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City Council candidates vie for open seats

Four candidates from District 2 and two from District 4 will be vying for seats on the City Council this year. In District 2, there is small business owner Vincent Martinez, Claims Specialist...

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Speeding concerns council members

Near the end of the City Council meeting, council member Gilberto Reyna commented on how concerned he is with the speeding of vehicles on Central Avenue. “It angers me,” Reyna said. “Drivers...

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Meet the candidate: Kris Lawrence

In a series that begins this week, we will be featuring the candidates running for the three open City Council seats this year. The candidates who are running are current council members Gilbert...

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Richland making plans for a return to school for some students

The Richland School Board was given a presentation for a Return to School plan that will see the return of small groups of students to each school, called cohorts. The plan, which is still in the...

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Isabella Garcia named 2020 Rose Queen

Isabella Garcia was crowned the 2020 Rose Queen/Miss Wasco Thursday evening during a stunning and historic pageant. Tailored to meet the covid-19 restrictions placed on indoor gatherings, the pageant...

Blood Drive helps patients in need

The City of Shafter teamed up with Shafter High School and Houchin Blood Bank to hold a Blood Drive at Mannel Park on Sept. 10. The drive was geared toward students, but was open to adults as well. The turnout was great and lives were helped with...

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Virus cases still on the rise

The number of new cases of the coronavirus are still on the rise, despite an effort to have residents wear face masks when downtown or shopping. The City of Shafter and a group of community members...

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OBITUARY: Tony Perez

Tony Perez, 45, was called home to be with God on Sept. 12, 2020, in Bakersfield. He was born on Oct. 30, 1974, in Tulare, to Carlos and Imelda Perez. Tony grew up in Buttonwillow and graduated from...

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Rogelio Roy Olivo

Rogelio Roy Olivo was born in Phoenix on June 26, 1961, to parents Guadalupe Olivo and Dionicia Alaniz. Roy proudly served his country as a Marine and was stationed in Hawaii during his service. He...

Death Notices - Sept. 17, 2020

Yarlenny Kubo Lara, 27, of Shafter, passed away Sept. 7 in San Diego. Basham-Lara Funeral Care Shafter. Manuel Tirado Rodriguez, 71, of Shafter, passed away Sept. 4 in Washington, WA. Basham-Lara Funeral Care Shafter. Jesus Perez Lopez, 84, of...

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Edna Ruth Shepherd

Edna Ruth Shepherd was born to Henry Ramsey and Ethel Smith in Bangs, Texas, and went to be with the Lord on Sept. 9, 2020 in Bakersfield. Edna Ruth was 78 years old when she passed from this life...

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Ordell O. Portwood

Ordell O. Portwood was born Oct. 28, 1928, in Lost Hills and passed away at his home in Wasco on Sept. 9, 2020, after an almost 27-year-long battle with Parkinson's disease. He had been in the...

Arrest Report - Sept. 17, 2020

Sept. 7 Carlos Badillo, 24, of Wasco, was arrested in the 1300 block of Broadway on an active misdemeanor warrant. He was booked into the Kern County Jail. Abel Castillo, 31, of Wasco, was arrested in the 500 block of North Maple Avenue for...

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Mystery History - Sept. 17, 2020

Rita Marie Holtermann Newman (Kenny Newman's mother), pregnant with Kenny's older brother Jeff in...

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