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Manuel Garcia vying to complete vision for city

There are three seats available on the City Council being contested between six candidates including the three incumbents of those seats. Current members Manuel Garcia, Gilbert Alvarado, Chad Givens...

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Students receiving meals during pandemic

The Richland School District Food Services department has been hard at work since the pandemic forced the school buildings to close its doors. Though the students are not able to attend school...

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K-9 team joins the Shafter Police Department

The Shafter Police Department has an active K-9 Unit that has been serving the city since the reinstatement of the program. The team consists of Senior Officer Kevin Green and his K-9 partner, Ecko....

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Shafter man dies in accident

A Shafter man was killed on Saturday when the ATV he was riding crashed into a power pole near Wasco. Jesus Manuel Luna II, 28, was riding on Wildwood Road south of Highway 46 near Wasco. California...

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Wasco City Council candidates forum helps inform voters

The six City Council candidates - four from District 2 and two from District 4 - gathered Oct. 7 for a forum at Life House Church. Wasco Woman's Club member and forum moderator Jill Drescher,...

Man wounded in shooting near Shafter

A 35-year-old Shafter man was seriously wounded after a shooting Saturday morning on the outskirts of town. Kern County Sheriff’s Office said that deputies were dispatched to the area of Poplar Avenue and Burbank Street after receiving reports of...

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Bakersfield College and the Shafter Library partnership being explored

In recent rulings, the City Council is looking into the possibility of the Shafter Branch Library partnering with Bakersfield College to offer the community a chance to utilize the services. Since...

Red tier means more businesses open in city

Kern County entered the red tier on Tuesday, opening the doors of more businesses and public buildings. The tiers, determined by the state and Public Department of Human Safety’s Virus Grading Scale, dictate how the county is handling the...

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Adventist Health thriving one year later

Adventist Health owned by Dr. Isaac Sanchez opened up a year ago at 1040 7th St. Inside the office, the waiting room chairs are now safely distanced and each patient is greeted by a receptionist...

Forum announced for WUHSD candidates

On Monday evening, Oct. 19, the Wasco Union High School District board candidates will have a forum beginning at 6 p.m. The forum will be available for attendees on Wasco Is on Facebook at that time. Even though Kern County is now in the red tier,...

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Wasco Frosty King family impresses by its customer service

Frosty King has been in the same family for over 35 years, and Mohamed Pazou is currently running the Wasco restaurant. The family is originally from Hanford where they owned a liquor store until...

Couch's Corner: Kern County Animal Services reaches no-kill status

As Fourth District supervisor, I work with Kern County Animal Services on efforts to reduce the euthanasia rates in our county. Recently, KCAS announced for the first time on record, that the shelters operated by the department reached no kill...

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OBITUARY: Omer Adams

Omer Charles Adams was a beloved husband and father. Omer was born Jan. 18, 1941, in Poteau, Okla. He came to California by Greyhound bus in 1957 at 16 years old with his family, where they settled...

Death Notices - Oct. 15, 2020

Agnes ``Lagatha’’ Meek, 81, of Wasco, passed away Oct. 6 in Wasco. Basham & Lara Funeral Care, Shafter. Yolanda Gutierrez Tellez, 19, of Shafter, passed away Oct. 5 in Shafter. Basham & Lara Funeral Care Shafter. Timothy W Skaggs, 53, of...

Arrest Report - Oct. 15, 2020

Oct. 11 Nicholas Medrano, 22, of Shafter, was arrested for disorderly conduct: under the influence drug. Luis Angel Perez Sanchez, 19, of Shafter, was arrested on a felony bench warrant. Oct. 10 Mayra Alejandra Peralez, 41, of Shafter, was arrested...

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Mystery History - Oct. 15, 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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Headlines in History - Oct. 15, 2020

10 Years Ago: Nov. 11, 2010 The Shafter Police Department received a new device called FAST ID. It links into the California ID system within 20-25 seconds to identify a suspect by their...

Classified ads - Oct. 15, 2020

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Pet of the Week: Skelly

Swing by the Wasco Animal Shelter to meet Skelly. Skelly is a 10-year-old, male, medium black/white/cream short-coat Labrador. He came in as a stray. Skelly is not microchipped or neutered. He is...

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