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  • Teaching through 3 generations

    Veronica Jacuinde, Wasco Tribune|Updated Jul 17, 2024

    Bradley Parrott, approaching his fourth year of teaching at John L. Prueitt Elementary School this August, continues a family tradition that spans three generations. Like his grandfather and father before him, he has committed to educating the children of Wasco. Patriarch Arthur Parrott taught Spanish at Wasco High School. He was hired in 1948 and taught there until 1967, working in different capacities as an educator. When he left WHS, he was a secondary coordinator for...

  • Unveiling Wasco's newest jewel: Central Avenue Park

    Veronica Jacuinde, Wasco Tribune|Updated Jul 17, 2024

    A public ribbon-cutting for Central Avenue Park is set for Friday, July 19, from 9 to 11:30 a.m. This new park is the result of years of planning and months of construction. Many organizations and individuals contributed to the project, and this celebration allows recognition of all the hard work. The park provides a new recreation facility for the southwest part of town and connects the existing walking paths on Central Avenue and Filburn Avenue. The park's numerous trees...

  • Beautification project a step toward a vibrant city center

    Veronica Jacuinde, Wasco Tribune|Updated Jul 17, 2024

    The City of Wasco Historic Downtown Business District Transformation initiative is nearing completion. The beautification project intends to revitalize the streetscape and public spaces along 7th Street from G Street to D Street. "The current project is nearing completion pending final art installations, the installation of a swing in the plaza, the completion of items in Veterans Park and other minor contractor punch list items," Community Development Director Keri Cobb...

  • Dr. Wendy Castañeda-Leal: Semitropic's new superintendent

    Veronica Jacuinde, Wasco Tribune|Updated Jul 17, 2024

    Dr. Wendy Castañeda-Leal is the new superintendent of Semitropic Elementary School and is poised to lead with a deep commitment to equity and inclusivity. Her appointment promises a focus on student-centered policies, community engagement and a nurturing environment where every child can thrive. She said she is very excited about her new role. "Working with brown and Black students has always been a passion of mine. That is what I have focused on throughout my career;...

  • After 40 winning years at WHS, Coach Moreno heading to North High

    Veronica Jacuinde, Wasco Tribune|Updated Jul 17, 2024

    After four decades of teaching and coaching at Wasco Union High School, Edward Moreno has accepted a position as the athletic director at North High in Bakersfield. This is a personal milestone for Moreno and a significant chance for North High to benefit from his proven leadership and commitment to student success. Moreno's tenure at his alma mater has been marked by many achievemenst. As a golf coach, he accomplished four undefeated SSL Championships, one Sectional...

  • Marcona Preserve to add 1,200 homes

    Jamie Stewart, The Shafter Press|Updated Jul 17, 2024

    Gossamer Grove is not the only development bringing homes, parks and future retail development to the city. The Marcona Preserve Development, also to be built by Lennar Homes, is beginning a construction phase that will bring about 400 new residences to the city, right down Seventh Standard Road from Gossamer between the Friant-Kern Canal and the Calloway Canal. The area will include single-family residential development, a middle school, recreation amenities that include...

  • Shafter sky lit up at July 3 celebration

    Jamie Stewart, The Shafter Press|Updated Jul 17, 2024

    The Shafter Chamber of Commerce held its annual July 3 Fireworks Celebration last Wedensday, lighting up the night sky with a spectacular show. The event was much more than a fireworks show, with a lot of fun things for the kids to do while waiting for the sun to go down. There was plenty of food at the event, with tacos and burritos, as well as fair food such as funnel cakes and corn dogs. There was also the mainstay kettle corn, and a variety of flavors of shaved ices,...

  • Shafter shelter has cats and a wish list for dogs, too

    Jamie Stewart, The Shafter Press|Updated Jul 17, 2024

    Though it places most of its dogs with rescue organizations, the Shafter Animal Shelter is looking for good homes for their feline residents needing a loving home. Animal Control Officer Nick Riddick said that the shelter has some loveable cats who would make a great additions to welcoming homes. "Cats are great family members and can be as loyal and loving as a dog." Riddick also wanted to let the public know that the shelter does have dogs for adoption as well. If they know...

  • 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...

  • 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,...

  • 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...

  • 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,...

  • 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,...

