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.
After residents in Oakdale and Riverbank received Easter eggs filled with propaganda for a white supremacist rally Saturday, the day came and went without any noticeable signs of the so-called White Man March.
A 27-year-old Oakdale man was killed Monday evening when his motorcycle plowed into the side of a sport utility vehicle on McHenry Avenue near Coralwood Road, closing down a portion of the busy thoroughfare for hours, Modesto police reported.
Trinitas Partners, which helped launch a tidal wave of almond orchards east of Oakdale, is paying $4 million to settle a lawsuit in a case tinged with timely issues such as drought and speculation farming.
A police K-9 once again will patrol the streets of Oakdale, ending the Police Department’s six-year lapse without a canine program. The department had to cut the program in 2007 for budget reasons, but a $16,500 donation from Steves Chevrolet Buick in Oakdale has brought it back to life.
The early stages of groundwork have begun near Oakdale’s eastern edge on a gated community for adults only. The 86 single-family homes will be across from the Oakdale Golf and Country Club on North Stearns Road next to Highway 120-108.
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