A swift-running river, bad news for schools in terms of state funding, and an increase in gang activity all found their way on to the front pages of The Leader during the latter half of 2011. Following are some of the top stories, July to December.
Jaden Mayfield was doing what probably any two-year-old boy would do one afternoon when he found something shiny …he put it in his mouth. Little did he or his family know that his age-appropriate curiosity would turn into a long hospital stay.
The New Year brings fresh opportunity and challenges for most people but it also brings new laws for everyone to abide by. More than 800 laws will go into effect. Some laws directly affect your day-to-day, others not so much, but it's a good idea to know what's legal and what's not. Here is a small list of some of the more talked-about laws that will go into effect.
Although the list posted at the Sears Holding Company website is still not completely updated, the Oakdale Kmart and Sears locations seem to have escaped the chopping block as they are not among the 80 stores slated for closure throughout the country.
Oakdale city officials are scrambling to action after the California Supreme Court upheld the state's right to dismantle redevelopment agencies across the state in a Dec. 29 decision. The Supreme Court also ruled that an alternate strategy, which some were calling "ransom payments," was unconstitutional. This decision leaves the City of Oakdale scrambling to meet a four-month deadline to ensure repayment of around $1.5 million owed by the RDA to city held funds.
Several Orange Blossom 4-H club members, in contributed photo at side, made approximately 110 scarves in December to contribute to the Oakdale Police Department's senior outreach program coordinated by CAPS (Citizens Auxiliary Police Services) member Lupe Aguilera.
Sheriff Adam Christianson announced Friday morning, Dec. 30 that the Stanislaus County Sheriff's Office lost a crime scene investigator while she was investigating an active crime scene in Hughson.
Looking to capitalize on existing opportunities, members of the Oakdale City Council have approved spending $16,000 of Redevelopment Agency money to fund a retail business study.
A new wetland treatment system, the first project of its kind in the Oakdale Irrigation District, is in its final stage and getting the finishing touches at the Union Slough on V.A. Rodden land between Crow Road and Ellenwood, south of Claribel.
The Oakdale Irrigation District is in the final stages of a wetlands and water treatment project. In the contributed photo at side, OID workers excavate material in an area of the project so a concrete spillway can be constructed on the central berm of the wetland. This is to prevent erosion of the berm if storm water flows exceed the capacity of the pipe and water goes over the spillway.
Members of Orange Blossom 4-H club recently painted the windows of Oakdale Feed and Seed for the Christmas holiday. Farmer Santa on his tractor being pulled by his "reindeer," also known as farm animals, supply the main theme for the windows. A cowboy snowman also appears.
The Oakdale Tourism Business Improvement District (BID) was the topic of lengthy debate at Monday night's Oakdale City Council meeting. New potential appointments, the lack of a spending report, and confusion over BID funds were all hotly debated in the public meeting.
After a year of investigating, interviewing and discussing, the Oakdale Irrigation District Board of Directors unanimously decided to adopt a policy on "fringe" parcels in an action at the Dec. 20 regular meeting.
Oakdale's Children's Crisis Center Guardian House has been helping children when they need it most since 2002, but now they are getting some help to keep their doors open.
Preparations for the Oakdale Relay For Life 2012 are under way, and this year children of all ages are taking the initiative to raise funds. From selling homemade crafts to collecting spare change, Oakdale kids are finding plenty of ways to help out.
A year from now, if all goes as planned, some 3,250 acres within the Oakdale Irrigation District will use water much more efficiently.
U.S. Representative Jeff Denham (R-Turlock) introduced a bill on Wednesday, Jan. 14 to lessen the burden on disabled veterans by extending military commissary and exchange store privileges to former service members and their families.
Oakdale Chamber of Commerce will host its 69th Annual Awards on Friday, Jan. 16, 2015 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., staged at the Gene Bianchi Community Center, 110 S. Second Ave., Oakdale.
The Bacigalupi family is well known throughout the Oakdale area. Not only for the infamous H-B Saloon on F Street, but also for their philanthropy including sponsoring the Cowboy Golf Tournament, the annual AFC-NFC Championship Tailgate Party to benefit local causes, donations to Spirit of Oakdale, Community Sharing, the Lions Club Children's Christmas Shopping Tour and several contributions to Oakdale High School sports.
Crab season is alive and well and Oakdale Junior High School's Parent Teacher Club is ready to get cracking.
Life is not being wasted on Bill and Joanne Parker. At the ages of 85 (Bill) and 84 (Joanne), this couple did not wait for New Year's Day to make a resolution or begin a new health plan. On Jan. 2, 2015 the couple could be found in the same place they were on Dec. 31, 2014 … putting in some time at Fitness Plus in Oakdale.
The adage 'one man's trash is another man's treasure' was well portrayed in a recent Stanislaus River homeless camp clean up on Wednesday, Dec 31.
Like many families do, the 'family' of kids, parents and teachers at The Learning Tree Preschool in Oakdale recently completed their holiday 'Gingerbread House' craft making activity, with the children able to take home their sweet treats to display (or eat) over the holidays. Following are some photos from the special craft day.
Law enforcement fatalities in the U.S. rose 24 percent in 2014, reversing what had been two years of dramatic declines in line of duty deaths, based on preliminary data compiled and released by the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund (NLEOMF).
Assembly Republican Leader Kristin Olsen, (R-Modesto), issued a statement following Governor Jerry Brown's inaugural address on Monday, Jan. 5:
Major construction activities associated with the State Route 99/State Route 219 Kiernan Avenue Interchange Reconstruction Project are now under way.
The California Highway Patrol reported that units responded to a single vehicle collision on Camanche Parkway South, just south of Campo Seco Road in Calaveras County on Saturday morning, Dec. 27, just after 6:45 a.m.
As the summer hit full force, there was talk of drought, and the city continued to deal with budget issues. School resumed in August, locals brought home honors from the county and state fairs and eventually we hit the holiday season – kicking off with Halloween and continuing through the Christmas shopping season.
The California Highway Patrol (CHP) is urging motorists to start the New Year on the right path by celebrating responsibly. If the night's events include alcohol, make the smart choice and designate a driver before the celebrating begins. The CHP will be ringing in the New Year on the roadway with motorists as part of a Maximum Enforcement Period (MEP), which begins at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2014, and continues through 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 4, 2015.
One lane of eastbound F Street traffic near South Fourth Avenue was closed down for about 90 minutes on Wednesday, Dec. 24 while Oakdale Police, the city's Public Works department and Reliable Tow of Oakdale worked on clearing the roadway after a solo vehicle rollover accident.