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State Route 99 Enforcement Effort

The majority of collisions in the Central Division that end in death or injury begin with a speeding or aggressive driver. To address this issue, the California Highway Patrol (CHP) has embarked on a yearlong, lifesaving endeavor to reduce the...Read More
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Posted: Apr. 17, 2014 12:13

High-Flying Rodeo Success

High-Flying Rodeo Success

From the nearly perfect weather to well-attended events throughout the week, Oakdale’s 63rd annual PRCA Rodeo culminated with a fast-paced weekend of competition. All Around champion at the Oakdale Saddle Club-sponsored rodeo was Elko, Nevada resident Dakota Eldridge. He earned the title and the championship buckle, finishing in the money in both steer wrestling and tie down roping.

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Posted: Apr. 15, 2014 4:32 p.m. | Updated: Apr. 16, 2014 1:00 a.m. | High-Flying Rodeo Success Comments 0 Comments
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Saturday Parade Kicks Off Rodeo Weekend

Saturday Parade Kicks Off Rodeo Weekend

The final event in nearly a week of festivities before the start of the actual rodeo, Saturday morning’s parade along F Street through downtown Oakdale draws dozens of entries and hundreds of participants.

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Posted: Apr. 15, 2014 4:52 p.m. | Updated: Apr. 16, 2014 1:00 a.m. | Saturday Parade Kicks Off Rodeo Weekend Comments 0 Comments
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Join In Kids Spring Fest Saturday

Weather forecasters are calling for sunny skies and temperatures peaking in the 80s on Saturday, picture perfect for some egg hunting and fun.

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Posted: Apr. 15, 2014 5:03 p.m. | Updated: Apr. 16, 2014 1:00 a.m. | Join In Kids Spring Fest Saturday Comments 0 Comments
REPORTER’S NOTEBOOK –  One Greenhorn And 464 Cowgirls

REPORTER’S NOTEBOOK – One Greenhorn And 464 Cowgirls

 

I have to admit, this is my first experience with Rodeo Week due to usually taking anniversary vacations in April during my time here at The Leader.

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Posted: Apr. 15, 2014 5:06 p.m. | Updated: Apr. 16, 2014 1:00 a.m. | REPORTER’S NOTEBOOK –  One Greenhorn And 464 Cowgirls Comments 0 Comments
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Screening Of ‘Chasing Ice’ Planned

The Modesto Junior College Civic Engagement Project (CEP) invites the community to a screening of the documentary film “Chasing Ice” on Thursday, April 17, at 7p.m. in Forum 110 on East Campus, 435 College Ave., Modesto. This is the final event of the CEP Spring Film and Lecture Series and admission is free. Campus parking is available for $1 in student parking lots.

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Reclamation Increases Stanislaus River Flows

 

Beginning on Monday, April 14 the Bureau of Reclamation began increasing releases from Goodwin Dam into the Stanislaus River to benefit Stanislaus River steelhead and San Joaquin River Chinook salmon. Goodwin Dam is located downstream from Tulloch Dam and New Melones Dam and Reservoir, features of the Central Valley Project.

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Emergency Dispatchers Recognized For Service

Emergency Dispatchers Recognized For Service

 

You may be in the midst of a chaotic moment, a health crisis, or even worse and the three numbers that come to mind to call in the emergency are 9-1-1. The people answering the phones are highly trained professionals who may calmly give direction on what to do, or perhaps give life-saving instructions. The California Highway Patrol (CHP) honors the brave men and women you do not see who are behind the scenes. National Public Safety Telecommunicators week is April 13 – 19 and it is a chance to give thanks to the men and women on the other end ...

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Computer Classes Legislation Gets Committee Nod

 

Assemblymembers Kristin Olsen, R-Modesto, and Joan Buchanan, D-Alamo, have announced that AB 1764, a bill that would encourage districts to expand computer science courses in high schools, has unanimously passed the Assembly Committee on Education.

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Hundreds Turn Out To Love Oakdale

Hundreds Turn Out To Love Oakdale

From one end of the community to the other, volunteers fanned out to attack overgrown lawns, clean up alleyways, spruce up planter boxes, help their neighbors and, just generally, Love Oakdale.

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Posted: Apr. 08, 2014 4:34 p.m. | Updated: Apr. 09, 2014 1:00 a.m. | Hundreds Turn Out To Love Oakdale Comments 0 Comments
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Plethora Of Issues - Council Addresses Issues, Brennan Offers Apology

 

Plenty of action items for the Monday, April 7 Oakdale City Council meeting saw a proposal that the city half-cent sales tax be extended for another five years, a narrowly passed move to purchase water conservation software, opposing public comments on the Valley View River Access Trail, and a questionable apology by a city councilman regarding comments made in a recent Oakdale Leader article.

