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OID Meeting - Directors Review Drought Plan Options

Even a winter blessed by above-average Valley rain and Sierra snow won't be enough to eliminate the ongoing effects of the three-year drought in California, Oakdale Irrigation District directors were told Tuesday morning.

September 03, 2014 | | Local News


Operation Lifesaver Marks September As Rail Safety Month

There are 5,352 miles of railroad in California and 10,285 grade crossings. Last year there were 72 trespasser fatalities and 41 highway-rail crossing fatalities, all of which could have been avoided if trespassers and drivers were obeying the laws. California ranks #1 in the nation in both Trespassing and Grade Crossing Deaths. Last year in California there were a total of 146 highway grade-crossing incidents.

September 01, 2014 | | Local News


Duo Arrested For Theft of Dead Man’s Assets

A coroner's investigation into the next of kin for a deceased homeless man led detectives to discover that $18,000 had been taken from the dead man's bank account the day after his death.

August 29, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Care Center Welcomes New Resident Cat

Amid plenty of pomp and circumstance, Oak Valley Care Center welcomed a new resident on Friday.

August 29, 2014 | Marg Jackson | Local News


Ball Can Cuts 159 Jobs

Oakdale's largest employer's decision to contract to a foreign company has affected the jobs of the third largest employer, who as a result, will be cutting over half of its workforce this fall.

August 28, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Ten-Year Milestone For UC Merced

The University of California, Merced, marks a major milestone this week with the start of the 2014-15 academic year - its 10th since opening its doors in 2005 as the first new UC campus in 40 years.

August 28, 2014 | | Local News


Area Camp Celebrates 90th Year Of Getting Dirty

Dirt trails, rustic cabins, ropes courses and 20 acres of possibility were home to 254 campers this summer as guests of Camp Jack Hazard, celebrating its 90th anniversary year.

August 27, 2014 | Teresa Hammond | Local News


Wife Says Standoff Could Have Been Averted

An Oakdale woman claims her family has been "traumatized and falsely labeled" after a hostage incident requiring a police response involving her husband last month. She believes the whole ordeal could have been prevented had hospital mental health officials handled his admissions properly on two separate occasions over a four-day period, including the day of the incident.

August 27, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Fatal Accident On Highway 108

Emergency personnel responded to a fatal injury accident midafternoon Tuesday, Aug. 26 along Highway 108 near Lover's Leap. Initial reports from the scene indicated at least one confirmed fatality in the crash that occurred about 2:30 p.m., with the Stanislaus County Coroner called to the scene, and two others listed as 'critical' when transported out. At least one victim was flown out via air ambulance and authorities reported victims had serious burns due to the crash and a vehicle fire, which also started an adjacent field fire.

August 27, 2014 | | Local News


Chamber Endorses Measure Y

Members of the Oakdale Chamber of Commerce became involved in the upcoming local election and voted to endorse and support Measure Y – the local sales tax imitative that will continue the half-cent sales tax.

August 27, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Chamber Endorses Measure Y

The Oakdale Chamber of Commerce became involved in the upcoming local election and voted to endorse and support Measure Y – the local sales tax imitative that will continue the half-cent sales tax.

August 22, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Musical Entertainment Due At Sierra View Fest

A variety of artists will be hitting the stage at J-H Ranch in Oakdale for the sixth annual Sierra View Music Festival as local resident and business owner, Jim Brunk, brings big name bands and sounds to town on Saturday, Aug. 23. Gates open at 1 p.m. and the music will start at 1:30 p.m.

August 22, 2014 | Virginia Still | Local News


Senate Bill Focuses On Veterans’ Tax Benefits

A proposal sponsored by George Runner to protect California's disabled veterans cleared the Assembly this week with unanimous, bipartisan support, and now awaits action by Governor Jerry Brown.

