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ORFD Deputy Chief Ready For Change

Five years ago, a young captain with years of tactical experience and a solid head on his shoulders was tapped, along with a then-administrative secretary, to assume the helm of the Oakdale Rural Fire District upon the retirement of long-time chief Bill Houk.

It was a temporary measure aimed at saving the beleaguered district much-needed cash until a fire initiative could be passed for an infusion of additional funds.

July 29, 2009 | Kim Van Meter | Local News


Cowboy Capital Sign Welcomes Visitors

Visitors entering Oakdale from the South will now notice a new welcome sign, one that clearly identifies this as the city that is the 'Cowboy Capital of the World.'
The sign is at the same location as the original sign, on South Yosemite near the Oakdale Recycling Center.
"The Cowboy Museum received many suggestions following the Cowboy Capital of the World Contest last year stating that Oakdale should have a sign indicating that we're (still) the Cowboy Capital of the World," explained Cowboy Museum Executive Director Christie Camarillo. "A committee was formed and in February of this year, Director ...

July 22, 2009 | | Local News


OID Tunnel Project Bid Awarded

The Oakdale Irrigation District Board of Directors voted unanimously at their July 21 meeting to award the bid for the South Main Canal and Tunnel improvement project to the lowest bidder, which is Magorian Mines Services of Auburn. OID General Manager Steve Knell said that because of the "tight" bids he expected that bid protests would be filed by the competing bidders.
Magorian submitted a bid for $5.26 million, while the next lowest bidder was Sierra Mountain Construction of Tuolumne County, which came in with $5.38 million. The next bid was Johnson Western Gunite with $5.43 million ...

July 22, 2009 | Dawn M. Henley | Local News


Junior Exhibitors Prep For Fair

The countdown to the county fair is on. Oakdale's FFA and 4-H members are getting their project displays ready, checking the weights of their market animals, practicing showmanship, and getting their equipment together. The Stanislaus County Fair runs July 31 through Aug. 3.
Oakdale High School FFA member Presley Gravatt is taking a market lamb named "Elvis," three Suffolk breeding sheep, and a dairy replacement heifer - a pregnant Holstein named "Lola" - to this year's fair.
One of Gravatt's Ag teachers, Bob Joseph, recently weighed Elvis so that she would know how close she's getting with the ...

July 22, 2009 | Dawn M. Henley | Local News


Wildland Fire Threatened Homes

A 21-year-old woman suffered smoke inhalation and was taken to the hospital after she attempted to extinguish the flames threatening her home as a 20-acre wild land fire between Liberini Avenue and River Road burned trees and grass Sunday, July 12.

July 15, 2009 | | Local News


Public Meeting Set On Ag Spreading

Stanislaus County Department of Environmental Resources will host a meeting at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, July 21 at the Oakdale Library, 151 So. First Ave., Oakdale to consider: A request to issue a Stanislaus County Food Processing By-product Use permit to ConAgra Foods for the land application of food processing by-products.

July 15, 2009 | | Local News


Leadership Group Gets Public Safety View

A group of six community members enrolled in the Leadership course sponsored by the Oakdale Chamber of Commerce took a day to get an up-close and personal view of the issues inherent to public safety by spending a day with the police department, Thursday, June 25.

July 08, 2009 | Kim Van Meter | Local News


Presale Movie Night Fundraiser Tickets

Support your local Oakdale Gator swim team and take your family out to an evening at the movies by buying presale movie night fundraiser tickets for Ice Age 3 and Transformers 2, showing Thursday, July 9 at the Oakdale Theater. Tickets are $7 and they must be purchased in advance.

July 02, 2009 | Kim Van Meter | Local News


Dorada Park Gazebo Dedicated

Con Agra Foods, a long time major employer in Oakdale, recently donated $15,000 to the City of Oakdale for a gazebo to shade the bandstand in Dorada Park.

July 01, 2009 | | Local News


Fire Agencies Urge Caution

The promise of hot temperatures and a Fourth of July holiday that lands on a Saturday has fire agencies gearing up for a busy - and fun - holiday but warn that being caught with illegal fireworks could result in fines that range from $500 to $5,000.

July 01, 2009 | | Local News


CHP Plans Special Enforcement Period

As motorists prepare to head out onto the highway for some summer fun this Independence Day, the California Highway Patrol (CHP) is doing its part to help keep the fireworks where they belong … in the sky. And with some advance planning, the CHP hopes this can be a safe celebration for everyone.

