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Wastewater Project Hits $13 Million

Upgrades and repairs to the Oakdale Wastewater Treatment Plant are almost complete, but Oakdale City Council members would like some assurance that the engineering and construction meets industry standards. Final costs for the entire upgrade are estimated between $12 million and $13 million. The peer review process will cost an additional $30,000 to the sewer enterprise funds.

November 08, 2011 | Andrea Goodwin | Local News


Reminder: Change Clocks, Batteries

This Sunday, Californians will be rolling back their clocks as daylight saving comes to an end on Nov. 6. CAL FIRE and fire departments across the state are reminding residents to replace the batteries in all smoke alarms as well as their carbon monoxide (CO) alarm when they change their clocks.

November 04, 2011 | Kim Van Meter | Local News


Administrative Changes At Oak Valley Hospital

In somewhat of a surprise move, the Oak Valley Hospital District Board of Directors announced this week that CEO John Friel will be placed on administrative leave until the end of his contract in February 2012. Current Chief Financial Officer John McCormick will take over as interim CEO.

November 02, 2011 | Andrea Goodwin | Local News


U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree To Be Cut In Sonora

When the sun rises over the chilly peaks of the Sierra Nevada on Saturday, a tribal elder from the Tuolumne Band of Me-Wuk Indians will bless the giant Sierra white fir that will eventually be erected in front of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. as the nation's Christmas tree.

November 02, 2011 | | Local News


Mobile Lab Brings Hands On Science

A 53-foot trailer with 20 lab stations, microscopes, and all the necessary tools for seventh graders in Fred Yerzy's and Linda Metcalf's science classes to do a DNA extraction showed up recently on the Oakdale Junior High School campus.

November 02, 2011 | Dawn M. Henley | Local News


Polls Open Tuesday

The Tuesday, Nov. 8 Consolidated District Election will see three local area school districts with contested elections as well as the City of Oakdale's Measure O sales tax initiative on the ballot. Polls open at 7 a.m. and close at 8 p.m. on Election Day.

November 02, 2011 | | Local News


Safe Trick-or-Treat Event

Oak Valley Care Center will hold their annual Halloween Safe Door-to-Door Trick or Treat event on Monday, The event is open to the public and Oak Valley Care Center residents invite all local families to attend.

October 27, 2011 | Andrea Goodwin | Local News


Oakdale’s St. Matthias Church Welcomes New Faces To Fold

St. Matthias Church in Oakdale is welcoming a change in leadership from both a new Deacon-in-Charge and a new Diocesan Bishop. The Right Reverend Dr. Eric Menees, Diocesan Bishop of the more than 40 parishes in the Anglican Diocese of San Joaquin, was installed on Oct. 22. His first parish visit as Diocesan Bishop was to St. Matthias in Oakdale.

October 26, 2011 | Andrea Goodwin | Local News


Playhouse Under Fire For Code Violations

One Oakdale resident has a tough decision to make: re-build the playhouse he created for his kids or appeal to City Council. The playhouse is eight inches too high to meet Oakdale City zoning codes. The resident appealed the code violation at the Oct. 19 Oakdale Planning Commission meeting, but it was denied by a 2 to 2 vote.

October 26, 2011 | | Local News


Jackson Named Livestock Man Of The Year

Oakdale resident Bill Jackson, a fifth generation Californian on his mother's side, was recently honored as the Livestock Man of the Year at the Grand National Rodeo and Stock Show at the Cow Palace in San Francisco for his accomplished career in the beef industry.

October 26, 2011 | | Local News


Local Livestock Man Lauded

An Oakdale rancher with deep Oakdale roots has followed in his father's footsteps by recently being named the Livestock Man of the Year at the Grand National Rodeo and Stock Show at the Cow Palace in San Francisco. Find out who he is in the Oct. 26 issue of The Oakdale Leader.

October 25, 2011 | | Local News


Sconza Factory Sale Slated

Sconza Candy Company will hold their annual candy factory sale Saturday, Oct. 22, just in time for the holidays. This is a great opportunity to support a local business. The sale will start at 9 a.m. and end at 2 p.m. Premium first and second quality candies will be for sale. Cash and credit cards will be accepted. No checks. Sconza Candy is located at One Sconza Candy Lane (1400 S.Yosemite Ave.) in Oakdale.

October 20, 2011 | Kim Van Meter | Local News


Annual Festival Welcomes In Fall Season

Pony rides, face painting and the petting zoo were a few of the main attractions at the annual Bloomingcamp Ranch Octoberfest hosted on Oct. 15 and 16. Bloomingcamp's has been staging the fall festival for around 25 years.

October 19, 2011 | | Local News


2050 Boundary Map Discussion Tabled

Discussion at the Oakdale City Council was heated on Monday night, Oct. 17 during a review of the proposed 2050 agricultural preservation map. The map is a countywide effort to prepare a growth plan through the year 2050 to present to the Local Agency Formation Committee by December. The map will potentially serve as a guideline for a ballot initiative taken to voters some time next year.

October 19, 2011 | Andrea Goodwin | Local News


Election Lowdown Slated

Candidates are gearing up for the Nov. 8 consolidated election. The Oakdale Leader will have pre- and post-election coverage on Oakdale area candidates in contested races.

October 18, 2011 | Dawn M. Henley | 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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