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Strapped City - Oakdale’s Excessive Legal Fees A Financial Burden

With city coffers being slashed and worker lay-offs on the horizon, the City of Oakdale finds itself using much needed funds to pay legal fees by outside legal firms hired to defend the city.

May 02, 2012 | Richard Paloma | Local News


City Explores Limited Service Privatization

While financial troubles for cities like Oakdale deepen, city administrators are discussing the possibility of contracting out some local city services.

May 02, 2012 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Local Honoree - Mayor Paul Receives Citizen Honors

The Stanislaus County Democratic Central Committee named Oakdale Mayor Pat Paul as one of its Citizens of the Year at the Ninth Annual Edmund G "Pat " Brown Award Dinner recently in Modesto. Also honored was area labor leader Marcie Bayne of Modesto.

May 02, 2012 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Relay Rallies Community

Everywhere you turned, there were stories of hope. Stories of triumph. And unfortunately, occasionally, the stories of loss.

May 02, 2012 | Marg Jackson | Local News


Oak Valley Hospital Awarded Grant Money

At Wednesday's Board of Director's meeting, April 25, Oak Valley Hospital CEO John McCormick announced that the State of California awarded the hospital a $350,000 grant.

May 01, 2012 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Teen Presumed Drowned In San Joaquin River

The Stanislaus County Sheriff's Office and Fire Department responded to the San Joaquin River near 8622 Dos Rios Monday afternoon, April 30 for a 17-year-old male in need of assistance. The teen was swimming with friends when he began having problems. A friend attempted to help him get to the river bed, but could not hold onto him. Both the Sheriff's and Fire Department are attempting to locate the teen's body with the use of the dive team. The teen was last seen floating north along the San Joaquin River.

May 01, 2012 | | Local News


Rene’s Boutique Offers Bargain Do-Dads

Rene Limirande, owner of Rene's Boutique on North Fifth Avenue, knows how to appeal to a girl on a budget.

April 27, 2012 | Kim Van Meter | Local News


Bicyclist Killed On Rodden

Authorities have released the name of a bicyclist killed along Rodden Road early Sunday afternoon, April 22 as Michael Scherper, 68, of Oakdale.

April 25, 2012 | | Local News


Community Members Ready To Relay

Teams will take to the track set up around the Oakdale High School soccer fields this weekend, but they won't be looking to put any goals in the net.

April 25, 2012 | Marg Jackson | Local News


Oakdale Car Show Debuts Hot Wheels

For gearheads and motor enthusiasts, the inaugural Oakdale Car Show, held Saturday, April 21 at Wood Park had plenty of shiny chrome to admire as more than 100 registered vehicles rumbled into Oakdale for the event.

April 25, 2012 | Mike and Jeff Burghardt Special to the Leader | Local News


Hospital Honors Volunteers For Service

Contributing more than 15,000 hours of service annually, the Oak Valley Hospital District's volunteers were honored at a reception on April 19 at the Oak Valley Medical Plaza.

April 25, 2012 | Dawn M. Henley | Local News


Information Faire To Highlight Student Events Program

Students, parents, teachers and school administrators are invited to attend a Student Events Program Informational Faire on Monday, April 23, from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Gallo Centre for the Arts in Modesto. Admission is free, and appetizers and beverages will be provided.

April 20, 2012 | | Local News


Pipe Bomb Forces Police Station Evacuation

A pipe bomb found in a backpack taken to the Oakdale Police Station forced police personnel to evacuate the facility early morning Friday, April 20.

April 20, 2012 | | Local News


County’s Public Health Lab Open House

On Tuesday, April 24, the Stanislaus County Public Health Laboratory has arranged an Open House to celebrate 50 years of Public Health Laboratory services and present new PCR testing capability.

April 19, 2012 | | Local News


Taking Health Into Their Own Hands

In the hustle and bustle of everyday life, many people are looking for ways to quickly add healthy supplements to their diets to make up for when they can't or don't eat right. Some take a vitamin supplement, others take whole food supplements in the form of capsules, powders, or liquids.

April 18, 2012 | Dawn M. Henley | Local News


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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


Dried And Confused: Lunch Focuses On Water Rights

With California in its third drought year, the Oakdale Chamber of Commerce's 42nd Annual Ag Scholarship Luncheon on March 19 brought in known attorney, Valerie Kinkaid, to discuss its chosen topic, "Three Major Threats to Water Rights."

March 25, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


OTVB – What Direction Now?

With the recent shoot-down of "Pioneer Perfect," the Oakdale Tourism and Visitor's Bureau decided to finally "embrace" "Cowboy Capital of the World" as it continues its mission to develop and promote tourism for the City of Oakdale.

March 25, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


City Opposes Fed Plan

With the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation planning to release significant water flows down the Stanislaus River during a time of continued drought in the area, the City of Oakdale took a stand and opposed the agency's planned actions, expressing serious concerns with its 2015 Drought Contingency Plan.

March 25, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


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


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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