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Solar Panel Proposal Lights Up Council Meeting

The Tuesday, Sept. 4 Oakdale City Council meeting – held a day later than usual due to the Labor Day holiday ‑ was highlighted with city officials discussing the likelihood of moving forward with a solar panel site at the wastewater treatment plant that is expected to dramatically reduce energy costs.

September 12, 2012 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Pair Delivers For Parks And Rec

When Oakdale Parks and Recreation Supervisor Linda Royalty approached the Wednesday morning Downtown Merchants Meeting asking for sponsors for disadvantaged youth, Oakdale residents Frank Clark and Farrell Jackson knew they needed to step up.

September 12, 2012 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Soothing Sounds - Musician Donates Proceeds To Help Vets

Native Alabama man and Vietnam veteran Richard Hall knows what it's like to be injured in the line of duty and left to fend for himself as a damaged civilian.

September 12, 2012 | Kim Van Meter | Local News


Mayor Wants ‘Stronger Message’ Sent To Grand Jury

Calling the prepared response by City Attorney Tom Hallinan "soft," Oakdale City Mayor Pat Paul called for a consent agenda item regarding the city's response to the Stanislaus County Grand Jury to be pulled and opened for discussion at the Tuesday, Sept. 4 Oakdale City Council meeting.

September 12, 2012 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Stearns Area Residents Eager For Session

In a letter from Stanislaus County dated Aug. 24, Department of Public Works Director Matt Machado offered an apology to those Stearns Road area residents who were not notified of prior meetings regarding the North County Corridor Project.

September 12, 2012 | Marg Jackson | Local News


Volunteer For Natural Bridges Cleanup, Trail Restoration

In celebration of National Public Lands Day and the annual Great Sierra River Cleanup, the Bureau of Reclamation's Central California Area Office will partner with the Tuolumne Resource Conservation District to host a recreation area cleanup and trail restoration event at New Melones Lake's Natural Bridges Recreation Area this Saturday, Sept. 15, from 9a.m. to 2p.m.

September 11, 2012 | | Local News


Patterson Man Awaiting Lifesaving Transplant

In 2010, while on vacation, Arthur Lopez, 53, began experiencing swelling and extreme fatigue. Upon returning home, he visited his doctor and was shocked to be diagnosed with stage-four nonalcoholic cirrhosis of the liver. Doctors say a liver transplant is essential to his survival, and he has been on the transplant waiting list for more than a year.

September 08, 2012 | | Local News


Fundraising Dinner Benefits Cancer Fighter

Mark the calendar and set aside some time to help out a local family in need this weekend.

September 07, 2012 | | Local News


Police Busy With Brazen Burglars

Oakdale Police are keeping busy following up on leads to identify the suspects in what looks to be two related brazen mid-day burglaries from Tuesday morning, Sept. 4.

September 06, 2012 | Richard Paloma | Local News


City Response Agrees With Grand Jury Finding

In a very brief and to-the-point response drafted by City Attorney Tom Hallinan, the City of Oakdale will notify the Stanislaus County Grand Jury that it agrees with the four findings and all four recommendations from a report that criticized the actions of former councilman Jason Howard.

September 05, 2012 | Richard Paloma | Local News


OID Crews Wrapping Riverbed Restoration

Working in conjunction to reestablish salmon spawning and juvenile salmon rearing areas to the Stanislaus River at Honolulu Bar, Oakdale Irrigation District, FishBio, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's Anadromous Fish Restoration Program (AFRP) have put in about $520,000 of shared cost into the habitat restoration project. OID and AFRP split the cost 50/50.

September 05, 2012 | Dawn M. Henley | Local News


Labor Day Weekend

Residents complained of a two-hour crawl on Monday, Sept. 3 as they attempted to return to Oakdale via Sonora on Highway 120/108 at the end of a long Labor Day weekend.

September 05, 2012 | Kim Van Meter | Local News


Tractor Supply Enters Partnership For Television Show

Rural property owners never have a shortage of projects on their to-do list. With this in mind, Tractor Supply Company and GRIT magazine will team up to share their rural know-how in the new television show, "Tough GRIT."

September 04, 2012 | | Local News


Riverbank Girl Ambassador For Ripon Balloon Festival

Bring your family and friends and enjoy the largest hot air balloon festival in Central California! The 7th annual Color the Skies festival takes to the skies this Labor Day weekend, Sept.1-2, in Ripon. In a breathtaking ascent, the sky will fill with the color of 20 balloons during the carnival-like festival that donates all proceeds to Children's Hospital Central California.

