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Senate Bill Focuses On Veterans’ Tax Benefits

A proposal sponsored by George Runner to protect California's disabled veterans cleared the Assembly this week with unanimous, bipartisan support, and now awaits action by Governor Jerry Brown. Read More
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Posted: Aug. 21, 2014 2:18

Hensley/ Menge Earn Coveted Spot Among Elite Crew

Hensley/ Menge Earn Coveted Spot Among Elite Crew

 

In March, SMART Exemplary Educators were invited to attend the 2014 SMART Summit to be held in Calgary, Alberta, Canada from July 20-26. There was a written, as well as video portion to the application. The 2 minute video was on the applicant’s “SMART Breakthrough Moment” and was posted on social media sites for public voting. In mid Spring the two educators were among the 76 notified from 17 countries that they were selected for the all expense paid, week long trip. Among those 76 were Amanda Hensley, sixth grade teacher of Sierra View Elementary and Danessa Menge, Seventh ...

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Posted: Aug. 20, 2014 10:19 a.m. | Hensley/ Menge Earn Coveted Spot Among Elite Crew Comments 0 Comments
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Sweepstakes Sweetheart - District Teacher Has Winning Year

Sweepstakes Sweetheart - District Teacher Has Winning Year

The 2014 year is proving to be one ‘winning’ year for Danessa Menge. The Oakdale Junior High English teacher was featured in The Leader pages on Aug. 13 as one of 70-plus selectees for a recent SMART summit, a once described ‘dream’ experience for an educator.

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Posted: Aug. 20, 2014 9:16 a.m. | Sweepstakes Sweetheart - District Teacher Has Winning Year Comments 0 Comments
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Council Approves Fire Service Transfer

 

 

After putting finishing touches on a fire contract to have the Stanislaus Consolidated Fire Protection District assume fire service for the City of Oakdale and transfer its existing fire personnel to become employees of the district, the Oakdale City Council voted 5-0 Monday night to approve the handover, which is expected to become effective Sept. 1.

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Posted: Aug. 20, 2014 9:01 a.m. | Council Approves  Fire Service Transfer Comments 0 Comments

OID Rate Hike Study A ‘Go’

Oakdale Irrigation District directors moved a step closer Tuesday morning to raising agricultural water rates for the first time in three decades. Next, it will be up to the district’s 2,900 customers to vote on whether they agree to pay significantly more for their water.

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Posted: Aug. 20, 2014 8:57 a.m. | OID Rate Hike  Study A ‘Go’ Comments 0 Comments
Fresh Made Fun

Fresh Made Fun

Just a couple more weeks remain for the city’s Farmers’ Market, offered each Wednesday night in the downtown area.

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Posted: Aug. 20, 2014 8:54 a.m. | Fresh Made Fun Comments 0 Comments
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Survey Shows Continued Gas Price Decline

 

Average retail gasoline prices in Modesto have fallen 1.7 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.75/g Sunday, according to GasBuddy’s daily survey of 201 gas outlets in Modesto. This compares with the national average that has fallen 2.0 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.45/g, according to gasoline price website GasBuddy.com.

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Posted: Aug. 19, 2014 11:17 a.m. | Survey Shows Continued Gas Price Decline Comments 0 Comments

New Public Safety Center Groundbreaking

The Stanislaus County Board of Supervisors and Sheriff Adam Christianson along with other State and Local Officials in Stanislaus County are going to break ground for the historic $113 million public safety center expansion and the public is invited to attend.

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Posted: Aug. 14, 2014 1:45 p.m. | New Public Safety Center Groundbreaking Comments 0 Comments

ADA Information Workshop Aimed At Businesses

All local business owners are encouraged to attend a workshop focusing on ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) compliance, set for Thursday, Aug. 14 in Escalon. A second session is scheduled in Manteca.

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Posted: Aug. 13, 2014 2:12 p.m. | ADA Information Workshop Aimed At Businesses Comments 0 Comments
Fire Raging In Riverbank

Fire Raging In Riverbank

An early morning multi-alarm fire in Riverbank has caused extensive damage to a couple of businesses along the main corridor through town.

