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Low Count Closes Hospital Ward

A dropping occupancy rate in Oak Valley Hospital's surgical and medical ward to only two patients caused the closing of the unit earlier this month until the number of in-house care patients was able to rise at the 35-bed facility. The two remaining patients were transferred to the hospital's intensive care unit for their care.

January 30, 2013 | | Local News

Stabbing Leads To Arrest

Oakdale Police arrested a man on suspicion of attempted murder on Sunday, Jan. 27 after responding to the Quik Stop Market on East F Street regarding a call at 4:22 a.m. of a suspicious male dressed in camouflage clothing and carrying a knife.

January 30, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News

Hospital Considers Closing Obstetrics Ward

Citing the financial well-being of the hospital district, Oak Valley Hospital CEO John McCormick announced that he will be looking into shutting down obstetrics treatment and child birthing at the Oakdale hospital. The move, if finalized, will force Oakdale and Riverbank residents to Modesto and Manteca hospitals for nearby child birthing care.

January 30, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News

Closer Look Given To Shared Services

The Oakdale Animal Shelter has been contracted with the City of Riverbank for animal control services since 2008. The animal shelter is at 9800 Liberini Ave., Oakdale. The shelter is 800 square feet and was built in 1974. Sue Fitzpatrick, Director of Parks and Recreation for the City of Riverbank brought the Oakdale Animal Shelter issue up at a recent Riverbank council meeting and shared the following details. The building was designed to serve approximately 5,000 people and is now serving two cities with approximately 50,000 people.

January 30, 2013 | Virginia Still | Local News

Shot Fired At Officer Leads To Manhunt In City

Two men fired shots at an Oakdale police officer on Tuesday afternoon, Jan. 29 which resulted in a multi-agency dragnet and the eventual arrest of one suspect. No officers were hurt or struck by the gunfire and one suspect remains at large.

January 29, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News

Oak Valley Ponders Closing Obstetrics

Citing the financial well-being of the hospital district, Oak Valley Hospital CEO John McCormick announced that he will be looking into shutting down obstetrics treatment and child birthing at the Oakdale hospital.

January 24, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News

Motorcycle Crash Severs Rider’s Foot

Oakdale emergency crews responded to a motorcycle crash on Thursday afternoon, Jan. 17, and requested a helicopter to transport the driver to a Modesto hospital due to a partially severed foot.

January 23, 2013 | | Local News

Murder Suspect Found Dead

Stanislaus County Sheriff's officials announced Thursday, Jan. 17 that Ryan Mazzariello, 26, the suspect in the double homicide at Oakdale Market last November, was found unresponsive in his Stanislaus County jail cell that morning and was later pronounced dead.

January 23, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News

Airport Problems Still Loom

The operational function of the Oakdale Airport essentially remains unchanged as the city council has delayed one longtime lease proposal with one occupant and denied a large hangar lease to another that would have established repair and flight services. Add to that, a city staff reduction that has seen the departure of its part-time airport manager, no public works director in place, and a series of interim city managers has gutted any progress to the 67-year old facility.

January 23, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News

Mayor To Address City

The Oakdale Chamber of Commerce and the City of Oakdale will host its annual State of the City Address on Wednesday, Jan. 30 at the Gene Bianchi Community Center.

January 23, 2013 | | Local News

County Officials Urge Flu Precautions

Cases of Influenza A have been identified in Stanislaus County. Health officials remain concerned because of low vaccination during the fall. The flu vaccine is recommended for everyone six months of age and older. Check with your primary care provider or your local pharmacy for vaccine availability. You can also find a vaccine provider in your area by visiting

January 23, 2013 | | Local News

U.S. Postage Stamp Prices To Rise

On Oct. 11, 2012, the Postal Service announced new prices and product features for the following domestic and international mailing services, effective Jan. 27:

January 23, 2013 | | Local News

Tumbler Damages Canal

An event that geologists refer to as a "rock tumbler" sent a swath of rocks about the size of a half a football field spilling into the main canal just 1,000 feet downstream from Goodwin Dam at 10:45 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 15.

