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Valley View: City Gem Or Toxic Hazard?

What is now a 25 acre neighborhood city park with meandering sidewalks and benches with views of the Stanislaus River and the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range was at one time a municipal dump and trash burn site.

September 26, 2012 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Fundraiser Aims To Rehab, Maintain Park

Tough times call for innovative thinking and that's exactly what's happening with the Oakdale Youth Sports Association fundraiser blitz as they attempt to raise the funds necessary to spruce up one of Oakdale's hidden gems: Kerr Park.

September 26, 2012 | Kim Van Meter | Local News


Community Assists Burglary Victim

Police are investigating a Saturday night burglary at the Oakdale Yogurt Station on West F Street where the premises was ransacked and had equipment damaged, goods scattered, and items taken, including the business safe.

September 26, 2012 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Chamber Hosts Candidate Forum

The Oakdale Chamber of Commerce is hosting a City of Oakdale candidate forum on Wednesday, Sept. 26 at 6p.m. in the Oakdale City Council Chambers, 277 N. Second Ave.

September 25, 2012 | | Local News


Yogurt Station Burglarized

Police are investigating an overnight burglary at the Oakdale Yogurt Station on West F Street where the premises was ransacked and had equipment damaged, goods scattered, and items taken, including the business safe.

September 23, 2012 | Richard Paloma | Local News


CALTRANS: Watch Out For Wildlife Awareness Week

Caltrans and the California Department of Fish and Game (DFG) remind motorists during "Watch Out for Wildlife (WOW) Awareness Week" (Sept. 16-22) to remain alert while driving to improve safety for travelers and wildlife alike.

September 20, 2012 | | Local News


Stearns Road Residents Want Answers On Bypass

More than 30 residents of the Stearns Road area affected by the proposed North County Corridor project showed in force at the Oakdale City Council Chambers on Wednesday, Sept. 12. The Stearns Road route for the corridor is one of three alternatives developed since June of 2011 and would impact approximately 120 land parcels.

September 19, 2012 | Richard Paloma | Local News


A Garden Grows In Oakdale

In an area known for good soil and a climate for premiere farming, there lays a plot of thriving and meticulously tended to plants just off one of Oakdale's main thoroughfares. The crop of choice for this urban gardener: medicinal marijuana and his own blend of "purple lush" and "cherry pie" varietals for a high-potency cannabis.

September 19, 2012 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Rental Market: Incentives Needed To Fill Units

Anyone who has anxiously awaited the local newspaper to scan the classified listings knows that the rental market in most areas can be as brutal as an MMA match with opponents wearing brass knuckles. Generally speaking, it's not a walk in the park to find a quality, affordable rental that fits all the criteria you're searching for.

September 19, 2012 | Kim Van Meter | Local News


Council Proceeds On Privatization

By a vote of 3-1 on Monday, Sept. 17, the Oakdale City Council moved forward to explore the privatization of the public works department by accepting requests for proposals for city park maintenance.

September 19, 2012 | Richard Paloma | Local News


OID Hears Comments On Water Sale

A discussion item relating to a potential water transfer to the City of Brisbane in the San Francisco Bay Area brought several community members to the podium to provide public comments to the Oakdale Irrigation District Board of Directors at the Sept. 18 regular meeting.

September 19, 2012 | Dawn M. Henley | Local News


Lawsuit Filed By Former Hospital Foundation Director

The falling out between the Oak Valley Foundation and Oak Valley Hospital continues as former Executive Director Amy Thompson filed suit against the hospital and its former CEO John Friel claiming wrongful termination, breach of contract, and interference with protected civil rights.

September 19, 2012 | Richard Paloma | Local News


American Legion Posts To Revitalize In Local Areas

Military veterans in and around Modesto, Stockton and neighboring areas are invited for a special service session from Thursday, Sept. 20 through Saturday, Sept. 22 at the following locations: Modesto American Legion Post 74, 1001 S. Santa Cruz Ave., Modesto and American Legion Post 16, 2020 Plymouth Road, Stockton. For the Modesto location, on Saturday, Sept. 22, the event will be moved to the Modesto Moose Family Center #1608, 821 Fifth St. Modesto.

September 18, 2012 | | Local News


Former Foundation Director Files Suit

The falling-out between the Oak Valley Foundation and Oak Valley Hospital continues as former Executive Director Amy Thompson filed suit against the hospital and its former CEO John Friel claiming wrongful termination, breach of contract, and interference with protected civil rights.

September 16, 2012 | Richard Paloma | Local News


CHP Conducts Bus Inspection In Yosemite

The California Highway Patrol (CHP), in partnership with the National Park Service, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Public Utilities Commission, Modesto Police Department, and San Francisco Police Department, conducted a surprise bus inspection in Yosemite National Park on Sept. 7-8. The bus inspection was planned in support of the nationwide campaign to improve tour bus safety.

September 14, 2012 | | Local News


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Kids Spring Fest Fun

Saturday, April 4 marked the 2015 Kids Spring Fest as over 1,000 kids and adults gathered at Kerr Park for a fun day under the sun. The ninth annual event, presented by City of Oakdale and the Kiwanis Club, held four separate egg hunts for kids in varying age groups, up to age 12, along with lunch, games and prize drawings among other activities for both kids and adults.

April 08, 2015 | | Local News


Area Trio Opening Dialogue On Mental Illness

One in four adults, or approximately 61.5 million Americans, have an experience with mental illness in a given year. With a current estimated population of over 21,000 within the Oakdale City limits that's over 5,000 Oakdale community members who will be affected by mental illness in some way.

April 08, 2015 | Teresa Hammond | Local News


Council Taps Murdoch To Fill Vacant Seat

With two members of the Oakdale City Council stating they wanted someone with the same "business sense" as former Councilman Don Petersen, the Oakdale City Council voted 3-1 to appoint local commercial real estate developer Richard Murdoch to the dais for the remaining two years left when Petersen resigned in February.

April 08, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


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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