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  • Arrest Report - July 4, 2024

    Wasco Tribune|Updated Jul 5, 2024

    June 24 Cindy Chavez, 28, was arrested in the 700 block of F Street on a misdemeanor bench warrant. She was cited and released at the scene. Anthony Romero, 45, was arrested at the intersection of D and 11th streets on a felony bench warrant and a misdemeanor bench warrant. He was booked into the Lerdo Justice Facility. June 25 Juan Carlos Valdez Torres, 52, was arrested in the 1600 block of Poplar Avenue for under the influence: drugs and improper turn over double yellow lines. He was booked into the Lerdo Justice Facility....

  • Brenda Lucille Bakies

    Updated Jul 5, 2024

    Brenda Lucille Bakies was born Sept 5, 1957, and passed June 24, 2024. Her service will be July 12 at 11 a.m. at Truelight Missionary Baptist Church, 1401 14th St., Wasco....

  • Susan Elaine Arney

    Updated Jul 5, 2024

    Susan Arney, beloved wife, daughter, sister, aunt and friend, departed this life for her heavenly home on June 19, 2024. She was 68 years old. Born to a loving family on April 28, 1956, Susan was the daughter of Harvey and Barbara Mizell and sister to Sandi, Vickie, and Randy. She graduated early from Shafter High School in 1974. Soon after graduation, Susan married her childhood sweetheart and the love of her life, Jerry Lee Arney, on Feb. 23, 1974. She devoted herself...

  • Death Notice - July 4, 2024

    wasc|Updated Jul 5, 2024

    Celina Quintana Guzman, 51, of Wasco, passed away June 30, in Wasco. Peters Funeral Home, Wasco....

  • Classified Ads - July 4, 2024

    Wasco Tribune|Updated Jul 5, 2024

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

  • EDITOR'S NOTE | Jamie Stewart

    Jamie Stewart, The Shafter Press|Updated Jul 5, 2024

    Fourth of July is upon us once again, and my blood starts to boil. No, not because of the 100-plus degree heat wave we are in, but it is the reemergence of my nemesis, the fireworks stands. I hate to see those contraptions scattered throughout the city, selling those balls of fire in a can. I really enjoy the fireworks show that the city puts on, with the awesome displays of color, done by professionals. It is the cardboard boxes filled with explosives that injure and maim...

  • Pastor's Corner: Freedom in Christ

    Pastor Spencer Carpenter, First Southern Baptist Church, Shafter|Updated Jul 5, 2024

    The founding fathers of the United States had strong beliefs about freedom. The Declaration of Independence states, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness.” They believed that their human rights were given to them by the Christian God of the Bible, not to be violated or taken away by government (Genesis 1:27). Freedom is a human right on many different lev...

  • 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...

  • Shafter wins District Championship

    Jamie Stewart, The Shafter Press|Updated Jul 5, 2024

    The Shafter Little League All-Stars won the District 61 championship in their first year in existence. According to Little League Director Daniel Burciega, Shafter has not had a Little League team before this year. Little League has been a mainstay in Wasco, Buttonwillow, Delano and other surrounding cities in Kern County, but this is Shafter's first year. Burciega has had plenty of experience with helping run the Buttonwillow Little League and has wanted to bring one to...

  • 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...

  • Mystery History - July 4, 2024

    The Shafter Press|Updated Jul 5, 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 [email protected]. Winners will be revealed here next week. LAST WEEK: An employee name tag for Tops Market in the 1950s....

  • New economic development director looking to the future

    Jamie Stewart, The Shafter Press|Updated Jul 5, 2024

    Shafter has a new economic development director, and he is ready to take Shafter into a bright future. Fernando Guerra comes to the city after more than two decades working in the economic development field in some of the largest markets in the world. Guerra has worked for the Los Angeles Economic Development Agency, as well as a city agency in New York City and a stint in Chicago. Guerra is a graduate of USC and received his masters in economics and international business...

  • Rescues make Shafter's animal shelter bare

    Jamie Stewart, The Shafter Press|Updated Jul 5, 2024

    The Shafter Animal Shelter has a unique situation when it comes to city animal shelters – they have a shortage of adoptable dogs at the site. In the past six months, the shelter has not put any pets available for adoption on their website. This is due to the rescue partners that the city deals with, accounting for all of their available dogs. There are some cats available, however, as they are not rescued. Recently, the shelter had a dozen dogs in the shelter, but all but o...

  • Shafter Theater shines in 'Matilda'

    Jamie Stewart, The Shafter Press|Updated Jul 5, 2024

    The Shafter Theater put on its production of "Matilda" last weekend and drew large crowds for every performance. The play was directed by Lauren Givens and Chad Givens, director of the Shafter Theater. This is the first production for the company, which is a nonprofit that, according to Givens, is faith-based and is working to entertain the city in a positive way. The cast was headed by 8-year-old Esttella Marie Loaiza, a veteran of three shows so far in her career. Loaiza...

  • Community Calendar - July 4, 2024

    Wasco Tribune|Updated Jul 5, 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 Social media training – In partnership with the Shafter Chamber of Commerce, Kern Citizens for Energy wil...

  • Frank Russell closes after nearly 85 years

    Jamie Stewart, The Shafter Press|Updated Jul 5, 2024

    Shafter lost another icon this week when Frank Russell, Inc. closed its doors on Tuesday. Opened in 1939, the shop has been serving the community, meeting fabricating and steel needs for almost 85 years. Owner and operator Andy Russell said that it was time to do it, and said that he will miss his loyal customers. "It was a family decision. I just decided that it was the right time. I am 73 years old and am ready to spend more time with family." Andy's father, Frank Russell,...

  • Pet of the Week: Kimmy needs a loving home

    Wasco Animal Shelter|Updated Jul 5, 2024

    Kimmy came into the Wasco Animal Shelter as a stray. She is approximately a 3-4 year old female shepard mix. She is great with staff and other dogs. At the time, it is unknown if Kimmy is house/crate trained. Dogs are not tested with children; her behavior towards children is unknown. Kimmy will be available for adoption on Thursday, July 4. Everyone is welcome to adopt from our facility, and we like to give everyone the same opportunity to adopt. Adopters can be from out of...

  • 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,...