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  • Classified Ads - Dec. 7, 2023

    The Shafter Press|Updated Dec 12, 2023

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

  • Lady Tiger runners finish strong

    Veronica Jacuinde, Wasco Tribune|Updated Dec 12, 2023

    The Wasco High School varsity girls cross country team has had an impressive season, most recently qualifying for the third straight year for the California State Championships. Omar Garcia is the head coach. "This set of girls have been working hard since their freshman year, with many of them staying active during the COVID years." "We competed during their first year, but it wasn't a whole season. Once we were allowed to compete fully, we had an opportunity to showcase...

  • Pastor's Corner: Our great God

    PASTOR JIM GLASCO, Seventh Standard Pentecostal Church, Shafter|Updated Dec 12, 2023

    We would be in terrible trouble if our God was made by man out of wood or gold. Psalm 115:5-7 says, [BEGIN ITAL]”The false golds have mouths but cannot speak, they have eyes but they cannot see. They have ears and they hear not, they have noses and they cannot smell. They have hands but they handle not, they have feet but they cannot walk and they cannot speak.”[END ITAL] Our God is not made by man, but He has always existed. He is the Potter, and we are the clay. He reigns over all. Psalm 50:21 says, [BEGIN ITAL]”You thoug...

  • Pet of the Week - Dec. 7, 2023

    Wasco Animal Shelter|Updated Dec 12, 2023

    Bandit came into the Wasco Animal Shelter as a stray. He is approximately a one-year-old male chihuahua mix. He is great with staff and other dogs. At the time, it is unknown whether Bandit is house/crate trained. Dogs are not tested with children. His behavior toward children is unknown. 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 town and/or local. We do not place holds for...

  • Ayalaya's Barbershop makes the cut

    Jamie Stewart, The Shafter Press|Updated Dec 12, 2023

    There is a new barbershop in town, located at the site that once housed Elro's Barbershop, on Central Avenue. Ayala'a Barbershop has been open almost a month, and is excited about this new opportunity to cut its way into the community's hearts. Owner Alfredo Ayala, along with barber Brent Martinez, opened the shop to give the residents of Shafter a new option when it comes to hair styles. They are ready to give you any type of cut you want, being well-versed in all of the new...

  • Shooting reported at Veterans Park

    Jamie Stewart, The Shafter Press|Updated Dec 12, 2023

    The Shafter Police Department is asking the public for information regarding a shooting incident that took place at Veterans Park on Thursday night, Nov. 30, at approximately 9:43p.m. Officers were dispatched that night to the neighborhood adjacent to the park regarding a report of shots being fired in the area. When officers arrived, no suspects or victims of any shooting were found. A short time later, the police received information that a 19-year-old man was reported to...

  • A night of holiday cheer from Toys for Tigers

    Veronica Jacuinde, Wasco Tribune|Updated Dec 12, 2023

    It was a fun and festive Toys for Tigers Christmas Extravaganza on Monday night for the children and families of Wasco. "We organize this to bring people together and give kids in Wasco a chance to meet Santa, write him a letter and enjoy Christmas activities," Madeline Nicole said. The event put on by Toys for Tigers provided games, crafts, face painting, hot cocoa, cookie decorating, raffles and pictures with Santa. Toys for Tigers is a charitable organization that...

  • Arrest Report - Dec. 7, 2023

    Wasco Tribune|Updated Dec 12, 2023

    SHAFTER As reported by the Shafter Police Department:Nov. 26 Juan Manuel Bravo, 34, of Shafter, was arrested at Cherry Avenue and Fresno Avenue for possession of a controlled substance, DUI and carrying a concealed weapon in vehicle. Nov. 27 Jesus Guadarama Delgado, 55, of Shafter, was arrestedat Orange Street and Poplar Avenue for inflicting corporal injury onto a spouse/cohabitant/dating relationship. Nov. 28 Marlene Vargas, 37, of Shafter, was arrested in the 700 block of South Shafter Avenue on a bench warrant/failure to...

  • Santa visits Minter Field

    Jamie Stewart, The Shafter Press|Updated Dec 12, 2023

    Christmas came early for Shafter residents who ventured out to Minter Field on Saturday morning. A visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus gave the parents and children watched Old St. Nick arrive in an airplane, with Mrs. Claus and a helper to assist him with his gift giving. The event was sponsored by the Minter Field Air Museum, which holds the event each year. Each child gets a stuffed animal, courtesy of Santa and Mrs. Claus, and a big thank you to Petsmart of Bakesfield, which...

