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  • After 40 winning years at WHS, Coach Moreno heading to North High

    Veronica Jacuinde, Wasco Tribune | Jul 17, 2024

    After four decades of teaching and coaching at Wasco Union High School, Edward Moreno has accepted a position as the athletic director at North High in Bakersfield. This is a personal milestone for Moreno and a significant chance for North High to benefit from his proven leadership and commitment to student success. Moreno's tenure at his alma mater has been marked by many achievemenst. As a golf coach, he accomplished four undefeated SSL Championships, one Sectional...

  • Unveiling Wasco's newest jewel: Central Avenue Park

    Veronica Jacuinde, Wasco Tribune | Jul 17, 2024

    A public ribbon-cutting for Central Avenue Park is set for Friday, July 19, from 9 to 11:30 a.m. This new park is the result of years of planning and months of construction. Many organizations and individuals contributed to the project, and this celebration allows recognition of all the hard work. The park provides a new recreation facility for the southwest part of town and connects the existing walking paths on Central Avenue and Filburn Avenue. The park's numerous trees...

  • Dr. Wendy Castañeda-Leal: Semitropic's new superintendent

    Veronica Jacuinde, Wasco Tribune | Jul 17, 2024

    Dr. Wendy Castañeda-Leal is the new superintendent of Semitropic Elementary School and is poised to lead with a deep commitment to equity and inclusivity. Her appointment promises a focus on student-centered policies, community engagement and a nurturing environment where every child can thrive. She said she is very excited about her new role. "Working with brown and Black students has always been a passion of mine. That is what I have focused on throughout my career;...

  • Marcona Preserve to add 1,200 homes

    Jamie Stewart, The Shafter Press | Jul 17, 2024

    Gossamer Grove is not the only development bringing homes, parks and future retail development to the city. The Marcona Preserve Development, also to be built by Lennar Homes, is beginning a construction phase that will bring about 400 new residences to the city, right down Seventh Standard Road from Gossamer between the Friant-Kern Canal and the Calloway Canal. The area will include single-family residential development, a middle school, recreation amenities that include...

  • Shafter sky lit up at July 3 celebration

    Jamie Stewart, The Shafter Press | Jul 17, 2024

    The Shafter Chamber of Commerce held its annual July 3 Fireworks Celebration last Wedensday, lighting up the night sky with a spectacular show. The event was much more than a fireworks show, with a lot of fun things for the kids to do while waiting for the sun to go down. There was plenty of food at the event, with tacos and burritos, as well as fair food such as funnel cakes and corn dogs. There was also the mainstay kettle corn, and a variety of flavors of shaved ices,...

  • Teaching through 3 generations

    Veronica Jacuinde, Wasco Tribune | Jul 17, 2024

    Bradley Parrott, approaching his fourth year of teaching at John L. Prueitt Elementary School this August, continues a family tradition that spans three generations. Like his grandfather and father before him, he has committed to educating the children of Wasco. Patriarch Arthur Parrott taught Spanish at Wasco High School. He was hired in 1948 and taught there until 1967, working in different capacities as an educator. When he left WHS, he was a secondary coordinator for...

  • Beautification project a step toward a vibrant city center

    Veronica Jacuinde, Wasco Tribune | Jul 17, 2024

    The City of Wasco Historic Downtown Business District Transformation initiative is nearing completion. The beautification project intends to revitalize the streetscape and public spaces along 7th Street from G Street to D Street. "The current project is nearing completion pending final art installations, the installation of a swing in the plaza, the completion of items in Veterans Park and other minor contractor punch list items," Community Development Director Keri Cobb...

  • Shafter shelter has cats and a wish list for dogs, too

    Jamie Stewart, The Shafter Press | Jul 17, 2024

    Though it places most of its dogs with rescue organizations, the Shafter Animal Shelter is looking for good homes for their feline residents needing a loving home. Animal Control Officer Nick Riddick said that the shelter has some loveable cats who would make a great additions to welcoming homes. "Cats are great family members and can be as loyal and loving as a dog." Riddick also wanted to let the public know that the shelter does have dogs for adoption as well. If they know...

