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  • Mario Uresti: A passionate WHS educator

    Veronica Jacuinde, Wasco Tribune | Jun 17, 2024

    Dr. Mario Uresti is the coordinator of special education services for Wasco High School. He is an educator who pours his heart and soul into his profssion and is dedicated to making a difference in the lives of the children he serves. He also loves Wasco and moved to the town after falling in love with what he calls "a magical place." "I monitor the special education department, which includes the special ed teachers and instructional aids, and work with other administrators...

  • Wasco Community Scholarship Association awards $117k

    Veronica Jacuinde, Wasco Tribune | Jun 17, 2024

    For the third consecutive year, the Wasco Community Scholarship Association has awarded over $100,000 to graduating seniors and alums of Wasco High School. In 2022, WCSA gave $100,000 for the first time. The following year, the award total was $107,000. This year, 32 scholarships were provided for a total of $117,000. "I am thrilled for the Wasco High students who continue to benefit from WCSA scholarships," Wasco High Superintendent and WCSA Director Kevin Tallon said. "The...

  • Jennifer Aufforth named WUSD Teacher of the Year

    Veronica Jacuinde, Wasco Tribune | Jun 17, 2024

    Jennifer Aufforth has almost two decades of experience as an educator at Wasco High School. This year, she is the recipient of the Wasco Union High School District's Teacher of the Year award for her creativity, hard work, contagious spirit, innovative teaching skills and extraordinary commitment and unwavering passion for her students. A WHS alumnus, she said her students have kept her teaching English at her alma mater for so many years. "I love what I do. I'm teaching a...

  • First Fridays are back in downtown Shafter

    Jamie Stewart, The Shafter Press | Jun 17, 2024

    Shafter's First Fridays return to downtown on June 14, from 5 to 9 p.m. The event will include live music, a variety of food vendors, games, activities and shopping. The First Friday events were started last year, the brainchild of Mayor Chad Givens and a committee charged with improving and attracting business downtown. Despite a lukewarm reception from some in the city, Givens told the members of the cCity Council and the committee that the events would attract entire...

  • GROW Academy bids farewell to 8th grade class

    Jamie Stewart, The Shafter Press | Jun 17, 2024

    The GROW Academy of Shafter held its Promotion Ceremony at the Fred Starrh Performing Arts Center at Shafter High School on Thursday, bidding farewell to its eighth grade class. This was the third such ceremony in GROW's history. opening its doors in 2017. Principal Lacie Harris welcomed a standing room only crowd to the event, celebrating the promotion of their children to the high school level in their educational careers. With the majority of the class moving on to attend...

  • Shafter council hears options for railway, gets feedback on Shafter Press decision

    Jamie Stewart, The Shafter Press | Jun 17, 2024

    The Shafter City Council heard a couple of different options for their Shafter Railway at their meeting last week. The first option was to be purchased by BNSF, which is used to connect to their main line. The second option was to be used by third party transporters for their products, including connecting the two coasts. [Wonderful Company also has an interest in the railway. See separate story on Page 1.] There will be further discussion on the topic, with both options...

  • Mystery History - June 13, 2024

    Wasco Tribune | Jun 17, 2024

    Here's this week's challenge, courtesy of the Wasco Historical Society. If you know the location, circumstances, exact or rough date and/or people in the photo, send your educated (or semieducated) guess to the Tribune, 455 Kern St., Suite E, Shafter, CA 93263, or e-mail it to [email protected]. Winners will be revealed here next week. LAST WEEK: Wasco High School letterman sweater from...

  • Wonderful planning inland rail terminal, bringing 40,000 new jobs

    Jamie Stewart, The Shafter Press | Jun 17, 2024

    If the Wonderful Company has its way, over the next few years Shafter will become a major hub of industry between northern and southern California – even the east and west coasts – and will provide 40,000 new jobs in a vast inland railway terminal center, expanding its current industrial park at the southern edge of town. In an interview this week, John Guinn, manager of the project for the agriculture and industrial giant Wonderful and a former city manager who...

  • Shafter pool now set to open by end of year

    Jamie Stewart, The Shafter Press | Jun 17, 2024

    The Shafter Aquatic Center looks like it will re-open by the end of the year after a series of delays. The project was supposed to be completed by July 2024, giving the residents a summer of swimming. But the project needed more time for planning and design, according to city Public Works Director Michael James. The project is being funded through a $6-million grant to the city to resurface the pool, repair the heater and tile work. There also will be improvements to the...

  • GROW pulls mayor from graduation keynote

    Jamie Stewart, The Shafter Press | Jun 17, 2024

    Shafter Mayor Chad Givens was disinvited as GROW Academy's keynote graduation speaker last week, after he said he refused to remove a Bible reference from his remarks. Despite being listed in the program for Thursday night's graduation, school officials announced at the event that Givens was "unable to attend."School officials had asked to see Givens' speech before the ceremony took place, the mayor said. The speech, according to Givens, contained a scripture from the Bible....

