The Memorial Day holiday traditionally marks the end of the school year and the beginning of summer, when many Californians head out to picnics, barbecues, and outdoor events. The California Highway Patrol (CHP) reminds those headed out on the road to buckle up, designate a driver, and eliminate distractions.
Moody's Investors Service has slightly downgraded Oakdale's Sewer Enterprise Revenue bond rating, citing concerns about the city's lagging economy and uncertainty of future financial performance.
Tens of thousands of chocolate lovers came out for this year's Oakdale Chocolate Festival over the weekend with Mother Nature especially cooperative, bringing sunny skies with temperatures in the mid to upper-80s and a slight breeze to keep everyone comfortable.
The Oakdale City Council came to a stalemate during a recent special meeting for the appointment to fill the position left vacant by Jason Howard, who resigned in April. Without a selection by mid-June the matter goes to the voters in a special election in November.
If there ever was a general sense of confusion and frustration over what to do and how to do it, the situation facing Oakdale Rural Fire Protection District regarding area known as Division 1 North would qualify.
With several items listed on Monday's Oakdale City Council agenda, two items – the city audit results and a proposed cell phone tower – sparked the most discussion between the public, city officials, and contracted commercial representatives.
In a discovery on Thursday May 17, The Leader learned that Oakdale City Council hopeful Scott Jaspar was arrested on suspicion of rape in December 2007.
Orange Blossom 4-H Club recently hosted the annual Stanislaus County 4-H Fashion Review at Valley Home Elementary School. Boys and girls ages seven to 17 years old competed in categories where they either made their own outfits or purchased them and then modeled the outfits in front of judges for a score. Orange Blossom 4-Hers Cory Barney and Matthew Black hosted the event to earn their Emerald Stars.
This Sunday, May 20, there will be a partial solar eclipse visible from the Oakdale/Modesto/Sonora area.
Justin Myers, an Oakdale graduate, has been fighting a mysterious illness that was discovered when he was in junior high. The Oakdale Leader has followed Justin's journey through several stories, including when he received his restored 1969 Chevy Camaro through the Make-A-Wish program. After eight years of frequent blood transfusions for what they can only determine is Pure Red Cell Anemia (partial bone marrow failure), Justin is showing signs of major organ failure. His liver is in Stage 3 Fibrosis due to iron overload, which drops his odds to 70-75 percent. Treatments are no longer effective but they have ...
In a recent discovery, The Leader has learned that Oakdale City Council hopeful Scott Jaspar was arrested for rape and penetration with a foreign object that occurred in Nevada County in 2007.
The Oakdale City Council announced that former Atwater Assistant City Manager Stan Feathers will take over as the part-time interim city manager on July 1when current Interim City Manager Greg Wellman is required to leave the post.
After a series of city financial crises coming to light, Finance Director Albert Avila assured Oakdale Interim City Manager Greg Wellman that the city's tardy 2010-2011 audit would be received by Friday, May 11 and delivered to the city council. Last week the council also just received notice of the 2009-2010 audit report that had been withheld for nearly a year.
Since the seating of the current city council in November of 2010, the City of Oakdale tribunal has purged or presided over the departure of nearly all of its department heads. Of the two that remain; the public works director has been given notice he will no longer be employed after July and the finance director may be in jeopardy of being gone by this July also.
Past Oakdale Mayor Farrell Jackson believes much that is being declared about the city's financial status may not be completely accurate.
On Wednesday, April 30, 2014 the California State Sheriffs' Association held its 120th Annual Conference Installation Banquet in San Luis Obispo County. The CSSA announced as its new president, Sheriff Adam Christianson of the Stanislaus County Sheriff's Department.
Moments after receiving a proclamation honoring National Police Week by the Oakdale City Council at its Monday, May 5 meeting, Police Chief Lester Jenkins was called to defend his department from additional cuts in response to inquiries regarding the possibility of contracting out dispatching services.
Oakdale's Double Trouble Volleyball Club continues to roll as the 13's team placed first in their fourth and final league tournament over the weekend in Atwater. They will now be advancing to the Regional Championship Tournament May 17 and 18 in Sacramento at the Sacramento Convention Center.
By a 3-0 vote, the Oakdale Irrigation District Board of Directors approved moving forward with developing a cost estimate for a conceptual engineering plan for water service to the Paulsell Valley. The action came at the May 6 regular meeting. Director Steve Webb was absent and director Al Bairos was absent until after action items were complete.
Hard work, dedication, and even a bit of swallowing some pride, paid off for Oakdale resident Miguel Olivo and his mission to get back to the Major Leagues.
At its 24th Annual Workers Memorial at the State Capitol on May 1, Caltrans honored 183 employees who have lost their lives on the job. The solemn event comes about one year after two Caltrans employees were killed by a rockslide while working to protect the traveling public.
Even his mom is amazed.
Though a downpour, lightning and thunder dampened preparation efforts on Friday, the 13th annual Relay For Life of Oakdale went on undaunted over the weekend, hundreds of participants raising thousands of dollars in the fight against cancer.
Cal-OSHA, the state's Division of Occupational Safety and Health, protects workers from health and safety hazards on the job in almost every workplace in California through its research and standards, enforcement and consultation programs.
Police units spent a portion of Monday night, April 21, investigating a night time stabbing that occurred in the Oakdale Plaza Shopping Center.
Traffic collisions are the leading cause of death for teenagers in the United States. In response to this troubling fact, the California Highway Patrol (CHP) has partnered with Impact Teen Drivers with a shared goal, to change the teen culture and make distracted driving intolerable. The yearlong traffic safety campaign continues through September 2014.
The search to lead the Stanislaus Consolidated Fire Protection District ended when the district's board voted 4-0 and announced the appointment of its new fire chief, Randall Bradley, at its April 10 meeting. He will be paid $157,000 per year to lead the department.
It's an event that draws the community in droves and with good reason, much like the Halloween parade, the Kid's Fest and Safety Fair is all about the kids.
Fearing a 17 percent cut in city services with the loss of current Measure O funds, the Oakdale City Council on Monday night voted 4-1 in favor of requesting the county to place an initiative basically extending the current sales tax measure another five years on the November ballot.
The search to lead the Stanislaus Consolidated Fire Protection ended when the district's board voted 4-0 and announced the appointment of its new fire chief, Randall Bradley, at its April 10 meeting. He will be paid $157,000 per year to lead the department.