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CHP Cadets Honor Officers

One hundred cadets are preparing to graduate from the California Highway Patrol (CHP) Academy later this week. Before they do, they will run from the CHP Academy in West Sacramento to the California Peace Officers' Memorial monument across from the State Capitol. The approximate five-mile run is a tradition on the Wednesday before each graduation.

August 10, 2016 | | Local News


Willie Podesto, left, owner of the Rear End Shop in Riverbank donated the shop next door to Duke Cooper, a Marine Corps veteran that is opening a privately run Veterans First program in nearby Riverbank, a new retreat for veterans and first responders. The Grand Opening is set for Saturday, Aug. 13 at 9 a.m. at the location, 2372 Patterson Road. The event is free to the community and everyone is invited to celebrate veterans and first responders, shake their hand and say "thank you" for their service. Active duty and retired veterans will participate in a 25-mile bicycle ...

August 10, 2016 | Virginia Still | Local News

Local Hair Stylist Picks Up New Brush For Art

Some might describe Barbara Findlay as a gifted artist in her professional field. She has spent over 30 years relying on a keen eye and precision of her hands to earn a living as a reputable hair stylist. Well known throughout the community for her gift of singing, easy going spirit and giving heart, Findlay has found a new passion … painting.

August 10, 2016 | Teresa Hammond | Local News

National Night Out Attracts A Crowd

Burchell Hill Park in Oakdale was full of life on Tuesday, Aug. 2 as members of the community came out for National Night Out to gather for an evening featuring a variety of booths, activities, food and fun. The annual community event promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to help keep neighborhoods safer and make them a better place to live. The relationship between neighbors and Oakdale Police brings back a true sense of community and provides a great opportunity to bring local law enforcement and neighbors together under positive circumstances.

August 10, 2016 | Richard Paloma | Local News

City Fire Horn: Tradition Or Unnecessary Irritant?

There's a signature sound that has – in recent weeks – reemerged in the city to go off thrice daily from the city's fire station, only to be silenced again over the weekend. And now, an 11th hour decision could have that fire horn blaring once more but the question for many at this point is: Why? Is it to ring out danger, ring out warning, alert fire department staff, sound to mark certain times of day, and why are so many alerts per day needed?

August 10, 2016 | Richard Paloma | Local News

Sheriff’s Elite Dive Team Aims To Provide Closure

Waterways have been busy during the summer in this area, including Woodward Reservoir and nearby Jacob Myers Park packed with rafters, boaters, and swimmers. With the increase in visitors to the reservoirs and the rivers during the summer months, people are sometimes more focused on fun instead of water safety. The Stanislaus County Sheriff's Department Dive Team has been very busy this summer. They hold monthly trainings at the reservoirs and have been out several times on rescues and recovery missions. Their most recent training was at Woodward Reservoir on Aug. 4.

August 10, 2016 | Virginia Still | Local News

Caliendo Brings Cast Of Characters To The Gallo

With all the political rhetoric that is going around and the negativity that can surround us, sometimes we just need to laugh. Frank Caliendo will soon be entertaining residents in the Central Valley, bringing his unique blend of comedy to the Gallo Center for the Arts. His show, Friday, Aug. 5 at 8 p.m., will include impressions of celebrities like Morgan Freeman, Al Pacino, Robin Williams, politicians like George W. Bush, Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, and broadcasters John Madden, Jon Gruden and Charles Barkley as well as talk show hosts, Dr. Phil, Jay Leno and David Letterman. Many ...

August 04, 2016 | Virginia Still | Local News

August Programs Scheduled At Oakdale Public Library

Preschool Story Time and Wiggle Worms will be off-session in August and resume in September.

August 03, 2016 | | Local News

Foreverland Group Performs At Summer Concert Series

Ripon's Lucca Winery continues the big-time fun with their stellar Summer Concert Series.

August 03, 2016 | | Local News

Love, Shelter Pets Soar With Wings Of Rescue

During July, an organization called 'Wings of Rescue' picked up several dogs from the Oakdale Animal Shelter and transported them to Washington. They were flown in a plane with a logo stating "love is in the air" on it to find permanent homes for these furry four legged pets.

August 03, 2016 | Virginia Still | Local News

Delta Gold Diggers Group Schedules Outdoor Festival

The Delta Gold Diggers will present the Gold and Outdoor Festival, sponsored by the Gold Prospectors Association of America, in the heart of California's famed Mother Lode country near Woods Creek at the Mother Lode Fairgrounds in Sonora on Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 20 and 21.

