The operational function of the Oakdale Airport essentially remains unchanged as the city council has delayed one longtime lease proposal with one occupant and denied a large hangar lease to another that would have established repair and flight services. Add to that, a city staff reduction that has seen the departure of its part-time airport manager, no public works director in place, and a series of interim city managers has gutted any progress to the 67-year old facility.
Cases of Influenza A have been identified in Stanislaus County. Health officials remain concerned because of low vaccination during the fall. The flu vaccine is recommended for everyone six months of age and older. Check with your primary care provider or your local pharmacy for vaccine availability. You can also find a vaccine provider in your area by visiting www.flushot.healthmap.org.
An event that geologists refer to as a "rock tumbler" sent a swath of rocks about the size of a half a football field spilling into the main canal just 1,000 feet downstream from Goodwin Dam at 10:45 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 15.
January 23, 2013|
Special To The Leader
The regular city council meeting scheduled for Tuesday, Jan. 22 has been cancelled. The meeting was originally scheduled for the Tuesday night due the Monday, Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday falling on Jan. 21.
The Rural County Representatives of California (RCRC) has selected Assemblywoman Kristin Olsen (R-Modesto) as one of two recipients for the annual "Patti Mattingly Award" for 2012. The Patti Mattingly Award is given to a policymaker who has demonstrated leadership on rural issues and an understanding of the unique challenges that rural communities face.
U.S. Representative Jeff Denham (R-Turlock) recently honored Vietnam combat veteran and Turlock native Rufino "Joe" Centeno with the Combat Infantryman Badge (CIB) among other awards and decorations earned for his distinguished service during the Vietnam War in 1968, but did not receive following his discharge from the armed services.
A local councilman's hard fought goal of a river trail from the east to the west side of Oakdale possibly came to a halt when an expected property owner pulled support of an easement that would have allowed trail access from Valley View Park to Kerr Park.
At a time when the City of Oakdale tries to pull itself out from the recent economic downturn, it must weigh the cost of compensating its employees fairly for their services as other cities also recover and offer more competitive wages to pull away qualified personnel.
In keeping with a plan to raise out-of-district water rates incrementally until a rate of $100 per acre foot is met by water year 2016, the Oakdale Irrigation District Board of Directors unanimously approved to increase 2013 out-of-district water deliveries to $55 per acre foot for all measurable deliveries in an action at the Jan. 15 regular meeting.
City leaders and Oakdale residents were basically assured by Pacific Gas and Electric officials that the underground conversion of overhead power lines along South Yosemite Avenue would not result in any cost to local citizens.