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The count continues

In the hotly contested race for the 21st Congressional seat, David Valadao holds a slim lead over incumbent TJ Cox, with a lead of about 4,500 votes. It was a much different race on election night,...

 
 By Toni DeRosa    News    November 12, 2020

Wasco State Prison warden retires

John Sutton, warden at the Wasco State Prison, is retiring Nov. 20. Last week on Nov. 4, the prison held a luncheon in Sutton's honor, recognizing his many years of service for the Department of...

 
 By Toni DeRosa    News    November 12, 2020

Testing still required for students

Year-end testing will still be required by the state even though students are learning remotely, Superintendent of the Wasco Union Elementary School District Kelly Richers said. “We are to test...

 

Correction: Election results

In last week’s The Shafter Press/Wasco Tribune, the race for the 21st Congressional seat was incorrectly reported. After election night, incumbent TJ Cox was in the lead, led by Kern County results. However, that changed as more Fresno and Tulare...

 
 By Toni DeRosa    News    November 12, 2020

First High Speed Rail structure in Kern County completed

The Poso Creek Viaduct has been completed and is the first structure in Kern County in the 22-mile segment of the High Speed Rail. The Poso Creek Viaduct is south of Blankenship Avenue and west of...

 
 By Toni DeRosa    News    November 12, 2020

Kern may go to Purple Tier

The news is currently grim for Kern County due to the increase in covid-19 cases. The state is threatening to move Kern County back to the purple tier; however, the county has been given another week...

 

Shake-up to Shafter council after election

Two newcomers will join the City Council in January after the November election. Pete Espinoza and Kris Lawrence joined current council member Chad Givens as the three top candidates in the election....

 

Thanksgiving meal giveaway announced for families in Shafter

For families in need, the holidays can be a tough time and that struggle has been worsened by the pandemic. To help local families, the Shafter Recreation Department is hosting a Thankful...

 

Community Calendar - Nov. 12, 2020

Ongoing Warm clothing drive — District 4 Supervisor David Couch is collecting blankets, coats, gloves, hats, scarves and socks. Donations will benefit families in District 4. To schedule an in-person pickup, call 661- 868-3680. Utility bills ...

 

Obituary: Imelda Perez

Imelda Perez, 64, was called to be home with God on Nov. 6 in Bakersfield. She was born on Aug.14, 1956 in Uruapan, Michoacán to Benjamin and Manuela Cuevas. Imelda grew up in Lindcove, Calif., and...

 

Obituary: Orville Lester Simpson

Orville Lester Simpson slipped free from the bonds of earth and into the arms of his Savior on Oct. 18. On Oct. 15, 1963, his country called upon Orville to fight in Vietnam, and the young man of 22...

 

Handmade and baked in Shafter, bread business takes off

Baking bread was a passion for Haley Plaza, the allure of being in the kitchen with the smell of fresh sourdough filling the air. Plaza, a Shafter resident, took that passion and established Handmade...

 
 By Toni DeRosa    News    November 12, 2020

2 die in crash on Highway 46

Two people died after a crash Monday, Nov. 9. The Kern County Sheriff’s Office reported Alexi Jovani Murillo, 31, of Wasco, was driving a BMW that collided with a Honda drive by Celeste Christine...

 

Richland drivers make it possible to get meals to students in rural areas

Over a dozen drivers make it possible for the Richland School District to provide meals to over 2,000 students during the pandemic. The drivers make the trek to students in rural Shafter, helping...

 

Pastor's Corner: Faith

If faith comes from hearing, and hearing the word of God (Romans 10:17); why are only a few churches overflowing? I understand the regulations of the pandemic but pre-pandemic. Why does coming to...

 

Classified Ads - Nov. 12, 2020

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Arrest Report - Nov. 12, 2020

Nov. 2 David Zuniga Fierro, 28, of Wasco, was arrested in the 700 block of F Street on an active misdemeanor bench warrant. He was cited and released at the scene. Adrian Alejandro Orozco, 25, of Wasco, was arrested in the 1800 block of Broadway...

 

Mystery History - Nov. 11, 2020

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)...

 

Couch's Corner: McFarland Animal Shelter opens

Recently the City of McFarland opened a new animal shelter with 15-20 kennels. The facility is equipped with several amenities including a medical room, laundry room, and food sorting area....

 

Death Notices - Nov. 12, 2020

Jose Lopez Padilla, 84, of Shafter, passed away Nov. 4 in Shafter. Peters Funeral Home, Shafter. Celestino Garcia Alamo, 76, of Wasco, passed away Nov. 5 in Wasco. Peters Funeral Home, Wasco. Maritza Gomez Torres, 17, of Wasco, passed away Nov. 7 in...

 

Death Notices - Nov. 12, 2020

Jose Lopez Padilla, 84, of Shafter, passed away Nov. 4 in Shafter. Peters Funeral Home, Shafter. Celestino Garcia Alamo, 76, of Wasco, passed away Nov. 5 in Wasco. Peters Funeral Home, Wasco. Maritza Gomez Torres, 17, of Wasco, passed away Nov. 7 in...

 

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