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 By Toni DeRosa    News    December 5, 2019 

Latest health crisis: Vaping

Attendees at the latest Wasco Coalition meeting heard the health risks of vaping. The guest speakers for Wednesday's meeting came from the California Health Collaborative, led by Community Engagement...

 
 By Toni DeRosa    News    December 5, 2019 

HSRA wants changes in pact with city

The City Council listened to changes the High Speed Rail Authority has proposed in its agreements with the city. City Manager Daniel Ortiz-Hernandez presented Amendment #3 sent to the city from the...

 
 By Toni DeRosa    News    December 5, 2019 

Pond runners head to Jr. Olympics

The Pond Running Club, a nonprofit organization under the guidance and coaching of Humberto Vargas, has been fundraising toward another trip for runners to compete in the Junior Olympics. Vargas, the...

 

Camps leave a lasting legacy

A joint funeral service was held at First Presbyterian Church in Bakersfield on Monday for local pioneers Donald and Izetta Camp, who passed away just days of each other last week in Bakersfield,...

 
 By Toni DeRosa    News    November 28, 2019

Ex-substation sergeant dies

Former Wasco substation Sergeant Ian Chandler, now a commander in the Kern County Sheriff's Department, died last week, one day before his 49th birthday. No cause was given for his death on Nov. 17,...

 
 By Toni DeRosa    News    November 28, 2019

Palm Ave. kids learn about careers

Approximately 600 students attended the Palm Avenue Middle School career fair held in the cafeteria last week. Principal Oscar Luna opened the first-ever event Thursday, with students eagerly...

 

Correction - Nov. 28, 2019

In a profile of Teresa’s Mexican Restaurant last week, ownership of the eatery was incorrect. It is owned by a family trust, and managed by Sherrie Aguilar. Krista Arrambide is the assistant. The Tribune regrets the error....

 
 By Toni DeRosa    News    November 21, 2019

Big price for car hustle

A local property owner is in conflict with the city over cars stored in the back and front of his home – to the tune of $24,500 in fines. He presented his case before the City Council Tuesday...

 
 By Toni DeRosa    News    November 21, 2019

Mayor's roundtable addresses current issues

Approximately 25 people attended Mayor Alex Garcia's roundtable discussion to address public safety, behavioral mental health and local resource census 2020 information. At the beginning of his term...

 

High Speed Rail gets environmental OK

The California High Speed Rail Authority has recently completed the Environmental Clearance for the final 23-mile route between Shafter and Bakersfield. This clearance completes the state’s environm...

 

Farming icons leave a legacy

There will be a joint funeral service held at First Presbyterian Church in Bakersfield on Monday for local pioneers Donald and Izetta Camp, who passed away just days of each other last week, after...

 
 By Toni DeRosa    News    November 21, 2019

Wasco Woman's Club holds auction

The Wasco Woman's Club was bustling with energy as members contributed items to be auctioned off last week. The Nov. 12 auction at the club was a small fundraiser to help supplement the cost of the...

 

Maple School's Red Ribbon

Maple Elementary School showed support for Red Ribbon Week with an all-school "Red Out" on Oct. 29. The theme was "Your Future is Key, Stay Drug Free." (Photo by Niki Espinoza)...

 
 By Toni DeRosa    News    November 21, 2019

TJ names Cougars of the Month

Thomas Jefferson Middle School announced the October Cougars of the Month for both seventh and eighth grades. The award spotlights students who best “Respect the PAW” -- Perseverance, Attitude...

 

WIHS student honor

Wasco Independence High School has announced that Robert Race has come a long way from when he first started at WIHS. He is now a very motivated student and his work is evidence of his capability....

 
 By Toni DeRosa    News    November 14, 2019

Veterans have their day

Teresa Burke held its annual Veterans Day memorial event on campus. Local veterans attended the event Friday morning. Several arrived early and had a chance to visit with fellow veterans. Prior to...

 
 By Toni DeRosa    News    November 14, 2019

Wasco man sought in stabbing

Kern County Sheriff's deputies from the Wasco substation are asking for the public's assistance in locating a suspect in a recent stabbing. Since the incident on Oct. 21, deputies working at the...

 
 By Toni DeRosa    News    November 7, 2019

A week of rivalry

Last week, the Wasco Tigers held the traditional Wednesday night rally in preparation for the Shafter vs. Wasco rivalry game. On Friday evening, November 1, the Wasco Tigers made their way to the...

 
 By Toni DeRosa    News    November 7, 2019

Cities shakin' at rallies

Feeling like two earthquakes, rival exchange rallies were held at Shafter and Wasco last Friday. Traditionally, the exchange rallies are not only noisy, but often tense with mounting pressure before...

 
 By Toni DeRosa    News    November 7, 2019

Changes in city personnel

City Planner Roger Mobley is set to retire in January 2020 and Senior Planner Keri Cobb has been promoted to the position of community development director with an annual salary of $115,000. “Cobb...

 
 By Toni DeRosa    News    November 7, 2019

Día de los Muertos celebrated

Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) is a holiday celebrated throughout Mexico and by people of Mexican heritage. It's a day to recognize, honor and give love to lost relatives. Often, families...

 
 By Toni DeRosa    News    October 31, 2019

Support for healthy choices

Forrest Elementary School celebrated Red Ribbon Week last week as a call to action to speak out in support of healthy choices. It was also a reminder to all that by staying drug free, students send a...

 
 By Toni DeRosa    News    October 31, 2019

Unity Day at Palm Avenue School

Palm Avenue Middle School kicked off its part of Red Ribbon Week with a special day last week. On Oct. 23, the school held its first Unity Day, and everyone was asked to wear orange shirts to school....

 

Shafter man shot dead on Highway 46

A Shafter man shot in Wasco on Monday has been identified. Jose Ascencion Garcia, 55, was shot and killed in the 800 block of Highway 46 in Wasco around 1:52 a.m. Garcia was pronounced dead at the scene. Deputies from the Wasco Substation had been...

 
 By Toni DeRosa    News    October 31, 2019

Volunteers come through in community cleanup

Volunteers from the City Council, Wasco High School, Code Enforcement and the Sheriff's Athletic League all participated in the most-recent community cleanup. Code Enforcement officers led the...

 

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