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 By Toni DeRosa    News    October 21, 2021 

New assistant city manager ready to tackle challenges

The recently hired new Assistant City Manager Maria Lara is looking forward to facing her new job challenges. Lara has over 12 years of professional experience in local and state government. She has...

 
 By Toni DeRosa    News    October 21, 2021 

Sgt. Martinez leaving Wasco Substation

Sgt. Peter Martinez told the City Council that Oct. 22 will be his last day as sergeant at the Kern County Sheriff's Office Wasco Substation. "I have really enjoyed the past four years in Wasco,"...

 
 By Toni DeRosa    News    October 21, 2021 

Committee reflects on Rose Festival 2021

The Rose Festival Committee had to work quickly this year with three weeks to prepare after the festival got the OK from the City Council. "Several of us had been receiving inquiries from Wasco...

 
 By Toni DeRosa    News    October 21, 2021 

Kern County participating in covid-19 study

Area residents will be among those surveyed about vaccine protection and antibodies. Kern County Public Health Services is collaborating with several different organizations where people were randomly selected to complete an anonymous survey as well...

 
 By Toni DeRosa    News    October 14, 2021

State mandates school staff to be vaccinated

The Wasco Union Elementary School District Board has approved a new policy after the governor declared school staff must be vaccinated by Oct. 15. Superintendent Kelly Richers received unanimous...

 
 By Toni DeRosa    News    October 14, 2021

Freshmen crowned at Wasco Homecoming game

Freshmen Jackie Mendez and Jacob Ruiz were crowned Homecoming King and Queen at the game against Cesar Chavez High School. Not only were two freshmen crowned, but the Varsity Tigers beat Chavez 41-8....

 
 By Toni DeRosa    News    September 30, 2021

Kern County Fair smaller than usual but back in action

Although there weren't as many exhibitors or visitors to the Kern Country Fair, the fair was back in action this year. The fair began last week and was closed Monday, Sept. 27 and Tuesday, Sept. 28...

 
 By Toni DeRosa    News    September 30, 2021

Sno White ready for business

It's always nice to have a choice when it comes to selecting a restaurant for a good burger. Moving into a town with an already outstanding reputation for great food, Sno White offers a variety of...

 
 By Toni DeRosa    News    September 30, 2021

Push for testing and vaccination increases

A vaccination clinic was held over the weekend in Wasco at the old courthouse to help encourage residents to get vaccinated. The lines were long and the push for vaccinating everyone is becoming more important, the Kern County Public Health...

 
 By Toni DeRosa    News    September 30, 2021

Air pollution is high in the state

While Arizona residents are dealing with extreme flooding, those in California are dealing with the result of too many fires, of which a by- product is smoke-filled air and ash floating down from the skies. All outdoor activities, including football...

 
 By Toni DeRosa    News    September 30, 2021

Wasco High FFA show off their animals at county fair

The Wasco High FFA students had a packed month after the annual Charles Craig Classic Sept. 10-12 and then the Kern County Fair. At the annual Charles Craig Classic, the students who raised animals...

 
 By Toni DeRosa    News    September 2, 2021

HSR on track, but Wasco Amtrak subway years away

A High Speed Rail Zoom meeting on Thursday provided some answers to questions that have been in the minds of many. The HSR plan to continue building a subway to access the Wasco Amtrak platform, and...

 
 By Toni DeRosa    News    September 2, 2021

Job Fair brings local employment opportunities

The City of Wasco was instrumental in coordinating a Job Fair held Thursday, August 26 at the Veteran's Recreation Hall on Poplar Avenue. Accounting Specialist 1 Nellie Garcia, Administrative...

 
 By Toni DeRosa    News    August 19, 2021

Students excited about returning to school

There was excitement in the air on Monday, August 2, when students returned to school for regular classroom instruction after a year and half of isolation and working on classwork from home. The Wasco Union Elementary School District (WUESD) opened...

 
 By Toni DeRosa    News    July 29, 2021

Garcia out as mayor

Alex Garcia was voted out as Wasco mayor at Tuesday night's City Council meeting. The only vote recorded to keep in in office was his own. Council members John Pallares, Tilo Cortez, Gilberto Reyna...

 
 By Toni DeRosa    News    July 1, 2021

Good Samaritan opens Wasco clinic

Good Samaritan in Bakersfield has opened a clinic in Wasco after its program to test field workers for covid-19 was a success. The Good Samaritan Medical Clinic is located at 1217 Seventh St., across...

 
 By Toni DeRosa    News    July 1, 2021

Wasco State Prison to help fund fireworks show

The Wasco State Prison has helped fund the city's July fireworks show for several years and this year's fundraiser will be on Wednesday, July 7. The prison's next fundraiser will be at Panda Express o...

 
 By Toni DeRosa    News    July 1, 2021

Sponsors announced for Rose Queen pageant

The sponsors for the 12 girls competing for the Miss Wasco/Rose Queen pageant have been announced. The pageant kicks off on Thursday, Sept. 9 in a live show. “The girls are also planning a trip to Disneyland in July,” Student Activities...

 
 By Toni DeRosa    Features    July 1, 2021

Pet of the Week: Roxy needs a new home

Roxy, a 5-year-old female Australian Kelpie mix, was an owner surrender to the Wasco Animal Shelter. This short-haired, black medium sized dog is approximately 50-55 pounds and is slightly timid...

 
 By Toni DeRosa    News    June 24, 2021

Supporters of raising Pride flag held rally before council vote

Before the City Council denied a motion to raise the Pride flag in the month of June, a group of supporters rallied in front of City Hall. On the June 17 agenda, Mayor Alex Garcia proposed a...

 
 By Toni DeRosa    News    June 24, 2021

Meet the next city manager, Scott Hurlbert

As Scott Hurlbert prepares to take the reins from outgoing City Manager Daniel Ortiz-Hernandez, he sat down with the Tribune to talk about his background and goals for the city. Hurlbert has three...

 
 By Toni DeRosa    News    June 24, 2021

Businesses searching for help at job fair

Over two dozen employers worked to entice new employees last Friday during a job fair held at Cormack Park. The job fair was hosted by Wasco Career Awareness Recruitment Education (CARE). Jose Segovia...

 
 By Toni DeRosa    News    June 24, 2021

Wasco council discusses budget changes

Director of Finance Isarel Perez-Hernandez gave a presentation to the City Council during a special meeting on some increases that will occur during the fiscal year 2021-22. Hernandez stated that...

 
 By Toni DeRosa    News    June 24, 2021

Wasco community celebrates Juneteenth with festivities

The name Juneteenth has been spoken a lot in 2021. It's called Freedom Day, Jubilee Day, Liberation Day and Emancipation Day by many and the day commemorates the end of slavery in the United States. I...

 
 By Toni DeRosa    News    June 17, 2021

Motion to raise Pride flag at City Hall fails

The City Council spent over an hour on a presentation on raising a Pride flag in front of City Hall during the month of June each year, which is known as Pride Month, during its meeting Tuesday. The motion ultimately failed 3-1. Over 20 people...

 

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