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New Sales Tax Rates Take Effect April 1

Voter-approved sales and use tax rate increases will take effect April 1 for cities in five California counties, including the city of Oakdale, said the California State Board of Equalization (BOE).

March 20, 2012 | | Local News


BMX Riders Honor Turnage’s Memory At Spreckels Park

Jason Turnage couldn't wait until the Spreckels Park BMX track finally opened.

March 16, 2012 | By JASON CAMPBELL The Oakdale (Calif.) Leader | Local News


Friday Fire Displaces Family Of Four

There was no mistaking the plume of gray smoke as it spiraled into the blue skies on Friday, March 9 as a house on East C Street began to burn from an out-of-control chimney fire and ended up displacing a family of four.

March 14, 2012 | Kim Van Meter | Local News


Rainy Days In Forecast

While the unseasonably dry winter didn't impact the start of the 2012 irrigation season for the Oakdale Irrigation District, it has prompted officials at the neighboring South San Joaquin Irrigation District to make allowances for what they anticipate will be a tough year.

March 14, 2012 | | Local News


Time Change Alert For Sunday

Even though it sometimes seems that March is the last month you need to survive before warmer weather starts, the month does bring a lot of important health-related observances. With these reminders from USA.gov, you can make March a healthy month:

March 10, 2012 | | Local News


Local Ear, Nose And Throat Surgeon To Lecture At UC Davis

Dr. Jerrold Polterock, Oakdale's Ear, Nose and Throat surgeon will be lecturing to Head and Neck residents during Grand Rounds in the Department of Otolaryngology at UC Davis on Tuesday, March 13. He will be lecturing about the treatment of nosebleeds, and how the treatment has changed and improved through his experience over the last 25 years. His talk is titled, "Epistaxis: (nosebleeds) My Personal Journey."

March 09, 2012 | | Local News


Deputies Search For Suspects In Waterford Shooting

Sheriff's Deputies assigned to Waterford Police Services are investigating a shooting that happened Monday, March 5 at 5:55 p.m. in the 500 block of F Street in Waterford. Deputies responded to a male who had been shot, when they arrived they found a 19-year-old male with a gunshot wound to his upper body and one to his lower body. He was transported to a local hospital and treated for non-life threatening injuries.

March 08, 2012 | | Local News


Status Quo For Ordinance

After much discussion about the current wording of the existing planned development requirements, the Oakdale Planning Commission voted to keep the wording the same but took under consideration the suggestion to restructure the way the section is presented to be more user-friendly.

March 07, 2012 | Kim Van Meter | Local News


OID Turns On The Water

The start of the 2012 irrigation season will be today, Wednesday, March 7, which was decided in a unanimous action by the Oakdale Irrigation District Board of Directors at the March 6 regular meeting.

March 07, 2012 | Dawn M. Henley | Local News


Pontiac Lift Station Maintenance

Public Works employees were slowing traffic on Pontiac Street during the course of the past week to undertake some general maintenance of the Pontiac sewage lift station to address some issues, said Public Works Director Joe Leach.

March 07, 2012 | | Local News


Police Seek Scam Victims

An investigation into reports of identity theft and credit card fraud resulted in the serving of search warrants and confiscation of property in Escalon this week, and police are looking for possible victims of the scam. The warrants were served at a business, All City Automotive at 1910 Main St., Escalon, and a residence in the 1800 Block of Baker Avenue in that city.

March 03, 2012 | Marg Jackson | Local News


Recycle Rate Increases

Starting March 1, California consumers who redeem their (CRV) beverage container deposits will receive an increase in the per pound redemption rate. 
"Recycling beverage containers makes more 'cents' than ever before," said Matt Millhiser, rePLANET's Marketing Director. "The State's new redemption rates, combined with our innovations in automated technology, make recycling more financially rewarding and convenient than any time in California history." 


March 02, 2012 | | Local News


Check Before You Burn Wraps Up

The ninth season of a critical air quality program concluded on Wednesday, Feb. 29. This year's 'Check Before You Burn' program – which minimizes dangerous airborne particle pollution by restricting burning - featured an unusually high number of wood-burning curtailment days because of historically poor conditions this winter, said San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District officials.

March 01, 2012 | Marg Jackson | Local News


Oakdale Incident Prompts Rehab For Councilman

Embattled Riverbank City Councilmember Jesse James White failed to appear at the Feb. 27 council meeting after his arrest in Oakdale a week before on charges of felony driving under the influence and child endangerment and renewed calls for his resignation from the council.

February 29, 2012 | John Branch | Local News


Task Force Seeks Volunteers

In an attempt to fight against the rising tide of vandalism and graffiti that is washing over the City of Oakdale and leaving behind an undesirable eyesore, a newly formed task force is seeking volunteers to put their heads together to find workable solutions.

February 29, 2012 | Kim Van Meter | Local News


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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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