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  • Obituary: Wendell Schofield West

    Updated May 7, 2019

    Wendell Schofield West, age 89, passed away peacefully on April 29, 2019, surrounded by his loving family. Born Feb. 12, 1930, to Fred and Winifred (Schofield) West in Salt Lake City, Utah, Wendell learned early the value of both thrift and hard work. The oldest of five children, he prized the opportunities gained by a good education, graduating from the University of Utah in accounting. After proudly serving in the Marine Corps during the Korean War, Wendell served as a...

  • Boy, 12, evade kidnap attempt

    Toni DeRosa, Wasco Tribune|Updated May 7, 2019

    A 12-year-old Thomas Jefferson Middle School student narrowly escaped being kidnapped recently, according to the Kern County Sheriff’s Department. On April 12, the boy’s mother asked him to go across the street to his aunt’s house near the corner of 7th Street and Redwood. Fortunately, his parents had taught him what to do if he was approached by a stranger. He didn’t think it would ever actually happen, but when it did, he said, it was scarier than he ever imagined. A man wearing a dark baseball cap and sunglasses and drivin...

  • Focus on Local Business - Arly's Appliance

    Jamie Stewart, The Shafter Press|Updated May 4, 2019

    The Shafter Press featured Arly's Appliance back in 2009 when they were celebrating 50 years in business. Well, almost 10 years later, they are still going strong and are nearing another milestone anniversary. Arly Feil said that he moved to Shafter back in 1959. Her worked for Witham's at the time and he would service customers in Shafter on the side. He started getting such a following that he asked his boss if he could go to Bakersfield three days a week and spend two days...

  • Students, parents see future at Career Fair

    Toni DeRosa, Wasco Tribune|Updated May 2, 2019

    Students and parents spent two evenings at Wasco High School with end-of-the-year events. Monday was the school's annual incoming freshman registration and Tuesday, was a Career Fair. Many people showed up for the fair. Booths were set up around the perimeter of outside behind the cafeteria , where there were free tacos. In preparing for the Career Fair, several local employers and schools set up tables and decorated their space. Along with the booths, many had a giveaway for...

  • Death Notices - May 2, 2019

    Wasco Tribune|Updated May 2, 2019

    Florentina Flores, 85, of Wasco, passed away April 16, 2019, in Wasco. Peters Funeral Home, Wasco....

  • Muriel Peterson

    Updated May 2, 2019

    Muriel Lynn Peterson, 80, of Wasco, was born on Nov. 10, 1938, in Lewisville, Ark., to Arthur Louis Creech and Viola Annie Charity (Sewell) Creech. She was welcomed into the kingdom of Heaven on April 15, 2019. Muriel passed away in Bakersfield following several months of declining health. Muriel married Carl Peterson Sr. on March 20, 1954, and moved to Wasco, where they raised their children. If you attended Karl F. Clemens or Thomas Jefferson Middle School between the years...

  • Classified Ads - May 2, 2019

    Wasco Tribune|Updated May 2, 2019

    #1 YARD SALE SHAFTER Community Yard Sale: Shafter, Sierra Vista Mobile Home Park, 700 S. Shafter Ave., May 4 6 a.m. to ? 1t1 Big Yard Sale: 438 Fairhaven Ave., Shafter, Sat. May 4, 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Girls, boys, mens, womens clothing, lots of toys, furniture, décor & lots more. 1t1 Huge Yard Sale: 553 Grundy Ave., Shafter. Fri. 5/3 & Sat 5/4. 7 a.m.-3 p.m. Furniture, home décor, new clothing & miscellaneous. 1t1 #1 YARD SALE WASCO Three-Family Yard Sale: 2217 3rd St., Wasco. Fri. 4/26 & Sat. 4/27, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Hand t...

  • Nancy is hoping for a new home

    Wasco Animal Control|Updated May 2, 2019

    The Wasco Animal Shelter is looking for a home for Nancy. She is an adult dachshund mix, small is size. Nancy is about 3 years old and weighs about 10 pounds. Nancy can be shy at first, but she warms up quickly. Nancy came in with six other dogs from an abandoned house. Nancy's number is AC19-205. That means the shelter has had 205 dogs since January of this year. Please come by and see Nancy and take her home to your family. You can visit Nancy at the Wasco Animal Shelter,...

