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Articles from the December 17, 2020 edition

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 By Toni DeRosa    News    December 17, 2020

Virus cases surge; county closed down

The number of positive covid-19 tests continues to rise in Wasco and Shafter. Schools remain the same as they were prior to the most-recent closure with only those students already in school ...

 

Virus cases on the rise despite safety guidelines

Shafter has seen its confirmed cases of covid-19 increase despite a mask-covering campaign and safety guidelines in place. Last week there were 133 confirmed cases in the city, bringing the total...

 
 By Toni DeRosa    News    December 17, 2020

Richers: 15 teachers may get laid off

In a meeting before the district’s board meeting, Wasco Union Elementary School District Superintendent Kelly Richers said that the district doesn’t know what type of funding will be available...

 

Observations: Winter break will give way to spring changes

Winter is coming, and I’m not just quoting my current favorite series. With winter and series binging comes the long-awaited Christmas break. Last year at this time, parents would be shopping for their children, trying to find the perfect holiday...

 
 By Toni DeRosa    News    December 17, 2020

City ready to begin work on former farm labor camp

The City Council is ready to begin work on the former farmer labor camp by creating an agreement with Anderson Integrated Services for the labor camp asbestos testing project. The council also...

 
 By Toni DeRosa    News    December 17, 2020

Lavender Garden shop offers array of soothing items

Sundays are usually a lazy day for those who work five days a week; however Dec.13 several Wasco friends drove out to the Lavender Garden to browse the little gift shop and take a walk in the field....

 
 By Toni DeRosa    News    December 17, 2020

Maple School girl gives back to the community

Intelligent, mature and engaging are words often used to describe third-grader Jacquelyn Isabelle Silva from Maple School. Only 9 years old, Jackie displays a maturity beyond her young years. She...

 

Prout selected as Shafter mayor

Gilbert Alvarado, Chad Givens and Pete Espinoza were sworn into the City Council at its recent meeting. Council member Espinoza took his seat on the council, replacing outgoing council member Manuel...

 

Christmas Store lives on after cancellation

It came as no shock last week when it was announced that the annual Shafter Christmas Store had been canceled, but it was still a disappointing one for many families who had shopped online for their...

 

Shafter receives almost $100K to enhance virus prevention

The city has received over $96,000 in Community Block Development grant funds from the Kern County Board of Supervisors to use toward covid-19 public service and facilities improvements. The project...

 

Events help bring the holidays to the community

Due to the pandemic, the community is facing a holiday season filled with uncertainty and caution. Thanks to the community spirit alive and well in the city, this holiday season will still be merry...

 

Christmas comes early for families

Over 50 families received an early Christmas present as they were given a box full of food. The Shafter Kiwanis Club organized the event and were assisted by volunteers and other organizations that...

 

Arrest Report - Dec. 17, 2020

Dec. 6 Joe Alvarez, 43, of Shafter, was arrested for DUI/drugs and driving with a suspended license. Dec. 8 Jessica Hernandez, 27, of Shafter, was arrested on an outside felony warrant. Dec. 10 Michell LeeAnn Anderson, 29, of Shafter, was arrested...

 

Community Calendar - Dec. 17, 2021

Ongoing Holiday spirit — Wasco Parks and Recreation will be encouraging homes and businesses to decorate and #lightupWasco. They can sign up at the Rec. to be a part of the route. The community will vote for the best decorated homes and...

 

Robert Alfred Smith

On Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2020, Robert "Bob" Alfred Smith, loving husband, father, grandfather, coach, and community mentor passed away at the age of 87 in Bakersfield. Bob was born on July 20, 1933, in Cai...

 

Josie Martinez

Josie Rodriguez Martinez was born Feb. 2, 1939 in Hill, New Mexico, to parents Jesus and Telesfora Rodriguez. She married Santiago Martinez in Shafter on March 26, 1975. Josie was the type of person...

 

Death Notices - Dec. 17, 2020

Michael Eugene Mattly, 71, of Bakersfield, passed away Dec. 8 in Bakersfield. Basham & Lara Funeral Care Shafter. William Alfonso Argueta, 31, of Shafter, passed away Dec. 6 in Shafter. Basham & Lara Funeral Care Shafter. Patricia Ann Hosman, 84, of...

 

Mystery History - Dec. 17, 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)...

 
 By Toni DeRosa    News    December 17, 2020

Streets full of holiday spirit with lights, decorations

Families have their homes lit up bright as they entered the Recreation and Parks District competition. Most of the houses had blow-up decorations such as snowmen, candles, the nativity scene and...

 

Correction -- Dec. 17, 2020

Due to a production error, last week’s Wasco Tribune about Planet Dance was cut off. It should have read: Hernandez further announced that the studio selected a 2020 scholarship winner, Klarissa Pruitt. “Klarissa takes all the disciplines,...

 
 By Toni DeRosa    News    December 17, 2020

Cortez, Martinez, Valadao win after final results certified

The November election was a nail biter for many candidates and constituents. In the District 4 City Council race, current Mayor Tilo Cortez kept his seat by one vote with candidate Eddie Saldana...

 

Couch's Corner: Vaccine offers hope; stay-at-home order in place

District 4, we now have a vaccine that offers us hope that we can finally begin to see the light at the end of the pandemic tunnel, but we still have a stay-at-home order we need to follow, at least...

 

Pastor's Corner: It's not easy being like Jesus

We sing the song To be Like Jesus but it’s not easy sometimes. God is working in our lives and using circumstances to conform us into the image of Christ. It does not happen all at once. Growing into conformity can be rough. It’s not easy being...

 

Pet of the Week - Dec. 17, 2020

Comet came in as a stray alongside with Tiny. He is approximately a 3-month-old, male, Blue Heeler mix. He is great with staff and other dogs. He has been tested with small and large breeds. At the...

 

Classified Ads - Dec. 17, 2020

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