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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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...

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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...

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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...

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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"...

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...

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Tigers displays good defense, but fall behind

The Wasco Tigers fought hard against Tulare Western High School last week, but came up short 12-8. Elias Salinas scored the touchdown and Jacob Ruiz scored the 2 points in last week's game. "We...

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Generals stomp Broncos, continue undefeated

The Shafter High Generals shut down the Kern Valley Broncos, 48-0, continuing their undefeated streak since their recent win against Arvin. Celebrating their seniors during Senior Night, Quarterback...

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Pastor's Corner: Words can bless and they can curse

How can one live in peace in a hostile world? 1 Peter 3:10-12: For “He who would love life And see good days, Let him refrain his tongue from evil, And his lips from speaking deceit. Let him turn...

Death Notices - April 8, 2021

Christine Joyce Konvicka, 31, of Buttonwillow, passed away March 22 in Bakersfield. Peters Funeral Home, Shafter. Jesus “Jesse” Vicente Garcia, 86, of Wasco, passed away March 31 in Bakersfield. Peters Funeral Home, Wasco. Artemio Saucedo, 27,...

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Gail Loveless

Gail Jeanette (Bergen) Loveless was born in Bakersfield on Sept. 24, 1947, to parent Jake and Vivian Bergen. On March 30, 2021, Gail passed away at her home surrounded by family. Gail became a...

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Jesus 'Jesse' Vicente Garcia

Jesus Vicente Garcia was born Dec 24, 1934 in Chihuahua, Mexico. He passed away March 3, 2021 in Bakersfield. He was preceded in death by his parents Vicente and Carolina Garcia, wife Virginia...

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Daniel "Danny" Preston Towse

Daniel Preston Towse, "Danny," was born Aug. 28, 1983 in Bakersfield. He passed away March 22, 2021 in Gardena. He is survived by his girlfriend, Sarah Velasquez and her children; Bella, Ty, Levi...

Arrest Report - April 8, 2021

March 29 Daniel Morales Jr., 26, of Shafter, was arrested on the 500 block of Rodeo Ave. for evading a public officer, disregarding safety, evading peace officer, possession of a controlled substance, exceeding max 55 speeding and driving with a...

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Looking Back in History: The Paneros brought Hollywood to Shafter

This article by Shafter resident Dolly Hei originally appeared in the Shafter Historical Society's newsletter, Spring 2015. From the late 1930s into the '60s the Panero brothers of Delano, August and...

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Mystery History - April 8, 2021

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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Headlines in History - April 8, 2021

10 years ago: April 13, 2011 The Shafter/Wasco community came together for the Relay for Life. The event had over 500 participants help raise money. 20 years ago: April 18, 2001 Former Shafter...

Classified Ads - April 18, 2021

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