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 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...

 
 By Toni DeRosa    News    June 17, 2021

Wasco elementary school district will begin classes Aug. 2

School will begin Monday, Aug. 2, for the Wasco Union Elementary School District, Superintendent Kelly Richers clarified after he said a letter with an incorrect date went out to parents. Teachers will return July 27 for voluntary professional...

 
 By Toni DeRosa    News    June 17, 2021

State reopens, some restrictions remain

The state officially opened up June 15, but there are still some restrictions especially if you are unvaccinated. Gov. Gavin Newsom retired the Covid-19 Blueprint on Tuesday. “Everyday life should feel a lot like it did before with most places bein...

 
 By Toni DeRosa    News    June 17, 2021

Wasco to celebrate the Fourth on July 3

Wasco will celebrate the Fourth of July with a fireworks show at Barker Park on Saturday, July 3 at sundown. The event will be a party in the park with vendor booths selling food and celebratory items. Attendees may bring their favorite lawn chair,...

 
 By Toni DeRosa    Sports    June 17, 2021

Wasco Reserve 0-3 after first games

The Wasco Reserve season has started out rocky after the team lost the first three games they played. The Reserve is in the six-team Pecos League Pacific Division with Bakersfield, Santa Cruz,...

 
 By Toni DeRosa    News    June 17, 2021

History of African Americans in state showcased

Black Californians have been an important part of history within California’s rural communities. There is a traveling exhibit at Colonel Allensworth State Historic Park in Earlimart exploring the history of African Americans in rural California....

 
 By Toni DeRosa    Features    June 17, 2021

Pet of the Week: Sadie loves other dogs

Sadie is a puppy at 9 months old. She came in as a stray and will be available June 24. Sadie is a medium-sized, red/chestnut/orange/tan Shephard mix who will bring lots of joy into your home. She is...

 
 By Toni DeRosa    News    June 10, 2021

Public Works director following Ortiz-Hernandez to Iowa

Public Works Director Biridiana Bishop will be leaving Wasco and relocating to Webster City, Iowa to be assistant city manager. Bishop will be working under Daniel Ortiz-Hernandez, who is leaving...

 
 By Toni DeRosa    News    June 10, 2021

Wasco Union Elementary District looks 'good financially'

Superintendent of the Wasco Union Elementary School District Kelly Richers said that the district looks good financially for the next two years; however, "It's 2022-23 that the district may run into...

 
 By Toni DeRosa    News    June 10, 2021

New Generation serves 500 meals to community

New Generation Church on Central Avenue passed out 500 barbecue chicken meals on Monday evening. Church volunteers assisted in the food preparation, served up the take-home boxes and spread good will...

 
 By Toni DeRosa    News    June 10, 2021

Players arriving from far and near to play on 2021 Reserve team

The new 2021 Wasco Reserve baseball players will be at Sam Lynn Ball Park in Bakersfield on June 10 at 10 a.m. for their first official practice. Manager Nic Ray has been busy assembling the team,...

 
 By Toni DeRosa    News    June 10, 2021

Pop up events offer something for everyone

Two vendor popup events were held in Wasco over this past weekend, offering a variety of items for residents. With the temperature in the low 100s, masks disappeared quickly as attendees visited...

 
 By Toni DeRosa    News    June 10, 2021

Governor proposes vaccine incentive program

Gov. Gavin Newsom has proposed a $15 million grand cash prize split between 10 vaccinated Californians. Newsom wants the economy to safely reopen on June 15. He is proposing a multi-faceted initiative about the value of vaccinations for all...

 
 By Toni DeRosa    News    June 3, 2021

Ex-Shafter city manager Hurlbert named Wasco CM

Former Shafter City Manager Scott Hurlbert will be taking on a new set of challenges when he becomes Wasco's chief operating executive next month. The Wasco City Council voted Tuesday night to hire...

 
 By Toni DeRosa    News    June 3, 2021

VFW members continue tradition on Memorial Day

While there was nothing officially planned for the Wasco Cemetery on Memorial Day, the Shafter/Wasco VFW Post 6742 continued its tradition of decorating and greeting guests. Gravesites were decorated...

 
 By Toni DeRosa    News    June 3, 2021

Wasco High celebrates the Class of 2021

There were nearly 300 graduates at the Wasco High School graduation ceremony on Friday, marking the end of their academic careers in Wasco. Student greetings and messages of thanks were relayed throug...

 

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