August 03, 2016 | | Local News

AARP Driver Safety Refresher Course Set

An AARP, American Association of Retired Persons, four-hour refresher course is scheduled at the Oak Valley Hospital Medical Center, 1425 W. H St., on Wednesday, Aug. 10. Hours for the event are 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and attendees must have completed a previous eight-hour course.

August 03, 2016 | | Local News

Oakdale Running Company Already Lacing Up For Races -

Novice runner Matt Terry has taken his newly acquired passion and quite literally, he's run with it.

August 03, 2016 | | Local News

State’s Dairy Farmers Seek Financial Relief

California Dairy Campaign (CDC) President Joe Augusto commended members of Congress on Thursday for signing onto a bipartisan, bicameral letter calling on United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack to provide relief to dairy farmers who have been struggling due to low milk prices.

August 03, 2016 | | Local News


Volunteers gather once a month at the Stanislaus River bridge on North Yosemite Avenue for a clean-up effort and here are shown loading up some debris and garbage cleared away on a previous outing. The next river clean-up will be this Saturday, Aug. 6 from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Phil McKay will bring his boat for any volunteers who are willing to get in the water and clean debris off the river bottom. Be sure to bring attire to get wet and shoes for the river bottom. Coordinator Annette Halverson said they now have a ...

August 03, 2016 | | Local News

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Saturday Features Distinguished Young Women Competition

Coming up on Saturday, March 10, the annual Distinguished Young Women of Oakdale program hosted by Soroptimist International of Oakdale will be held at 7 ...

March 07, 2018 | | Local News

World Ag Expo Sees Success In Tulare

The 2018 World Ag Expo came to a close after seeing large crowds, cutting-edge exhibits and gorgeous weather all three days of the show. Celebrating ...

March 07, 2018 | | Local News

New Deputy Director Named For Caltrans

Ryan Chamberlain has been appointed to serve as the new Chief Deputy Director for the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans). The announcement comes on the ...

March 07, 2018 | | Local News

Civil Air Patrol Welcomes New Squadron Commander


March 07, 2018 | | Local News

CalRecycle Joins Food Waste Prevention Week Efforts

The California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery is supporting Food Waste Prevention Week to raise awareness about the environmental and economic costs of food ...

March 07, 2018 | | Local News

Libraries, Museums Honored For Service

The Institute of Museum and Library Services recently announced that California's Pretend City Children's Museum, LA County Library, and Sacramento Public Library are ...

March 07, 2018 | | Local News

Gem Faire In Pleasanton

Gem Faire, West Coast's Premier Jewelry and Bead Show, is set for March 9 through 11, at Alameda County Fairgrounds, 4501 Pleasanton Ave., in ...

March 07, 2018 | | Local News

Drought Impacts Salmon Forecast For 2018

Commercial and sport anglers received mixed news this past week regarding the status of Sacramento River fall Chinook and Klamath River fall Chinook – California's ...

March 07, 2018 | | Local News

Caltrans Leads Recovery Efforts

In a new episode of 'Caltrans News Flash,' work crews can be seen removing thousands of fire-damaged trees and re-seeding hundreds of acres of fire-scarred ...

March 07, 2018 | | Local News

Women’s Club Meets

The Oakdale Women's Club next luncheon will be held from noon to 2 p.m. on Tuesday, March 6 at the Oakdale Golf and ...

February 28, 2018 | | Local News

Mobile Office Visit

U.S. Representative Jeff Denham (R-Turlock) has announced Mobile District Office (MDO) hours for the month of March 2018, where 10th district residents can get ...

February 28, 2018 | | Local News

Area Price Falls At Pump

Average retail gasoline prices in Modesto have fallen 1 cent per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.07/gallon, according to GasBuddy's daily ...

February 28, 2018 | | Local News

Leadership Academy Healthcare Day

Stanislaus County Leadership Academy is slated to meet on Friday, March 2 for Healthcare Day. Students will visit Memorial and Doctor's Medical Centers to ...

February 28, 2018 | | Local News

Relay Corner

The Oakdale-Escalon-Riverbank-Waterford Relay For Life will be hosted May 5 and 6 at the Oakdale High School soccer fields. Teams are gearing up for the ...

February 28, 2018 | | Local News

Library Friends Schedule Used Book Sale

Do you like books? Are you fond of treasure hunts? What's more fun than a treasure hunt among books? That's what book lovers ...

February 28, 2018 | | Local News

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