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Members of St. John's say goodbye to Father Sanchez-Flores

Father Raul A. Sanchez-Flores has been relocated to St. Joseph's Church in Selma. Sanchez-Flores joined St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church six years ago as parish priest. When asking...

Suspects sought in December homicide in Wasco

A Wasco man was killed after being shot multiple times Dec. 23 and deputies are looking for information. Jamiel Ringold, of Wasco, was found suffering from several gunshot wounds near the...

Pizza Factory reopens under new owners

Wasco residents are like everyone else, they love their pizza and wings and an occasional ice cold beer or soft drink. That's exactly what owner of Pizza Factory Russ Adkins was hoping for when he...

Garcia selected as mayor for second term

Mayor Alex Garcia has been appointed to serve a second term. When Garcia was interviewed about two years ago, he stated that he felt the position of mayor should be more than just a one-year term. He...

REVIEW: Red Wagon Café reopens

In January, two brothers from Shafter with a close friend opened their first restaurant at 18800 Beach Ave., the corner of Beech Avenue (State 143) and Burbank. Due to the times we live in and covid-19, this has been what the industry calls a soft...

Amazon to open distribution center in Shafter

Amazon is opening a distribution center in Shafter, making it the second Amazon facility to open in Kern County. The new center will be in the Wonderful Industrial Park and is expected to open later...

Kern ag commissioner, state department at impasse over pesticides

Negotiations about pesticide notifications between the Kern Ag commissioner and the state Department of Pesticide Regulation have broken down. Kern Ag Commissioner Glen Fankhauser recently wrote a...

Bulky waste drop-off to take place in March

There will be two bulky waste events held in March for the residents of Shafter and Wasco who need to dispose of items that don't normally fit in regular trash containers. The event in Wasco will be...

Kern County nears red tier

The region has seen a decrease in the amount of new coronavirus cases this past week, giving Kern County hope for a cautious return to the red tier in the near future. As of Tuesday, Feb. 23, Kern County Public Health Director Brynn Carrigan told...

Vaccination center approved by Wasco Parks and Rec

The Recreation and Parks District has voted to allow the state to open the veteran’s hall as a vaccination center. The board voted to approve the center at a special meeting on Feb. 19. Juan Bernal also provided a report at the regular meeting on...

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Couch's Corner: Spring

Spring is around the corner, and with it, spring cleanups. That’s why I’m pleased to announce that this month the Board of Supervisors approved the bylaws and the formation of the Keep Kern...

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Harold "Hoot" Gibson

Harold Dean Gibson, known by many as "Hoot" was born in Wasco on Oct. 3, 1947, to parents, J Harold and Marie Gibson. He attended local schools and graduated from Wasco High before attending college...

Janice M. McCormick

Janice McCormick loved having her family around her. She loved her grandchildren and great grandchildren. She loved Jesus with all her heart and shared His love with everyone she came into contact...

Death Notices - Feb. 25, 2021

Linda Kay Foster, 76, of Shafter, passed away Feb. 9. Peters Funeral Home, Shafter. Gary Spear McDowell, 80, of Bakersfield, passed away Feb. 9 in Bakersfield. Peters Funeral Home, Wasco. James McNew, 72, of Bakersfield, passed away Feb. 9 in...

Julia G. Escalante

Julia G. Escalante, 92, of Shafter, died Feb. 21, in Bakersfield. Viewing will be held at Peters Funeral Home on Tuesday, March 2, from 4 to 8 p.m. with Recitation of the Rosary beginning at 6 p.m. Graveside service to be held Wednesday, March 3,...

Jesus "Moose" Torres

Jesus "Moose" Torres, 51, passed away on Feb. 5, 2021 at his home in Wasco. Jesus was born on Jan. 19, 1970 in Nuevo Chupicuaro, Guanajuato, Mexico, to Nicolas and Maria Torres. Jesus grew up in...

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Arrest Report - Feb. 25, 2021

Feb. 15 Jesus Eduardo Miranda, 28, of Wasco, was arrested in the 600 block of North Maple Avenue on two felony warrants and three misdemeanor warrants. He was booked into the Kern County Jail. Noemi Yolanda Salinas, 31, of Wasco, was arrested in...

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