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MJC Hosts Poetry Reading

 

The Modesto Junior College Visiting Author Series will host a poetry reading by Patricia Smith and June Sylvester Saraceno on Tuesday, April 15 at 6:30p.m. in the Music Recital Hall on East Campus, 435 College Ave., Modesto. The event is free and open to the public.

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Regional Transportation Plan Now Up For Review

 

The Stanislaus Council of Governments (StanCOG) has released its Draft 2014 Regional Transportation Plan/Sustainable Communities Strategy (RTP/SCS) and associated Draft Program Environmental Impact Report (PEIR) for a public review and comment period.

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Glowin’ For A Cure Benefits Relay

 

Oakdale High School’s Get AMPed Health and Fitness Club will host its third annual Glowin’ for a Cure Fun Run on Friday, April 11.

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Posted: Apr. 04, 2014 2:11 p.m. | Updated: Apr. 05, 2014 6:00 p.m. | Glowin’ For A Cure Benefits Relay Comments 0 Comments
More Time Needed In Fire Contract Talks

More Time Needed In Fire Contract Talks

Details are still being sorted out in the merger of Oakdale Rural Fire Department with the Stanislaus Consolidated Fire Protection District and the City of Oakdale contracting with the fire district for fire services.

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Distracted Driving Crackdown Planned During April

 

In an effort to save lives and eliminate dangerous behind-the-wheel distractions like talking, texting, or browsing on a cell phone, the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS), California Highway Patrol (CHP), and more than 200 law enforcement agencies across the state today announced high visibility enforcement operations during April’s National Distracted Driving Awareness Month.

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Overtime, Payouts See Six Figures For Firefighters

Five of 14 of Oakdale’s rank and file firefighters made over $100,000 in 2013 according to figures obtained by The Leader.

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Love Valley Home, Oakdale Events Slated

Volunteer clean up effort, Love Valley Home, is slated for April 5 and 6 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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OID Revisits Water Options

The Oakdale Irrigation District plans to talk with Paulsell Valley landowners to discuss water options and opportunities, as the Board of Directors authorized General Manager Steve Knell to proceed with arranging a meeting in an action at the April 1 regular meeting.

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Hundreds Delight In Juicy Bull Jewels

Hundreds Delight In Juicy Bull Jewels

 

Oakdale’s FES Hall was packed on Monday night, March 30, as locals and out-of-towners feasted in a unique community fundraiser that helped support two organizations – the Oakdale Chamber of Commerce and the Oakdale Cowboy Museum. The fare: over 400 pounds of bull testicles, better known as Rocky Mountain Oysters, accompanied with beans, Caesar salad, and French bread.

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Almond Growers Approve Continuing Market Order

In an overwhelming show of confidence in the Almond Board of California (ABC), the state’s almond growers once again voted in favor of continuing the Federal Marketing Order for California Almonds. Federal Marketing Order 981 requires the continuance referendum to take place every five years.

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Overtime And Payouts Push Five Firefighters Into $100K Compensation

Overtime And Payouts Push Five Firefighters Into $100K Compensation

Five of 14 of Oakdale’s rank and file firefighters made over $100,000 in 2013 according to figures obtained by The Leader.

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Free Heirloom Seed Swap Slated

 

With the lack of water and the price of vegetables going up, a garden is going to be more important this year. This may be the year to join the Riverbank Heirloom Garden Club. With heirloom seeds you can save your own seed and plant them year after year. When stored properly the seeds will keep for years. Don’t know how to save the seeds? The Heirloom Garden Club members can show you how. These heirloom seeds have adapted to Stanislaus County as they have been grown here for years. Through the years garden club members have selected the ...

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Vehicle Vs. Hydrant Accident On South Maag

Vehicle Vs. Hydrant Accident On South Maag

A midmorning vehicle vs. hydrant accident on South Maag left a geyser shooting into the Oakdale sky. Crews responded to turn off the water supply. No injuries were reported.

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Posted: Mar. 26, 2014 11:50 a.m. | Vehicle Vs. Hydrant Accident On South Maag Comments 0 Comments
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Scholarship Lunch Sows Seeds For Future Ag Grads

Scholarship Lunch Sows Seeds For Future Ag Grads

 

 

With the emcee and both guest speakers alumnus of Oakdale High School, Mustang Pride was prevalent in the Oakdale Chamber of Commerce’s 41st Annual Oakdale Ag Scholarship Luncheon held at the Bianchi Community Center on Thursday, March 20.

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POWER DOWN

POWER DOWN

A hit and run accident resulted in this light pole going down on North Second Avenue, reported early Monday morning, March 24. The pole came down on the awning of the Oakdale MMA building and crews responded quickly, removing the damaged pole to make way for a new one.

