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Shafter council OKs survey of Highway 43 along Los Angeles Avenue

Highway 43 between Los Angeles and Galpin streets may be expanding after the City Council approved a survey. Shoulder work will be done along this route, increasing the safety of the roadway. The...

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Deputies find gun during chase

Deputies recently confiscated a gun on Griffith Avenue after a driver fled the scene. On Monday, Jan. 11, Kern County Sheriff's Office deputies were called to the 1300 block of Griffith Avenue to...

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Mayor receives covid vaccine

Mayor Alex Garcia receives his first covid-19 vaccination on Wednesday, Jan. 6, through his employer at Universal Urgent Care in Bakersfield. He is scheduled for his second...

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Gossamer Grove expands with new series

The Homestead Series by Lennar Homes is now available, as Lennar Homes invites prospective homebuyers to tour the houses through virtual tours, self-guided tours or personal tours by appointment. The...

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Colours Festival canceled for 2021

The Shafter Colours Committee has announced that the 2021 festival has been canceled. "We are sorry that we have had to come to this conclusion, but we will see you all in 2022," said Larry Starrh,...

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WUESD superintendent: No return to campus during third quarter

The Wasco Union Elementary School District will not be returning to in-class learning during the third quarter, Superintendent Kelly Richers told school board members at a meeting Jan. 12. "Back when...

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City manager: Wasco water issues have receded

City Manager Daniel Ortiz-Hernandez said the city is in a good place regarding last summer's water issue. "Well 14 is nearly complete and right now we're not in the peak months that would increase...

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Virus surges with over 230 new cases in Shafter

The city has seen the number of new cases of covid-19 increase last week, despite campaigns to slow the spread. Last week, there were 237 new cases, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to...

Richland schools continue learning from a distance

Richland schools have been utilizing distance learning since the beginning of the pandemic and it has not been easy. Several instances of trouble with connectivity has hindered the process, according to some parents. “I have had a lot of trouble...

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Focus on Local Business: Arly's Appliance sees surge in repairs during pandemic

It has been over 60 years that Arly's Appliance first opened its doors, and today they are still the go-to repair men when it comes to appliances and small motors. Back in 1959, Arly Fiel moved to...

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This virus is no joking matter

Covid-19 isn't something to take lightly. From personal experience, it can be terrifying when you continue having new and different symptoms on a daily basis. I am one of the lucky ones who did not...

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Couch's Corner: Resources for substance abuse

This week I want to share a program available in north Kern that may be just the thing your family needs to deal with an adult family member experiencing a substance-abuse crisis. If you have an...

Death Notices - Jan. 14, 2021

Ralph Collins, 91, of Bakersfield, passed away Jan. 9. Peters Funeral Home, Shafter. Eusebio Barron, 71, of Buttonwillow, passed away Jan. 10. Peters Funeral Home, Shafter. Devin Lee Atha, 20, of Bakersfield, passed away Dec 31. Peters Funeral...

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Henry Gonzales

Surrounded by loved ones, Henry Gonzales, 78, of Bakersfield, sadly passed away in his home on the morning of Dec. 31, 2020. Henry served as an inspiration for others throughout his life, and it was...

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Oscar JR Richards

Oscar JR Richards was born Feb. 3, 1936, in Edom Texas, to Maggie Florence (Carpenter/Perdue) and Oscar Shores Richards. Losing a tough battle with covid after being hospitalized for a month, JR...

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Betty Lou Bergman

Betty Lou Bergman was born to Abe and Susie Isaac on Nov. 2, 1931, in Shafter. Brother Don was born 5 years later. When she was eight, her parents adopted Vernon Unruh, who was 11 years old, a...

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Ernest Bon Cabrera

Ernest "Ernie" Bon Cabrera, of Delano/Bakersfield, was born on a Friday, Dec. 5, 1941, and passed away Dec. 29, 2020. Ernie was born to the late Ernest and Mary Cabrera in Bakersfield. Ernie...

Teofilo Farias Jr.

Teofilo Farias Jr., 59, passed away on Dec. 21, 2020 at Mercy Southwest Hospital in Bakersfield. Born on April 11, 1961, in Galveston, Texas, to Teofilo and Lupe Farias, Teofilo was one of 12 children. Growing up in Shafter, Teofilo graduated from...

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George Lee White

George Lee White, 85, left this world to rest in the arms of our Lord and Savior on Dec. 26, 2020. While we mourn this great loss, we celebrate the promise of his eternal joy. George was born on...

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