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  • From Inglewood to Wasco: A coach building champions

    Veronica Jacuinde, Wasco Tribune|Updated Mar 13, 2024

    In the dynamic realm of football, where strategies evolve and victories are crafted through innovation, Wasco High School varsity football Head Coach Chad Martinez shines. Known for connecting with his players extremely well and for his attention to detail, under his leadership, those skills propelled his team forward into greatness – including playing in the State Championship game last year. He is originally from Inglewood, in the center of Los Angeles. "I grew up there. I...

  • Mystery History - March 7, 2024

    The Shafter Press|Updated Mar 13, 2024

    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) guess to the Tribune, 455 Kern St., Suite E, Shafter, CA 93263, or e-mail it to mysteryphoto@WascoTrib.com. Winners will be revealed here next week. LAST WEEK: A chair from a local dental office of Dr. Prather in the 1940s...

  • Darlene Ivie Heil

    Updated Mar 13, 2024

    Darlene Ivie Heil, born Dec. 10, 1944, in Denver, to Charles Gilbert Ivie and Thelma Turner Ivie, passed away on Aug. 2, 2023, at the home of her daughter in Long Beach, after a brief battle with lung cancer. She was a resident of Los Alamitos and Molokai, Hawaii, at the time of her passing. Darlene spent her formative years in Lakewood, Calif., graduating from Lakewood High School in 1964. She pursued higher education at California State University Long Beach, earning a...

  • Death Notices - March 7, 2024

    Wasco Tribune|Updated Mar 13, 2024

    Sue Ann Dickerson, 62, of Wasco passed away Feb. 29, in Wasco. Peters Funeral Home, Wasco....

  • Classified Ads - March 7, 2024

    Wasco Tribune|Updated Mar 13, 2024

    To see this week's Classified Ads, click on the e-edition icon at the top of the page....

  • Headlines in History - March 7, 2024

    The Shafter Press|Updated Mar 13, 2024

    2 years ago: April 7, 2004 Lesley Ogle was crowned 2004 Shafter Junior Miss. --Compiled by Erica Soriano...

  • Super Students at Karl Clemens

    Karl F. Clemens Elementary School|Updated Mar 13, 2024

    Karl F. Clemens Elementary School announced its weekly Super Students. Criteria for selection were based on significant math improvement, showing kindness to all friends, respect and hard work, following class procedures, helping other students understand new concepts and improving learning English. From left are chool mascot Whiskers, Vice Principal Angela Devin, Eden Franco (kindergarten), Liliana Antonio (1st grade), Isaiah Matamoros (2nd grade), Kayla Campos (4th grade)...

  • Pet of the Week: Meet Nora

    Wasco Animal Shelter|Updated Mar 13, 2024

    Nora came into the Wasco Animal Shelter as a stray. She is approximately a 3-5-month-old female husky shepard mix. She is great with staff and other dogs. It is unknown if Nora is house/crate trained at the time. Dogs are not tested with children. Her behavior toward children is unknown. Nora will be available for adoption on Thursday, March 7. Everyone is welcome to adopt from our facility, and we like to give everyone the same opportunity to adopt. Adopters can be from out...

  • Pastor's Corner: Growing in God's Grace

    PASTOR JIM GLASCO, Seventh Standard Pentecostal Church, Shafter|Updated Mar 13, 2024

    Ephesians 2:8 tells us that we are saved by grace through faith, and that not of ourselves; it is the gift of God. We are to grow and mature in this grace. We need to get out of the sandbox and mature in the Lord. I remember when I was in kindergarten at Vineland School and getting mad at some other kids. Running out of the class to go home, the vice principal picked me up on the way. I remember at Richland School getting swats from a couple of principals. I like to think that over the years that I have grown in the Lord’s g...

  • Pamela Kay Garcia

    Updated Mar 13, 2024

    Pamela Kay Garcia was born on Jan. 8, 1952, to John E. and Marjorie Dell Siemens. She grew up in the Shafter/Wasco area, attending Maple Elementary and then Wasco High School, where she graduated in 1969. Pam passed away in Bakersfield on Feb. 29, 2024. Pam was baptized in 1965 at the Mennonite Brethren Church. She was a member at Wasco Mennonite Brethren church until they closed, and then transferred membership to the Shafter Mennonite Brethren Church. Pam met Americo "Med"...

  • Wasco council approves Measure X members

    Jamie Stewart, Wasco Tribune|Updated Mar 13, 2024

    On a light agenda Tuesday night,, the Wasco City Council approved a couple of residents as new members of the Wasco Sales Tax Oversight Committee (Measure X). John Pallares and Rosalio Armendariz were appointed to serve for an unexpired term ending Dec. 31, 2025. The council had sent a recruitment notice that was published in the Wasco Tribune advertising for interested candidates. Pallares and Armendariz were both interviewed by Mayor Alex Garcia, City Manager Scott Hurlbert...

  • Nehemiah Salcido heading to State wrestling championships

    Jamie Stewart, The Shafter Press|Updated Mar 13, 2024

    While the Shafter High girls wrestling team has had unprecedented success this year, their feeder program has also shined this season. The Shafter Youth Wrestling team, the Shafter Spartans, has a young wrestler that is on his way to the State Tournament at Selland Arena in Fresno this weekend. Nehamiah Salcido, who is in just his third year of competitive wrestling, will be competing in the 2nd/3rd division in the 77 lbs. weight class. Salcido has already captured a Valley...

