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 By Toni DeRosa    News    November 26, 2020 

Businesses adjust again to purple tier

After Kern County dropped back to the purple tier, businesses have become more stringent about the wearing of masks and social distancing. Residents were warned a week in advance that the numbers...

 
 By Toni DeRosa    News    November 26, 2020 

Wasco High principal steps up to assistant superintendent

Principal Kevin Tallon led the students and staff at Wasco High School by example when he displayed kindness and compassion. He has always had an open-door policy and visitors are welcome. A 1995...

 
 By Toni DeRosa    News    November 19, 2020

Governor puts almost all of state in purple tier

Gov. Gavin Newsome has put the brakes on with regard to reopening, citing that because of double the number of covid-19 cases since last week, the state is back down to the most-restrictive tier. The state was warned last week by Newsom that the...

 
 By Toni DeRosa    News    November 19, 2020

Veterans honored during first-ever virtual ceremony

Veterans Day is the one day of the year when America recognizes its veterans in all branches of the United States military and honors each of them by thanking them for their service to our country....

 
 By Toni DeRosa    News    November 19, 2020

Movie night brings community together safely

The Recreation and Parks Department of Wasco put on its second movie night at Barker Square. The movie “Angry Birds” was enjoyed by many residents who knew this was probably going to be the last...

 
 By Toni DeRosa    News    November 19, 2020

Love Wasco brings community together amid pandemic

It's been a long time since a physical event has taken place in town, and Canyon Hills started off the Thanksgiving season with a free outdoor clothing and lunch giveaway. Attendees were all grateful...

 
 By Toni DeRosa    News    November 12, 2020

Kern may go to Purple Tier

The news is currently grim for Kern County due to the increase in covid-19 cases. The state is threatening to move Kern County back to the purple tier; however, the county has been given another week...

 
 By Toni DeRosa    News    November 12, 2020

Wasco State Prison warden retires

John Sutton, warden at the Wasco State Prison, is retiring Nov. 20. Last week on Nov. 4, the prison held a luncheon in Sutton's honor, recognizing his many years of service for the Department of...

 
 By Toni DeRosa    News    November 12, 2020

2 die in crash on Highway 46

Two people died after a crash Monday, Nov. 9. The Kern County Sheriff’s Office reported Alexi Jovani Murillo, 31, of Wasco, was driving a BMW that collided with a Honda drive by Celeste Christine...

 
 By Toni DeRosa    News    November 5, 2020

Kern County could lose red tier status

The county could lose its red tier status due to a change in metrics by the governor. “The governor has created a new metric – positivity rate — and Wasco is currently at 7.5%,” Assistant to...

 
 By Toni DeRosa    News    October 29, 2020

Spooky and safe

Families experienced a different kind of Halloween event as the Wasco Library parking lot was turned into a social distanced Trunk or Treat event. Cars filed through one at a time as kids accepted...

 
 By Toni DeRosa    News    October 29, 2020

Miller recalls fond memories of Wasco High

This is part of an ongoing series featuring Wasco High graduates. Growing up in the 1950s, segregation was a part of everyday life for John Miller. "I attended segregated schools beginning with Dunbar...

 
 By Toni DeRosa    News    October 22, 2020

Wasco parks district seeks grant to upgrade pools

The Recreation and Parks District is applying for a $8.2 million grant for two new pools. The board unanimously voted to put in the pools, board member Sharon Sharp said. Sharp said that the grant has a Dec. 14 deadline and is part of Proposition...

 
 By Toni DeRosa    News    October 22, 2020

Groups of students to return to the Wasco classrooms

Small groups of students will return to school Oct. 26, Wasco High School Principal Kevin Tallon announced. Tallon said because the county is now in the red tier, which allows schools to bring students back for in-person instruction, small groups of...

 
 By Toni DeRosa    News    October 15, 2020

Wasco moves into red tier

Many think the number 13 is an unlucky number, but for Kern County and Wasco residents, Tuesday, Oct. 13 was a lucky day. The county officially moved from the purple tier to the red tier, which means...

 
 By Toni DeRosa    News    October 15, 2020

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,...

 
 By Toni DeRosa    News    October 15, 2020

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,...

 
 By Toni DeRosa    News    October 15, 2020

Wasco library opening with restrictions

The Wasco Library will be opening up and providing limited service. Kern County is attempting to keep as many libraries open as possible during this pandemic. As the county moves from the purple tier...

 
 By Toni DeRosa    News    October 15, 2020

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...

 
 By Toni DeRosa    News    October 15, 2020

WUHSD district preparing for reopening

Special education, English learners, homeless and at-risk students could return to in-person instruction as soon as Oct. 27, reported Assistant Superintendent Rob Cobb at the Oct. 8 board meeting. Cob...

 
 By Toni DeRosa    News    October 15, 2020

Man in critical condition after shooting

A man was seriously injured Saturday after a shooting in Wasco. On Oct. 10, deputies were dispatched at 9 p.m. to the 1000 block of 16th St. where a man was found with multiple gunshot wounds. The man was alert and conscious and airlifted to Kern...

 

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...

 
 By Toni DeRosa    News    October 8, 2020

The Wonderful Company awards 15 covid-19 grants

The Wonderful Company has awarded 15 grants through its $1 million Covid-19 Relief Fund. Recipients include Central California Food Bank, Maple Elementary School, Kern County Library, Buttonwillow...

 
 By Toni DeRosa    News    October 8, 2020

Purple today, red next week?

Even though Kern County remains in the purple tier, the fourth-highest risk group, of the governor’s four-tier program, many in the county are hoping that with the decline in positive tests during...

 
 By Toni DeRosa    News    October 8, 2020

Pandemic affecting all local fundraising

Small businesses, schools and sports are not the only activities that have been affected by the covid-19; local nonprofits have also generated less revenue due to the pandemic. Nonprofits and...

 

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