July 01, 2009 | | Local News


Concerns Linger Over Corridor

Plenty of people turned out at the neighboring Riverbank Community Center on June 15 for a meeting on the North County Corridor State Route 108 East Route Adoption. At an estimated several hundred, there were probably more than the California Department of Transportation expected and they were without microphones, so it was virtually impossible for the organizers to direct the confused gathering.

June 24, 2009 | John Branch | Local News


OID Discusses 10-Day Rotations

The Oakdale Irrigation District is considering going to 10-day rotations in July. Water Operations Manager Kevin King told the Board of Directors that it's expected for temperatures to be high this week and the district may provide one or two 10-day rotations, then will go back to 12-day rotations.

June 24, 2009 | Dawn M. Henley | Local News


City Budget Hearing Continued

The public hearing regarding Oakdale's 2009-2010 budget has been continued until Wednesday, June 24 at 7:00 p.m.

June 19, 2009 | | Local News


Pointe Of Dance 7th Annual Recital Slated

The Pointe of Dance 7th annual dance recital featuring the talents of 140 dancers, ranging in age from 3 to 17, will be held at the River Oak Grace amphitheater Saturday, June 27 at 6 p.m.

June 16, 2009 | | Local News


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Oakdale Garden Club Keeps Branching Out

It has been over a century since the Oakdale Garden Club laid down its roots and branched out on its own. A venture, which began ...

July 06, 2016 | Teresa Hammond | Local News


New Stanislaus County Civil Grand Jury Seated

Two Oakdale men have been selected to serve on the 2016-17 Stanislaus County Civil Grand Jury.

July 06, 2016 | | Local News


Cooler Holiday Weather Sees Crowds Venture Out

Traffic was backed up trying to get into Woodward Reservoir off 26-Mile Road at multiple times during the long July 4 holiday weekend, as locals ...

July 06, 2016 | Marg Jackson | Local News


Judge Grants TRO For OID

As the Oakdale Irrigation District continues to battle leaks of confidential information from closed session agenda items, Stanislaus County Superior Court Judge Roger M. Beauchesne ...

June 30, 2016 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Fire Marshal Urges Safe, Sane Use Of Fireworks

Tuesday began the sale of 'Safe and Sane' fireworks in nearly 300 communities across California, including Oakdale, which has CAL FIRE reminding everyone to do ...

June 29, 2016 | | Local News


Distracted Driving Remains Major Highway Problem

Despite the well-known dangers of distracted driving, the number of California drivers who use mobile devices while they drive is on the rise.

June 29, 2016 | | Local News


Summer Gas Tax Cut Takes Effect

Board of Equalization Member George Runner on Monday announced the state excise tax on gasoline will drop by 2.2 cents per gallon beginning July ...

June 29, 2016 | | Local News


Coordinated Effort Continues To Remove State’s Dead Trees

As wildfires burn across California, new estimates on the number of dead trees in California were announced, prompting continued concern for California's forest health ...

June 29, 2016 | | Local News


Special State Recognition Honors CASA Non-Profit

Assemblymember Kristin Olsen, of Riverbank, recently honored Court Appointed Special Advocates, Stanislaus County as Nonprofit of the Year for the 12th Assembly District during a ...

June 29, 2016 | | Local News


Saturday Pet Adoption Event Offered At Petco

Oakdale Shelter Pet Alliance will be hosting a pet adoption event at Petco in Riverbank on Saturday, July 2 from 10 a.m. to 1 ...

June 29, 2016 | | Local News


Survey Says: Pump Prices Vary Widely In California

Congratulations, Californians: you are probably paying more than you have to during your fill-ups, according to the "Pump Price Spread Report" issued by GasBuddy. Looking ...

June 29, 2016 | | Local News


Stanislaus Animal Services Seeks Foster Care Volunteers

If you can foster kittens for a few weeks, Stanislaus Animal Services can find them homes for life.

June 29, 2016 | | Local News


Lounges Bring Comfort, Confidence To The Fair

The Stanislaus County Fair is excited to offer multiple lounges opened to guests throughout the 10 days of Fair.

June 29, 2016 | | Local News


Junior Fishing License In Future

Senator Tom Berryhill (R-Twain Harte) said California is one step closer to offering a junior fishing license. The Assembly Water, Parks and Wildlife Committee unanimously ...

June 29, 2016 | | Local News


Maximum Enforcement Due For July 4 Holiday

Many Californians are looking forward to the three-day weekend this year to enjoy Independence Day, as is the case with all major holidays, and the ...

June 29, 2016 | | Local News


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