  • Arrest Report - March 6, 2024

    Wasco Tribune|Updated Mar 13, 2024

    Feb. 26 Abel Castillo, 36, of Wasco, was arrested in the 1000 block of 9th Place for felony assault with a deadly weapon: not a firearm and conspiracy to commit a crime. He was booked into the Kern County Jail. Javier Garcia, 58, of Wasco, was arrested in the 200 block of E Street on felony and misdemeanor bench warrants. He was booked into the Kern County Jail. Sandra Ann Castillo, 60, of Wasco, was arrested in the 1000 block of 9th Place for felony assault with a deadly weapon: not a firearm and conspiracy to commit a crime...

  • Couch winning re-election, Garvey early leader in county

    Jamie Stewart, Wasco Tribune|Updated Mar 13, 2024

    David Couch appears to be headed to another term as in his race for re-election, according to the Kern County Elections office, with results as of early Wednesday morning. In the race for supervisor of the 4th District, Couch has amassed a big lead, with 52% of the vote, enough to return him to office without a runoff. Candidate Veronica Cruz Vasquez has received a little over 17% of the vote, with Wasco Mayor Alex Garcia with 16% and Salvador Solorio-Ruiz with 14%. If the per...

  • Shafter mourns the loss of Helen Gaede

    Jamie Stewart, The Shafter Press|Updated Mar 13, 2024

    Helen Gaede passed away recently, leaving the city without one of its treasures. Gaede was beloved by so many in town, touching lives throughout her life. Gaede moved to Shafter in 1968, coming with her husband, Dennis, a Shafter native. Gaede was always active in her church, the Shafter Mennonite Brethren Church, eventually getting involved in the Shafter Kiddie Kollege in 1972, where she worked as a Teachers Aide. Gaede continued her education and became program director....

  • Kiwanis honor some special students

    Jamie Stewart, The Shafter Press|Updated Mar 13, 2024

    The Shafter Kiwanis Club held their monthly Terrific Kids luncheon, honoring local students who display the character trait that is featured for that month. This month, the focus is onFriendliness. Those being recognized included Maple School's Noah Lopez, Viana Fuentes, Amber Gonzalez and Sophia McCuan. They were presented awards by their principal, Christy Nelson. For Sequoia Elementary, Principal Janeane Morrison gave awards to students Auctavia Espinoza and Ashton...

  • Communtiy Calendar

    Wasco Tribune|Updated Mar 13, 2024

    The Shafter Press and Wasco Tribune encourage local organizations to let the public know about coming events and activities through this column. Drop off or mail items at the office, 455 Kern St., Suite E, in Shafter, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday, call 661-292-5100 or email [email protected]. Deadline is 4 p.m. Thursday prior to publication. Updates will be on TheShafterPress.com and WascoTrib.com. ANNOUNCEMENTS Wasco bulky waste collection event – Sponsored by the Kern County Public Works on Saturday, March 9, a...

  • Chamber to honor contributions to community

    Jamie Stewart, The Shafter Press|Updated Mar 13, 2024

    The Shafter Chamber of Commerce will hold their annual Community Awards on Thursday night, March 14, at the Ford Theater. The event honors individuals, groups and businesses that have enriched the community and helped make Shafter a great place to live. The honorees will join others, such as Fred Starrh, Jack "Woody" Colvard and Jon Johnston as recipients of the awards recognizing outstanding contributions to the community. Recipients this year are: Hitchcock Auto Parts, who...

  • Shafter finances clean, annual audit shows

    Jamie Stewart, The Shafter Press|Updated Mar 13, 2024

    The Shafter City Council listened to the annual financial report for the fiscal year of 2023 at its meeting Tuesday night.. Christian Townes, CPA partner with LSL, Inc., gave a report on their audit of the city finances. Townes said that the company performed detailed testing of account balances and transactions. The results of the audit said that the city's financial statements were accurate and reliable for the year ending June 30, 2023. They identified no fraud, waste or...

  • 16 vie for Distinguished Young Woman title

    Jamie Stewart, The Shafter Press|Updated Mar 13, 2024

    The first of two articles featuring this year's Distinguished Young Woman of Shafter participants. The other half will be presented in next week's paper. The annual Distinguished Young Woman of Shafter scholarship program is on tap for Friday March 22, at the Fred Starrh Performing Arts Center at Shafter High School. Each girl is in her junior year at Shafter High and will be competing for over $5,000 in scholarship money. There are 16 participants in this year's competition....

  • Marcus Ballard works to make a difference

    Veronica Jacuinde, Wasco Tribune|Updated Mar 13, 2024

    Marcus Ballard is an inspiring leader who is both an educator and assistant pastor. He is a shining example of someone committed to building a brighter future for the community of Wasco. Ballard has been a teacher for 10 years, now teaching 6th grade at Palm Avenue Middle School. As a teacher, he said, "I hope to inspire, motivate and be a role model to my students. Not just in education, but in life." He was born and raised here, and he graduated from Wasco High School in...