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Sacrifices Pay Off For Rural Fire

Oakdale Rural Fire Protection District has achieved some financial security for the end of the fiscal year. Chief Lee Winton is in the process of saving for a rainy day; a reserve fund is something ORFD hasn't had.

For more details about how Rural Fire improved the bottom line, read the June 29 issue of The Oakdale Leader.

June 28, 2011 | | Local News


Oakdale Girl Killed In ATV Wreck

A 17-year-old Oakdale girl was killed Thursday evening, June 23 when her ATV entered the path of a 2002 Chevrolet traveling westbound on Rice Road at 45 mph.

June 24, 2011 | Kim Van Meter | Local News


Dangerous Depths - Officials Warn Of Conditions

It seems at the beginning of every warm weather season, water officials issue a dire warning about conditions on the Stanislaus River. The basics: it's moving fast, it's cold, and it's filled with hidden dangers, remain the same. The difference this year? Take the essence behind those typical warnings and multiply that by a hundred and you might have an inkling of what officials fear for the 2011 summer season.

June 22, 2011 | Kim Van Meter | Local News


ROTA Directors Mull County Takeover

Riverbank Oakdale Transit Authority (ROTA) directors will delay raising their public bus fares, originally planned to become effective July 1, pending consideration of a Stanislaus County proposal to assume transit operations for the cities of Riverbank and Oakdale.

June 22, 2011 | John Branch | Local News


Council Unanimous On New Budget

The City of Oakdale will enter the 2011-2012 fiscal year with a balanced budget, approved unanimously by council members at the Monday, June 20 city council meeting.

June 22, 2011 | Richard Paloma | Local News


OID To Fence Out Unwelcome Cars

A new fence and locked walk-through gate will be erected at the Oakdale Irrigation District offices. In an action at the OID Board of Directors regular meeting on June 21, the board voted 4-0, with director Frank Clark absent, to install a 350 linear feet, six-foot high chain link fence on the east side of the OID property bordering the Live Oak Plaza. OID has a satellite office space in the Live Oak Plaza, those employees will have a key for the walk-through gate.

June 22, 2011 | Dawn M. Henley | Local News


Park Host Volunteers Serve As Army Corps ‘Eyes’ And ‘Ears’

Sometimes the most important job or person is overlooked until you realize without them - you'd be in hot water, or as in the case of the Stanislaus River: frigid, rushing, and dangerous water.

June 22, 2011 | Kim Van Meter | Local News


OID Fills Operations Manager Vacancy

The Oakdale Irrigation District recently announced the promotion of Eric Thorburn to Water Operations Manager. Because of Thorburn's dedication to his job and his knowledge of modern irrigation practices and system controls he was promoted to the position.

June 22, 2011 | Eric Thorburn | Local News


Oakdale Police History On Display

Retired Oakdale Police Lieutenant Vern Gladney acquired a vast assortment of duty gear over his 30 years of service with the city's police department, a career that spanned parts of four decades.

June 22, 2011 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Expo Boosts City Image, Coffers

A three-day tradeshow hosted by a local distribution company brought in much needed revenue to bolster local businesses.

June 22, 2011 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Blueberry Thrills - Murphy Road U-Pick Farm Lures Families

Jeremiah Hinkle clutched his bucket tight as he maneuvered between the rows of blueberries, picking the biggest ones he could find.

June 22, 2011 | Jason Campbell Special To The Leader | Local News


Valley Home Dedicates New Community Park

Nearly five years in the making, Valley Home's Community Center Park was dedicated on Saturday, June 18 with a few dozen residents who turned out for the event. The new park replaces the old Valley Home Clubhouse, which was razed approximately four years ago due to the inability to bring the dilapidated building up to code. A new covered structure with lighting and a concrete floor called the "pavilion" is the focal point of the park. New picnic tables, park benches, new chain link fencing, grass, shrubs and trees, boulders, a flagpole, dedication plaque, an irrigation system, and more ...

June 22, 2011 | Dawn M. Henley | Local News


Bypass Overview Draws 100 Plus To Meeting

Planning for the "bypass" - otherwise known as the North County Corridor project - hasn't gone away. While planning began in 2008 and the first phase of construction is not slated to begin until 2018, the public interest continues to run high. Area residents just haven't had a recent meeting.

June 22, 2011 | John Branch | Local News


Cautions Abound For River Safety

Leaders in Oakdale's fire and police departments, as well as the irrigation district are cautioning people about recreation activities on the Stanislaus River.

Oakdale Irrigation District General Manager Steve Knell said very high river flows are expected as of July 1 because water must be released from New Melones Reservoir due to the Federal Bureau of Reclamation's operating permit that states it cannot store water behind the dam after June 30.

June 21, 2011 | Dawn M. Henley | Local News


Rural Fire Talks Continue

Action was tabled but discussions are ongoing with the Oakdale Rural Fire Protection District Board (ORFD) in regards to the current brown out schedule affecting the outlying posts of Valley Home and Knights Ferry with differing opinions on which station should receive the lion's share of summer staffing.

June 15, 2011 | Kim Van Meter | 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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