  • Shafter Little League girls have successful first season

    Jamie Stewart, The Shafter Press | Jul 17, 2024

    In their inaugural season in the Little League system, the Shafter Little League Girls Softball team fell just a couple wins shy of the State Tournament. The local team, which is made up of girls 10-12 years old, qualified for a trip to the Sectional tournament, where they ended up taking third place in the Section 7. The Shafter team played a full season and selected an All-Star team to represent the Shafter Little League in the post season tournament. Shafter beat out...

  • Shafter Boxing Club shines at Olympics

    Jamie Stewart, The Shafter Press | Jul 17, 2024

    The Shafter Boxing Club traveled to Wichita, Kansas, last weekend to compete in the National Junior Olympics. Mike Ayon, the director of the club, took 10 boxers for the competition and they came home with five medals, two silver and three bronze, making it the most successful Olympics for the local boxers in its history. "We have had a boxer or two medal at the Olympics, but we have never had this much success at the event," commented Ayon. In the past, the club has had...

  • Tigers Taekwondo keeping communties fit and healthy

    Jamie Stewart, The Shafter Press | Jul 17, 2024

    There has been plenty of news of the Tigers Taekwondo teaching and supporting the community for over a decade. Begun by Rigo Solorio, the first studio was opened in Wasco, teaching self-defense in the martial arts. The Tigers have a studio in Shafter, too. The award-winning Tigers, headed up by Rigo Solorio and his family, have been teaching students throughout the community for over a decade, and the fruits of their labor are seen on scorecards as well as in the success of...

  • Pastor's Corner: Self-awareness

    Pastor Ruben Zartman | Jul 17, 2024

    The book of James tells us about an amusing scenario: a man who looks in the mirror, carefully considering his own face. But once that man steps away from the mirror, he promptly forgets what he looked like! All the scrutiny of his own features didn’t leave them in his memory (James 1:23–24). In this little scenario, we can see a problem that is very widespread among human beings, that is, a lack of self-awareness. Robert Burns, in his poem “To a Louse,” wrote these lines: Oh, would some Power the gift give us To...

  • Death Notices - July 11, 2024

    Wasco Tribune | Jul 17, 2024

    Jesus ``Jesse’’ Trevino, 54, of Bakersfield, passed away June 29, in Bakersfield. Monarch Memorial. Guillermo Fonseca, 86, of Shafter, passed away July 1, in Shafter. Peters Funeral Home, Shafter. Ramona Delgado, 54, of Wasco, passed away July 2, in Wasco. Peters Funeral Home, Wasco. Martin Ramos Jr., 15, of Delano, passed away July 6, in Madera. Peters Funeral Home,...

  • Jack West

    Jul 17, 2024

    Jack H. West, a dedicated geologist and U.S. Marine, passed away into the arms of Jesus on June 14, 2024, at the age of 90. He leaves behind a legacy of service, both to his country and to the field of geology. Born in April 1934 as John Henry Pigg, Jr., he changed his name to Jack Henry West in 1971 (West was his mother's maiden name). Jack served honorably in the United States Marine Corps, where he developed integrity and a deep sense of duty. After his military service,...

  • Arrest Report - July 11, 2024

    Wasco Tribune | Jul 17, 2024

    July 2 Jose Luis Mendez, 56, was arrested in the 1800 block of F Street on a misdemeanor bench warrant. He was cited and released at the scene. Santiago Martinez-Hernandez, 41, was arrested in the 700 block of F Street on a misdemeanor bench warrant. He was cited and released Bogdan Boceanu, 22, was arrested in the 2300 block of Highway 46 for second degree burglary, possession for fraudulent possession/use of a scanning device and vandalism. He was booked into the Lerdo Justice Facility. Alfonso J Acosta Nieblas, 36, was...

  • Mystery History - July 11, 2024

    Wasco Tribune | Jul 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,93263, or e-mail it to [email protected]. Winners will be revealed here next week. LAST WEEK: Miss Fannin, first grade teacher at Wasco Elementary School, in...

  • Classified Ads - July 11, 2024

    Wasco Tribune | Jul 17, 2024

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

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