchased them and then modeled the outfits in front of judges for a score. Orange Blossom 4-Hers Cory Barney and Matthew Black hosted the event to earn their Emerald Stars.
This Sunday, May 20, there will be a partial solar eclipse visible from the Oakdale/Modesto/Sonora area.
Justin Myers, an Oakdale graduate, has been fighting a mysterious illness that was discovered when he was in junior high. The Oakdale Leader has followed Justin's journey through several stories, including when he received his restored 1969 Chevy Camaro through the Make-A-Wish program. After eight years of frequent blood transfusions for what they can only determine is Pure Red Cell Anemia (partial bone marrow failure), Justin is showing signs of major organ failure. His liver is in Stage 3 Fibrosis due to iron overload, which drops his odds to 70-75 percent. Treatments are no longer effective but they have ...
In a recent discovery, The Leader has learned that Oakdale City Council hopeful Scott Jaspar was arrested for rape and penetration with a foreign object that occurred in Nevada County in 2007.
The Oakdale City Council announced that former Atwater Assistant City Manager Stan Feathers will take over as the part-time interim city manager on July 1when current Interim City Manager Greg Wellman is required to leave the post.
After a series of city financial crises coming to light, Finance Director Albert Avila assured Oakdale Interim City Manager Greg Wellman that the city's tardy 2010-2011 audit would be received by Friday, May 11 and delivered to the city council. Last week the council also just received notice of the 2009-2010 audit report that had been withheld for nearly a year.
Since the seating of the current city council in November of 2010, the City of Oakdale tribunal has purged or presided over the departure of nearly all of its department heads. Of the two that remain; the public works director has been given notice he will no longer be employed after July and the finance director may be in jeopardy of being gone by this July also.
Past Oakdale Mayor Farrell Jackson believes much that is being declared about the city's financial status may not be completely accurate.
A 17-year-old validated Norteno gang member is in-custody following a shooting at a large party on Post Road early Sunday morning.
The Oakdale Varsity Football team arrived bright and early Friday, Dec. 14 to board the bus headed for Carson, California for the California Interscholastic Federation State Football Championship Division II Bowl game -- a first for the Mustangs and there was a good-sized, rowdy crowd ready to send them off in style.
With several thefts of equipment and city property occurring at the public works corporation yard over the past year, the City of Oakdale has invested in a series of closed circuit cameras mounted in strategic locations throughout the Fifth Avenue facility.
Oakdale Police Department's Keri Redd, having competed against two other internal candidates within the 22 sworn-member department, took another step in advancing her police career when she was promoted to lieutenant this month.
With the assistance of a recently obtained $100,000 grant, the Oakdale Police Department will be purchasing a new police motorcycle and patrol car to replace vehicles in its aging fleet.
Three suspects Oakdale Police are identifying as Norteno gang members were arrested for attempting to carjack a Ford Windstar minivan in the Bridle Ridge subdivision late Monday night on Dec. 10.
Oakdale Fire Department with assistance from Stanislaus Consolidated Fire out of Riverbank battled a house fire in the 200 block of South Third Avenue on Friday, Dec. 7. The fire was called in shortly after 1 p.m. and was reported in the downstairs portion of the residence. The fire spread throughout the structure. Crews on scene reported that the residents were able to escape without injury however the family dog was unaccounted for. The cause of the blaze is unknown at this time.
After two-plus hours of closed session talks from a special city council meeting regarding the selection of a city manager on Friday, Dec. 7, the Oakdale City Council broke at noon to announce that no decision has been made.
Bally's Hotel in Las Vegas was the place to be if you considered yourself either an avid gin rummy player or fan. The Gin Rummy Association presented The Holiday Classic Tournament from Nov. 11 through the 14 for gin rummy partners and singles and one Oakdale man walked away with top honors. Greg Anderson came home with the world title in hand.
The Oakdale Irrigation District Board of Directors passed an item on the Dec. 4 regular meeting agenda to schedule a special meeting to take place at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 11. There, they will discuss the outcome of a meeting that OID General Manager Steve Knell and attorney Michael O'Laughlin have with City and County of San Francisco (CCSF) officials at a water conference on Dec. 5, as well as the associated California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) steps and timeline for a potential one-year water transfer (sale) to CCSF. The Dec. 11 meeting is open to the ...
The California Natural Resources Agency announced that the City of Oakdale will receive an $862,625 grant to convert more than 15 acres into a river parkway including a 750-foot trail allowing public access to the Stanislaus River from Valley View Park.
On Friday, Nov. 30, City Clerk Nancy Lilly stepped away from Oakdale City Hall, ending a successful career that spanned more than 32 years. Her last official act was at Monday's city council meeting where she swore in her replacement, Kathy Teixeira.
Minutes after taking over the dais with the addition of two new members on Monday Dec. 3, the Oakdale City Council set to business by breaking into closed session to discuss appointing a permanent city manager.