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City Settles Lawsuit

The City of Oakdale has entered into a "separation agreement" with former Public Works Supervisor Mark Ozbirn, who had a pending lawsuit with the city from 2015.

January 27, 2016 | Richard Paloma | Local News

Homecoming Fun For Mustangs

It was a busy, fun and festive week leading up to a pair of basketball games and crowning of Homecoming Royalty in Oakdale this week. The events were staged as part of a rally on Friday and the varsity girls and boys basketball teams were in action that night. That's also when the courts were presented to the crowd and the new royalty named.

January 27, 2016 | | Local News


Smiles all around, top photo, for the new Winter Homecoming Queen TJ Verdegaal, crowned at the Friday night festivities at Oakdale High School in between the varsity girls and varsity boys basketball games. Shown is last year's queen, Emma Burke, left, presenting Verdegaal with her tiara. Oakdale's 2016 Winter Homecoming royalty included, from left: King Clayton Verdegaal, Prince Jack Verdegaal, Queen TJ Verdegaal and Princess Kennedy Brewer.

January 27, 2016 | Dennis D. Cruz | Local News

City Council Advised Of Citrus Pest Threat

Both the Stanislaus County Agriculture Commissioner and a member of the California Department of Food and Agriculture were on hand Tuesday night, Jan. 19 to update Oakdale City Council members on the current threat of the Asian Citrus Psyllid, ACP, a pest recently located in the city.

January 27, 2016 | Richard Paloma | Local News

Relay Fundraiser In Escalon

Relay For Life of Escalon will be hosting a fundraiser on Monday, Jan. 25 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

January 23, 2016 | | Local News

AAUW Program Focuses On Educational Leadership

Heather Sherburn, a former principal at Modesto's Orville Wright Elementary School, and an educator for 27 years, will be the guest speaker addressing the topic, "Supporting Children – Community, Peace and Children's Rights: One Educator's Perspective." This meeting will be held Thursday, Jan. 21, 2016, at the Stanislaus County Library in the Community Auditorium at 7:30 p.m., to allow parents and interested community members to hear her discuss her learning and experiences as a successful school administrator, and her work to initiate a successful child centered peace-building program in the schools she last administered. She will ...

January 21, 2016 | | Local News

Arrest Made In Afternoon Stabbing

Oakdale Police were called to the scene of a stabbing of a 25-year-old man at a convenience store located in the 900 block of S. Yosemite Avenue on Friday, Jan. 14. Police later arrested the female suspect walking away from the scene and, with the use of a police canine, located the knife used to commit the assault.

January 20, 2016 | Richard Paloma | Local News

Northern San Joaquin Valley Almond Day

Local growers and agricultural leaders are encouraged to attend the upcoming 2016 North San Joaquin Valley Almond Day, set for Thursday, Feb. 4 at the Modesto Centre Plaza.

January 20, 2016 | | Local News

Continued Decline Seen In National Pump Prices

Average retail gasoline prices in Modesto have fallen 7.9 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.46/gallon Sunday, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 201 gas outlets in Modesto. This compares with the national average that has fallen 6.5 cents per gallon in the last week to $1.90/gallon, according to gasoline price website

January 20, 2016 | | Local News

Orange Blossom 4-H Members Excel In Public Speaking Contest

Four Orange Blossom 4-H members competed in the Stanislaus County 4-H Creed Contest on Saturday, Jan. 16, 2016 at the Stanislaus County Ag Center. The 4-H Creed is written by an anonymous author, and is about members using their head, heart, hands, and health to be good citizens. There are divisions by age, and categories are those who choose to read the Cred and those who choose to recite it from memory.

January 20, 2016 | | Local News

Calendar Fundraiser Ongoing

The first month of 2016 is rapidly winding down, but calendars featuring artwork by local students and celebrating salmon are still available. Cost is just $5 for the 2016 calendars, available at the Great Valley Museum located at Modesto Junior College West Campus, or by contacting Jamie Meek at or Teri Curtis at Proceeds from the calendar will be used for the 2016 Salmon Festival. Each year, the Stanislaus River Salmon Festival Planning Committee invites young artists to celebrate the return of Chinook salmon to the Stanislaus River through participation in the Salmon Festival ...

January 20, 2016 | | Local News

Focus On Tree Health, Care During Winter Storm Season

Winter storms cause tremendous stress and severe damage to trees in the urban forest. Snapped or downed trees should be removed, but what about a tree that only suffers minor damage? How can a homeowner tell if a tree is safe enough to keep?

