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  • Teaching through 3 generations

    Veronica Jacuinde, Wasco Tribune|Updated Jul 17, 2024

    Bradley Parrott, approaching his fourth year of teaching at John L. Prueitt Elementary School this August, continues a family tradition that spans three generations. Like his grandfather and father before him, he has committed to educating the children of Wasco. Patriarch Arthur Parrott taught Spanish at Wasco High School. He was hired in 1948 and taught there until 1967, working in different capacities as an educator. When he left WHS, he was a secondary coordinator for...

  • Unveiling Wasco's newest jewel: Central Avenue Park

    Veronica Jacuinde, Wasco Tribune|Updated Jul 17, 2024

    A public ribbon-cutting for Central Avenue Park is set for Friday, July 19, from 9 to 11:30 a.m. This new park is the result of years of planning and months of construction. Many organizations and individuals contributed to the project, and this celebration allows recognition of all the hard work. The park provides a new recreation facility for the southwest part of town and connects the existing walking paths on Central Avenue and Filburn Avenue. The park's numerous trees...

  • Beautification project a step toward a vibrant city center

    Veronica Jacuinde, Wasco Tribune|Updated Jul 17, 2024

    The City of Wasco Historic Downtown Business District Transformation initiative is nearing completion. The beautification project intends to revitalize the streetscape and public spaces along 7th Street from G Street to D Street. "The current project is nearing completion pending final art installations, the installation of a swing in the plaza, the completion of items in Veterans Park and other minor contractor punch list items," Community Development Director Keri Cobb...

  • Dr. Wendy Castañeda-Leal: Semitropic's new superintendent

    Veronica Jacuinde, Wasco Tribune|Updated Jul 17, 2024

    Dr. Wendy Castañeda-Leal is the new superintendent of Semitropic Elementary School and is poised to lead with a deep commitment to equity and inclusivity. Her appointment promises a focus on student-centered policies, community engagement and a nurturing environment where every child can thrive. She said she is very excited about her new role. "Working with brown and Black students has always been a passion of mine. That is what I have focused on throughout my career;...

  • After 40 winning years at WHS, Coach Moreno heading to North High

    Veronica Jacuinde, Wasco Tribune|Updated Jul 17, 2024

    After four decades of teaching and coaching at Wasco Union High School, Edward Moreno has accepted a position as the athletic director at North High in Bakersfield. This is a personal milestone for Moreno and a significant chance for North High to benefit from his proven leadership and commitment to student success. Moreno's tenure at his alma mater has been marked by many achievemenst. As a golf coach, he accomplished four undefeated SSL Championships, one Sectional...

  • Council OKs 2-year labor pact with police union

    Veronica Jacuinde, Wasco Tribune|Updated Jul 5, 2024

    The city has come to a labor agreement with the Wasco Police Officers Association for the next two years, including 4% wage increases this year and in 2025. The agreement also includes bilingual pay, POST certificate, education, and other pay incentives, along with details on holiday pay. In addition to the WPOA-covered employees, the same benefit provisions are extended to Police Department employees outside the bargaining unit who are not on an employment contract. The...

  • Strata launches Stocks Rewards Checking

    Veronica Jacuinde, Wasco Tribune|Updated Jul 5, 2024

    Strata Credit Union has launched Stock Rewards Checking, which allows members to earn fractional stocks as rewards on debit card transactions. This new checking account removes barriers that keep underserved people from investing, the credit union says. With Stock Rewards Checking, members earn 1% of each debit card transaction, up to $15 per month, which can be redeemed for fractional shares of popular stocks. Kelly Fargo, the vice president of community relations explained...

  • Wasco's Shirley Huffman celebrates a century

    Veronica Jacuinde, Wasco Tribune|Updated Jul 5, 2024

    Wasconian Shirley Huffman celebrated her 100th birthday on June 23, surrounded by friends and family. She has witnessed many significant milestones over the century of her life. "The things she has noticed the most is the mode of transportation changing and how it has evolved," Daughter Cynthia Huffman said. "The way cars and airplanes have changed, and the fact that we actually made it to the moon." Her family came from Ohio, and is one of eight children. Her grandfather...

  • Officer Cook: Building trust and service

    Veronica Jacuinde, Wasco Tribune|Updated Jul 5, 2024

    With the launch of the new Wasco Police Department, the men and women in uniform leading the force are passionate and committed to protecting and serving the community. Police Officer Anthony Cook is one of them. "We are here to protect you, to serve you and we are here to provide the services that you asked us for," he said in an interview this week. Cook thinks that adaptability is the most important quality for a police officer to possess. "Laws are always changing,...

