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 By Toni DeRosa    News    April 15, 2021 

More businesses now open in orange tier

The county is beginning to reopen as it enters the orange tier. Retail no longer has capacity restrictions and museums, zoos and aquariums are now able to increase capacity to 50%. Places of worship a...

 By Toni DeRosa    News    April 15, 2021 

Help with funeral expenses related to covid-19 available

The Federal Emergency Management Agency offers an Individual Assistance Program for funeral expenses for covid-19-related deaths and officially began accepting applications on Monday, April 12. “For death to be considered for funeral assistance,...

 By Toni DeRosa    News    April 15, 2021 

Wasco Woman's Club rummage sale back in action

The community came out and bought plenty at the Wasco Woman's Club Rummage Sale. The annual sale was back this year after being canceled in 2020 due to the pandemic. Garages were filling up,...

 By Toni DeRosa    News    April 15, 2021 

Wasco 8th grade will have graduation ceremony

Eighth-grade students will be having a live graduation ceremony. "The district will hold live graduation ceremonies for Thomas Jefferson and Palm Avenue Middle Schools on Wednesday, May 26 at 7 p.m....

 By Toni DeRosa    News    April 15, 2021 

Wasco animal shelter has 4 adoptable dogs, now taking strays

Animal Control Officers Fidel Lara, Jr., Marco Silva and Eulalia Barraza treat their shelter animals as if they were their own pets. "We only have four dogs at the shelter right now," Lara said....

 By Toni DeRosa    Opinion    April 15, 2021 

Editor's Note: Amtrak station's demolition is a loss for Wasco

I am saddened to see the demolition of the Wasco Amtrak station. I was the editor when the Wasco Amtrak station held its ribbon cutting ceremony, and I remember how proud City Manager Larry Pennell...

 By Toni DeRosa    News    April 15, 2021 

Wasco man dies in shooting

A 27-year-old Wasco man has died after being shot, the Kern County Sheriff’s Office said. Artemio Saucedo was found by deputies near Western and Poso Avenue. He was pronounced dead at the scene....

 By Toni DeRosa    News    April 8, 2021

City manager: High Speed Rail 'ignored' residents

The High Speed Rail Authority continues to be an ongoing problem for the city. "The reality is, Wasco was a small fish and was ignored," City Manager Daniel Ortiz-Hernandez said. "The city opposed it...

 By Toni DeRosa    News    April 8, 2021

WHS freshmen can drive through campus April 19

Monday, April 19 is the official Freshman Launch event at Wasco High School. Freshman Launch will look a bit different than in the past. This will be a drive-thru event where students will drive through campus and be greeted by teachers while...

 By Toni DeRosa    News    April 8, 2021

Kern County moves into orange tier

The state of the pandemic in Kern County is moving in the right direction as the county entered the orange tier this week. Everyone is requested to continue wearing masks and maintaining safe social distancing, Director of Public Health Michelle...

 By Toni DeRosa    News    April 1, 2021

New Generation Church donates food to seniors

Volunteers carefully packed and delivered bags of food to the residents of the Poso Place Senior Apartments this past week. The effort was part of a community outreach initiative by New Generation...

 By Toni DeRosa    News    April 1, 2021

Behavioral Momentum opens 2nd facility

Behavioral Momentum located in Wasco on Annin recently opened its second facility in town. On Nov. 2, 2019, Behavioral Momentum opened its first facility in the city. Because of the pandemic, a...

 By Toni DeRosa    News    April 1, 2021

Kern County headed for orange tier

Kern County will remain in the red tier for another week although it’s possible the county will move to the orange tier soon, the state announced. From Tuesday, March 23 to Tuesday, March 30, the...

 By Toni DeRosa    News    April 1, 2021

Reserve season to begin in June

The Wasco Reserve will begin training in May to prepare for its season opener in June. Owner of the Wasco Reserve Andrew Dunn said that the Reserve will be at Sam Lynn Ballpark in Bakersfield on May...

 By Toni DeRosa    News    April 1, 2021

WIHS recognizes third-quarter students

Wasco Independent High School Principal Rusvel Prado recognized several students for their achievements during the third quarter of the school year: Gabriel Cardenas "Gabriel [Cardenas] is a...

 By Toni DeRosa    Features    April 1, 2021

Pet of the Week: Red needs a home

Red is an approximately 2-year-old, male, Terrier mix who came in as a stray. Red is a small red/chestnut/orange short-haired Terrier. He is slightly timid toward staff and his behavior will be monito...

 By Toni DeRosa    News    March 25, 2021

City Council appoints new commissioners

The City Council made several new appointments this year for the Planning Commission and Sales Tax Commission. The council announced the appointment of Traci Clendenen on Jan. 19 for the Planning...

 By Toni DeRosa    News    March 18, 2021

City plans April reopening for offices, Dial-a-Ride

The city office will reopen its doors to the public on April 5, City Manager Daniel Ortiz-Hernandez reported during the recent council meeting. “The city’s offices have been closed for a year tomorrow (March 17, 2020) and the city has completed...

 By Toni DeRosa    News    March 18, 2021

Academic testing resumes for school year in Wasco

State academic testing resumed for this school year, but the data will not be used the same way, Assistant Superintendent David Bowling said. “State academic testing (California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress or CAASPP) was...

 By Toni DeRosa    News    March 18, 2021

3 repeat offenders arrested in Wasco

Sgt. Peter Martinez reported on the different crimes committed in Wasco March 16 at the City Council meeting, including reviewing the recent arrest of three repeat offenders. On Saturday, March 6, at...

 By Toni DeRosa    News    March 18, 2021

Thomas Jefferson Middle School names February Cougars of the Month

While under restrictions due to COVID, Thomas Jefferson Middle School staff is continuing with the Cougar of the Month Award. The Cougar of the Month Award is designed to spotlight students who best...

 By Toni DeRosa    News    March 11, 2021

Some students to return to school in April

Wasco Union Elementary School District students have begun returning to the classroom. Superintendent Kelly Richers said during the board meeting March 9 that the time has come to teach in-person...

 By Toni DeRosa    News    March 11, 2021

Mayor announces testing and vaccine site

Mayor Alex Garcia officially opened the dual covid-19 testing and vaccination site at the Veteran's Hall at Barker Park. Newly selected Director of Kern County Public Health Brynn Carrigan announced...

 By Toni DeRosa    News    March 11, 2021

St. John's welcomes new priest

As parishioners said goodbye to Father Raul Sanchez at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in February, a warm hello was offered to the new parish priest, Father Guillermo Preciado. Father Guiller...


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