  • Mystery History - May 2, 2019

    Updated May 2, 2019

    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, 406 Central Ave., Shafter 93263, or e-mail it to [email protected]. Winners will be revealed here next week. LAST WEEK:Teacher Marlene Fanin in 1954....

  • Community Calendar - May 2, 2019

    Wasco Tribune|Updated May 2, 2019

    ANNOUNCEMENTS College counseling — Bakersfield College DSPS/academic counselor Elvira Martinez will be available at Wasco Independence High School, 1445 Poso Drive, Thursday, May 16. Barbecue and carnival -- North Kern Christian School holds its 36h annual BBQ/carnival/auction Saturday, May 4, at the school, on the corner of 7th and Peters streets. Serving begins at 4:30 p.m. and continues through X p.m. There will be a drive-thru, too. Silent auction/live auction. Pregnancy health -- Bakersfield Pregnancy Center’s Image Cle...

  • Arrest Report - May 2, 2019

    Wasco Tribune|Updated May 2, 2019

    April 23 Jose Ontiveros, 28, of Bakersfield, was arrested in the 1300 block of Willow Place on a misdemeanor warrant. He was booked into the Kern County Jail. April 24 Alfonso Acosta, 31, of Wasco, was arrested in the 1900 block of F Street for assault with a deadly weapon. He was booked into the Kern County Jail. Bianca Chamle, 35, of Shafter, was arrested in the 300 block of Central Valley Highway on a misdemeanor warrant. She was cited and released at the scene. April 25 Lori Ramirez, 34, of Wasco, was arrested in the...

  • Cinco de Mayo celebration set

    Jamie Stewart, The Shafter Press|Updated May 2, 2019

    The area’s Cinco de Mayo celebration is set for Saturday in Shafter, promising to be a great event once again, according to founder Deanna Rodriguez-Root. Root will be doing double duty this year as her and her daughter, Brandi Root, are grand marshals. The celebration starts at 10 a.m. with the parade. Over 60 entries are scheduled to participate including classic cars, bands, clubs and, of course, the ever-popular horses. Root said that there will be plenty to do for the entire family. The celebration moves to Mannel P...

  • Two restaurants, one owner

    Toni DeRosa, Wasco Tribune|Updated May 2, 2019

    The customers have weighed in on Wasco's newest bakery, and the verdict is: Sweet. Sweet 7th Street Bakery, owned by Daun (Katie) Chong and Hyung Kim, held soft opening on April 12. The bakery is at 947 7th St., the site of the original Blue Sushi & Teriyaki Restaurant, which was damaged in a fire three years ago. The couple decided to renovate the site and open the bakery, while moving Blue Sushi to a new location. Amber Cortez and Mike Saldana were among the first customers...

  • Two restaurants, one owner

    Toni DeRosa, Wasco Tribune|Updated May 2, 2019

    Since opening almost 10 years ago, Blue Sushi has acquired a loyal following. When the restaurant was damaged in a fire in 2016, its owners considered remodeling and reopening it as a bakery. However, while shopping in Wasco, co-owner Katie Chong said that people would come up to her and ask her when Blue Sushi was going to reopen. Because so many people asked that they reopen as the original Blue Sushi, she and her husband, Hyung Kim, decided to do just that. They opened a...

  • Planning director developing Wasco

    Toni DeRosa, Wasco Tribune|Updated May 2, 2019

    Most people are probably not aware how well-traveled the city's planning director is, that he is the father of triplets and has experience in many different areas that incorporate construction and architecture. Planning Director Roger Mobley has been with the City of Wasco for seven years and in his lifetime, he has traveled to Dubai, Australia, Afghanistan and Argentina. Born in Los Angeles, Mobley moved to northern California and graduated from San Jose State University. Aft...

  • Students get ready for WHS

    Toni DeRosa, Wasco Tribune|Updated May 2, 2019

    Hundreds of parents and incoming students filled the Wasco High School cafeteria Monday evening for the annual Freshmen Blast, Over 500 incoming students snaked around the cafeteria from two directions, while monitors at the door guided everyone to their proper place. According to parents who have gone through the registration process stated that this year was organized as they've seen in the past. Incoming students spent the evening preparing for their freshman year. Staff wa...

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