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 By Toni DeRosa    News    September 24, 2020 

Conflict of interest cited by Caltrans audit

A conflict of interest was identified during a recent audit of the pedestrian and bicycle safety improvements and landscape improvements around multiple schools. Officials from the California...

 
 By Toni DeRosa    News    September 24, 2020 

Former WHS grad goes from picking cotton to celebrated coach

A 1955 Wasco High School graduate, Ned Permenter, was a three-sport athlete all four years while he attended high school, and sports have been a constant throughout his life. He even has a stadium nam...

 
 By Toni DeRosa    News    September 24, 2020 

WHS Superintendent Lori Albrecht retiring this December

The first time Lori Albrecht heard the sound of "Pomp and Circumstance" was when she walked along the sideline in the processional as superintendent at Wasco High School. "Turning to greet Mr. Tallon...

 
 By Toni DeRosa    News    September 17, 2020

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...

 
 By Toni DeRosa    News    September 17, 2020

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...

 
 By Toni DeRosa    News    September 17, 2020

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...

 
 By Toni DeRosa    News    September 10, 2020

Rose Queen virtual pageant today

Covid-19 has changed the landscape of community activities such as fundraisers, meetings and the traditional Rose Queen pageant, which takes place the first Thursday after Labor Day. This week, the pageant is today, Thursday, Sept. 10. However,...

 
 By Toni DeRosa    News    September 10, 2020

WUESD to distance learn through December

Wasco Unified Elementary School District Superintendent Kelly Richers said distance learning has been successfully implemented, with the district at 92% attendance. Richers said some special education and English language learner students have been...

 
 By Toni DeRosa    News    September 10, 2020

WUESD staff receive supportive letter from superintendent

Kelly Richers, superintendent of the Wasco Union Elementary School District, sent a statement to all staff at the district expressing his gratitude and support for everything that staff has done to...

 
 By Toni DeRosa    News    September 10, 2020

Community Coalition provides updates

The second virtual Wasco Community Coalition meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 2, took place online with various groups reporting on their recent activities: 1. Keri Cobb from the City’s planning department updated attendees on the city’s procedures....

 
 By Toni DeRosa    News    September 10, 2020

City offers grant opportunity

Wasco is now accepting applications for the Small Business Covid-19 Relief Grant Program. The program aims to alleviate the impact of the virus on small businesses and their employees. The city has committed up to $150,000 in one-time funds to...

 
 By Toni DeRosa    News    September 10, 2020

VFW holds fundraising raffle

Because of the covid-19 pandemic, The VFW has canceled a couple of their well-known breakfasts and barbecues this year. Instead, the VFW held a raffle where the lucky winner would go home with $500....

 
 By Toni DeRosa    News    September 10, 2020

Home access grants available for people with disabilities

If you have a disability, accessibility improvements on your home are still available through the Kern County Home Access Grant Program. If, for example, you need to widen your doorways for wheelchair access, provide a ramp with handrails going up...

 
 By Toni DeRosa    News    September 3, 2020

Council rescinds part of deal with High Speed Rail

The city has been negotiating with the High Speed Rail for almost 10 years and while the city has made several concessions, the HSR hasn’t been as forthcoming with the city, City Manager Daniel Ortiz-Hernandez said at a meeting before the Sept. 1,...

 
 By Toni DeRosa    News    September 3, 2020

Council rescinds part of deal with High Speed Rail

The city has been negotiating with the High Speed Rail for almost 10 years and while the city has made several concessions, the HSR hasn’t been as forthcoming with the city, City Manager Daniel...

 

Auto, tire shops focus on customer service

As you enter F & R Auto Repair and GF Tire Center, you are surrounded by autos and parts, but still warmly greeted by whoever is working closest to the entrances. Both businesses are family-owned...

 
 By Toni DeRosa    News    September 3, 2020

Local man's uphill battle with covid-19

After experiencing a week of continual coughing and lying delusional on the floor, on Aug. 3, Fernando Alaniz was taken by ambulance to Mercy Southwest for breathing problems. Alaniz had been...

 
 By Toni DeRosa    News    September 3, 2020

Kern purple status means slow reopening

Businesses will reopen in a four-tiered framework under Gov. Gavin Newsom's new guidance. The reopening will be rolled out "simply and slowly," Newsom said. The four tiers will be determined by using...

 
 By Toni DeRosa    News    September 3, 2020

Public works repairs potholes in Wasco

Zachary Wakefield, the field representative for District 4 Supervisor David Couch, said Couch’s office received a request to patch potholes on Taussig Avenue between highway 43 and Palm Avenue....

 
 By Toni DeRosa    News    August 27, 2020

Some businesses manage to thrive during pandemic

In spite of the covid-19 business closures, several local businesses have managed to stay open despite the decrease in customers and loss of income. Some local businesses have even been able to...

 
 By Toni DeRosa    News    August 27, 2020

Farewell to a local favorite

There was only one table available at Hoyett's on a recent Saturday after 9 a.m. The favorite spot for good food was shutting its doors at 1 p.m. that afternoon. Hoyett and Easter Smothers owned Hoyet...

 
 By Toni DeRosa    News    August 27, 2020

Some businesses manage to thrive during pandemic

In spite of the covid-19 business closures, several local businesses have managed to stay open despite the decrease in customers and loss of income. Some local businesses have even been able to...

 
 By Toni DeRosa    News    August 27, 2020

WUESD successful at distance learning for first week of school

So far, the local schools are pleased with the newly created distance learning being delivered to the students, and they are very pleased with the responses by students engaging in the new system of a...

 
 By Toni DeRosa    News    August 27, 2020

Superintendent Albrecht to retire

WUESD Supertendent Lori Albrecht announced her retirement Thursday night. She will spend the next few months completing some projects, she said after she told the school board of her plans at their...

 
 By Toni DeRosa    News    August 20, 2020

Fire cost-sharing eyed

With the cost of Kern County Fire Department service expected to rise, the city manager of Shafter suggested that his city and Wasco jointly seek alternatives to the KCFD with a cost-sharing agreement. Wasco City Manager Daniel Ortiz-Hernandez said...

 

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