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Highway 108 Information Session

A public information session led by Laura Podolsky of the Local Government Commission, on behalf of the City of Oakdale, will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 8, from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 pm at the Gladys L. Lemmons Senior Center at 450 East A Street.

October 07, 2013 | | Local News


7-11 Robber Identified And Arrested

After obtaining video footage of two Friday, Oct. 4 early morning robberies, Oakdale Police were able to identify the suspect and make an arrest shortly after midnight on Saturday, Oct. 5.

October 05, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Early Morning 7-11 Robberies Minutes Apart

Oakdale Police are looking for a lone individual suspected of robbing two 7-11 convenience stores in the early a.m. hours on Friday, Oct. 4.

October 04, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Gusty Winds Prompt Health Caution

Blowing dust as a result of gusty winds has prompted local air-pollution officials to issue a health cautionary statement through Friday, Oct. 4 throughout the San Joaquin Valley. This health caution is in effect in San Joaquin, Stanislaus, Merced, Madera, Fresno, Kings, Tulare and the Valley portion of Kern counties.

October 03, 2013 | | Local News


Expo Focuses On Growing Business

Grow Your Business Expo is slated for today, Thursday, Oct. 3 from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Gene Bianchi Community Center, 110 S. Second Ave., in Oakdale. The event is open to the community so people can see what Oakdale businesses and Chamber Members have to offer. There will be a variety of great products and services available in one location. This event is free and there will be raffle prizes and vendors on hand encouraging the community to buy locally.

October 03, 2013 | | Local News


OID Approves Water Sale

In a 4-1 vote on Tuesday, the Oakdale Irrigation District Board of Directors okayed the plan to move forward with a deal to sell water to the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SF PUC), operating through the City and County of San Francisco (CCSF). The approval was for a one-year option, although, some contingencies must be met first. Director Steve Webb was the dissenting vote.

October 02, 2013 | Dawn M. Henley | Local News


Oakdale: No Way Out (Or In)

Built in 1931 when brand new Ford Model A cars cruised the roadway, the Stanislaus River Bridge serves as the only northern route accommodating eastbound Highway 120 traffic entering the city.

October 02, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Superheroes Of Symbiosis

A little more than a week has passed since the conclusion of the "Symbiosis Gathering" that took place at Woodward Reservoir outside Oakdale, hosting a thrilling array of entertainment, art and many other festivities. The "participants" have all gone home, but another group has inhabited the beautiful marshland that makes up Woodward Reservoir for the past week. They are the "Waste Busters" and they aren't afraid of the trash that lurks in the dark. They are the unseen heroes that swoop in to fight the monstrous piles of waste left behind, and they're the real reason events and ...

October 02, 2013 | Laura Morgan | Local News


Substitute Pleads Not Guilty

Appearing with his attorney for only a few minutes, Oakdale Joint Unified School District Substitute Teacher Bryan Thies pleaded not guilty on Monday to two counts of felony lewd and lascivious acts with a child under the age of 14 and three misdemeanor charges of annoying or molesting a child.

October 01, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Barktoberfest Benefits Shelter Pets

The Fifth Annual Barktoberfest Benefit for homeless pets of Oakdale and Riverbank is on Saturday, Oct. 5 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

September 30, 2013 | | Local News


Pair Plead Not Guilty In Homicide

At their Wednesday, Sept. 25 arraignment in Stanislaus County Superior Court, Brandon Scott Pettit, 25, and Felix Valverde, 26, pleaded not guilty to murder and arson charges in the deaths of Pettit's parents, Scott and Janet Pettit of Modesto.

September 27, 2013 | | Local News


Caltrans, Government Officials Celebrate Highway Projects

Caltrans and the San Joaquin Council of Governments (SJCOG) will recognize significant milestones on State Route 12 (SR-12) including: completion of the $20.5 million smart corridor and operational improvements project from just east of Interstate 5 to the Rio Vista Bridge; the kick-off for the $46.7 million Bouldin Island Rehabilitation Project; and the ceremonial unveiling of a sign designating a portion of SR-12 as the Dana Cowell Memorial highway. The celebration is planned for this Friday, Sept. 27 starting at 11 a.m. at the Tower Park Marina in Lodi.

