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Business Improvement District Topic Of City Council Debate

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.

December 21, 2011 | Andrea Goodwin | Local News


OID Directors Make Decision On Fringe Parcel Policy

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.

December 21, 2011 | Dawn M. Henley | Local News


Annual Donation Aids Children’s Shelter

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.

December 21, 2011 | Andrea Goodwin | Local News


Kids Get Busy Raising Money For Relay

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.

December 21, 2011 | Andrea Goodwin | Local News


Man Arrested For Attempted Murder

Oakdale Police took a man into custody Monday night, Dec. 19 after he beat, choked, and threatened to kill his fiancee for attempting to leave him after repeated incidents of abuse that escalated into a frenzied attack that left the victim suffering from injuries severe enough to send her to the hospital. After subduing the 23-year-old man with a Taser blast, police found a loaded 40-caliber handgun in his bedroom. See the Wednesday, Dec. 21 issue of The Oakdale Leader for the full story.

December 20, 2011 | Kim Van Meter | Local News


Funeral Set For Waterford Baby Found In Trash

The funeral for the baby found in Waterford, on Dec. 1, is set for 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 20 at the Ceres Memorial Park located at 1801 E. Whitmore Ave in Ceres.

December 17, 2011 | Kim Van Meter | Local News


MID Schedules Outages To Repair Switch Line

As a reminder, Modesto Irrigation District gave notice to customers in the Oakdale area that there will be a scheduled outage, Sunday, Dec. 18 from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. The reason for the outage is so MID can replace a bad switch in their lines supplying power to Oakdale. The outage will affect the industrial area near ConAgra, Sconza, Ball Metal Food and Household as well as 1,200 residential customers.

December 16, 2011 | Kim Van Meter | Local News


Man Stabbed In Knights Ferry

Stanislaus County Sheriff's Deputies are investigating a late night stabbing Sunday, Dec. 11 near Knights Ferry that sent the male victim to Oak Valley Hospital.

December 15, 2011 | Kim Van Meter | Local News


Mold Discovery Shutters Valley Home Station

The discovery of mold has forced Oakdale Fire Protection District (ORFD) to temporarily shutter the Valley Home Fire Station until the problem has been abated, citing health concerns.

December 14, 2011 | Kim Van Meter | Local News


Aging Baby Boomers Spur Housing Efforts

Driving along Yosemite Avenue past A street residents might notice the signs of construction. A bright yellow building is nearing completion and is visible from the road. This is a common sight across the country, even in a housing market where many find it cheaper to buy than to build. This is not a single family home, or even an apartment complex. This construction project is a senior housing complex, the one type of new building that is doing well despite the economy.

December 14, 2011 | Andrea Goodwin | Local News


4-H Club To Hold Craft, Bake Sale

Orange Blossom 4-H Club is holding a fundraising craft and bake sale from 10a.m.-2p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 17 at Oakdale Feed and Seed.

December 13, 2011 | Dawn M. Henley | Local News


Holiday Giving Ramps Up As Need Grows

The fourth annual Because We Care toy drive is in full swing, but donations are down and the need is greater than ever, said Ann Farmer, founder and coordinator.

December 07, 2011 | Kim Van Meter | Local News


OID Board Selects Officers

The Oakdale Irrigation District Board of Directors selected its new officers for 2012 at the Dec. 6 regular meeting. Director Frank Clark will serve as board president, Steve Webb will serve as vice president, OID General Manager Steve Knell will serve as board secretary, and OID Chief Financial Officer Kathy Cook will serve as treasurer.

December 07, 2011 | Dawn M. Henley | Local News


Infant Found Deceased In Waterford Trash Can

On Thursday evening, Dec. 1 at 9:22 p.m. Stanislaus County Sheriff's Deputies responded to the Bait Barn located at 12505 Yosemite Blvd in Waterford, for an infant found in a garbage can. Fire personnel immediately responded and the infant was pronounced deceased.

December 03, 2011 | Kim Van Meter | Local News


Police Search For Stabbing Suspect

Police are searching for an Oakdale man suspected of stabbing another Oakdale man in the forearm following an argument. Benjamin Gayton, 29, is a local transient who is described as a Hispanic male, 5 feet 6 inches, 135 pounds, with very short, shaved brown hair and hazel eyes. He was last seen wearing a ripped white tank top undershirt. Gayton has a tattoo on his right arm that reads, "Gayton."

December 02, 2011 | Kim Van Meter | Local News


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Area Trio Opening Dialogue On Mental Illness

One in four adults, or approximately 61.5 million Americans, have an experience with mental illness in a given year. With a current estimated population of over 21,000 within the Oakdale City limits that's over 5,000 Oakdale community members who will be affected by mental illness in some way.

April 08, 2015 | Teresa Hammond | Local News


Council Taps Murdoch To Fill Vacant Seat

With two members of the Oakdale City Council stating they wanted someone with the same "business sense" as former Councilman Don Petersen, the Oakdale City Council voted 3-1 to appoint local commercial real estate developer Richard Murdoch to the dais for the remaining two years left when Petersen resigned in February.

April 08, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Investigation Recovers Stolen Radioactive Device

An eBay ad and the sharp eye of a tenacious victim led Oakdale Police to recover a $10,000 piece of construction equipment that was taken from a work truck last year.

April 03, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News


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


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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