  • From patient to practitioner: Dr. Padilla's story

    Veronica Jacuinde, Wasco Tribune|Updated Jul 5, 2024

    Dr. Francisco Padilla of Padilla Physical Therapy and Fitness is a doctor of physical therapy who runs his business with his wife, Diana. He established his practice last year, in 2023. He was inspired to enter his profession because he was a patient after an automobile accident that almost cost him his life. "I was in an accident driving home one day on Sept. 3, 2012. I hit a power pole, and the car caught fire. I burned 80% of my body, had 30 surgeries total and was at the h...

  • Red, White and Boom Festival combines community, patriotism

    Veronica Jacuinde, Wasco Tribune|Updated Jul 5, 2024

    On Saturday, the Wasco Recreation and Park District's Red, White and Boom Fireworks Festival, celebrating the Fourth of July, was a day of patriotic fun and community spirit. An engaging line-up of activities and a grand finale lit up the sky. The evening started with a flag ceremony led by Boy Scouts Troop 950, which set the tone for the event and reminded everyone of the holiday's significance. Next followed the bike parade, in which entrants adorned their bikes, trikes,...

  • Good Samaritan Hospital working to meet health care needs of Wasco

    Veronica Jacuinde, Wasco Tribune|Updated Jul 1, 2024

    Good Samaritan Hospital – Rural Health Clinic Wasco is a community health care organization whose mission is to provide safe, effective medical and neuropsychiatric services in a caring manner for all. "We are here to serve the community and their health care needs," Office Manager Praksha Patel said. GSH has four providers with their own specialty. They are Bertha Barraza, a nurse practitioner who provides primary care and wound care; Harjeet Cheema, a nurse practitioner p...

  • Chief shares fireworks safety tips, legal warnings

    Veronica Jacuinde, Wasco Tribune|Updated Jul 1, 2024

    With the 4th of July right around the corner, Wasco Police Department Chief of Police Charles Fivecoat shared tips and information on how to keep safe this holiday when using fireworks and warned that the use of illegal fireworks can cause severe injury and can result in heavy fines or jail time. "The fireworks that are illegal and nonsafe are more dangerous to use than the ones that are sold legitimately; couple that with people having weekend parties and alcohol is...

  • Wasco schools say goodbye to Zach Ellis

    Veronica Jacuinde, Wasco Tribune|Updated Jul 1, 2024

    Dr. Zach Ellis has 14 years of experience in education, seven of those in Wasco as a teacher at Palm Avenue when it was an elementary school, assistant principal and principal later as a middle school, assistant principal at Thomas Jefferson Middle School, summer school principal at John L. Prueitt Elementary and currently as principal of Teresa Burke Elementary. He will soon become a principal for the Rosedale Union School District, and colleagues who worked with him and...

  • Aera sponsors Camp Keep for Wasco students

    Veronica Jacuinde, Wasco Tribune|Updated Jul 1, 2024

    Aera Energy and Strata Credit Union have partnered to sponsor 380 Wasco elementary school students to attend Camp KEEP, a weeklong environmental education program in San Luis Obispo. Camp KEEP, run by the Kern County Superintendent of Schools Office, provides hands-on learning experiences for students to explore and appreciate the natural world. Through interactive activities, students gain a deeper understanding of environmental science, ecology and conservation. "Our...

  • Red, White and Boom to celebrate independence

    Veronica Jacuinde, Wasco Tribune|Updated Jul 1, 2024

    The Wasco Recreation and Parks District will host 'The Red, White & Boom Fireworks Festival' on Saturday, June 29. This event will bring families and friends together to celebrate the country's independence at Barker Park, enjoying food, vendors, activities, music and a substantial fireworks show. The festival kicks off at 6 p.m. with a flag ceremony, a patriotic tribute led by Boy Scouts Troop 950, and a bike parade in partnership with Wasco Toys for Tigers. Residents can...

  • Wasco celebrates freedom, healing and hope for Juneteenth

    Veronica Jacuinde, Wasco Tribune|Updated Jun 23, 2024

    Hundreds gathered for Wasco's third annual Juneteenth celebration at Barket Park on Saturday, enjoying food, music and fellowship. Whitney Ballard, a member of the Juneteenth Celebration committee, said that this year was bigger and better, with a full music program and activities for the whole family.. "We have speakers, performers, some great food, a bunch of vendors with a good variety of products. We have it all this year," Ballard said. Congressman David Valadao made an...

