Divided OID board OKs $2 million water sale

The Oakdale Irrigation District board majority agreed to sell water to buyers south of the Delta for $2 million, despite fears from the board minority that such sales could jeopardize the district’s water rights. Moving water without environmental review has not been approved by the California State Water Resources Control Board, the very agency already threatening to reduce water rights of all area water districts.


OID to consider $4 million water sale

At a special meeting Monday, irrigation leaders will consider selling more river water to buyers south of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, a tradition that has brought in millions of dollars but also controversy to the Oakdale Irrigation District.


OID dysfunction aired in court papers

Oakdale Irrigation District board members Linda Santos and Gail Altieri weren’t trying to hurt their agency by meddling in a lawsuit against OID, but hoped to show a judge how their general manager and an OID attorney conspired to keep them and the public in the dark, the women say in new court papers.


OID’s Santos denounces recall drive

In a defiant response to a recall effort, Oakdale Irrigation District board member Linda Santos calls out those behind the recall drive. Management’s foot-dragging on a separate issue – resizing voting districts – will help Santos’ detractors, she says, by keeping artificially small the number of signatures required to force a recall election in her district.


Law enforcement officers shocked, saddened by events in Dallas

Shock and sadness were the words used by Modesto-area law enforcement leaders to describe the shootings in Dallas that led to the death of five officers on Thursday night. Micah Xavier Johnson, 25, opened fire on law enforcement officers following a peaceful protest to the recent officer-involved shooting deaths of two black men in Louisiana and Minnesota earlier this week.


Old church building in Oakdale on the move, awaits conversion

The former United Brethren Church in Oakdale, which was built in the 1890s, was saved when a local builder and Realtor decided to move the church to a different property and turn it into a two-bedroom, three-bathroom house. (Andy Alfaro/aalfaro@modbee.com and Erin Tracy/etracy@modbee.com)
Old church building in Oakdale on the move, awaits conversion 1:59

Old church building in Oakdale on the move, awaits conversion

Downey reacts to victory over Modesto 2:09

Downey reacts to victory over Modesto

Denair shuts out Delhi 0:38

Denair shuts out Delhi

Sights and sounds from Downey-Modesto 2:16

Sights and sounds from Downey-Modesto