The Oakdale annual awards banquet, at which the Chamber of Commerce honors members of the community for citizen of the year, junior achievement, community service, business of the year and lifetime achievement, will be held Friday at the Gene Bianchi Community Center.
For the next five months, Pacific Gas & Electric Co. will remove contaminated soil from the Oakdale site of a manufactured gas plant that operated from 1913 to 1930, using coal and oil to make fuel before the arrival of natural gas pipelines.
An 11-minute video documents how biologists, engineers, technicians and volunteers spent about two years creating salmon and steelhead trout habitat along the Stanislaus River between Oakdale and Knights Ferry.
A proposal to pay Oakdale farmers to voluntarily fallow their land has been postponed to January. OID General Manager Steve Knell said 85 landowners attended workshops Saturday about how the program would work, but “very few” submitted applications.
The Oakdale Irrigation District plans to sell $3.9 million worth of water to out-of-area buyers in 2015, has begun negotiating potential sales, and is considering offering local farmers financial incentives to fallow their land so additional irrigation water can be marketed to others.
Ed Brown of Oakdale, former owner of Modesto’s California Healthy Harvest, agreed to pay a $160,000 fine and buy a conservation easement valued at $1 million after destroying 33 acres of vernal pools near Merced.
While assuring that California’s new groundwater law gives local communities the power to control their water basins, State Water Resources Control Board member Dee Dee D’Adamo warned Wednesday that state regulators will be watching.
A Modesto woman has filed federal charges against Oakdale candy maker Sconza, her employer, as well as a union, saying she was punished for exercising her right not to formally join the union and pay full dues.