September 26, 2013 | | Local News


No Relief For Bogged Down Intersection

With growth to Oakdale come traffic issues; the following series takes a look at traffic concerns to the city as it population has nearly doubled in population from 20 years ago.

September 25, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Growing Strong – Almond, Walnut Harvest Time In Valley

The agriculture industry is a huge part of the Central Valley economy and most of the residents in this area know when summer is coming to an end due to the machines rumbling along the rows in an orchard and stirring up (more than) a little dust. Late August is the beginning of harvest for many of the nut growers that have trees that produce almonds and walnuts, with several weeks typically spent getting the crop in.

September 25, 2013 | Virginia Still | Local News


Substitute Teacher Arrested For Lewd Acts

After a two-week long investigation, Oakdale Police arrested a Cloverland Elementary School substitute teacher for lewd acts with a child and child molestation.

September 25, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


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Looking Back At 2016: The Leader’s Top Stories

With OID factions quarreling, school starting, and the Oakdale High Mustang Football Team capturing the State Championship, the Oakdale Leader followed stories through the second ...

January 04, 2017 | | Local News


Oakdale Golf & Country Club

Red, White, Blue

January 04, 2017 | | Local News


January Events Scheduled For Kids, Adults At Library

Community members are invited to enjoy a number of free programs at the Oakdale Library during January.

December 28, 2016 | | Local News


Knights Ferry News

The last column for the year 2016. How time flies!

December 28, 2016 | | Local News


YCCD Taps Harmon As Interim Chancellor

Dr. Jane Harmon was selected by the Yosemite Community College District (YCCD) Board of Trustees to be the YCCD Interim Chancellor, effective Jan. 3, 2017 ...

December 28, 2016 | | Local News


SCOE Schedules Annual Technology Conference

The Stanislaus County Office of Education (SCOE) is planning to host the 18th Annual Educational Technology Conference, ETC! 2017 on Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017 from ...

December 28, 2016 | | Local News


Orange Blossom 4-H Celebrates Holiday Season By Giving Back

Giving is an important part of 4-H membership, and the Orange Blossom 4-H Club has found many ways to give back to the local community ...

December 28, 2016 | MOLLY TERPSTRA Orange Blossom 4-H Club Reporter | Local News


Keep Holiday Food Safe With Easy To Take Steps

Christmas has come and gone but another holiday looms – with New Year's just around the corner. As friends and families gather together to welcome ...

December 28, 2016 | | Local News


County Clerk’s Office Sets “Marriage At The Mansion”

Stanislaus County Clerk/Recorder/Commissioner of Civil Marriages Lee Lundrigan and her staff invite engaged couples to join them as they perform marriage ceremonies on ...

December 28, 2016 | | Local News


No End Of Year Rise Seen For Pump Prices

Average retail gasoline prices in Modesto have risen 2.7 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.50/gallon Monday, according to GasBuddy ...

December 28, 2016 | | Local News


Enforcement Period Due

Statewide, the California Highway Patrol will be on heightened alert with extra patrols for the long holiday weekend, while local police departments will also be ...

December 28, 2016 | | Local News


Christmas Arrived Early For Oakdale Shelter Pets

Often the Christmas season is a time for giving, sharing, and caring. Good people in our communities give what they can to help support the ...

December 28, 2016 | | Local News


Capital Fellows Programs Applications Now Available

The nationally recognized Capital Fellows Programs administered by the Center for California Studies at California State University, Sacramento, announces the availability of applications for the ...

December 28, 2016 | | Local News


Annual Fine Art Show Scheduled At Delicato

Delicato Vineyards is hosting its 29th annual Fine Art Show from Wednesday, Jan. 11 through Saturday, Feb. 4, 2017. The public is encouraged to visit ...

December 28, 2016 | | Local News


Fire Officials Emphasize The Importance Of Trees

Trees are an essential part of California's climate and are vital to improving air quality and conserving water. To help educate Californians on the ...

December 28, 2016 | | Local News


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