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Irrigation Season Status Update

The Oakdale Irrigation District brought water into its canal system on Saturday, March 15 to prepare for the start of the irrigation season, as reported by OID General Manager Steve Knell at the March 18 regular meeting of the Board of Directors. The season was initially planned to start on March 3 but rains allowed for the delay. It was reported that there were no major issues and only one minor issue with tumbleweed when bringing water into the canals.

March 19, 2014 | Dawn M. Henley | Local News


New Transport Program Aids Area Veterans

A celebration of the new Stanislaus Veterans Medical Transport Program, a collaborative effort to serve Stanislaus area veterans, will be held on Wednesday, March 19, at the Stanislaus County Courthouse Lawn near 12th and I streets in Modesto at 5 p.m. Special guest speaker will be Representative Jeff Denham (R-10th District).

March 17, 2014 | | Local News


Special St. Patrick’s Day Enforcement Effort

As Californians throughout the state plan to celebrate the St. Patrick's Day holiday, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the Office of Traffic Safety (OTS), and the California Highway Patrol (CHP) encourage motorists to plan ahead and designate a sober driver, or arrange for a safe and sober ride home.

March 15, 2014 | | Local News


Sheriff’s Department Issues Telemarketing Alert

Financial scams have become prevalent among seniors. They often go unreported and are devastating to the senior, leaving them in a vulnerable position with little time to recoup their losses. The most common scams are done over the phone, with no face-to-face interaction, and no paper trail, theses scams are incredibly hard to trace. Lonely seniors with nobody to talk to are prime targets. Once a successful deal has been made, the senior's name is then shared with similar schemers looking for easy targets, defrauding the same person repeatedly.

March 14, 2014 | | Local News


California Gas Prices Reach $4 Per Gallon Mark

The annual climb in retail gasoline prices that pushes refineries to meet clean energy mandates has elevated the national average price of gas to $4.01 per gallon, a rise of 32 cents since Jan. 1. And Wednesday, Los Angeles became the first major metro area in the continental U.S. see its average price reach $4 per gallon.

March 13, 2014 | | Local News


World Champion Bucking Bull - Testicle Festival Honors Bushwacker

Tickets are now on sale for the 33rd Annual Oakdale Testicle Festival which will be held on Monday, March 31 at the FES Hall in Oakdale.

March 12, 2014 | | Local News


New Look For Oakdale Police Fleet

With four of the nine vehicles in its fleet with over 120,000 miles, the Oakdale Police Department is making a gradual change in vehicles, shifting from its mainstay police sedan, the Ford Crown Victoria, to the Chevrolet Tahoe SUV.

March 12, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Committee Gets View Of Oakdale After ‘O’

Oakdale City Manager Bryan Whitemyer painted a bleak picture of the city without the continuance of the city's half-cent sales tax assessment at the Measure O Committee meeting on Monday, March 10.

March 12, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Accusations Fly In Airport Battle

Finger pointing regarding bias, threats, mismanagement, and outright lies continue to fly in the latest drama involving the Oakdale Airport.

March 12, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Congressional Competition Seeks Young Artists

U.S. Representative Jeff Denham (R-Turlock) has announced the details of California's 10th District Congressional Art Competition. The competition provides aspiring student artists with the chance to display their talent and creativity. One winner from the 10th District will be invited to share their artwork with the rest of the nation in the U.S. Capitol.

March 10, 2014 | | Local News


Hospice Receives Grant For Expanding Services

Community Hospice announced this week they were awarded a $100,000 grant from the New York Life Foundation. Community Hospice was one of 20 bereavement service providers that received the funding as part of an effort to help expand grief support services to diverse and disadvantaged youth across the country.

March 08, 2014 | | Local News


Student Artists Celebrate Contributions Of Trees

As trees across the state begin to blossom for spring, California's Arbor Week is emphasizing the importance trees have on communities and their residents. Officials from CAL FIRE and California ReLeaf, an organization working to preserve, protect and enhance California's urban forests, have announced the winners of the statewide Arbor Week poster contest.

March 07, 2014 | | Local News


Oakdale Man Arrested For Child Porn In Ripon

Ripon Police announced that on Wednesday, March 5 they arrested a registered sex offender from Oakdale in possession of child pornography on a computer.

March 06, 2014 | | Local News


Time Out – Happy To Be Here

Hello Central Valley! I am the new face of sports reporting for Oakdale (and hopefully some Riverbank and Escalon assignments shortly). Although I have only been reporting for a month now, it has been a goal of mine to pursue sports journalism since my high school days at Del Puerto High School in Patterson, back in 2002. In the 12 years that have passed since graduation, I have held tedious jobs to support myself and my family. That would all change while perusing the classifieds and an advertisement "Sports Writer Wanted" appeared on my screen. I thought to myself "Wow ...

March 05, 2014 | Dennis D. Cruz | Local News


Group Rallies Behind Groundwater Concerns

Last fall when some citizens became concerned about massive pumping of local groundwater in the area, they gathered and the group of diverse, all-volunteer neighbors formed an action group called the Stanislaus Water Coalition. (SWC).

March 05, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


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Oakdale's Measure Y Argument Unopposed On November Ballot

Oakdale City Clerk Kathy Teixeira's office advised the 'Yes on Measure Y Committee' that no arguments in opposition were filed with her office by the July 17 deadline. In addition, no rebuttals to the argument for the measure were filed by the July 29 deadline.

August 06, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Council Kept Out Of Loop On FAA Complaint

Despite airport items on recent agendas, the Oakdale Mayor and City Council claim they were not advised of an April complaint letter from the Federal Aviation Administration and the city's May 5 response letter. Some of the agenda items approved by the council even included a quarterly street sweeping contract and $16,000 lighting upgrade to bring the airport up to standards addressed in the complaint.

August 01, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


FAA Investigating Complaints About Airport

The Federal Aviation Administration San Francisco Airports District Office has informed the City of Oakdale it has received complaints that the Laughlin Road airport may be violating portions of its grants assurances sections as it applies to the condition and operation of the facility.

July 30, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Burchell Hill Hosts National Night Out

The Burchell Hill neighborhood and park will serve as the primary Oakdale city location for this year's 31st Annual National Night Out Against Crime on Tuesday, Aug. 5. The event is scheduled from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

July 30, 2014 | | Local News


OTVB Names New Administrator

A new face with new enthusiasm and drive will be taking over as administrator for the Oakdale Travel and Visitors Bureau (OTVB) after the departure of Ramona Howard who left the organization to pursue other career interests.

July 25, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Council Boosts Fees

A Landscape and Lighting Maintenance District (LLMD) agenda item on fee increases that prompted lengthy discussion at the previous meeting, and eventually delayed the vote until questions could be answered, was approved at a relatively brief Monday, July 21 Oakdale City Council meeting.

July 23, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Water Plan Finalized

With California water regulators having voted to approve fines up to $500 a day for residents who waste water on lawns, landscaping and car washing, the City of Oakdale must now come up with a conservation plan for its residents and 7,000 water customers.

July 23, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Breaking Bread, Breaking Ground

At a ceremony on July 15, Oakdale Joint Unified School District officials broke ground for the new 5000-square foot steel structure that will be the Central Kitchen. This will be the first of a handful of projects spearheaded by the Facilities Committee.

July 23, 2014 | Teresa Hammond | Local News


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