January 23, 2013 | Dennis Wyatt Special To The Leader | Local News

Chamber Honorees Recognized

City leaders, governmental figures, business owners, and well-versed citizens turned out on Friday night, Jan. 18, as the Oakdale Chamber of Commerce hosted its 67th Annual Awards Dinner.

January 23, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News

No Council Meeting Monday or Tuesday

The regular city council meeting scheduled for Tuesday, Jan. 22 has been cancelled. The meeting was originally scheduled for the Tuesday night due the Monday, Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday falling on Jan. 21.

January 18, 2013 | | Local News

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Gusty Winds Prompt Valley Health Caution

Gusty winds will cause localized blowing dust, which can result in unhealthy concentrations of particulate matter 10 microns and smaller (PM10) over the weekend. Local ...

September 29, 2016 | | Local News

McNerney Legislation Seeks Better Internet Access For Vets

Congressman Jerry McNerney (CA-09), who serves on both the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Communications and Technology and the Veterans Affairs Subcommittee on Economic ...

September 28, 2016 | | Local News

2016 Sonora Bach Festival Featured During October

Join in the festivities in nearby Tuolumne County for the 40th year of celebrating the music of Johann Sebastian Bach and his contemporaries as they ...

September 28, 2016 | | Local News

Library Program Provides Bicycles For Reading

Taking on the challenge to read books, just for fun and not for homework, the Oakdale Library recently announced its winners from its Summer Reading ...

September 28, 2016 | | Local News

Simplify Leaf Cleanup

Apple pie, pumpkins and blooming chrysanthemums are symbols of autumn. But nothing signals the arrival of fall more than the millions of leaves that begin ...

September 28, 2016 | | Local News

Water Talk Slated Next Week At MJC

The Modesto Junior College Civic Engagement Project (CEP) invites the community to a free lecture by Lloyd Carter on Water in the Central Valley on ...

September 28, 2016 | | Local News

Community Partners Commit To Achieving College Success

Community partners recently announced the launch of Stanislaus Futures, a long-term and large-scale commitment to provide low-income Stanislaus County students the opportunity to achieve their ...

September 28, 2016 | | Local News

Health Department Confirms First West Nile Virus Death

Stanislaus County officials are reporting that a 90-year-old man has died from West Nile Virus (WNV). As of Sept. 23, 2016, there have been five ...

September 28, 2016 | | Local News

Simple, Effective Ways For Kids To ‘Go Green’

Raising eco-friendly children is less complicated than it once was. From very early ages, today's kids are exposed to environmental topics and how they ...

September 28, 2016 | | Local News

Bloomingcamp Crowd Welcomes In The Harvest

Though the weather felt more like summer this past weekend, the crowds still turned out to celebrate the annual Harvest Festival and the start of ...

September 28, 2016 | Teresa Hammond | Local News

Election Forums Hosted

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September 28, 2016 | | Local News

CHS Oakdale Hosts Annual Block Party

On Friday, Oct. 7, the Center for Human Services (CHS) - Oakdale Family Resource and Counseling Center will host its Sixth Annual Community Block Party. The ...

September 28, 2016 | | Local News

Flights And Fun At Airport Open House

Arrangements for the Oakdale Airport Open House 2016 have been underway for months so mark your calendars for Saturday, Oct. 8 from 10 a.m ...

September 28, 2016 | | Local News

Friday Barn Bash Earns Big Money

Rescued horses will continue to be fed and cared for thanks to the generosity of a community and hard work of some volunteers.

September 28, 2016 | Teresa Hammond | Local News

Oakdale Man Arrested In Modesto Murder Case

Stanislaus County Sheriff's detectives arrested an Oakdale man in connection with a Sept. 15 homicide that occurred in the airport area of unincorporated Modesto.

September 28, 2016 | | Local News

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