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Vehicle Crashes Into Local UPS Store

Employees at the local UPS Store on East F Street in Oakdale were shocked when a vehicle crashed into the building on Wednesday morning, Jan. 26. The driver reportedly got her boot stuck between the brake and the accelerator, sending the car into the building. Oakdale Police Office Ben Savage, at left, moves in to assess the situation.

January 27, 2011 | | Local News


Mayor Delivers State Of The City Speech

A crowd of more than 100 persons, including city officials, community residents and some visitors from neighboring Riverbank, attended the Oakdale Chamber of Commerce's 'State of the City' address presented by Oakdale Mayor Pat Paul at the city's Community Center on Wednesday, Jan. 26.

January 27, 2011 | | Local News


Shattered - Another Teen Injured In Crosswalk Collision

Holly Wheeler, an 18-year-old, 2010 graduate of Oakdale High is among a growing number of people joining a club created of unfortunate circumstances.

January 26, 2011 | Kim Van Meter | Local News


Oakdale Farmer Takes Reins Of Statewide Organization

At their semi-annual Board of Directors meeting, representatives of Backcountry Horsemen of California (BCHC) units throughout the state elected Oakdale resident, Dennis M. Serpa to their top leadership position. Serpa has now taken the reins as President of this over 3000-member equestrian organization that, through volunteer service and education, works to keep public lands open for recreational stock use.

January 26, 2011 | | Local News


OID Weighs Cost Cuts

In a recent memo to the Oakdale Irrigation District Board of Directors published in the agenda of the Jan. 18 regular meeting, General Manager Steve Knell noted that OID capital construction will be put on hold for the next two to three years. That move is due to the absence of revenue from Tri-Dam, resulting from unreimbursed expenses from the insurance company for the Donnells generator failure; weak power prices; and escalating construction costs of the Tulloch third unit.

January 19, 2011 | Dawn M. Henley | Local News


Former Schoolteacher Nabs Achiever Award

Patricia Graham embodies the spirit of a 1920s flapper in that she allows nothing to stand in the way of accomplishing her goal, whether it's conventional thinking or a busted hip, for the 86-year-old former Riverbank High school teacher has always chased after what she wanted - a character trait she encouraged and fostered in her students.

January 19, 2011 | Kim Van Meter | Local News


City Money Woes

In the face of tough economic times, the City of Oakdale made substantive accomplishments for 2010. Unfortunately, the same creativity and prudent budget spending that was vital for these achievements are going to be needed for 2011.

January 19, 2011 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Bonsack Gallery To Facilitate Art Club

If there's one thing Debi Bonsack and husband Brad Keith know - it's art.

January 12, 2011 | Kim Van Meter | Local News


Family Faces Test of Survival

An Oakdale resident and Manteca District Ambulance paramedic, 30-year-old Troy Hawkins, had a premonition - one he acted on - that likely saved the life of his 34-year-old brother from a snowmobile accident and a freezing death in deep snow.

January 12, 2011 | Glenn Kahl Special To The Leader | Local News


Jobless Rates Still High

Yearly unemployment figures for the area saw only a slight drop from where they started in January 2010, raising uncertainty regarding recovery in 2011.

January 12, 2011 | | Local News


Superintendent Search

A timeline of the Superintendent search process was covered at a special meeting of the Oakdale Joint Unified School District Board of Trustees on Monday, Jan. 10. Dr. Wendell Chun of Educational Leadership Services (ELS), who was selected to conduct the school district's search for a new superintendent, provided the review.

January 12, 2011 | Dawn M. Henley | Local News


OID Creates New Job

The Oakdale Irrigation District is at a point in modernization and automation of its canal facilities that it needs to hire a technological person to manage and maintain its control and data acquisition (SCADA) sites, said OID General Manager Steve Knell at the Jan. 4 regular meeting of the Board of Directors. The board unanimously approved a new staff position for an information technology/SCADA coordinator.

January 05, 2011 | Dawn M. Henley | Local News


Oakdale Chamber Announces Annual Award Nominees

At the Oakdale Annual Awards Banquet each year the Oakdale Chamber of Commerce honors members of the community for Citizen of the Year, Junior Achievement, Community Service, Business of the Year and Lifetime Achievement. The purpose is to honor individuals, organizations and businesses who have worked unselfishly to improve our Oakdale community and help others.

January 05, 2011 | | Local News


Council Extends Public Invitation

Calling on citizens for input, members of the Oakdale City Council asked residents to attend two important meetings that will shape the city's budget and strategic plan for the next few years.

January 05, 2011 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Fund Transfer Sought

Oakdale city officials are asking the city council to borrow up to $450,000 from the Bridle Ridge South Trail fund to pay for completion of the update for the city's General Plan.

December 29, 2010 | Richard Paloma | Local News


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Civil War Battles Rage

Sometimes, the South won. Sometimes, the North prevailed.

March 25, 2015 | | Local News


Panel Addresses Culture Of Violence In Schools

Audience members waited with bated breath as Oakdale Police Chief Lester Jenkins carefully formulated his answer on whether or not he personally believed that security personnel should be authorized to carry concealed weapons on school campuses.

March 25, 2015 | BY ALYSSON AREDAS | Local News


Four Vying For Open Council Seat

The Oakdale City Clerk's office announced on Thursday, March 19 that four citizens applied and are being considered for the open city council seat vacated by Don Petersen last month.

March 20, 2015 | Richard Paloma | 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


OTVB Backs Off “Pioneer Perfect”

Following an afternoon press release by the City of Oakdale stating it had been "rumored" that the city was considering changing its slogan and had no intentions of doing so, the Oakdale Tourism and Visitors Bureau sent out its own Friday night statement that it would forego the launch of "Pioneer Perfect" and embrace the city's original motto "Cowboy Capital of the World."

March 14, 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


Schools Reach Some Contract Agreements

For the third consecutive month vacant seats were at a minimum for the Oakdale Joint Unified School Board meeting conducted Monday night, March 9. Oakdale City Council chambers were once again filled to capacity as teachers and parents stood along the sides, back and spilled out into the entry way.

March 12, 2015 | Teresa Hammond | Local News


Fatal Crash Results In Charges To Driver

The driver involved in a late summer fiery Knights Ferry crash that claimed the life of a Modesto man was arrested on Friday, March 6 and now faces murder charges for causing the collision.

March 12, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Pioneer Perfect Slogan Introduced To Council

As the Oakdale Travel and Visitors Bureau attempts to market the city, the topic of "Find Your Inner Pioneer" was presented to members of the city council at their regular meeting on March 2.

March 11, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Pioneer Perfect Introduced To Council

As the Oakdale Travel and Visitors Bureau attempts to market the city, the topic of "Find Your Inner Pioneer" was presented to members of the city council at their regular meeting on March 2.

March 06, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


City Sets Sights On Fire Grant

Over the last seven years the City of Oakdale has made budgetary reductions including dropping fire department staffing from six on-duty firefighters – three at each of its two stations – to four, with the two city fire stations now staffed with two personnel, one of which is funded by another agency through a partnership.

March 04, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Tulloch Lake Lowering Dominates OID Session

With each passing week without a significant storm, the grip of the four-year California drought squeezes more tightly on water agencies up and down the state. And members of the Oakdale Irrigation District board are feeling the pressure.

March 04, 2015 | | Local News


Council Approves Property Transfers

The Oakdale City Council is still sorting out and finalizing property issues associated with the now-defunct Oakdale Redevelopment Agency.

February 19, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


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