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Two Vie For Treasurer, Clerk Unopposed

Oakdale voters casting a ballot for treasurer will have a choice of two candidates whose interest goes back to earlier this year when both candidates applied to fill the remaining term when the position was vacated. The city clerk candidate is running unopposed, however she has been prepping for the role at city hall since outgoing clerk Nancy Lilly announced her retirement.

October 31, 2012 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Holiday Mail Deadlines To Military

Ensuring care packages arrive in time for the holiday season is a priority for friends and family members of military personnel serving around the world. Priority Mail Flat Rate boxes are available at no cost at local Post Offices, or can be ordered online at shop.usps.com. Postage, labels and customs forms can be printed online anytime using Click-N-Ship.

October 30, 2012 | | Local News


Oakdale Welcomes Climbing Festival

The city of Oakdale will be the gathering place for a climber's festival at the Oakdale Community Center, 110 S. Second Ave. on Friday, Oct. 26 through Sunday, Oct. 28. This three-day event will feature many speakers from the climbing world.

October 26, 2012 | | Local News


Seize Our Opportunities

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October 24, 2012 | | Local News


Need New Team

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October 24, 2012 | | Local News


Regional Transit Plans ROTA Takeover

Due to its inability to meet its portion of operating costs, the Riverbank-Oakdale Transit Authority is having the county take over its dial-a-ride service.

October 24, 2012 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Legislators Visit Proposed Alternative Energy Site

Responding to the rural area between Oakdale and Riverbank amid concerns of an agricultural business pursuing green energy, Congressman Jeff Denham and State Senator Tom Berryhill met with the owners and employees to better understand their energy conversion process and hear their frustrations with power conglomerate PG&E. When they were done, the elected officials assured company representatives they would do what they could on both the state and federal levels.

October 24, 2012 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Five Seek 4-Year Terms

Two four-year Oakdale City Council seats are up for grabs this November with five names on the ballot to choose from. Two are experienced dais members pursuing re-election. The other challengers – the current city treasurer, a known volunteer and small business owner, and a successful owner of a chain of extended care facilities – have hopes of guiding Oakdale for the next four years.

October 24, 2012 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Tax Pursuit

In 2009, Oakdale leaders along with officials from the City of Newman discovered a tax-sharing deal by the City of Modesto with an oil distribution company that was extracting tax dollars normally flowing toward their coffers. Both cities pursued the matter to the State Board of Equalization, but only Newman officials followed it through with appeals to finally receive back compensation. Now, Newman's periodic share of the sales tax revenue is returned to them by Modesto.

October 24, 2012 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Time Stands Still At SRT

As a seasoned photo journalist, Sarah Goodwin has made her living looking through a lens, freezing moments of heartache, horror and humanity in the war-torn corners of the globe. She and her long-time partner, combat reporter James Dodd, have always shared a deep commitment to their work. So when a roadside bomb in Iraq sends her home to New York for months of painful recovery, both are reeling from the trauma. In witty and engaging conversation, the couple explores this new direction their lives have taken, not sure what it's revealing or where this new road will take them ...

October 19, 2012 | Report Abuse account | Local News


Congressman And State Senator Visit Proposed Alternative Energy Site

Responding to the outskirts of Oakdale for concerns of an agricultural business pursuing green energy, Congressman Jeff Denham and State Senator Tom Berryhill met with the owners and employees to better understand their energy conversion process and hear their frustrations with PG&E. When they were done, the elected officials assured company representatives they would do what they could on the state and federal levels.

October 18, 2012 | Richard Paloma | Local News


OID Directors Consider Rate Hike

A discussion on setting water delivery fees for 2013 came before the Oakdale Irrigation District Board of Directors at their regular meeting on Oct. 16.

October 17, 2012 | Dawn M. Henley | Local News


Harvest Reaps Crop Of Another Kind

October is the time for harvest. And in the Central Valley, including Oakdale, local drug agents have been busy taking down marijuana grows throughout Stanislaus County. For the second time in as many weeks, Oakdale Police have raided a pot plantation within the city and made arrests of the growers.

October 17, 2012 | Richard Paloma | Local News


St. Matthias Offers Senior Transportation

A new effort, "St. Matti's for Seniors" is a ministry of Saint Matthias Anglican Church, 101 S. First Ave., Oakdale. The new senior ministry will be providing transportation to local senior citizens who are in need. They will be matching up volunteers with seniors to provide transportation to appointments, the grocery store, or to run errands. They are currently looking for more volunteers who have a heart for seniors and would like to help. They are hoping the volunteers can give at least an hour or two of service during the week.

October 17, 2012 | Virginia Still vstill@oakdaleleader.com | Local News


Three Contend For Two-Year Council Seat

A former mayor and councilman, a former treasurer, and a lifelong Oakdale resident fresh to politics make up the slate to fill the two-year city council seat left vacant mid-term by the resignation of Jason Howard.