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City Still Battling Homeless Camps

City Still Battling Homeless Camps

Acting on complaints from residents, Oakdale Police recently dismantled three transient encampments on the banks of the Stanislaus River near Valley View Park.

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Posted: Mar. 25, 2014 4:35 p.m. | Updated: Mar. 26, 2014 1:00 a.m. | City Still Battling Homeless Camps Comments 0 Comments
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Airport Saga Remains In Holding Pattern

Airport Saga Remains In Holding Pattern

Sierra West Airlines was over $15,000 past due in rent payments less than a year ago according to documents received by The Leader from the City of Oakdale requested under the Public Information Act.

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Posted: Mar. 25, 2014 4:38 p.m. | Updated: Mar. 26, 2014 1:00 a.m. | Airport Saga Remains In Holding Pattern Comments 0 Comments
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Water Talks - Knell Addresses U.S. House Committee

Steve Knell, General Manager of the Oakdale Irrigation District, was invited to speak at special meeting of the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Natural Resources on March 19 at Fresno City Hall. The oversight field hearing was on “California Water Crisis and its Impacts: The Need for Immediate and Long-Term Solutions.”

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Posted: Mar. 25, 2014 4:53 p.m. | Updated: Mar. 26, 2014 1:00 a.m. | Water Talks -  Knell Addresses U.S. House Committee  Comments 1 Comment

vStudy Shows Californians Utilizing Public Transportation

 

Results from the California Household Travel Survey – the largest and most complex review of its kind – show that the percentage of California residents walking, biking, or using public transportation on a typical day has more than doubled since 2000.

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California Highway Pavement Healthiest In 10 Years

 

Caltrans has announced that the condition of the pavement on California’s highways is at its healthiest level in more than a decade, according to the recently released 2013 State of the Pavement Report.

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Posted: Mar. 21, 2014 3:01 p.m. | Updated: Mar. 22, 2014 2:00 p.m. | California Highway Pavement Healthiest In 10 Years Comments 0 Comments

Irrigation Season Status Update

The Oakdale Irrigation District brought water into its canal system on Saturday, March 15 to prepare for the start of the irrigation season, as reported by OID General Manager Steve Knell at the March 18 regular meeting of the Board of Directors. The season was initially planned to start on March 3 but rains allowed for the delay. It was reported that there were no major issues and only one minor issue with tumbleweed when bringing water into the canals.

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Posted: Mar. 18, 2014 3:44 p.m. | Updated: Mar. 19, 2014 1:00 a.m. | Irrigation Season Status Update Comments 1 Comment

City Status - Mid-Year Budget Near Predictions

 

A report at the March 17 Oakdale City Council meeting by City Manager Bryan Whitemyer regarding the city budget, showed the city with only a $72,000 variance of its final budget proposed from October of last year.

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Posted: Mar. 18, 2014 3:51 p.m. | Updated: Mar. 19, 2014 1:00 a.m. | City Status - Mid-Year Budget Near Predictions  Comments 0 Comments

Civil War Hits Ferry This Weekend

The Civil War comes alive at the Knights Ferry Civil War Days event, put on by the American Civil War Association this weekend.

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New Transport Program Aids Area Veterans

 

A celebration of the new Stanislaus Veterans Medical Transport Program, a collaborative effort to serve Stanislaus area veterans, will be held on Wednesday, March 19, at the Stanislaus County Courthouse Lawn near 12th and I streets in Modesto at 5 p.m. Special guest speaker will be Representative Jeff Denham (R-10th District).

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Special St. Patrick’s Day Enforcement Effort

 

As Californians throughout the state plan to celebrate the St. Patrick’s Day holiday, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the Office of Traffic Safety (OTS), and the California Highway Patrol (CHP) encourage motorists to plan ahead and designate a sober driver, or arrange for a safe and sober ride home.

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Posted: Mar. 14, 2014 11:38 a.m. | Updated: Mar. 15, 2014 12:00 p.m. | Special St. Patrick’s Day Enforcement Effort Comments 0 Comments
Sheriff’s Department Issues Telemarketing Alert

Sheriff’s Department Issues Telemarketing Alert

 

Financial scams have become prevalent among seniors. They often go unreported and are devastating to the senior, leaving them in a vulnerable position with little time to recoup their losses. The most common scams are done over the phone, with no face-to-face interaction, and no paper trail, theses scams are incredibly hard to trace. Lonely seniors with nobody to talk to are prime targets. Once a successful deal has been made, the senior’s name is then shared with similar schemers looking for easy targets, defrauding the same person repeatedly.

