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For Your Information - Sounding The Alarm: New Melones Could Go Dry

With recent rains filling the State reservoirs and the above average snowpack in the Sierra, Governor Jerry Brown declared California's three-year drought officially over on March 31 of this year. While the "state of emergency" may be over, the problem is not going away. Anyone who has lived in the Valley for the last decade knows that next year could see a return to below normal rainfalls and snow. Snow in the mountains is critical for the Valley because it is our summer water for homes, businesses, electricity and farming. The snow melts and trickles into streams, which empty ...

July 06, 2011 | Steve Knell and Jeff Shields Irrigation District General Managers | Other Views

Health Watch - Avoiding Healthcare Scams

We are all concerned about our health and we want to find the answer to staying young and healthy. Unfortunately, there is no quick fix or easy answer! Health care fraud and scams play on our desire for an easy fix to problems such as obesity, stress, and even serious diseases such as diabetes, high blood pressure, or heart disease.

June 22, 2011 | Susan Spoelma Oak Valley Hospital District | Other Views

For Your Information - Dairy Makes Every Day A Celebration

June is a month of celebrations – from Father's Day and graduations, to weddings and, of course, the first day of summer. It is appropriate, then, that we also take June to celebrate a food that is such an important part of our daily lives and an essential ingredient in these occasions – dairy.

June 08, 2011 | Jennifer Giambroni California Milk Advisory Board | Other Views

Practical Money Matters - Senior Year Sticker Shock

Parents, if your high school senior is about to graduate, you have my heart-felt congratulations - and my sympathy. As your checkbook can attest, this has been an expensive year and it's not over yet. You're probably still facing graduation gifts and many other expenses.

June 01, 2011 | Jason Alderman Financial Advisor | Other Views

Health Watch – Take Advantage Of Options

They are simple to complete. They are free. They are of tremendous benefit to family. So why do just 25 percent of all Californians have an Advance Health Care Directive?

May 25, 2011 | John Friel CEO, Oak Valley Hospital District | Other Views

Practical Money Matters – Financial Literacy Teachable Moments

I learned lots of valuable information in high school, but one subject that wasn't on the curriculum was personal financial management. We didn't learn how to balance a checkbook, why budgeting is important or how credit card interest works, among other life lessons.

May 11, 2011 | Jason Alderman Financial Advisor | Other Views

TIGHT LINES - Orange Tailed Rattlers

I catch rattlesnakes on a regular basis.

May 04, 2011 | Don Moyer | Other Views

Health Watch – Heart Attacks, Heart Disease In Women

The word, "Heart" is an Old English word meaning "the central, vital or main part, or the core." Women often regard their hearts as the seat of their emotions and the location of their innermost thoughts and feelings. The heart is often considered to be the center of love, sympathy, and grief or sorrow.

May 04, 2011 | Susan Spoelma Oak Valley Hospital District | Other Views

For Your Information - Freedom From Taxes

Tax Freedom Day - the date on which Americans will have worked long enough to pay this year's tax obligations at the federal, state and local levels - fell on Saturday, April 16 for residents of California. This was the sixth latest Tax Freedom Day to arrive out of all 50 states. The average date for all Americans, as announced recently by the Tax Foundation, was Tuesday, April 12.

April 20, 2011 | Richard Morrison Tax Foundation Communications Manager | Other Views

Cop Corner – Being Proactive Pays Off

Oakdale is a very nice city with beautiful neighborhoods. We take pride in the city we live in and with the things we own. We landscape our yards, put a fresh coat of paint on the fence or house to make it look nice, keep the car washed and waxed, and sometimes get aftermarket accessories for our cars to personalize it or make it look a little better. Most of us know our neighbors and have a strong sense of community and security. Despite our commitment to these values and our heightened sense of security, understand that there is an ...

April 06, 2011 | Officer Joe Carrillo Oakdale Police Department | Other Views

Health Watch – Springing Into Fitness

As the temperature starts to warm, many Americans think about lacing up their running shoes or pulling out their tennis rackets. But don't let spring fitness fever corrupt your good judgment – if you haven't exercised all winter, it's better to ease into physical activity.

March 30, 2011 | | Other Views

Cop Corner – Good Neighbor Policy

Back in the day Oakdale used to be a small city where everyone knew each other's names and crime was only something that occurred in Modesto. Times have changed and neighbors never talk and crime is on the doorstep. It is time for the good old days of Oakdale to return and to adopt a good neighbor policy for your neighborhood. Being on bad terms with your neighbor can make your life frustrating, day after day. But taking the time to establish good terms with your neighbors has numerous benefits. The community will be friendlier, the neighborhood safer, and ...

March 16, 2011 | Ofcr. Warren Bradford Oakdale Police Department | Other Views

The Raging Moderate - It Continues In Wisconsin

As the battle over public unions rages on in Wisconsin and elsewhere, perhaps we should step back and take a broad look at the relationships between unions, politicians, and workers in our nation.

March 09, 2011 | Jubal McMillan | Other Views

Money Management – Questions To Ask At Tax Time

Last year, individuals who qualified for tax refunds got an average of $2,887, up 8 percent from the previous year. While there's no guarantee that you will receive a refund, there are steps you can take at this time of year that could not only potentially lower your tax bill but also enhance your overall financial situation. The California Society of CPAs ( recommends you ask your CPA these questions.

March 02, 2011 | Bill Spaniel California Society Of CPAs | Other Views

Health Watch – Is It An Allergy Or A Common Cold?

Every time we breathe, we inhale millions of tiny particles that are invisible unless viewed with a microscope. These particles include dust, pollen, plant spores, viruses, bacteria and even chemicals. Many of these particles, such as dust, pollen and plant spores are harmless. Viruses, bacteria and chemicals may be harmful to us.

February 16, 2011 | Susan Spoelma Oak Valley Hospital District | Other Views

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