September 01, 2012 | | Local News


COPS SEEK JUVENILE WEAPONS SUSPECT

Oakdale Police are in search of a known 17-year-old suspect who fled the scene leaving behind a sawed-off shotgun and ski mask after officers were called to the area of Stenson Drive and Branding Iron Street on Sunday, Aug 19.

August 31, 2012 | Richard Paloma | Local News


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Chamber’s Annual Awards Dinner Festive, Eventful

More than 200 people came out to the Gene Bianchi Community Center for the Oakdale Chamber of Commerce's 68th Annual Awards Dinner on Friday night, Jan 17.

January 22, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Governor's Hit List - Ag Ed Funding At Risk

Agricultural education funding in the state's public schools has been eliminated in California Governor Gerry Brown's recently released 2014-2015 proposed budget.

January 22, 2014 | Dawn M. Henley | Local News


Flu Season - Health Officials Urge Prevention Measures

Stanislaus County health officials have advised that influenza, specifically the H1N1 virus, is active once again in the county.

January 22, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


OID Talks Water Shortage Plan

The Oakdale Irrigation District's policy on dealing with surface water shortage was the discussion topic at the Jan. 21 Board of Directors regular meeting.

January 22, 2014 | Dawn M. Henley | Local News


New Leaders, Direction For Tourism Board

In what's being described as a "newly refurbished" Oakdale Tourism and Visitor's Bureau, recently appointed Chairman Keith Boggs has set course to give the group more effectiveness in bringing tourism to the city and the community more involvement in the direction it will take.

January 22, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Arrests Made In Walnut Heist

San Joaquin County Sheriff's officials have announced that they made a pair of arrests in the case regarding the $400,000 theft of walnuts from GoldRiver Orchards that occurred last October.

January 22, 2014 | | Local News


San Joaquin, Stanislaus Counties Eligible For Disaster Aid

Small, nonfarm businesses in 35 California counties and neighboring counties in Arizona and Nevada are now eligible to apply for low-interest federal disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).

January 20, 2014 | | Local News


Health Officials Advise Residents To Be Vigilant Against H1N1

Stanislaus County health officials have advised that influenza, specifically the H1N1 virus, is active once again in the county.

January 17, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


State Receives Subpar Health Report Card

California moved into the top half of the nation with a rank of 23rd and a grade of C- in the 2014 American College of Emergency Physicians' state-by-state report card on America's emergency care environment ("Report Card"). The state still ranked near the bottom of the country at 42nd with an F in the category of Access to Emergency Care, the same grade it received in 2009. In 2009, California received a D+ and ranked 37th in the nation.

January 16, 2014 | | Local News


Thursday Crash Claims Two

An early afternoon multi-vehicle accident near the intersection of Highway 108/120 and South Stearns Road just east of Oakdale on Thursday, Jan. 9 claimed the lives of two local residents.

January 15, 2014 | and Rich Paloma rpaloma@oakdaleleader.com | Local News


Community Helps Care Closet

A last minute call out just before Oakdale High School's Christmas break resulted in the community showing up with donations of food, clothing, and gifts for underprivileged students who are served through the school's Care Closet, just in time for the holidays.

January 15, 2014 | Dawn M. Henley | Local News


Wes Stewart: Lifetime Achievement Winner

Decades worth of dedicated community service and generous volunteerism has landed long-time Oakdale resident Wes Stewart the Oakdale Chamber of Commerce's Lifetime Achievement Award.

January 15, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


School Board Ratifies Unions’ Agreements

The tentative agreements between the Oakdale Joint Unified School District and the Oakdale Teachers Association as well as the California School Employees Association #830 were ratified by the OJUSD Board of Trustees at the Jan. 13 regular meeting. OTA voted to ratify the tentative agreement on Dec. 16 and Dec. 17.

January 14, 2014 | Dawn M. Henley | Local News


Questionable Past For Fire Chief Candidate

After going nearly a year without a permanent fire chief due to the placing of former Fire Chief Steven Mayotte on administrative leave and his subsequent departure amidst a plethora of misconduct allegations, reliable sources have informed The Leader that a serious candidate is in the final stages for appointment to the position that will lead the department.

January 13, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Late Night Liquor Store Burglars Arrested

Quick and decisive action by an alert midnight shift patrol officer led to the arrest of two burglars accused of breaking into Circle D Liquors in the early morning hours on Thursday, Jan. 9.

January 10, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


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