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Articles from the February 11, 2021 edition

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 By Toni DeRosa    News    February 11, 2021

Wasco State Prison fined for covid-19 violations

Wasco State Prison was fined $16,360 for the way it handled its employees during the coronavirus pandemic. Cal/OSHA fined several California prisons over the issue of employees and the coronavirus in the workplace. The state website reported that...

 
 By Toni DeRosa    News    February 11, 2021

Wasco mayor addresses High Speed Rail board on farm labor camp hazard

Mayor Alex Garcia pushed the High Speed Rail Authority Board on the topic of the farm labor camp hazard. He delivered public comments at the board meeting Feb. 9 via Zoom. “I will not apologize for past leadership. I will; however, be headstrong in...

 
 By Toni DeRosa    News    February 11, 2021

Superintendent: Reopening of school not likely this year

The superintendent of the Wasco Union Elementary School District presented a bleak picture regarding the reopening of school for the current school year. "The WUESD is waiting for two things to occur...

 
 By Toni DeRosa    News    February 11, 2021

Wasco High FFA provides competition, activity updates

Wasco High School FFA students recently participated in the South Valley Speaking Competition. Shafter High School FFA hosted the competition on Jan. 23 and 30. Students spent two weekends competing....

 
 By Toni DeRosa    News    February 11, 2021

Wasco Recreation and Parks district manager retires

One of the first things you notice about Vickie Hight is her smile and the lightening streak of white that frames her bangs. A former Shafter General, Hight has become a Tiger because of the many...

 

Plans for proposed Shafter park published online

The plans for a proposed park in northern Shafter are now online after the community got a chance to help design the park. The park will be the first in the northern Shafter neighborhood near the...

 

Shafter City Hall opens its doors to public

City Hall office buildings reopened to the public on Monday, Feb. 8, with social distancing and the requirement of facial coverings to be worn by all who enter the buildings. For the safety of the...

 

Hazardous waste collection event Saturday

Many items cannot go in the usual garbage and the hazardous household waste collection event is a way to get rid of those items. On Saturday, Feb. 13, Kern Public Works will be holding an event for anyone needing to dispose of hazardous materials....

 
 By Toni DeRosa    News    February 11, 2021

Virus cases in Shafter, Wasco increases

The number of new positive cases of the covid-19 virus continues to rise quickly in one week in Wasco. On Feb. 2, there were 4,724 cases and on Feb. 9, there is an increase of 325 new cases up to 5,049. The number of recovered is 1,444 up from 1,427...

 

Mexican restaurant drawing diners from all over county

With restaurants facing the challenge of drawing diners during the pandemic, a lot of businesses are altering their service options, menus, and hours. In Shafter, there is a restaurant that has been...

 

Chance of SHS sports not looking good

It has been almost a year since there has been any sort of high school sports competition. According to Shafter High Principal Russell Shipley, the sports dilemma is a frustrating one. According to th...

 

Community Calendar - Feb. 11, 2021

As activities restart and businesses reopen, we will try to update readers on the status of events and activities throughout the area. Please contact Erica Soriano with additions and changes at [email protected] or call 661-292-5100 by...

 

Mystery History - Feb. 11, 2021

Here's this week's challenge, courtesy of the Wasco Historical Society. If you know the location, circumstances, exact or rough date and/or people in the photo, send your educated (or semieducated)...

 

Arrest Report - Feb. 11, 2021

Alejandro Hernandez, 21, of Bakersfield, was arrested at the intersection of Poso Drive and Broadway Street for misdemeanor driving without a license. He was cited and released at the scene. Sixto Hernandez, 20, of Wasco, was arrested in the 2300...

 

OBITUARY: Janet Grimes Reed

Janet Grimes Reed, 88, of Bakersfield, passed away on Feb. 5, 2021. She was dedicated to her family and helping the family business be successful. Born in Taft to Dawson Grimes and Stella Sparks, she...

 

Jorge Beltran

Jorge Beltran, 72, passed away on Jan. 30, 2021 in Wasco. He spent his last days with his family. Jorge was born on Feb. 20, 1949 to Jesus and Esperanza Beltran in Bakersfield. He grew up in Wasco...

 

Bonnie Lorie Smothers

Bonnie Lorie Smothers, 85, passed away on Feb. 8, 2021 in Bakersfield. The wife of Billy Smothers, they shared 68 incredible years of marriage together. Born in Oklahoma, she was the daughter of...

 

Death Notices - Feb. 11, 2021

Jesus “Moose” Perea Torres, 51, of Shafter, passed away Feb. 5 in Bakersfield. Basham & Lara Funeral Care, Shafter. Jorge Beltran, 71, of Wasco, passed away Jan. 30 in Wasco. Basham & Lara Funeral Care, Shafter. Joseluis Valencia, 48, of...

 

Couch's Corner: Aiding the Homeless

One good thing leads to another. While we are anticipating a navigation center for the homeless in Delano to be opening soon, the progress we made in Delano is helping us get programs in other rural...

 

Letter to the Editor: Dumping 'epidemic'

I have lived almost my entire life here in rural Wasco one mile away from where I was born at the peak of the “Dust Bowl.” In the last 25 years a problem has become of epidemic proportion – the dumping of city waste onto roadsides of our valuab...

 

OBITUARY: Janice M. McCormick

Janice McCormick loved having her family around her. She loved her grandchildren and great grandchildren. She loved Jesus with all her heart and shared His love with everyone she came into contact...

 

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