  • Center offers relief during extreme heat

    Veronica Jacuinde, Wasco Tribune|Updated Jun 23, 2024

    When temperatures hit 105 and above, the City of Wasco provides a haven for residents with a cooling center complete with free wi-fi, cold water and snacks. There also is complimentary transportation to and from the center between 1 and 7 p.m. when it is open. Public Works Director Luis Villa, who helps oversee the center at the Old Court House, said, "Everyone is welcome. Bring board games or books to read and enjoy some cool air." He added that the center is a benefit to...

  • Joe Blanchard recognized for 30 years at WHS

    Veronica Jacuinde, Wasco Tribune|Updated Jun 23, 2024

    Joe Blanchard recently earned recognition for his 30 years of dedicated service. as a teacher at Wasco High School. Throughout his time at WHS, he has taught physics, chemistry, earth and physical science, and math. "Wasco High School is a good place to teach at. I know many teachers that have taught for 30 years, but they've gone from one school to another, so they haven't taught the whole time at one school, but Wasco High has always been an excellent school to work at, and...

  • Gearing up for a safe summer

    Veronica Jacuinde, Wasco Tribune|Updated Jun 23, 2024

    Wasco Code Compliance Division held its Summer Safety event on Monday at Barker Park to educate youth and parents about bike, water and fire safety, and prepare them for the summer. Code Compliance Office rChristian Tova, spearheaded the event. "We want to make sure our kids are aware of the dangers and how proper techniques are needed, being that they are going to be using their bikes more over the summer, being around pools and with the 4th of July right around the corner,...

  • Grocery Outlet celebrates one year

    Veronica Jacuinde, Wasco Tribune|Updated Jun 23, 2024

    It was a special day for Grocery Outlet owners Amor Regis and James Sauco as they celebrated the first anniversary of their store with a festive pop-up event on Saturday. The occasion was marked by a lively community gathering with music, food and raffles, reflecting the strong bond they've tried to build with their customers over the past year. "I am blessed because people have supported us since day one, and it was a good turnout. Some people even brought their folding...

  • Wasco council OKs balanced 2024-25 budget

    Veronica Jacuinde, Wasco Tribune|Updated Jun 23, 2024

    The Wasco City Council has approved the 2024-25 fiscal year annual operating budget, balancing general fund revenues and operating costs at $15.4 million and $15.2 million, respectively. This year's budget reflects a significant decrease from the 2023-2024 fiscal year. Last year's budget projected revenues of $18.9 million and general operating costs of $18.0 million. This reduction of approximately $4 million in revenue is primarily due to the one-time American Rescue Plan...

  • Wasco to get $250k to fight fentanyl abuse

    Veronica Jacuinde, Wasco Tribune|Updated Jun 23, 2024

    Wasco will get a $250,000 state grant to fight fentanyl abuse under the Fentanyl Misuse and Overdose Prevention Task Force Bill introduced by Assemblymember Jasmeet Bains, as the City Council approved final paper work at a special meeting last week. "This drug is not just a stand-alone drug. People are lacing this drug into all kinds of other drugs, trying to get those people hooked on it," said Chief Charles Fivecoat. The city plans on spending $75,000 on personnel costs,...

  • Wasco Sno-Shack: A summer tradition for over 3 decades

    Veronica Jacuinde, Wasco Tribune|Updated Jun 23, 2024

    Wasco Sno-Shack is a seasonal business open from late May through Labor Day. With its doors open now, customers have the popular shaved ice cones in time for the summer heat. The business has served the community for the last 34 years. It is family owned, founded by Elvia Garza in 1991 and passed down to her daughter, Stella Guerra, in 2010. As a proud owner, Guerra said she will continue to cherish the family tradition of making the best snow cones since 1991. "It has been...

  • Wasco Community Scholarship Association awards $117k

    Veronica Jacuinde, Wasco Tribune|Updated Jun 17, 2024

    For the third consecutive year, the Wasco Community Scholarship Association has awarded over $100,000 to graduating seniors and alums of Wasco High School. In 2022, WCSA gave $100,000 for the first time. The following year, the award total was $107,000. This year, 32 scholarships were provided for a total of $117,000. "I am thrilled for the Wasco High students who continue to benefit from WCSA scholarships," Wasco High Superintendent and WCSA Director Kevin Tallon said. "The...

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