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Holiday Travel More Affordable

GasBuddy officials project that consumers will save $1.6 billion on gas over their year-end travels compared to last year. According to the annual GasBuddy holiday travel survey, 88 percent of those heading out of town will be doing so by car, with a majority (66 percent) driving at least 200 miles round trip.

December 23, 2015 | | Local News


CHP Plans Maximum Enforcement Efforts

The California Highway Patrol's (CHP) wish this holiday season is for everyone to stay safe during their travels. The CHP reminds drivers to follow the posted speed limit, buckle up, avoid distractions while driving, and always plan to have a sober driver behind the wheel.

December 23, 2015 | Report Abuse account | Local News


Community Generosity Bursts Into Local Kmart

Santa's elves were out in full force on Thursday evening and were spotted on the east end of town at Oakdale's Kmart store.

December 23, 2015 | Teresa Hammond | Local News


Medicinal Pot Ban Expansion Approved

With a March 1, 2016 deadline of a newly signed law approaching, the Oakdale City Council moved Monday, Dec. 21 to add the cultivation and delivery of medical marijuana to their already established ordinance banning marijuana dispensaries.

December 23, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Super Bowl Event Set

Oakdale Lions Club is hosting its Second Annual Super Bowl Sensation Event. Tickets to the event are $100, which permits two adults over the age of 21 to the indoor tailgate party on Monday, Dec. 21. The tailgate party will be hosted at Gene Bianchi Community Center, 110 S. Second Ave., Oakdale. Food and beverage service begins at 5:30 p.m. Drawing for a variety of items will be offered during this time. Grand Prize is two Super Bowl 50 tickets and $1500. Second prize is $2,000 and third prize $1000. For tickets and information call Lion John ...

December 16, 2015 | | Local News


Yosemite Toastmasters Plan January Open House Event

Would you like to feel more confident speaking in public or talking to customers, tourists, or other people in your life? Are you stepping up as a leader and want to learn how to motivate people, build teams, and achieve your dreams? Could you use some techniques to improve your communication, increase membership in your service club, or boost your sales?

December 16, 2015 | | Local News


Roadwork Delays Anticipated On 120

The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) will perform one-way traffic control on State Route 120 from the Stanislaus/San Joaquin County line to the Stanislaus River for guardrail work.

December 16, 2015 | | Local News


Knights Ferry Crash Closes Highway 108

A head-on collision that occurred at 5:40 a.m. on Monday, Dec. 14, sent one individual to the hospital via a Medi-Flight helicopter.

December 16, 2015 | | Local News


Marrow Drive For Kevin Wise

BloodSource hosted a "Be The Match" registry on Friday, Dec. 11 at the Bianchi Community Center. Local Fire Battalion Chief Kevin Wise was diagnosed with leukemia in September and the drive was to gather registrants for potential donations, not only for Deputy Chief Wise but others in need. According to organizers, over 50 people showed up as well as donated money for the Wise family.

December 16, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


State Extends Deadline For Dead Tree Removal

As California's severe drought and bark beetle epidemic has left millions of trees dead, the California Board of Forestry and Fire Protection last week voted to extend a drought mortality exemption to the state's tree removal permitting process.

December 16, 2015 | | Local News


Stanislaus, San Joaquin See Increase In Property Values

California State Board of Equalization (BOE) Vice Chair George Runner has announced that assessed property values in San Joaquin and Stanislaus counties grew 6.3 percent in 2015-16 over 2014-15. Assessed values for county-assessed property jumped 6.4 percent while state-assessed property values went up 4.9 percent. Assessed values in these two counties are 2.3 percent higher than in 2008-09, when values statewide hit their prior peak.

December 16, 2015 | | Local News


Valley’s Student Artists Illustrate Annual Calendar

The artwork of 15 talented Valley students is featured in the 2016 Healthy Air Living Kids' Calendar, a bilingual, full-color wall calendar just released by the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District.

December 16, 2015 | | Local News


Cooperative Pet Adoption Effort Scheduled Saturday

Looking for a special furry someone to add to your family? Now is the perfect time to do it.

December 16, 2015 | | Local News


Old Saint Nick Makes Surprise Local Appearance

This past Friday, Dec.11 proved to be a day of surprise and fun for the pint sized students of Oakdale's Head Start program, as they were treated to a visit by Old Saint Nick.

December 16, 2015 | Teresa Hammond | Local News


Statewide Effort Focuses On Teen Driving Safety

For the past four years, the California Highway Patrol (CHP) has partnered with Impact Teen Drivers (ITD) in a combined effort to decrease the number of teen distracted driver fatalities across the state. Through engaging presentations in schools, the ITD program reaches thousands of teens and parents each year to show how using a cellular telephone, texting, and other distractions while driving can have fatal consequences. Teenagers are considered at most risk for distracted driving, and the CHP and ITD are dedicated to reversing what is a completely preventable crisis.

December 16, 2015 | | 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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