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Posted: Aug. 13, 2014 10:54 a.m. | Fire Raging In Riverbank Comments 0 Comments
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Three Open Seats – Only Three File For Office

Three Open Seats – Only Three File For Office

 

Residents of Oakdale will be voting for mayor and to fill two City Council seats during the November 2014 election. Since the filing period to run for office opened on July 14, only three individuals announced their intentions to run for elected office. 

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Posted: Aug. 11, 2014 1:18 p.m. | Three Open Seats – Only Three File For Office Comments 0 Comments
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Suspect From Oakdale Shooting Tied To Waterford Fatal Hit and Run

Suspect From Oakdale Shooting Tied To Waterford Fatal Hit and Run

 

A gang member wanted in connection with a July 14 shooting in Oakdale was arrested by the Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Department on Tuesday, Aug. 5. Authorities say he is also suspected in the hit-and-run death of Oakdale resident Blake Barry, 20, in Waterford from December of last year.

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Posted: Aug. 08, 2014 3:34 p.m. | Suspect From Oakdale Shooting Tied To Waterford Fatal Hit and Run Comments 0 Comments
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Riverbank Homicide Suspect Sought In Area

Riverbank Homicide Suspect Sought In Area

 

Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Detectives are investigating the homicide of a 59-year-old man who was found dead in the front yard of a house in the 3700 block of Texas Avenue in Riverbank on Tuesday night, Aug. 5.

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Posted: Aug. 07, 2014 2:17 p.m. | Riverbank Homicide Suspect Sought In Area Comments 0 Comments
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Oakdale's Measure Y Argument Unopposed On November Ballot

 

 

Oakdale City Clerk Kathy Teixeira’s office advised the ‘Yes on Measure Y Committee’ that no arguments in opposition were filed with her office by the July 17 deadline. In addition, no rebuttals to the argument for the measure were filed by the July 29 deadline.

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Posted: Aug. 05, 2014 6:01 p.m. | Updated: Aug. 06, 2014 1:00 a.m. | Oakdale's Measure Y Argument Unopposed On November Ballot Comments 0 Comments
Council Not Aware Of FAA Complaint

Council Not Aware Of FAA Complaint

 

Despite airport items on recent agendas, the Oakdale mayor and city council members claim they were not advised of an April complaint letter from the Federal Aviation Administration and the city’s May 5 response letter. Some of the agenda items approved by the council even included a quarterly street sweeping contract and $16,000 lighting upgrade to bring the airport up to standards addressed in the complaint.

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Posted: Aug. 05, 2014 6:00 p.m. | Updated: Aug. 06, 2014 1:00 a.m. | Council Not Aware Of FAA Complaint Comments 0 Comments
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Council Kept Out Of Loop On FAA Complaint

Council Kept Out Of Loop On FAA Complaint

 

Despite airport items on recent agendas, the Oakdale Mayor and City Council claim they were not advised of an April complaint letter from the Federal Aviation Administration and the city’s May 5 response letter. Some of the agenda items approved by the council even included a quarterly street sweeping contract and $16,000 lighting upgrade to bring the airport up to standards addressed in the complaint.

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Posted: Aug. 01, 2014 1:28 p.m. | Council Kept Out Of Loop On FAA Complaint Comments 0 Comments
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FAA Investigating Complaints About Airport

FAA Investigating Complaints About Airport

 

The Federal Aviation Administration San Francisco Airports District Office has informed the City of Oakdale it has received complaints that the Laughlin Road airport may be violating portions of its grants assurances sections as it applies to the condition and operation of the facility.

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Posted: Jul. 28, 2014 2:48 p.m. | Updated: Jul. 30, 2014 12:27 p.m. | FAA Investigating Complaints About Airport Comments 0 Comments
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Burchell Hill Hosts National Night Out

The Burchell Hill neighborhood and park will serve as the primary Oakdale city location for this year’s 31st Annual National Night Out Against Crime on Tuesday, Aug. 5. The event is scheduled from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

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OTVB Names New Administrator

OTVB Names New Administrator

 

A new face with new enthusiasm and drive will be taking over as administrator for the Oakdale Travel and Visitors Bureau (OTVB) after the departure of Ramona Howard who left the organization to pursue other career interests.

