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Big Changes Slated For Plaza

A major facelift is scheduled for the plaza on the north end of town that houses the Costless Market, Sears, Oakdale Cinema and Ultimate Furniture, to name a few of the business currently taking up residence, and according to project facilitator and developer Richard Murdoch, the changes are going to bring a much-needed overhaul to the aging plaza.

October 28, 2009 | Kim Van Meter | Local News


Oakdale Dives Into Aquatic Center

Students at Oakdale High School are going to be in deep water. Well, about seven feet of it, as ground has been broken for the new OHS Aquatic Center.

October 21, 2009 | Dawn M. Henley | Local News


Peabody Champions Senior Issues

Activist, volunteer extraordinaire, and overall go-getter Mickey Peabody is Oakdale's version of the Unsinkable Molly Brown and currently, she has her sights set on the Capitol to make positive change for senior citizens.

October 21, 2009 | Kim Van Meter | Local News


Police Add Spy Camera To Arsenal

Big Brother is watching - and hoping to catch vandals - thanks to the recent purchase of a special mobile surveillance camera manufactured by Q-Star Technology that will not only capture high-quality images but is triggered by motion.

October 21, 2009 | | Local News


Board Awards OHS Pool Bid

The Oakdale High School Aquatic Center project is officially moving forward and will have its ceremonial groundbreaking today, Wednesday, Oct. 14. The Oakdale Joint Unified School District Board of Trustees awarded the bid for the aquatic center to Diede Construction, Inc. in the amount of $2.96 million at the Oct. 12 regular meeting.

October 14, 2009 | Dawn M. Henley | Local News


Shelter Fundraiser Draws Generous Crowd

Former Stanislaus County Supervisor Pat Paul opened her Oakdale home to a worthy cause Thursday, Oct. 8 as citizens joined together for the Shelter Pet Alliance fundraiser aimed at gathering donations toward the creation of an exercise yard for the local animal shelter.

October 14, 2009 | Kim Van Meter | Local News


Transient Issue Concerns Surface

Since the clean up along the Stanislaus River corridor near Costless Market and Kerr Park, complaints have increased regarding the transient population invading local parks, most notably Dorada Park, as they search for new places to inhabit.

October 14, 2009 | Kim Van Meter | Local News


OID Seeks Water Ops Replacement

The Oakdale Irrigation District is embarking on a search to fill the Water Operations Manager position. Kevin King completed six years with the district and has held the Water Operations Manager position since early 2006. King's last day will be Nov. 2.

October 14, 2009 | Dawn M. Henley | Local News


Lions Club Honoring Military Personnel

The first two banners bearing the names and branches of service of service people from the local Oakdale area 95361 zip code have been placed on the light poles in the SaveMart Shopping Center at the corner of East F Street and Maag Avenue in Oakdale. Members of the Oakdale Lions Club and the parents of Sean Gage and Clay Kassahn were on hand as the banners were installed.

October 14, 2009 | | Local News


Homecoming Tradition Axed

Forty-plus years of a Homecoming tradition has been felled by an insurance requirement.

October 07, 2009 | Kim Van Meter | Local News


Swine Flu Death Reported

Another county resident has fallen victim to the swine flu.

October 07, 2009 | | Local News


Fundraiser Slated For Shelter Project

The nonprofit Shelter Pet Alliance is hosting a fundraiser reception to help build a dog exercise park at the Oakdale City Animal Shelter. The reception is scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 8 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at 891 Reinman Court in Oakdale. Donations will be accepted at the door.

October 07, 2009 | | Local News


Tough Choice For Rural Fire

Nobody can say they didn't see the writing on the wall - brown outs at Valley Home and Knights Ferry fire stations are coming as of tomorrow, Thursday, Oct. 1.

September 30, 2009 | Kim Van Meter | Local News


Cowboy Museum Changes Up Annual Dinner

It was a night of innovation and good times at the annual Cowboy Museum dinner and auction, Saturday night at the Rocha Enterprises, Sept. 19.

September 23, 2009 | Kim Van Meter | Local News


OID Approves October Water

At the Sept. 15 regular meeting, the Oakdale Irrigation District Board of Directors approved the ending of the 2009 irrigation season to be on Sept. 30, on the 14th day of Rotation 16 and to start the 2010 irrigation season by having an October irrigation made available. The October irrigation will be a 10-day rotation, ending at midnight on Oct. 10. All waters delivered after Sept. 30 are charged to the 2010 season.

September 16, 2009 | Dawn M. Henley | Local News


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Investigation Recovers Stolen Radioactive Device

An eBay ad and the sharp eye of a tenacious victim led Oakdale Police to recover a $10,000 piece of construction equipment that was taken from a work truck last year.

April 03, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Annual Pioneer Rodeo In Late Fall Offers Oakdale Lasting Success

Covered Calistoga wagons and settlements complete with chow carts will descend on Oakdale this November as various Davy Crockett and Daniel Boone characters arrive in the city for the debut of Pioneer Days and the Pioneer Rodeo, The Leader has learned.

April 01, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Testicle Festival – Romancing The Stones

Monday night marked my fourth Oakdale Testicle Festival, taking me a long way from my first time as a newbie with only a few weeks on for The Leader, and an editorial staff of women (sans sports guy) when I was "chosen" to cover the annual event.

April 01, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Veronica’s Care Closet Seeking Donations

As many look ahead to lazy mornings and summer schedules Oakdale High School's Dana McLain has other thoughts on her mind.

April 01, 2015 | Teresa Hammond | Local News


Annual Spring Fest Saturday

The City of Oakdale, in cooperation with the Kiwanis Club of Oakdale, is hosting the ninth annual Kids Spring Fest on Saturday, April 4 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

April 01, 2015 | | Local News


Area Water Woes Linger As Irrigation Season Looms

Even as water began filling its canals this week, the Oakdale Irrigation District board discussed ways Tuesday morning to ensure there is enough to last until September.

March 18, 2015 | | Local News


Bond Refinancing Results In City Savings

Wearing a cowboy hat to reinforce his point, Oakdale City Manager Bryan Whitemyer pioneered the Monday, March 16 Oakdale City Council meeting, telling everyone that at no time the city was ever considering changing its 'Cowboy Capital' motto (see related story on this page).

March 18, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Residents Shoot Down Slogan

City of Oakdale residents have long felt recognition and pride with the city's motto of "Cowboy Capital of the World" but when the Oakdale Travel and Visitors Bureau introduced a marketing slogan of "Pioneer Perfect," many residents expressed outrage, calling for the city and OTVB not to meddle with something already in place.

March 18, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Residents View ‘Pioneer Perfect’ As Off Track

City of Oakdale residents have long felt recognition and pride with the city's motto of "Cowboy Capital of the World" but when the Oakdale Travel and Visitors Bureau introduced a marketing slogan of "Pioneer Perfect," many residents expressed outrage, calling for the city and OTVB not to meddle with something already in place.

March 12, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


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