August 21, 2014 | | Local News


Hensley/ Menge Earn Coveted Spot Among Elite Crew

In March, SMART Exemplary Educators were invited to attend the 2014 SMART Summit to be held in Calgary, Alberta, Canada from July 20-26. There was a written, as well as video portion to the application. The 2 minute video was on the applicant's "SMART Breakthrough Moment" and was posted on social media sites for public voting. In mid Spring the two educators were among the 76 notified from 17 countries that they were selected for the all expense paid, week long trip. Among those 76 were Amanda Hensley, sixth grade teacher of Sierra View Elementary and Danessa Menge, Seventh ...

August 20, 2014 | Teresa Hammond | Local News


Sweepstakes Sweetheart - District Teacher Has Winning Year

The 2014 year is proving to be one 'winning' year for Danessa Menge. The Oakdale Junior High English teacher was featured in The Leader pages on Aug. 13 as one of 70-plus selectees for a recent SMART summit, a once described 'dream' experience for an educator.

August 20, 2014 | Teresa Hammond | Local News


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City Enjoys Celebration As Community Park Opens

It was a much anticipated day for many in the City of Oakdale. On Saturday, Sept. 16, 2017 community members, city officials, honorary guests and ...

September 20, 2017 | Teresa Hammond | Local News


Council Makes Choice: Prefers Alternative 1B

Oakdale's City Council on Monday night voted 4-0 in favor of their preferred alternative for the North County Corridor Project.

September 20, 2017 | Marg Jackson | Local News


Burns Heads Up OTA For 2017-18 School Year

Keith Burns isn't new to the education system.

September 20, 2017 | Teresa Hammond | Local News


River Effort Sees Quick Clean Up

Volunteers that turned out on Saturday morning to help with the annual river clean up found themselves working a much shorter shift than anticipated.

September 20, 2017 | | Local News


Community Turns Out To Support Park Opening

From the morning ribbon cutting to music that lasted well into the evening, Saturday was a day of celebration for Oakdale, as the new Oakdale ...

September 20, 2017 | | Local News


Community Briefs

Library Foundation Meet

September 20, 2017 | | Local News


Service Academy Info Night

U.S. Representative Jeff Denham (R-Turlock) will host a Service Academy Information Night on Thursday, Sept. 21 at Gregori High School in Modesto. This event ...

September 20, 2017 | | Local News


Colorful Flair, Tasty Fare At International Fest

Dancers, musicians, and food booths of all types took up residence on the lawn area adjacent to St. Mary's Catholic Church in Oakdale on ...

September 20, 2017 | | Local News


Library, OID Endorsements

The Republican Party of Stanislaus County has announced its Endorsements of the Republican Candidates and Measures on the Nov. 7, 2017 ballot:

September 20, 2017 | | Local News


Candidate Debate In Turlock

The Central Valley Democratic Club is hosting a debate on Wednesday, Sept. 20 among all of the declared Democratic Party candidates on the issues of ...

September 20, 2017 | | Local News


MJC Science Series Begins

Modesto Junior College's weekly Science Colloquium will kick off the fall semester series with the topic "Global Climate Change Update" presented by Richard Anderson ...

September 20, 2017 | | Local News


New Downtown Business Receives Great Response

Finding a little something special just got a bit easier for the Oakdale shopper looking to find fashion and style on a limited budget.

September 20, 2017 | Teresa Hammond | Local News


Escalon First Baptist Hosting Bible ‘Walk-Through’

A five-session Bible "walk-through" covering both the entire old and new Testaments, from Genesis through Revelation, will be offered at Escalon First Baptist Church from ...

September 20, 2017 | | Local News


Motorists Urged To Observe Watch Out For Wildlife Week

Caltrans and the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) remind motorists to remain alert for wildlife on roadways during Watch Out for Wildlife Week ...

September 20, 2017 | | Local News


BoxLunch Opens Storefront At Vintage Faire Mall

BoxLunch, a pop culture gift store with a cause, opened its newest location in Modesto on Wednesday, Sept. 20 at Vintage Faire Mall. BoxLunch offers ...

September 20, 2017 | Nina Frisby | Local News


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