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Successful Run Concludes For 2014 County Fair

 

Midway lights, great food bites, and daily concert nights were just some of the many highlights as the Stanislaus County Fair celebrated its 103rd year.

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Council Boosts Fees

Council Boosts Fees

A Landscape and Lighting Maintenance District (LLMD) agenda item on fee increases that prompted lengthy discussion at the previous meeting, and eventually delayed the vote until questions could be answered, was approved at a relatively brief Monday, July 21 Oakdale City Council meeting.

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Posted: Jul. 23, 2014 11:08 a.m. | Council Boosts Fees Comments 0 Comments
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Water Plan Finalized

Water Plan Finalized

With California water regulators having voted to approve fines up to $500 a day for residents who waste water on lawns, landscaping and car washing, the City of Oakdale must now come up with a conservation plan for its residents and 7,000 water customers.

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Posted: Jul. 22, 2014 2:49 p.m. | Updated: Jul. 23, 2014 1:00 a.m. | Water Plan Finalized Comments 0 Comments
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Breaking Bread, Breaking Ground

Breaking Bread, Breaking Ground

At a ceremony on July 15, Oakdale Joint Unified School District officials broke ground for the new 5000-square foot steel structure that will be the Central Kitchen. This will be the first of a handful of projects spearheaded by the Facilities Committee.

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Posted: Jul. 22, 2014 3:10 p.m. | Updated: Jul. 23, 2014 1:00 a.m. | Breaking Bread, Breaking Ground Comments 0 Comments
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Oakdale To Finalize Conservation Plan

Oakdale To Finalize Conservation Plan

 

 

With California water regulators having voted to approve fines up to $500 a day for residents who waste water on lawns, landscaping and car washing, the City of Oakdale must now come up with a conservation plan for its residents and 7000 water customers.

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Posted: Jul. 18, 2014 12:33 p.m. | Oakdale To Finalize Conservation Plan Comments 0 Comments
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Swift Follow-Up By Police In Weekend Crimes

Swift Follow-Up By Police In Weekend Crimes

 

 

The man wanted in connection of the rape of a teenaged girl was spotted and arrested on the grounds of Oakdale High School Tuesday night, July 15.

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Posted: Jul. 16, 2014 2:43 p.m. | Swift Follow-Up By Police In Weekend Crimes Comments 0 Comments
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County Fair Serves Up Family Fun

County Fair Serves Up Family Fun

The fun continues daily at the Stanislaus County Fairgrounds in Turlock, with concerts, fun on the midway, food, displays and more.

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Posted: Jul. 15, 2014 4:27 p.m. | Updated: Jul. 16, 2014 1:00 a.m. | County Fair Serves Up Family Fun Comments 0 Comments
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Blue Star Mothers Group Forms Locally

When Emmy McDaniel’s son Clayton joined the Navy after graduating from Oakdale High School in 2013, she became one of many parents who are part of a special group, facing uncertainty as she waits to find out where his career takes him.

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Posted: Jul. 15, 2014 4:30 p.m. | Updated: Jul. 16, 2014 1:00 a.m. | Blue Star Mothers Group Forms Locally Comments 0 Comments
Domestic Dispute Turns Into Barricaded Subject

Domestic Dispute Turns Into Barricaded Subject

 

Oakdale Police responded to a reported domestic disturbance on Old Bluff Court Thursday night, July 10 at 5 pm that resulted in the eventual arrest of one of the involved residents for kidnapping and false imprisonment.

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Landscape, Lighting - Questions Prompt Assessment Delay

Landscape, Lighting - Questions Prompt Assessment Delay

 

 

A series of questions presented by residents regarding Landscape and Lighting Maintenance District (LLMD) assessments for Burchell Hill, Bridle Ridge, and The Vineyards developments resulted in over an hour of dialogue at Monday night’s Oakdale City Council meeting. The final result was a 4-1 vote to delay the agenda item until those questions could be answered.