  • Good Samaritan Hospital working to meet health care needs of Wasco

    Veronica Jacuinde, Wasco Tribune|Updated Jul 1, 2024

    Good Samaritan Hospital – Rural Health Clinic Wasco is a community health care organization whose mission is to provide safe, effective medical and neuropsychiatric services in a caring manner for all. "We are here to serve the community and their health care needs," Office Manager Praksha Patel said. GSH has four providers with their own specialty. They are Bertha Barraza, a nurse practitioner who provides primary care and wound care; Harjeet Cheema, a nurse practitioner p...

  • Chief shares fireworks safety tips, legal warnings

    Veronica Jacuinde, Wasco Tribune|Updated Jul 1, 2024

    With the 4th of July right around the corner, Wasco Police Department Chief of Police Charles Fivecoat shared tips and information on how to keep safe this holiday when using fireworks and warned that the use of illegal fireworks can cause severe injury and can result in heavy fines or jail time. "The fireworks that are illegal and nonsafe are more dangerous to use than the ones that are sold legitimately; couple that with people having weekend parties and alcohol is...

  • Free electric cars offered under state program

    Jamie Stewart, The Shafter Press|Updated Jul 1, 2024

    Residents with older cars can trade them in for free electric models under a state program to reduce air emissions. AB617 was passed a few years ago, requiring the state of California to reduce emissions in the air. The city of Shafter was selected as two of the state's disadvantaged areas, because of studies finding citizens' overall health below the norm and the quality of the air. A steering committee was formed and through meetings and discussions, a plan was created to...

  • Wasco schools say goodbye to Zach Ellis

    Veronica Jacuinde, Wasco Tribune|Updated Jul 1, 2024

    Dr. Zach Ellis has 14 years of experience in education, seven of those in Wasco as a teacher at Palm Avenue when it was an elementary school, assistant principal and principal later as a middle school, assistant principal at Thomas Jefferson Middle School, summer school principal at John L. Prueitt Elementary and currently as principal of Teresa Burke Elementary. He will soon become a principal for the Rosedale Union School District, and colleagues who worked with him and...

  • Aera sponsors Camp Keep for Wasco students

    Veronica Jacuinde, Wasco Tribune|Updated Jul 1, 2024

    Aera Energy and Strata Credit Union have partnered to sponsor 380 Wasco elementary school students to attend Camp KEEP, a weeklong environmental education program in San Luis Obispo. Camp KEEP, run by the Kern County Superintendent of Schools Office, provides hands-on learning experiences for students to explore and appreciate the natural world. Through interactive activities, students gain a deeper understanding of environmental science, ecology and conservation. "Our...

  • CREDIT

    Wasco Tribune and The Shafter Press|Updated Jul 1, 2024

    Pictures accompanying last week’s story on a SHS history trip to the east coast were taken by Kendall Marshall. The credit was inadvertently left off the caption....

  • Shafter improving city's parks, roads

    Jamie Stewart, The Shafter Press|Updated Jul 1, 2024

    The city of Shafter has been busy this quarter improving the park system and roads in and around Shafter, continuing the beautification of the city. Thanks to a couple of grants and allocated funds in the projected budget, the city has completed the Stringham Park improvement project, needing just some finishing touches. "We just have to put in a few trees, and the project will be completed," said Public Works Director Michael James. "The trees are from the trees that we...

  • New Shafter Theater's 'Matilda the Musical'

    The Shafter Press|Updated Jul 1, 2024

    Shafter's newest family community theater group will present its first production, ``Matilda the Musical,'' this Friday and Saturday, June 28-29, at 7 p.m. There will be an early show Sunday, June 30, at 5 p.m. All shows will be performed at the Fred Starrh Shafter High School Performing Arts Theater. The new nonprofit Shafter Theater is comprised of community members, and is headed by Chad Givens, with daughter Lauren Givens assisting. According to their Instagram bio they...

  • Red, White and Boom to celebrate independence

    Veronica Jacuinde, Wasco Tribune|Updated Jul 1, 2024

    The Wasco Recreation and Parks District will host 'The Red, White & Boom Fireworks Festival' on Saturday, June 29. This event will bring families and friends together to celebrate the country's independence at Barker Park, enjoying food, vendors, activities, music and a substantial fireworks show. The festival kicks off at 6 p.m. with a flag ceremony, a patriotic tribute led by Boy Scouts Troop 950, and a bike parade in partnership with Wasco Toys for Tigers. Residents can...

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