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 By Jamie Stewart    News    July 9, 2020 

A different kind of Fourth

The Fourth of July weekend in Shafter was the first holiday in which the new illegal fireworks ordinance was in effect and the SPD issued 21 citations during the holiday weekend. Last month, the...

 
 By Toni DeRosa    News    July 9, 2020 

A different kind of Fourth

Friday began as a normal day off for many because the Fourth of July fell on a Saturday; however, that changed once messages appeared on Facebook announcing the Orange Heart Foundation would lead a...

 
 By Toni DeRosa    News    July 9, 2020 

A rough week with Covid-19

A rough week with Covid-19 TONI DeROSA The Wasco Tribune Just as many Wasco residents were beginning to feel comfortable about heading out for a meal at their favorite restaurant, Covid-19 reminded them it’s not so safe to do so. As the virus...

 
 By Jamie Stewart    News    July 9, 2020 

Dine-in restaurants restricted once again

For the second time in less than a month, restaurants that offer dine-in service have lost that option, following Gov. Gavin Newsom’s order that made it necessary for all restaurants to close their dining areas. The move is the result of a spike...

 
 News    July 9, 2020 

Couple dies from Covid

Wasco couple Billy Joe and Gloria Cox died late last month within days of each other after both contracted Covid-19.. Cox was 83. His wife was 77. It all happened so fast, like a spreading wildfire, their daughter, McDaniel told The Bakersfield...

 
 By Toni DeRosa    News    July 9, 2020 

Primex deals with outbreak

Primex, a major grower and processor of fruits and nuts in Wasco, is dealing with a major outbreak of coronavirus among workers, with 31 positive cases reported by the company and double that...

 
 By Jamie Stewart    News    July 9, 2020 

Virus forces closures of BofA, DMV

The coronavirus continues to affect Shafter, with the closures of the local Bank of America branch and the DMV office. Customers at Bank of America were found waiting outside of the local branch a lit...

 
 By Toni DeRosa    News    July 9, 2020 

No Amtrak after HSR begins, state says

The San Joaquin Joint Powers Authority plans to discontinue Amtrak service in Wasco once high-speed rail begins service, City Manager Daniel Ortiz-Hernandez told the City Council. “I don’t like it that Amtrak is leaving,” Mayor Pro Tem Danny...

 
 By Toni DeRosa    News    July 2, 2020

Reopening leaves questions

As tough as it has been for groups to get together with the quarantine and 6-foot social distancing, some activities in town have been able to move forward with a modified schedule. The Wasco...

 
 By Toni DeRosa    News    July 2, 2020

Reform WHS attacks harassment at school

Harassment, no matter what kind, often leads to serious consequences. Students at Wasco High School (WHS) who are a part of Reform WHS are getting the word out that they demand to be heard and...

 
 By Toni DeRosa    News    July 2, 2020

With 31 positives, PrimeX shuts down

PrimeX, the local grower, producer and international trader, has shut down until July 3 after 31 employees tested positive for the Covid-19 virus. A worker first tested positive for the virus on June...

 
 By Jamie Stewart    News    July 2, 2020

Shafter crackdown on illegal fireworks

The Shafter City Council held a special meeting this week to assist the Police Department in their fight against violators of illegal fireworks ordinances. On Thursday, June 25, the council voted...

 
 By Toni DeRosa    News    July 2, 2020

Graduate shares dreams through his nonprofit

One group of the population that has been hit hard with the current pandemic is the animal residents of the county, with its shelters limiting their services, including suspending all adoptions and...

 

Dining Directory - July 2, 2020

Barraza’s Delicioso Tacos 601 F. St. 661-758-8944 Mon.-Thurs.: 11 a.m.-midnight Fri.: 11 a.m.-2 a.m. Sat.: 4 p.m.-2 a.m. Sun.: 4 p.m.-12 a.m. Take out only. Hong Kong Restaurant 912 7th St. 661-758-3338 Tues.-Sun.: 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Teresa’s Tacos...

 

Correction - July 2, 2020

Due to a production error, a photo of the school staff at last week's graduation was misidentified. It was the Wasco Independence High School staff at their commencement, not WHS. The Tribune regrets the error....

 

Apart, yet together

Amidst the Covid-19 pandemic, Shafter High School sent their senior class across the stage, ending what was an unprecedented school year where a graduation ceremony had seemed unlikely just a couple o...

 
 By Jamie Stewart    News    July 2, 2020

Walmart raises first flag at distribution center

The Walmart Distribution Center in Shafter, which has seen its opening date pushed back into the spring of 2021, celebrated the Fourth of July with a flag raising and a fundraiser benefiting the...

 
 By Jamie Stewart    News    July 2, 2020

Shafter shelter resumes rescue operations

One group of the population that has been hit hard with the current pandemic is the animal residents of the county, with its shelters limiting their services, including suspending all adoptions and...

 
 By Toni DeRosa    News    July 2, 2020

New leaders for Woman's Club

Hoping to restart meetings in August, the Wasco Woman's Club will be led by incoming President Cheryl Woody, center, First Vice President Linda Dieter, left, and outgoing President Marlene...

 
 By Toni DeRosa    News    June 25, 2020

A tale of two budgets: Getting set for deficit

The City Council unanimously approved a budget for 2020-21 that includes a $1.3 million operating deficit. The city's biggest expense is for safety (contracts with the Kern County Fire Department and...

 

A tale of two budgets: Shafter sales tax decline seen

The Shafter City Council held a special meeting on Tuesday night and approved the budget for 2020-21with a unanimous vote. The budget proposal was the same one that had been discussed over the past...

 
 By Jamie Stewart    News    June 25, 2020

Illegal fireworks go viral

An arrest was made over the weekend and three other cases were handed to the Kern County District Attorney's Office for investigation regarding a slew of illegal fireworks activity in and around Shaft...

 
 By Jamie Stewart    News    June 25, 2020

A split over face masks

There is a conundrum in Shafter and Wasco that has the cities split on the issue of wearing masks. Since the governor mandated the wearing of masks in public buildings and in situations where social...

 
 By Toni DeRosa    News    June 25, 2020

Graduations were different – but safe

Despite the Covid-19 pandemic, Wasco High and Wasco Independence High were able to hold live graduation ceremonies, although they looked different than in years past. In order to maintain social...

 

Dining Directory - June 25, 2020

WASCO Barraza’s Delicioso Tacos 601 F. St. 661-758-8944 Mon.-Thurs.: 11 a.m.-midnight Fri.: 11 a.m.-2 a.m. Sat.: 4 p.m.-2 a.m. Sun.: 4 p.m.-12 a.m. Take out only. Hong Kong Restaurant 912 7th St. 661-758-3338 Tues.-Sun.: 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Teresa’s...

 

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