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 By Jamie Stewart    News    August 6, 2020

Kern Fire Dept. charges could spike

Shafter and Wasco are among nine communities facing a spike of up to 200% in the cost of services provided by the Kern County Fire Department. Ryan Alsop, the chief administrative officer for the KCFD, said the department has been undercharging the...

 
 By Jamie Stewart    News    August 6, 2020

Virus spikes; mask compliance poor

Despite digital road signs that implore residents to “Wear a Mask” and “Stop the Spread,” the number of people testing positive continues to rise and some officials are concerned by the...

 
 By Toni DeRosa    News    August 6, 2020

Wonderful establishes covid-19 relief fund

Submissions are now open for the Wonderful Community grants program offering funding during time of critical need. The Wonderful Company, dedicated to harvesting health around the world, has...

 

Arrest Report - Aug.8, 2020

AUG. 2 Rogelio Barajas, of Shafter, was arrested for obstruction of a public officer, trespassing and controlled substance paraphernalia. Mariana Ortega, 20, of Shafter, was arrested on a misdemeanor bench warrant. AUG. 1 Leo John Barboza Jr., was...

 

Community Calendar - Aug. 6, 2020

NEW: Utility bill payments -- The City of Wasco reminds residents that the official city website at wasco.com is the only authorized avenue to pay utility bills online. NEW: Coronavirus testing -- FREE Covid-19 testing is available; insurance will...

 

Mystery History - Aug. 6, 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...

 

Headlines in History - Aug. 6, 2020

10 years ago: 2010 David Boyt became the assistant principal of Shafter High School. 20 years ago: 2000 Kiwanis Club introduces 29 teachers at their luncheon. Among them were Erica Chavez, Ruth...

 
 By Jamie Stewart    News    August 6, 2020

Residents lobby to save Shafter library

A group of Shafter residents has helped the campaign to reopen the Shafter branch of the Kern County Libraries, which received countywide attention recently as it attracted news cameras and a front...

 
 By Jamie Stewart    News    August 6, 2020

Group supports fight to stop human trafficking

On July30, more than a dozen Shafter residents wearing blue and holding signs gathered outside the Tin Cup to recognize Human Trafficking Awareness Day. Back in 2011, President Barack Obama signed a...

 
 By Jamie Stewart    News    August 6, 2020

4 renewable diesel stations open

Neste, the world's largest producer of renewable diesel, has opened four new locations. One of the stations, operated by Jeffries Brothers Petroleum, is in Shafter, two are in Wasco and one is in...

 

Wasco's aging water wells need upgrade; Problem was years in the making

The city has been going in "the wrong direction" for the last 13 years in fixing its crumbling water infrastructure, and it will have to spend millions – likely $30 million plus -- to fix it, City...

 
 By Toni DeRosa    News    August 6, 2020

Wasco High to start with distance learning

Classes for Wasco High School and Wasco Independent High School will start with distance learning only on Aug. 12. Robert Cobb, assistant superintendent of the Wasco Union High School District, announced last week that the beginning of school was...

 
 By Toni DeRosa    News    August 6, 2020

Grand Slam Slugger still a hit at Denny's

Denny's has been a staple on Highway 46 for over 10 years and draws hungry travelers from Highway 5 headed both north and south. And outdoor diners have been stepping up to the plate. "Our most-popula...

 

Pastor's Corner: Have faith in God

Most everyone will agree that these are turbulent and uncertain times that we live in. 2nd Timothy 3:1 calls it perilous times, or hard, difficult, grievous, and fierce times. Many people are fearful...

 

Death Notices - Aug. 6, 2020

Bruce A. Hall, 64, of Bakersfield, passed away July 28 in Bakersfield. Peters Funeral Home,Shafter. Lynden Dale Allen, 61, of Shafter, passed away July 5. Peters Funeral Home, Shafter. Miranda Ricarda, 89, of Shafter, passed away July 29 in Shafter....

 

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,...

 

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...

 

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...

 

Classified Ads - Aug. 6, 2020

#1 YARD SALE SHAFTER GARAGE SALE --189 Pine St., Shafter. Saturday, Aug. 8, 6:30-11:30 a.m. Little bit of everything. #1 YARD SALE WASCO #2 AUTO/MOTORCYCLES FOR SALE 2005 Chrysler 300, $1,800. Clean tags, non-op. new parts, custom rims, needs work...

 

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