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Posted: Jul. 08, 2014 3:08 p.m. | Updated: Jul. 09, 2014 1:00 a.m. | Landscape, Lighting - Questions Prompt Assessment Delay Comments 0 Comments
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Record Crop Predicted For Almond Growers

 

 

The Almond Board of California reported on Tuesday, July 1 that the state should expect a record harvest for this fall’s crop. Based on 860,000 bearing acres – nearly 900 orchards – in the state, the California Almond objective forecast for the 2014-2015 crop is 2.10 billion meat pounds, an all-time high.

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Posted: Jul. 08, 2014 3:09 p.m. | Updated: Jul. 09, 2014 1:00 a.m. | Record Crop Predicted For Almond Growers Comments 0 Comments
Musical Variety On Tap At County Fair

Musical Variety On Tap At County Fair

Entertainment at this year’s Stanislaus County Fair has all genres of music to entertain the masses including country artist Rodney Atkins and R&B band Kool and the Gang.

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Posted: Jul. 08, 2014 3:20 p.m. | Updated: Jul. 09, 2014 1:00 a.m. | Musical Variety On Tap At County Fair Comments 0 Comments
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Measure Y Kicks Off Campaign Strategy

 

Oakdale’s Measure Y committee commenced its campaign with a meeting to discuss the approach for promoting the Nov. 4 ballot measure to continue the half-cent sales tax for the city’s general fund.

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Posted: Jun. 27, 2014 1:43 p.m. | Updated: Jul. 02, 2014 1:43 p.m. | Measure Y Kicks Off Campaign Strategy Comments 0 Comments
Be Safe, Sane For July 4 Holiday

Be Safe, Sane For July 4 Holiday

It’s a shortened work week for many Americans, as Friday is the Fourth of July federal holiday, the observance of our nation’s birthday.

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Crews Converge In Encampment Clean Up

Crews Converge In Encampment Clean Up

It is no secret that the river that runs by Oakdale Shopping Center off Highway 120 is the home to many of Oakdale’s homeless. Several complaints recently came into the Oakdale Police department about issues in that area, including a broken lock by the river gate, so access could be gained into a restricted area.

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Posted: Jul. 02, 2014 11:54 a.m. | Crews Converge In Encampment Clean Up Comments 0 Comments
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Court Tosses Out Lawsuit Against Cops And City

Court Tosses Out Lawsuit Against Cops And City

 

 

A Federal lawsuit filed last December by local insurance agent Dirk Vermeulen against the Oakdale Police Department and the City of Oakdale was dismissed by the United States District Court’s Eastern District of California on June 26.

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Two Confirmed Human WNV Cases

West Nile Virus – in the form of human cases – has arrived in Stanislaus County.

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Posted: Jul. 02, 2014 11:45 a.m. | Two Confirmed Human WNV Cases Comments 0 Comments
Measure Y Kicks Off

Measure Y Kicks Off

Oakdale’s Measure Y committee commenced its campaign with a meeting to discuss the approach for promoting the Nov. 4 ballot measure to continue the half-cent sales tax for the city’s general fund.

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Motorcycle Accident Claims Oakdale Man

Motorcycle Accident Claims Oakdale Man

 

A late Saturday afternoon accident resulted in fatal injuries to the motorcyclist involved and tied up traffic for hours as police investigated the crash.

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Employee Action -  Stanislaus Consolidated Settles Lawsuits

Employee Action - Stanislaus Consolidated Settles Lawsuits

 

The actions of a former embattled Stanislaus Consolidated fire chief, who himself was the plaintiff of his own lawsuit last year, has resulted in the approval of settlements in three separate actions filed by subordinate employees in 2011 and 2012.

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Posted: Jun. 25, 2014 8:47 a.m. | Employee Action -  Stanislaus Consolidated Settles Lawsuits  Comments 0 Comments
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