More than 70 cadets are preparing to graduate from the California Highway Patrol (CHP) Academy this week. Before they do, they will run from the Academy in West Sacramento to the California Peace Officers' Memorial monument across from the State Capitol. The approximate 5-mile run is a tradition on the Wednesday before each graduation.
Four organizations that provide vital assistance and help improve the quality of life in Oakdale are being considered for this year's Community Service Award, with the honor being presented Friday night, Jan. 15 at the Gene Bianchi Community Center.
Four young difference makers are in the running for the Junior Achievement Award, to be presented Friday night at the Oakdale Chamber of Commerce 70th annual Awards Dinner. Following are brief summaries of why these young people – Alyssa Castano, Gustavo Torres Carrillo, Hope Kindred and Kate Wessling – have been tapped for the recognition.
Taylor Branch, Pulitzer Prize winning author and proponent of nonviolence and civil rights, will present the keynote address for the 22nd Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemoration on Saturday, Jan. 23 in the Modesto Junior College Performing Arts and Media Center Auditorium, 435 College Ave. in Modesto. Branch will speak on "Freedom and Gridlock: Lessons from Martin Luther King." Doors open at 6 p.m. and the program begins at 7 p.m. The event is open to the public and admission is free.
Contrary to popular belief the hottest ticket to be purchased in town last week was not to be found at a local market in hopes of becoming a Powerball millionaire. The $5 ticket which yielded hours of entertainment came in the way of the Third Annual Royal Rams Competition hosted Friday, Jan. 8 at Magnolia Auditorium.
Assemblymember Kristin Olsen (R- Modesto) recently submitted a letter to the Assembly Budget Committee requesting a vote on Assembly Constitutional Amendment 1, a bill that would improve legislative transparency by requiring all bills, including the state budget, to be in print for at least three days before being taken up for a vote.
The Gilbert family, well known throughout the Oakdale area, will receive honors as they are presented with the coveted 'Lifetime Achievement Award' at this year's Oakdale Chamber of Commerce Annual Awards Dinner on Friday, Jan. 15.
Looking for a good book? Librarians at the Oakdale Library are always happy to offer reading suggestions. And now, a good book is easier to find than ever. New books at the Oakdale Library will be featured on the first Wednesday of each month in the Oakdale Leader. Librarians will provide information about books for children and adults, both fiction and non-fiction.
With the effect of El Nino being felt, there will be plenty of opportunities this winter to head out for some snow play. Authorities have issued some reminders about how to have a safe snow day, especially in areas with designed 'snow play' areas.
From issues regarding the city's homeless to fires in the area, 2015 was filled with Oakdale Leader headlines both good and bad. This week, we conclude our annual 'Year in Review' by taking a look at the months gone by, with top stories from the second half of the year, July through December.