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California Gas Prices Reach $4 Per Gallon Mark

 

The annual climb in retail gasoline prices that pushes refineries to meet clean energy mandates has elevated the national average price of gas to $4.01 per gallon, a rise of 32 cents since Jan. 1. And Wednesday, Los Angeles became the first major metro area in the continental U.S. see its average price reach $4 per gallon.

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Accusations Fly In Airport Battle

Accusations Fly In Airport Battle

Finger pointing regarding bias, threats, mismanagement, and outright lies continue to fly in the latest drama involving the Oakdale Airport.

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Posted: Mar. 11, 2014 3:35 p.m. | Updated: Mar. 12, 2014 1:00 a.m. | Accusations Fly In Airport Battle Comments 0 Comments
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Committee Gets View Of Oakdale After ‘O’

Oakdale City Manager Bryan Whitemyer painted a bleak picture of the city without the continuance of the city’s half-cent sales tax assessment at the Measure O Committee meeting on Monday, March 10.

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Posted: Mar. 11, 2014 3:56 p.m. | Updated: Mar. 12, 2014 1:00 a.m. | Committee Gets View Of Oakdale After ‘O’ Comments 0 Comments
New Look For Oakdale Police Fleet

New Look For Oakdale Police Fleet

With four of the nine vehicles in its fleet with over 120,000 miles, the Oakdale Police Department is making a gradual change in vehicles, shifting from its mainstay police sedan, the Ford Crown Victoria, to the Chevrolet Tahoe SUV.

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Posted: Mar. 11, 2014 4:00 p.m. | Updated: Mar. 12, 2014 1:00 a.m. | New Look For Oakdale Police Fleet Comments 0 Comments
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World Champion Bucking Bull - Testicle Festival Honors Bushwacker

World Champion Bucking Bull - Testicle Festival Honors Bushwacker

Tickets are now on sale for the 33rd Annual Oakdale Testicle Festival which will be held on Monday, March 31 at the FES Hall in Oakdale.

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Congressional Competition Seeks Young Artists

 

U.S. Representative Jeff Denham (R-Turlock) has announced the details of California’s 10th District Congressional Art Competition. The competition provides aspiring student artists with the chance to display their talent and creativity. One winner from the 10th District will be invited to share their artwork with the rest of the nation in the U.S. Capitol.

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Hospice Receives Grant For Expanding Services

 

Community Hospice announced this week they were awarded a $100,000 grant from the New York Life Foundation. Community Hospice was one of 20 bereavement service providers that received the funding as part of an effort to help expand grief support services to diverse and disadvantaged youth across the country.

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Student Artists Celebrate Contributions Of Trees

 

As trees across the state begin to blossom for spring, California’s Arbor Week is emphasizing the importance trees have on communities and their residents. Officials from CAL FIRE and California ReLeaf, an organization working to preserve, protect and enhance California’s urban forests, have announced the winners of the statewide Arbor Week poster contest.

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Oakdale Man Arrested For Child Porn In Ripon

Oakdale Man Arrested For Child Porn In Ripon

 

Ripon Police announced that on Wednesday, March 5 they arrested a registered sex offender from Oakdale in possession of child pornography on a computer.

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Lions Club Hits 60 Years With Breakfast

Lions Club Hits 60 Years With Breakfast

Two-thousand seven hundred (2,700) sausage links, 500 pounds of bacon, 350 pounds of pancake mix, 25 cases of eggs at 15 dozen per case – that’s 4,500 eggs, 35 gallons of orange juice, and five gallons of pancake syrup.

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Group Rallies Behind Groundwater Concerns

Last fall when some citizens became concerned about massive pumping of local groundwater in the area, they gathered and the group of diverse, all-volunteer neighbors formed an action group called the Stanislaus Water Coalition. (SWC).

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Posted: Mar. 04, 2014 3:51 p.m. | Updated: Mar. 05, 2014 1:00 a.m. | Group Rallies Behind Groundwater Concerns Comments 0 Comments

Time Out – Happy To Be Here

Hello Central Valley! I am the new face of sports reporting for Oakdale (and hopefully some Riverbank and Escalon assignments shortly). Although I have only been reporting for a month now, it has been a goal of mine to pursue sports journalism since my high school days at Del Puerto High School in Patterson, back in 2002. In the 12 years that have passed since graduation, I have held tedious jobs to support myself and my family. That would all change while perusing the classifieds and an advertisement “Sports Writer Wanted” appeared on my screen. I thought to myself “Wow ...

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Officers To Be Commended For Action

Officers To Be Commended For Action

Three Oakdale police officers are scheduled to be acknowledged at the March 3 Oakdale City Council meeting for their action in safely taking into custody an armed and delirious subject.

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Posted: Feb. 28, 2014 3:56 p.m. | Updated: Mar. 01, 2014 5:54 a.m. | Officers To Be Commended For Action Comments 0 Comments
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