  • A low bid doesn't get contract to demolish old farm labor camp

    Veronica Jacuinde, Wasco Tribune|Updated Dec 12, 2023

    At a special meeting on Tuesday, the City Council made moved toward the next phase in the demolition of the old Wasco Farm Labor Camp with the selection of a contractor, Resource Environmental, to do the job. The decision was made after the original bid was rejected. Currently, the labor camp is at the step of abatement, which is making sure that the materials that need to be removed are properly disposed of from the site, such as lead paint and materials containing asbestos....

  • Planet Dance salutes pop icons at recital

    Jamie Stewart, The Shafter Press|Updated Dec 12, 2023

    The Planet Dance company held their annual Winter Recital Saturday night, bringing a bunch of pop icons to life through music and dance. Dancers ages 4-18 dazzled the packed house at the Fred Starrh Performing Arts Center at Shafter High School. The title of the show was "Icons," with the dancers moving to the sounds of some of the most famous voices and performers in history, from Franki Valli to Janet Jackson. The studio, operated and directed by the Hernandez family, put on...

  • Mystery History - Dec. 7, 2023

    Wasco Tribune|Updated Dec 12, 2023

    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: A Wasco elementary school in the 1920s....

  • Woman's Club sponsors a heartwarming celebration

    Veronica Jacuinde, Wasco Tribune|Updated Dec 12, 2023

    As has been done since 2014, the Wasco Woman's Club helped ring in the holiday season for the special education students of Wasco High School with treats, music, dancing and, of course, Santa. Brian Cortez is an administrator for the Kern County Superintendent of Schools, which runs the special education program. "This is something we always look forward to. It's giving our students an opportunity to have a fun social event and celebrate the spirit of Christmas." "It's also...

  • Strata offers a new banking resource for Wasco

    Veronica Jacuinde, Wasco Tribune|Updated Dec 12, 2023

    Strata Credit Union opened its doors to the public with a jubilant grand opening celebration and ribbon cutting. "Today marks the beginning of a lasting relationship. We are your financial advocate and your neighbor," CEO Brandon Ivie said. "Opening a bank in Wasco is significant because it aligns with our mission of serving the underserved and the underbanked. "Wasco is a community of nearly 30,000 residents, and yet only has one bank to serve that entire population. So with...

  • Community Calendar - Dec. 7, 2023

    Wasco Tribune|Updated Dec 12, 2023

    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 Monday at 4 p.m. for that week’s paper. ANNOUNCEMENTS Free Air Purifier — San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District and the Shafter Lions Club are offering free air purifiers. Must reside in the community covered by AB 617 to be eligible and provide proof of address. Sup...

  • Christmas comes alive in Wasco

    Veronica Jacuinde, The Shafter Press|Updated Dec 12, 2023

    In a display of community unity and holiday cheer, Wasco came alive with the vibrant colors and festive spirit of its annual Christmas parade and tree lighting ceremony. The event saluted honored guests, including the new Wasco Police Department and the triumphant Wasco High School and Wasco Bengals football champions. The streets were lined with eager families and enthusiastic spectators who eagerly awaited the procession of dazzling floats adorned with shimmering lights and...

  • Shafter lights up the night

    Jamie Stewart, The Shafter Press|Updated Dec 12, 2023

    Shafter held its annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony on Monday night, with a large crowd gathered at the Downtown Square. Host Chad Givens, the mayor, welcomed the attendees and thanked them for coming out to celebrate the beginning of the holiday season with them. Shafter's Distinguished Young Woman Emily McGuire had the honors of flipping the switch to light up the tall and beautiful tree, adorned with silver ornaments and over 1,000 lights. There were also several...

  • Tigers are State-bound

    Jamie Stewart, Wasco Tribune|Updated Dec 12, 2023

    The Wasco High Tigers continued their march through the playoffs, punching their ticket to the State Championship game. Wasco beat Southern Section champion Cerritos High School 7-6 Friday night, capping a playoff run that saw the Tigers roaring back in the second half for the third straight game. The Tigers were down early, as Cerritos scored first, taking a 6-0 lead. The point-after was blocked by Jacob Robledo, which turned out to be the difference in the game. But, in the...