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Capitol Rally Focuses On Summer Learning

Hundreds of California middle school and high school students marked National Summer Learning Day with a "Read-In" at the California State Capitol on Thursday, joining together with State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson and a host of state lawmakers, school district leaders, and civic leaders to rally for expanded summer learning opportunities for all California students.

June 20, 2013 | | Local News


Oakdale Will See Tower Color Changed

In response to a June 12 Leader article, AT&T representatives have contacted the Leader and the City of Oakdale and advised them that they will be changing the color of the recently constructed lime green faux water tank cell phone tower.

June 19, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Charity Carnival - Quarters, Dollars Add Up To Thousands

At 25 cents a game, a dollar to try and win at the cake walk and just a few dollars for a plate of food, it took a lot of people to raise $11,000.

June 19, 2013 | Marg Jackson | Local News


$540K Slashed - City Council Approves Budget

Meeting the wishes of the Oakdale City Council from an earlier meeting this month, City Manager Bryan Whitemyer laid out a revised city budget at the Monday, June 17 meeting that wasn't as aggressive in cuts and saving two firefighter positions that had been proposed for lay-offs.

June 19, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


First Responders, Students Train For The Unthinkable

On a weekday morning, two Oakdale Police patrol units respond to a call of a bomb threat at Oakdale Junior High School. When the officers arrive a fire alarm sounds. Within moments, gunshots ring out from the classroom area at the rear of the school, causing students to run.

June 19, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Fundraiser To Benefit Arts Programs

Focus On…, a newly formed non-profit organization, is presenting a Cuban themed fundraiser, called "The Romance of Old Havana" on Saturday, July 27 from 6p.m. to 11p.m. to benefit arts programs in Stanislaus schools through the Boys and Girls Club Of Stanislaus County and the C.L.A.S.S. program through the Central California Art Association (CCAA)

June 18, 2013 | | Local News


Enforcement Effort Targets Distracted Drivers

Effective Monday, June 17, drivers in the greater Sacramento region who are observed texting or talking on a hand-held cell phone will be targeted in a special enforcement operation that will last through June 30. Thirty-seven local police departments and the California Highway Patrol (CHP) will participate in the enforcement effort.

June 17, 2013 | Report Abuse account | Local News


First Responders And Students Train For The Unthinkable

On a weekday morning, two Oakdale Police patrol units respond to a call of a bomb threat at Oakdale Jr. High School. When the officers arrive a fire alarm sounds. Within moments, gunshots ring out from the classroom area at the rear of the school causing students to run.

June 15, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Weekend Charity Carnival

The Riverbend Ranch Charity Carnival will be held on Saturday, June 15 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 4500 River Road in Oakdale. The Carnival is a charity fund raiser that the Kjeldgaard family started in 2007 for an orphanage in Libera.

June 14, 2013 | | Local News


Oakdale Will See Tower Color Changed

In response to a June 12 Leader news article, AT&T representatives have contacted the Leader and the City of Oakdale and advised them that they will be changing the color of the recently constructed lime green faux water tank cell phone tower.

June 13, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Let The Donor Beware

You've cleaned out your closets as part of spring cleaning, or maybe you're left with clothing items that didn't sell at the latest garage sale. Donating the items to a charity for the less fortunate is a more likely alternative than just throwing them away, and besides, you can claim a tax deduction.

June 12, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Faux (Tower) Pas

Reminiscent of Petticoat Junction or Hooterville, the new faux water tower installed by AT&T greets travelers entering the city from the north along Highway 120 with "Welcome to the City of Oakdale."

June 12, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Discarded Election Assurances About Safety

It only took three months for City of Oakdale officials to go against the grain of its then recently passed sales tax measure designed to maintain public safety staffing levels.

June 12, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Another City Exec Gone

In an effort to make up a $1 million deficit in operating costs, Oakdale City Manager Bryan Whitemyer confirmed Friday, June 7, that Human Resources Analyst Michelle McKinsey was given notice that her last day with the city will be June 30.

June 07, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Clean Green Yard Machines Opens New Funding Round

Back by popular demand, the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District's Clean Green Yard Machines program opened June 4 with more funding and more lawn mower options than ever before.

June 06, 2013 | | Local News


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Bob Gilbert Passes At 93

Oakdale's Robert "Bob" Gilbert, who, along with his family, was honored earlier this year by the Oakdale Chamber of Commerce with their Lifetime Achievement ...

November 23, 2016 | Richard Paloma | Local News


OHS Marching Mustangs Earn Trio Of First Place Finishes

Oakdale High School may now add one more group to that of its first place trophy winning list, as the OHS Marching Band took first ...

November 23, 2016 | Teresa Hammond | Local News


Second Place Finish For U12 Galaxy Girls

The Oakdale 12 and Under Galaxy Soccer team recently competed in the Cal North-California Youth Soccer Association District VIII tournament. The girls went 4-0 scoring ...

November 23, 2016 | | Local News


Wildlife Conservation Board Funds Environmental Projects

At its Nov. 16 quarterly meeting, the Wildlife Conservation Board (WCB) approved approximately $28 million in grants to help restore and protect fish and wildlife ...

November 23, 2016 | | Local News


MJC Jazz Concert

The Modesto Junior College Department of Music presents a Jazz Band Fall Concert on Monday, Nov. 21 at 7 p.m. in the Auditorium of ...

November 16, 2016 | | Local News


Holiday Giving Kicks Off To Benefit Area Food Banks

The state's economy may be doing well, but the prosperity hasn't touched everyone. According to the California Association of Food Banks, an average ...

November 16, 2016 | | Local News


Knights Ferry News

Last Saturday the weather was perfect for the annual Salmon Festival. The bridge was full of people looking at the salmon in the Stanislaus River ...

November 16, 2016 | Mary Sue Shearer | Local News


Avoid A Trip To The ER This Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is a time for family, friends, good food and good times. The nation's emergency physicians want to help you keep it that way ...

November 16, 2016 | | Local News


Community Briefs

Christmas Child

November 16, 2016 | | Local News


Distracted Driving Program Aimed At Adult Motorists

Every year, thousands of people are seriously injured or killed statewide in vehicle collisions caused by distracted drivers. The unfortunate truth is distracted driving collisions ...

November 16, 2016 | | Local News


Caltrans Deputy Director Focuses On Sustainability

Caltrans this week announced the appointment of Ellen Greenberg as its new Deputy Director for Sustainability, who will oversee Caltrans' continued efforts to shift and ...

November 16, 2016 | | Local News


Denham Introduces Bill Regarding Guard Bonuses

U.S. Representative Jeff Denham (R-Turlock) on Tuesday introduced legislation in the U.S. House of Representatives – H.R. 6316, the Veterans Earned Their Bonuses ...

November 16, 2016 | | Local News


Coopers Leads Patriotic Stand

The timing was just right for the very first Veterans Standing For American Patriotism movement led by organizer Duke Cooper of Veterans First in Riverbank ...

November 16, 2016 | Virginia Still | Local News


Dream It, Be It Conference Enjoyed By Girls

Local service organization Soroptimist International of Oakdale recently hosted 18 seventh, eighth and ninth grade girls at its "Dream It, Be It" conference held in ...

November 16, 2016 | | Local News


Riverbank Parks Department Mourns Loss Of Supervisor

Riverbank City staff, especially members of the Parks and Recreation Department, are mourning the loss of their friend and fellow employee, Facilities Maintenance Supervisor Tim ...

November 16, 2016 | Ric McGinnis | Local News


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