  • Congratulations to '24 Palm Avenue grads

    Courtesy Palm Avenue School | Jun 17, 2024

    Dayana Aceves Gonzalez Elias Acosta Estevan Acosta Khloe Adams Josue Aguilar Contreras Luis Almaraz Crystal Alvarado Aiden Alvarez Israel Alvarez Victoria Alvarez Cristian Anaya Nahuatt Jonathan Aninion Hugo Archuleta Isabella Arredondo Zachary Avila Ivan Aviles Ramirez Brianna Barrera Jayden Barrios Anyelin Beltran Molina Michael Benavides Dominic Castillo Mia Castro Yerelin Cepeda Rivas Juan Cervantes MyKaela Chavez Giovanni Chavez Alfaro Ximena Cisneros Julissa Contreras Ethan Cortes Anthony Cortez Dulce Cortez Angel...

  • Zale Mantas makes SHS golf history

    Jamie Stewart, The Shafter Press | Jun 17, 2024

    A Shafter High golfer made history this year, becoming the first SHS golfer to qualify for the Southern California Regional tournament. Zale Mantas, a sophomore at SHS, placed seventh at the Regional, the first General to medal in the tournament, just missing the cut for the State tournament. As a team, the Shafter Generals won the SSL, but missed out on advancing to the Regional team playoffs by a few strokes. The Regional has all of the divisions in it, from the large...

  • EDITOR'S NOTE: God, where art thou?

    Jamie Stewart, The Shafter Press | Jun 17, 2024

    When my grandparents were in school, prayer was a regular part of the school day. But little by little, God has seemed to be squeezed out of the school system. I do agree with people who say that they shouldn’t be required to pray if it is not part of their lives. There are many different religions, belief systems and cultures in the United States, and I think that all of them have a right to practice their religion, as long as it doesn’t impede on someone else’s...

  • Pastor's Corner: The power of Jesus' blood

    Pastor Jim Glasco | Jun 17, 2024

    I heard a preacher on the radio once say that the blood of Jesus was just the blood of a mere man. That man had no clue about the power that is in the blood of Jesus. It was not the blood of a mere man that ran down the cross; it was the blood of God. Colossians 1:14 says, “We have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins.” We were lost in sin and it took the blood of Jesus to redeem us. 1st Peter 1:18-19 says, ”We were not redeemed with corruptible things, but by the precious blood of Christ.” The...

  • James Harrison

    Jun 17, 2024

    James Harrison, 90, passed away June 6, 2024. A funeral service will be held Thursday, June 20, at 11 a.m. at Truelight Missionary Baptist Church, 1104 14th St. in Wasco. A graveside service will be at 1:30 p.m. at Wasco Memorial Park, 300 Leonard Ave. Peters Funeral Home,...

  • Death Notices - June 13, 2024

    Wasco Tribune | Jun 17, 2024

    Jamie Guevara, 73, of Bakersfield, passed away June 6, in Bakersfield. Peters Funeral Home, Wasco. Yolanda Loya, 69, of Delano, passed away June 1, in Delano. Monarch Memorial, Bakersfield. Rigoberto Gastelum Lopez, 66, of Wasco, passed away June 1, in Wasco. Basham & Lara Funeral Care, Shafter. Jailyn Aldape, 24, of Shafter, passed away June 2, in Shafter. Basham & Lara Funeral Care, Shafter. Marina Bolaños Sanchez, 60, of Shafter, passed away May 20, in Shafter. Basham & Lara Funeral Care, Shafter. Alberto Gomez, 70, of...

  • Freddie O'Neal Dunnahoe

    Jun 17, 2024

    In Loving Memory Freddie O'Neal Dunnahoe, 86, of Shafter, passed away on May 28, 2024. Born on June 11, 1937, in McGehee, Arkansas, Freddie was a beloved husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather. Freddie enlisted in the Army in 1957. He served and was Reserve until 1963. After serving in the Army, Freddie moved to California with his family and settled in Kern County. He worked for various farmers before joining Handel & Wilson Farms in 1973. Freddie worked for...

  • Arrest Report - June 13, 2024

    Wasco Tribune | Jun 17, 2024

    June 3 Ryan Sims, 52, was arrested at the intersection of Broadway Avenue and Highway46 for possession of a controlled substance. He was booked at the Lerdo Justice Facility. Milton Ramirez, 49, was arrested at 1209 Highway 46 for felony vandalism. He booked at the Lerdo Justice Facility. Lori Marie Ramirez, 39, was arrested at the intersection of 6th Place and Birch Avenue on a felony bench warrant. He was booked into the Lerdo Justice Facility. June 4 Jose Ocampo Ocampo, 49, was arrested in the 1500 block of 6th Street on...

  • Headlines in History - June 13, 2024

    The Shafter Press | Jun 17, 2024

    30 years ago: June 14, 2014 Richland Junior High said farewell to Principal Jason Hutchinson. He moved to a Boise, Idaho, school district. --Compiled by Erica...

  • Pet of the Week: Meet the loveable Ari

    Wasco Animal Shelter | Jun 17, 2024

    Ari came into the Wasco Animal Shelter as a stray. She is approximately a 10-12-month-old female border terrier. She is great with staff and other dogs. It is unknown if Ari is house/crate trained at the time. Dogs are not tested with children; her behavior toward children is unknown. Ari is available for adoption on Thursday, June 13, and the fees have been waived. Everyone is welcome to adopt from our facility, and we like to give everyone the same opportunity to adopt....

  • Classified Ads - June 13, 2024

    Wasco Tribune | Jun 17, 2024

    To see this week's Classified Ads, click on the e-edition icon at the top of the...

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