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Directors Criticized During OID Meeting

A larger than average crowd came out for the Oakdale Irrigation District's Tuesday, June 7 regular meeting, causing the venue to be changed to a larger on-site building. Public comments saw many of the attendees speaking out against Directors Linda Santos and Gail Altieri for their actions related to a lawsuit stopping the water district's On-Farm Conservation Program that had been approved earlier in the year.

June 08, 2016 | Richard Paloma | Local News

Eggman Involved In Bera Campaign Funds Scandal

In obtained public records, The Leader has discovered that Michael Eggman, a current candidate for California's 10th Congressional District, is possibly involved in the Ami Bera campaign contribution scandal that is seeing Bera's father, Babulal Bera, possibly serve up to a five-year prison sentence for election fraud involving the finances of his son's campaign.

June 01, 2016 | Richard Paloma | Local News


A multi-alarm fire broke out at a home on Lezlie Court shortly before 6 p.m. on Friday, May 27, bringing fire crews from Oakdale and Modesto, among others, to the scene. Information regarding the cause of the fire was not available at press time, though officials said one person at the home and two pet dogs escaped unharmed.

June 01, 2016 | Marg Jackson | Local News

Claus Road Crash Claims One Victim

An early morning crash on Claus Road outside Riverbank claimed the life of a 40-year-old Oakdale woman.

June 01, 2016 | | Local News

Going On The Road With A Rodeo Queen

It's a Saturday evening on the third weekend of May in Calaveras County. The squeals of children laughing fade into the background as voices from the arena announcer fill the east side of the Fair Grounds. The sun has disappeared behind the west hill, where the shadows of the carnival and the Ferris wheel fall onto the arena ground. The crowds have gathered on the grassy hillside to wait for the arena to start filling up with horses and cowboys and cowgirls. Most of those gathered on the grass were prepared enough to sit on blankets and towels, while ...

June 01, 2016 | RACHELLE SNITCHLER Special To The Leader | Local News

June Programs Slated At Oakdale Library

Story Time Sessions will continue through June.

June 01, 2016 | | Local News

Community Gathers For Solemn Remembrance

It was a small – and somewhat impromptu – gathering of residents on Monday morning, attending a Memorial Day service staged at the Oakdale Citizens Cemetery off J Street.

June 01, 2016 | Marg Jackson | Local News

Two Drowning Victims Located At Woodward

Emergency crews spent the better part of the Memorial Day weekend at Woodward Reservoir looking for two Oakland teenagers that had jumped out of a boat on Saturday afternoon, May 28 and were missing. On Tuesday, May 31, one of the teen's bodies was found.

June 01, 2016 | Richard Paloma | Local News

Graduations Take Spotlight

In a hectic, pre-long holiday weekend blitz, graduations were hosted over three separate nights in Oakdale. The graduation week kicked off Wednesday, May 25 with two alternative education program ceremonies, continued on Thursday for Oakdale Junior High School (See story, photos on Page A2) and wrapped up with the Oakdale High School commencement ceremony on Friday night, May 27.

June 01, 2016 | Marg Jackson | Local News

Annual Catfish Derby June 4 At Oak Grove

San Joaquin County Parks and Recreation and the Delta Fly Fishers will host the 32nd annual Catfish Derby on Saturday, June 4 beginning at 6:15 a.m. at Oak Grove Regional Park in Stockton.

May 25, 2016 | | Local News


Kiwanis Club of Oakdale recently acknowledged Magnolia Elementary School students with the Hope of America award. Fifth grader Molly Terpstra, left, and sixth grader Lydia Stueve were the 2016 Magnolia recipients.

May 25, 2016 | | Local News

Study Shows Trees Moving To Higher, Cooler Elevations

Signature tree species in the high Sierra Nevada forests – including mountain hemlock, red fir and western white pine – are shifting toward higher, cooler elevations according to new research by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW). This study foreshadows how climate warming may significantly alter entire habitats for multiple species.

May 25, 2016 | | Local News

Seat Belt Use Campaign Highlights Safety Issues

From May 23 to June 5, local law enforcement personnel are participating in the national Click It or Ticket campaign in an effort to save lives through increased seat belt use. This education enforcement period comes ahead of the Memorial Day holiday, one of the busiest travel weekends of the year.

May 25, 2016 | | Local News

Legislation Passage Effort Supported By Rep. Denham

Passage of H.R. 4909, the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), and H.R. 4974, the Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Act, were supported this week by U.S. Representative Jeff Denham (R-Turlock).

May 25, 2016 | | Local News

Graffiti Car Show Comes To Modesto

The North Modesto Kiwanis Club expects more than 1,200 classic vehicles – all vintage 1979 and older – for its 18th annual American Graffiti Car Show and Festival scheduled June 10-12 in Modesto. The Kiwanis Club's charity event is the largest of many local activities scheduled during Graffiti month.

May 25, 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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