January 20, 2016 | | Local News

Community Coming Together For Local Make-A-Wish Effort

Members of the Oakdale community and surrounding areas are coming together for a charitable cause. Dr. Christina Chan and Oakdale Mixed Martial Arts Academy, along with other businesses, are joining up to lend a hand in helping a local youngster's wish come true. Organizers said a 4-year-old girl, with optical cancer, has been selected for a wish through the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Her name and that of her wish are not yet being disclosed but will be at a later date.

January 20, 2016 | | Local News

Car Seat Check-Up Set For County Residents

Stanislaus County Health Services Agency (HSA) and its Keep Baby Safe (KBS) Program will conduct a free child safety seat check event from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 23. The safety checks will be held in the Learning Institute parking lot, 917 Oakdale Road, Modesto. Trained car seat technicians will be on site to assist the public in making sure children are riding in an appropriate car seat for their age, weight and height.

January 20, 2016 | | Local News

County Plans Homeless Census

Stanislaus County Housing and Support Services Collaborative (SCHSSC) will be conducting a point in time count of homeless persons throughout Stanislaus County on Thursday, Jan. 28. That will include an accounting of the homeless in Oakdale.

January 20, 2016 | | Local News

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Coat Drive Helps AVF Spread The Warmth

The weather has changed a bit from what seemed to be an early spring to the return of winter that is seen normally in the ...

February 28, 2018 | Virginia Still | Local News

Sign-Ups Underway Now For Annual Chili Cook-Off

American Veterans First is hosting its chili cook-off for another year, with the second annual fundraising event scheduled for Saturday, March 10.

February 28, 2018 | | Local News

Oakdale’s Inaugural Father-Daughter Ball A Success

Oakdale Sunrise Rotary is beaming with excitement at the success of their inaugural "Boots and Bows" Father/Daughter Ball, hosted in February at the Gene ...

February 28, 2018 | | Local News

Shelter Pet Alliance Program Reaches Another Milestone

The Oakdale Shelter Pet Alliance (OSPA) recently celebrated the completion of 3,000 dog and cat spay/neuters through its voucher program since the program ...

February 28, 2018 | | Local News

Grants Provided For Variety Of Habitat, Wildlife Projects

At its Thursday, Feb. 22 quarterly meeting, the Wildlife Conservation Board (WCB) approved approximately $17.9 million in grants to help restore and protect fish ...

February 28, 2018 | | Local News

Distinguished Young Women Hopefuls Vie For Title

The annual Distinguished Young Women of Oakdale program will be held on Saturday, March 10 at 7 p.m. at Magnolia School Auditorium. Soroptimist International ...

February 28, 2018 | | Local News

MJC Panel Discussion Focuses On Speech

The Modesto Junior College Civic Engagement Project (CEP) invites the community to Free Speech and Hate Speech: A Panel Discussion with Experts on Thursday, March ...

February 28, 2018 | | Local News

Houck Takes Speech Trek Top Honors

Five students from Oakdale High School tackled the topic "How Can We Stand Up to Sexism?" at this year's Speech Trek Contest on Thursday ...

February 28, 2018 | | Local News


It is officially Girl Scout Cookie Time – the sweet treats benefitting local Girl Scout troops on sale now around the region. This group was busy ...

February 28, 2018 | | Local News

School Board Support Sought For SOS Run

Monday night provided the perfect forum for Support Oakdale Schools (SOS) Fun Run board members Ted Thome, Joey Valencia and Tina Lane to get the ...

February 28, 2018 | Teresa Hammond | Local News

Projects, Volunteers Needed For Love Oakdale Initiative

The date for the 2018 edition of Love Oakdale is Saturday, April 21, with the gathering point to start the day offered this year at ...

February 28, 2018 | | Local News

Dairymen Gather Locally For Unique ProCross Tour

Creative Genetics has added its own unique spin to Oakdale's famous title as "Cowboy Capital of the World." Earlier this month the Oakdale-based business ...

February 28, 2018 | Teresa Hammond | Local News

Robbery Under Investigation

Oakdale Police are investigating another late night robbery, this one occurring at Circle K, 1515 W. F St., marking the second time in less than ...

February 24, 2018 | | Local News

Technology Night

On Thursday, Feb. 22 from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Cloverland Elementary School will host a Parent Technology Night. Parents will be ...

February 21, 2018 | | Local News

Community Briefs

Relay Fundraiser Set

February 21, 2018 | | Local News

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