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 By Toni DeRosa    News    January 21, 2021 

300 new covid cases reported in city

In Gov. Gavin Newsom’s last covid-19 briefing held in December, he stated that he envisioned school reopening by February. School districts are differing in their opinions. Superintendent of the...

 
 By Jamie Stewart    News    January 21, 2021 

Farmers struggle amid pandemic, do not qualify for programs

Farmers have felt the impact of the coronavirus pandemic as they have worked to keep residents fed and many have not been able to qualify for assistance programs. Almost a year after the beginning of...

 
 By Sarah Velarde    News    January 21, 2021 

Animal shelter charging small fee to surrender pets

The Wasco Animal Shelter is currently limiting the amount of surrendered pets it can accept — and for a fee. The shelter is charging a $20 surrender fee while still accepting strays. “Overcrowding can be an issue,” said Animal Control Officer...

 
 By Jamie Stewart    News    January 21, 2021 

Prout has goals, challenges as Shafter mayor

New Mayor Cathy Prout has some goals for the city as Shafter continues to grow during the pandemic. With a 5-0 vote, the council selected Prout to serve as the city's mayor for the next two years....

 
 By Jamie Stewart    News    January 21, 2021 

Shafter residents, board battle over decision to return to in-person learning

The Richland School District has recently implemented a return to classroom plan that has the board, as well as the community, at odds. The district has started a hybrid return to school plan that...

 
 By Jamie Stewart    News    January 21, 2021 

Shafter business can sell, repair guns in city after ordinance change

he City Council approved an ordinance change that would allow the sales and repair of firearms in the city. A zoning change was required to make this possible. A proposed business, which will sell...

 
 By Jamie Stewart    News    January 21, 2021 

Hazardous waste to be collected at event

The Public Works Department will be holding a household hazardous waste collection on Saturday, Feb. 13 for anyone needing to dispose of hazardous materials. Due to the coronavirus outbreak and...

 
 By Toni DeRosa    News    January 21, 2021 

300 new covid cases reported in Wasco

In Gov. Gavin Newsom’s last covid-19 briefing held in December, he stated that he envisioned school reopening by February. School districts are differing in their opinions. Superintendent of the...

 

A big move for The Press and Tribune

The Shafter Press and Wasco Tribune will have new offices beginning Monday, Feb. 1. The paper's new address: 406 Kern St., Suite E, Shafter, facing Central Avenue. The City of Shafter is selling the building at 406 Central Ave. where the Press is...

 
 By Toni DeRosa    News    January 21, 2021 

Cameras will be reading license plates

The City Council introduced the Flock Safety Program during its meeting to help deputies read license plates. This program gives the deputies automated license plate reading technology to utilize in...

 
 By Toni DeRosa    News    January 21, 2021 

Ag company prepares land for planting

Frank Sanchez is a busy man, running a business along with being a pastor at New Generation Church. His business, Frank Sanchez Ag LLC, has been grinding trees and prepping orchards for 17 years. "We...

 
 By Toni DeRosa    News    January 21, 2021 

Fiesta Latina Market delivers for free

Fiesta Latina has risen to the challenge of operating during the pandemic, delivering to residents for free. "We deliver to our customers free of charge as a service to our community," said owner...

 
 By Toni DeRosa    News    January 14, 2021

Mayor receives covid vaccine

Mayor Alex Garcia receives his first covid-19 vaccination on Wednesday, Jan. 6, through his employer at Universal Urgent Care in Bakersfield. He is scheduled for his second dose on Wednesday, Feb....

 
 By Toni DeRosa    News    January 14, 2021

Deputies find gun during chase

Deputies recently confiscated a gun on Griffith Avenue after a driver fled the scene. On Monday, Jan. 11, Kern County Sheriff's Office deputies were called to the 1300 block of Griffith Avenue to...

 
 By Toni DeRosa    News    January 14, 2021

WUESD superintendent: No return to campus during third quarter

The Wasco Union Elementary School District will not be returning to in-class learning during the third quarter, Superintendent Kelly Richers told school board members at a meeting Jan. 12. "Back when...

 
 By Toni DeRosa    News    January 14, 2021

City manager: Wasco water issues have receded

City Manager Daniel Ortiz-Hernandez said the city is in a good place regarding last summer's water issue. "Well 14 is nearly complete and right now we're not in the peak months that would increase...

 
 By Jamie Stewart    News    January 14, 2021

Shafter council OKs survey of Highway 43 along Los Angeles Avenue

Highway 43 between Los Angeles and Galpin streets may be expanding after the City Council approved a survey. Shoulder work will be done along this route, increasing the safety of the roadway. The...

 
 By Jamie Stewart    News    January 14, 2021

Colours Festival canceled for 2021

The Shafter Colours Committee has announced that the 2021 festival has been canceled. "We are sorry that we have had to come to this conclusion, but we will see you all in 2022," said Larry Starrh,...

 
 By Jamie Stewart    News    January 14, 2021

Virus surges with over 230 new cases in Shafter

The city has seen the number of new cases of covid-19 increase last week, despite campaigns to slow the spread. Last week, there were 237 new cases, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to...

 
 By Jamie Stewart    News    January 14, 2021

Richland schools continue learning from a distance

Richland schools have been utilizing distance learning since the beginning of the pandemic and it has not been easy. Several instances of trouble with connectivity has hindered the process, according to some parents. “I have had a lot of trouble...

 
 By Jamie Stewart    News    January 14, 2021

Gossamer Grove expands with new series

The Homestead Series by Lennar Homes is now available, as Lennar Homes invites prospective homebuyers to tour the houses through virtual tours, self-guided tours or personal tours by appointment. The...

 
 By Jamie Stewart    News    January 7, 2021

Roundtable addresses rise in crime

Fresh on the heels of the second homicide in the city in a one-week period, a roundtable discussion was held to address the issue. Hosted by council members Tilo Cortez and Vincent Martinez, the Zoom meeting had over 20 people in attendance including...

 
 By Sarah Velarde    News    January 7, 2021

Wasco council discusses issue of public safety

The first City Council meeting of the year Tuesday night focused on the issue of public safety in Wasco. Council members hoped to shed light on rising numbers of gun crimes, and an apparent increase in general crime in the community. Thirteen communi...

 
 By Jamie Stewart    News    January 7, 2021

Company fined for failure to adequately protect workers

Primex, the Wasco nut processor, was fined over $77,000 for violations related to the coronavirus outbreak that took place at the company in June. The violations state that the company failed to...

 
 By Jamie Stewart    News    January 7, 2021

Wasco was full of ups and downs in 2020

2020 will always be referred to as the Year of the Virus, but the city managed to thrive during the pandemic. Here is a brief look at the year. January In January, at a City Council meeting, three...

 

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