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 By Toni DeRosa    News    April 15, 2021 

More businesses now open in orange tier

The county is beginning to reopen as it enters the orange tier. Retail no longer has capacity restrictions and museums, zoos and aquariums are now able to increase capacity to 50%. Places of worship a...

 
 By Jamie Stewart    News    April 15, 2021 

2020 DYW Shelbee Ramos bids farewell

On Saturday night, Shelbee Ramos handed her title of Distinguished Young Woman of Shafter to Nicole Morris. This ended the year's reign of Ramos's service as Shafter's DYW. Usually, the DYW of...

 
 By Jamie Stewart    News    April 15, 2021 

Stadium to receive state-of-the-art scoreboard

The renovation project of the Shafter High School stadium is under way, with the demolition of the grandstands, press box and the surrounding track. One of the highlights of the new stadium is going...

 
 By Toni DeRosa    News    April 15, 2021 

Help with funeral expenses related to covid-19 available

The Federal Emergency Management Agency offers an Individual Assistance Program for funeral expenses for covid-19-related deaths and officially began accepting applications on Monday, April 12. “For death to be considered for funeral assistance,...

 
 By Toni DeRosa    News    April 15, 2021 

Wasco Woman's Club rummage sale back in action

The community came out and bought plenty at the Wasco Woman's Club Rummage Sale. The annual sale was back this year after being canceled in 2020 due to the pandemic. Garages were filling up,...

 
 By Sofia Reyes    News    April 15, 2021 

Wasco FFA chapter competes in 5K

From March 21 to March 28, participants across California were able to enjoy running or walking a 5K path of their choosing. The 5K was able to be completed indoors or outdoors, walking, hiking, or...

 
 By Toni DeRosa    News    April 15, 2021 

Wasco 8th grade will have graduation ceremony

Eighth-grade students will be having a live graduation ceremony. "The district will hold live graduation ceremonies for Thomas Jefferson and Palm Avenue Middle Schools on Wednesday, May 26 at 7 p.m....

 
 By Toni DeRosa    News    April 15, 2021 

Wasco animal shelter has 4 adoptable dogs, now taking strays

Animal Control Officers Fidel Lara, Jr., Marco Silva and Eulalia Barraza treat their shelter animals as if they were their own pets. "We only have four dogs at the shelter right now," Lara said....

 
 By Toni DeRosa    News    April 15, 2021 

Wasco man dies in shooting

A 27-year-old Wasco man has died after being shot, the Kern County Sheriff’s Office said. Artemio Saucedo was found by deputies near Western and Poso Avenue. He was pronounced dead at the scene....

 
 By Barbara Ware    News    April 15, 2021 

PEO marches on, installs officers

The new officers for the local JT Chapter of P.E.O were installed recently. The venue for the March meeting was at the home of Pat Ketcherside. The rustic barn and stables and fire pit provided the...

 
 By Toni DeRosa    News    April 8, 2021

City manager: High Speed Rail 'ignored' residents

The High Speed Rail Authority continues to be an ongoing problem for the city. "The reality is, Wasco was a small fish and was ignored," City Manager Daniel Ortiz-Hernandez said. "The city opposed it...

 
 By Toni DeRosa    News    April 8, 2021

WHS freshmen can drive through campus April 19

Monday, April 19 is the official Freshman Launch event at Wasco High School. Freshman Launch will look a bit different than in the past. This will be a drive-thru event where students will drive through campus and be greeted by teachers while...

 

Stolen vehicle found, 2 charged

Two men were arrested April 5 after they were found inside a stolen vehicle with stolen property in it. At approximately 5 p.m., deputies from the Wasco City Substation located the stolen vehicle in the 1000 block of 12th Street. Deputies detained...

 
 By Toni DeRosa    News    April 8, 2021

Kern County moves into orange tier

The state of the pandemic in Kern County is moving in the right direction as the county entered the orange tier this week. Everyone is requested to continue wearing masks and maintaining safe social distancing, Director of Public Health Michelle...

 
 By Jamie Stewart    News    April 8, 2021

Landmark hotel vandalized

Shafter's Green Hotel, a historical landmark, was vandalized for the third time in the last 90 days over the weekend, after several windows were broken, the glass front door was smashed and the fence...

 
 By Jamie Stewart    News    April 8, 2021

Council approves committee to explore library use

The City Council approved forming an adhoc committee that would explore ways to keep the library open. The library is currently open two days a week until June. The City of Shafter came to an...

 
 By Jamie Stewart    News    April 8, 2021

Cemetery district manager to retire

Tim Unruh, who has served Kern County and specifically the areas around Shafter and Wasco, as the district manager of the Kern Cemetery District, is retiring at the end of this week. Unruh has held...

 
 By Jamie Stewart    News    April 8, 2021

Young Adult Theater following the Yellow Brick Road in May production

The city's Young Adult Theater will be presenting their annual production in a couple of weeks, taking local theater-goers down the Yellow Brick Road as they look for the Wizard of Oz. Cris Starrh...

 
 By Jamie Stewart    News    April 8, 2021

Easter message speaks of hope

After a year in hiatus due to the pandemic, the Shafter Community Sunrise Easter Service made a return on April 4. The event began at 6:30 a.m., with music being played as the sun broke over the...

 

Thomas Jefferson honors Cougars of the Month

A group of Thomas Jefferson Middle School students were recently honored with the Cougar of the Month award. The Cougar of the Month Award is designed to spotlight students who best "Respect the PAW"...

 
 By Jamie Stewart    News    April 8, 2021

3 sisters focus on creative businesses during pandemic

The Ceja sisters were determined to make the most out of the pandemic, launching new businesses that not only let them be creative, but bring in some extra income. Vahira Ceja, who has had experience...

 
 By Toni DeRosa    News    April 1, 2021

New Generation Church donates food to seniors

Volunteers carefully packed and delivered bags of food to the residents of the Poso Place Senior Apartments this past week. The effort was part of a community outreach initiative by New Generation...

 
 By Toni DeRosa    News    April 1, 2021

Behavioral Momentum opens 2nd facility

Behavioral Momentum located in Wasco on Annin recently opened its second facility in town. On Nov. 2, 2019, Behavioral Momentum opened its first facility in the city. Because of the pandemic, a...

 
 By Toni DeRosa    News    April 1, 2021

Kern County headed for orange tier

Kern County will remain in the red tier for another week although it’s possible the county will move to the orange tier soon, the state announced. From Tuesday, March 23 to Tuesday, March 30, the...

 

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