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'I bleed orange and black,' says new WHS principal

Raised in Wasco, Russel Prado knew from his freshman year in high school that he wanted to be a teacher and teach in his hometown of Wasco. Prado was forced to move out of Wasco in April of his...

Meeting 'Zooms' in on schools, library status

Representatives of several agencies met virtually recently to discuss the challenges presented by the coronavirus. Those in attendance included Russell Shipley, principal of Shafter High School; Rosa...

Danny Escalante was loved by many

When you ask about anyone about Daniel "Danny" Escalante, you are bound to hear a variety of adjectives, such as generous, kind, hard working. But most people who knew him will mention that Escalante...

Fall sports put on hold

The pandemic, which cost last year's high school seniors their chance to compete in the spring sports season, will sideline fall sports as well. The California Interscholastic Federation has ruled...

Wasco school superintendent issues new guidelines

Students in the Wasco Union Elementary School District will begin the school year with distance learning only because Kern County is back on the governor’s watch list, Superintendent Kelly Richers says. Richers said he had hoped the school would...

City buildings again are closed to public

Following guidelines put forth by the county and the Kern County Health Department, Shafter has closed its city buildings until the governor announces that the restrictions have been eased. Two weeks...

Restrictions revived as cases spike

For the second time in three months, Shafter has shut down its city buildings, as well most of the businesses in town, because the governor has placed Kern County back on the state’s watch list during the coronavirus pandemic. With the spike in...

Pastor's Corner: The struggle makes the victory sweet

“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” Philippians 4:13 Have you ever come against a struggle, a roadblock, or a seemingly insurmountable obstacle? Of course, you have if you...

OBITUARY: Arthur James Penner

Arthur James Penner was born on March 16, 1925, in Shafter,, to John C. and Susan Thiessen Penner. He was the fifth of six children in the family. The family had moved from Herbert, Saskatchewan,...

OBITUARY: Jacob Michael Mulligan

Jacob Michael Mulligan was born on January 19, 2000 and passed away unexpectedly in his sleep on July 24, 2020. Jacob came to live with the Mulligan family when he was 15 months old, along with his...

Kenneth Lee German

Kenneth Lee German, born June 1930 in Burbank to Alfred Edwin German and Margrethe Sofia Hoffing, went home to be with the Lord July 12, 2020, in Camarillo at the age of 90. He graduated from...

Liz Carrasco-Wright

Liz Carrasco-Wright, 63, passed away on July 25, 2020, in Bakersfield. Visitation will be on Wednesday, July 29, 2020, from 5 to 6 p.m. for siblings and from 6 to 10 p.m. for all others at Basham...

Balbina Sanchez

Balbina Sanchez, 77, passed away on July 26, 2020 at her home in Bakersfield, CA. She was born on March 8, 1943 in Los Angeles, CA to Ernesto Trejo and Benita Velasco. Balbina grew up in Los Angeles...

Travis Weston Unruh

Travis Weston Unruh was born on October 22, 1989, in Bakersfield, to Timothy Warren and LaVonne Beth (Janzen) Unruh. He was received in heaven on July 31, 2020, by his Lord and Savior. He was the...

John Max Howard

John Max Howard, age 88, died on Sunday, July 19, 2020 at Mercy Hospital. John was born on Aug. 10, 1931, in Claremore, Okla., to Roy and Georgia Martin Howard, their fourth of six children. John...

Death Notices - July 30, 2020

Adelaida R. Montes Terrazas, 75, of Shafter, passed away July 22. Peters Funeral Home Shafter. Antonia “Tona” Arellano, 88, of McFarland, passed away July 21 in Delano. Peters Funeral Home Wasco. Rigoberto Ramirez, 51, of Wasco, passed away...

Glenna Lee Fannin Smith

Glenna Lee Fannin Smith passed away July 25, 2020, in La Mesa. She was born in Wasco to Clinton Lee and Josephine Krause Fannin on Dec. 14, 1934. Glenna leaves behind sisters Marlene Swan of Wasco...

OBITUARY: Caudie Faye Brown

Caudie F. Brown, age 82, of Shafter, passed away on July 29, 2020. She is now resting with her husband, Bill, and her son, Richard. Caudie's faith was strong, and no doubt she is enjoying the...

Arrest Report - July 30, 2020

July 24 Porfirio Aragon, 20, of Shafter, was arrested for violation of felony parole, conspiracy to commit a crime and wireless device into jail/prison for inmate. July 20 Espirion Garcia Salinas, 40, of Shafter, was arrested for controlled...

Mystery History - July 30, 2020

Here's this week's challenge, courtesy of the Shafter Historical Society. If you know the location, circumstances, exact or rough date and/or people in the photo, send your educated (or semieducated)...

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