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 By Toni DeRosa    News    December 5, 2019 

Latest health crisis: Vaping

Attendees at the latest Wasco Coalition meeting heard the health risks of vaping. The guest speakers for Wednesday's meeting came from the California Health Collaborative, led by Community Engagement...

 
 By Toni DeRosa    News    December 5, 2019 

HSRA wants changes in pact with city

The City Council listened to changes the High Speed Rail Authority has proposed in its agreements with the city. City Manager Daniel Ortiz-Hernandez presented Amendment #3 sent to the city from the...

 
 By Toni DeRosa    News    December 5, 2019 

Pond runners head to Jr. Olympics

The Pond Running Club, a nonprofit organization under the guidance and coaching of Humberto Vargas, has been fundraising toward another trip for runners to compete in the Junior Olympics. Vargas, the...

 
 By Toni DeRosa    News    November 28, 2019

Ex-substation sergeant dies

Former Wasco substation Sergeant Ian Chandler, now a commander in the Kern County Sheriff's Department, died last week, one day before his 49th birthday. No cause was given for his death on Nov. 17,...

 
 By Toni DeRosa    News    November 28, 2019

Palm Ave. kids learn about careers

Approximately 600 students attended the Palm Avenue Middle School career fair held in the cafeteria last week. Principal Oscar Luna opened the first-ever event Thursday, with students eagerly...

 
 By Toni DeRosa    News    November 21, 2019

Big price for car hustle

A local property owner is in conflict with the city over cars stored in the back and front of his home – to the tune of $24,500 in fines. He presented his case before the City Council Tuesday...

 
 By Toni DeRosa    News    November 21, 2019

Mayor's roundtable addresses current issues

Approximately 25 people attended Mayor Alex Garcia's roundtable discussion to address public safety, behavioral mental health and local resource census 2020 information. At the beginning of his term...

 

Teresa's has a makeover

By the appearance of the newly remodeled inside of Teresa's Mexican Restaurant on the corner of 5th and F streets, you would never believe it's been around since 1981. Owner Sherrie Aguilera...

 
 By Toni DeRosa    News    November 21, 2019

Wasco Woman's Club holds auction

The Wasco Woman's Club was bustling with energy as members contributed items to be auctioned off last week. The Nov. 12 auction at the club was a small fundraiser to help supplement the cost of the...

 
 By Toni DeRosa    News    November 21, 2019

TJ names Cougars of the Month

Thomas Jefferson Middle School announced the October Cougars of the Month for both seventh and eighth grades. The award spotlights students who best “Respect the PAW” -- Perseverance, Attitude...

 

Reserve Baseball Team signs first 2020 players

Coach Bill Moore of the Wasco Reserve Baseball team has signed the first players for the 2020 team. Nolan Withrow, born in 1995 from Mekinney, Texas, will join the team in Wasco when spring training...

 
 By Toni DeRosa    News    November 14, 2019

Veterans have their day

Teresa Burke held its annual Veterans Day memorial event on campus. Local veterans attended the event Friday morning. Several arrived early and had a chance to visit with fellow veterans. Prior to...

 
 By Toni DeRosa    News    November 14, 2019

Wasco man sought in stabbing

Kern County Sheriff's deputies from the Wasco substation are asking for the public's assistance in locating a suspect in a recent stabbing. Since the incident on Oct. 21, deputies working at the...

 

Brides can 'yes' to these dresses

There is a small shop in town that caters to every girl's fantasy of buying a fancy dress for a prom, wedding or quinceañera. Sandra's Wedding Shop, at 651 D Street, is where girls can begin their...

 
 By Toni DeRosa    News    November 7, 2019

A week of rivalry

Last week, the Wasco Tigers held the traditional Wednesday night rally in preparation for the Shafter vs. Wasco rivalry game. On Friday evening, November 1, the Wasco Tigers made their way to the...

 
 By Toni DeRosa    News    November 7, 2019

Cities shakin' at rallies

Feeling like two earthquakes, rival exchange rallies were held at Shafter and Wasco last Friday. Traditionally, the exchange rallies are not only noisy, but often tense with mounting pressure before...

 
 By Toni DeRosa    News    November 7, 2019

Changes in city personnel

City Planner Roger Mobley is set to retire in January 2020 and Senior Planner Keri Cobb has been promoted to the position of community development director with an annual salary of $115,000. “Cobb...

 
 By Toni DeRosa    News    November 7, 2019

Día de los Muertos celebrated

Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) is a holiday celebrated throughout Mexico and by people of Mexican heritage. It's a day to recognize, honor and give love to lost relatives. Often, families...

 

Focus on Local Business - Nov. 7, 2019

A new store makes shopping easy right in town. iHome Furniture in Wasco has now been open for three weeks, seven days a week, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. The store is located at 1425 Highway 46 (near the Highwa...

 
 By Toni DeRosa    News    October 31, 2019

Support for healthy choices

Forrest Elementary School celebrated Red Ribbon Week last week as a call to action to speak out in support of healthy choices. It was also a reminder to all that by staying drug free, students send a...

 
 By Toni DeRosa    News    October 31, 2019

Unity Day at Palm Avenue School

Palm Avenue Middle School kicked off its part of Red Ribbon Week with a special day last week. On Oct. 23, the school held its first Unity Day, and everyone was asked to wear orange shirts to school....

 
 By Toni DeRosa    News    October 31, 2019

Volunteers come through in community cleanup

Volunteers from the City Council, Wasco High School, Code Enforcement and the Sheriff's Athletic League all participated in the most-recent community cleanup. Code Enforcement officers led the...

 

Special finds at 2nd Hand Store

For some people, going to a secondhand store can be daunting; however, for others, it's a treasure trove of unique finds. No matter how you feel, the Wasco 2nd Hand Store has an eclectic collection of...

 
 By Toni DeRosa    News    October 31, 2019

Local politicians support Trunk or Treat

Assemblymember Rudy Salas, state Sen. Melissa Hurtado and U.S. Rep. TJ Cox all had booths set up at the Trunk or Treat this year. Barker Park was the scene on Tuesday for hundreds of costumed kids...

 
 By Toni DeRosa    News    October 31, 2019

Walmart gives VFW $1,000

The Wasco VFW received a $1,000 donation recently. Walmart donated $1,000 to the VFW and this isn't the first donation from Walmart this year. "The money will be used to repair some battery-operated...

 

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