October 17, 2012 | Richard Paloma | Local News


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Council 180s On Fire Study Payment

Despite a decision less than three months ago where council members publicly criticized the premise, the Oakdale City Council has reversed its position about paying a third of a Stanislaus Consolidated Fire Protection District study on a fire department merger.

February 12, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


O Yes? - Council Considers Continuing Measure

City officials for Oakdale have made it no secret that without the additional revenue provided from Measure O, the city would be in a great hardship operationally.

February 12, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Pabalan Wins ‘Distinguished’ Title

Oakdale High School junior Rachelle Pabalan was named the recipient of the Distinguished Young Woman title on Saturday, Feb. 8, passed to her by OHS senior and outgoing Distinguished Young Woman Sabrina Franciosa. In addition to the $2,500 scholarship for the title award, Pabalan received two $200 scholarships in the Scholastics and Interview categories.

February 12, 2014 | | Local News


H1N1 Downs Oakdale Man Out Of State

Despite feeling under the weather in early January, sprint race car enthusiast and longtime A.L. Gilbert employee Wayne Albright still set out with his son, Dakota, and a friend to pursue his passion at the Lucas Oil Sprint Car Chili Bowl in Tulsa.

February 12, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


OHS Celebrates Winter Homecoming

Oakdale High School plays Sonora in basketball at the OHS gymnasium on Friday, Feb. 14 for Winter Homecoming. The game is also Senior Night and marks the final time the longstanding rivals will face each other as Valley Oak League opponents, as Sonora will move into a different league next season.

February 12, 2014 | | Local News


Best Valentine’s Gift: Be A Sober Driver

Valentine's Day is one of the most feel-good holidays of the year, full of love, roses, and candy hearts everywhere you look. No matter what you choose to do on that special day, from a group date with friends to a romantic dinner with your significant other, the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) encourages you to keep the memories pleasant. Nothing can ruin an evening like getting a DUI or causing a crash. Plan ahead and designate a sober driver, or better yet, spread the love by being the designated sober driver for others.

February 11, 2014 | | Local News


Neighborhood Evacuated After Car Collides With House

Oakdale emergency crews were busy Friday night, Feb. 7 around 8:30 p.m. when police and fire units were called out to the 400 block of S. Wood Avenue after a car crashed into a house.

February 10, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Council 180s On Fire Study Payment

Despite an earlier decision less than three months ago where council members publicly criticized the premise, the Oakdale City Council reversed its position about paying a third of a Stanislaus Consolidated Fire Protection District study on a fire department merger.

February 07, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Olsen Requests Audit At Board Of Registered Nursing

Assemblymember Kristin Olsen, R-Modesto, has asked the Joint Legislative Audit Committee to complete an audit before the end of this year on the policies and procedures of adopting, updating and installing new electronic processing systems within the Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA).

February 06, 2014 | | Local News


OID Increases Water Theft Fines

A significant increase in fines for water theft was unanimously approved at the Oakdale Irrigation District Board of Directors regular meeting on Feb. 4.

February 05, 2014 | Dawn M. Henley | Local News


Museum Honors Yosemite Connection

The Oakdale Cowboy Museum was filled with people Wednesday, Jan. 29 as the crowd came for the official opening of the museum's newest exhibit, "The Tales of the Yosemite Back Country, Mather Saddle & Pack Station, operated by the Barnes Family since 1929" in conjunction with the 150th anniversary of the Yosemite Grant Act.

February 05, 2014 | Kim Van Meter | Local News


Lions Club Library Run

The Oakdale Lions Club will host the annual Don Osborne Memorial Run for the Library on Saturday, Feb. 8, rain or shine, beginning at the library, corner of G Street and South First Avenue.

February 05, 2014 | | Local News


Marriage Ceremonies Scheduled Valentine’s Day

Lee Lundrigan, Stanislaus County Clerk Recorder & Registrar of Voters reports her staff will perform marriage ceremonies on Valentine's Day at the main City / County Building located at 1010 Tenth Street in Modesto.

January 30, 2014 | | Local News


OID Directors Rescind Action

In a 4-1 vote at a special meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 28, the Oakdale Irrigation District Board of Directors approved rescinding their action from the Jan. 23 special meeting where they had originally voted to send out a mailer to OID landowners to see about their interest in voluntarily fallowing land in order to make water available for a transfer to the Westlands Water District. Director Jack Alpers was the dissenting vote. To clarify, OID won't send out fliers.

January 29, 2014 | Dawn M. Henley | Local News


Wastewater Usage Study Between City, OID

With water becoming more of a valuable resource this dry season, Oakdale city officials are contemplating the idea of finding a way to utilize treated wastewater for irrigation purposes or to possibly recharge the city's eight deep ground water wells.

January 29, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


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