Senator Tom Berryhill (R-Twain Harte) submitted a request to Governor Jerry Brown and California Office of Emergency Services Director, Mark Ghilarducci, to declare a State of Emergency because of the threat presented by the increasing numbers of dead and dying trees in rural areas.
U.S. Representative Jeff Denham (R-Turlock) issued the following statement after His Holiness Pope Francis of the Holy See's address to a joint session of the U.S. Congress on Thursday morning, Sept. 24:
The Animal Shelter To Riverbank and Oakdale, more commonly known as the ASTRO Foundation, is set to go mobile. Just two years shy since securing its 501(c)3 status the group located a mobile unit earlier this year, for a fraction of the $150,000 cost they initially believed they would face.
Bloomingcamp Ranch will host its Annual Harvest Festival this weekend, with activities scheduled on both Saturday Sept. 26 and Sunday, Sept. 27. The two-day celebration honoring California's family farming traditions through connection with food, agriculture and community will take place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days.
Average retail gasoline prices in Modesto have fallen 7.7 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.72/gallon Sunday, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 201 gas outlets in Modesto. This compares with the national average that has fallen 3.7 cents per gallon in the last week to $2.29/gallon, according to gasoline price website GasBuddy.com.
Two regional fires are being considered among the most destructive in California history. As of Wednesday, Sept. 16, the Valley Fire and Butte Fire have claimed over 800 homes, disrupting the lives of thousands in the community.
In response to a July FAA letter criticizing the city's lease of airport facilities to Sierra West Airlines and the determination that "…Sierra West Airlines at the Oakdale Airport functions mainly as a non-aeronautical activity" the City of Oakdale has hired Cogdill Real Estate Associates of Modesto to determine the fair market rental value of the airport facilities that are being used for non-aeronautical purposes and begin charging Sierra West Airlines fair market value rental of Hangars L-1 and L-3.
It was a standing room only night at the Oakdale Joint Unified School Board meeting on Monday night. Students Clara Redd, Allison Dunlop and Remington Ryland of Fair Oaks led the group in the Pledge of Allegiance as the meeting was called to order.