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  • KC Public Works to hold hazardous waste event at landfill

    Jamie Stewart, The Shafter Press|Updated Feb 19, 2024

    Kern County Public Works will be holding a Free Hazardous Household Waste event at the Shafter/Wasco Landfill on Scofield Avenue in Shafter on Saturday, Feb. 17. The event will run from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Residents will have a chance to dispose of items that are not accepted with regular trash collection. Examples are batteries, motor oil, paint, light bulbs, pool chemicals, automotive products and cleaning products. Residents must label all containers, make sure the containers...

  • Clay shooting for a cause

    Veronica Jacuinde, Wasco Tribune|Updated Feb 19, 2024

    The Wasco Elks Lodge #2419 will host its 2nd Annual Clay Shoot Tournament on Saturday, April 6, at the Kern County Gun Club. Jeff Tackett, past exalted ruler, is spearheading the event. "It's a shotgun start like golf. There are teams of five with 18 stations. Each team will take turns shooting at each station. The highest score among the teams, male, female, youth shooter, will win a trophy." He invites the community to attend. "Come out. You'll have fun. It's interesting."...

  • Minter Field celebrates anniversary

    Jamie Stewart, The Shafter Press|Updated Feb 19, 2024

    Minter Field in Shafter celebrated the 82nd anniversary of the Dedication of the Minter Field Air Field on Saturday, holding an open house for residents to check out the facelift the museum underwent recently. Thanks to a donation from the Johnson Family Foundation, the museum was able to repaint the building and also remodeled a storage room into a new exhibit for the museum. According to Museum President Ronald Pierce, the support from numerous individuals and organizations...

  • WRPD keeps kids active with sports programs

    Veronica Jacuinde, Wasco Tribune|Updated Feb 19, 2024

    There is full lineup of activities for the youth of Wasco offered by the Wasco Recreation and Parks District, with registration now open. "Wasco Little League Baseball is open to boys ages 7-12 who reside or attend any schools within our boundaries," WRPD Manager Chris Serna said. It is a live-pitch baseball program. "This is a competitive division with rules and guidelines associated with Little League International. There is a Majors and Minors Division offered." The Majors...

  • City of Shafter welcomes new employees

    Jamie Stewart, The Shafter Press|Updated Feb 19, 2024

    The Shafter Police Department recognized several officers and employees at a welcome ceremony recently. Police officers and dispatchers took their new oaths at the event on Tuesday, making their entry onto the force official. The SPD welcomed dispatchers Jannete Denis, Emanuel Gomez and Joshua Ryan, who replaced a number who joined the new Wasco force.. Also honored were Animal Control Services Worker Kelly New and extra help administrative assistant Hermila Aleman. Acting...

  • City Finance Department honored with professional award

    Veronica Jacuinde, Wasco Tribune|Updated Feb 19, 2024

    The City of Wasco has been awarded the prestigious Annual Comprehensive Financial Report award for 2022. This achievement marks a significant milestone for the city, since it was last recognized in 2012. "This award is a testament to the dedication and hard work of every member of our team. Over the years, we've faced challenges such as frequent staffing shortages and frequent leadership turnover within the Finance Department, making this achievement even more remarkable,"...

  • THE RACE FOR COUNTY SUPERVISOR | Alex Garcia

    Veronica Jacuinde, Wasco Tribune and The Shafter Press|Updated Feb 19, 2024

    First in a series of interviews with candidates for Kern County supervisor in the 4th District, including the Shafter and Wasco areas. VERONICA JACUINDE The Shafter Press and Wasco Tribune Alex Garcia was born and raised in Wasco. He attended Fresno State University and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in political science. Garcia moved back to Kern County in 2015 to work for Assemblyman Rudy Salas as a field representative for Arvin, Lamont, Wasco and Shafter. “I built...

  • A full weekend in living Colours

    Jamie Stewart, The Shafter Press|Updated Feb 19, 2024

    Colours: The Shafter Arts Festival is back and there's something for everyone. Just look at the schedule. The festival goes from Thursday, Feb. 22, through Sunday, Feb. 25, starting with the traditional Shafter Community Chest drive-thru Spaghetti Dinner on Thursday, followed by Coffee House Strings music at the Tin Cup. On Friday, take a history tour of the Minter Field Air Museum, then the Art Gallery at the Ford Theater, and end the day at The Tin Cup with an evening of...

  • Richland improves in English and match, but absenteeism doubles

    Jamie Stewart, The Shafter Press|Updated Feb 19, 2024

    The Richland School District is on track with their budget so far this year, according to the LCAP report that tracks educational and financial goals. The district's Board of Trustees received the midyear report Tuesday night, The budgetary evaluation was "satisfactory," with the only difference from the budget and the actual spending so far is the money which was used as part of the emergency covid funding that every district received. On the educational front, the district i...

  • Self-maintaining landfill within reach

    Jamie Stewart, The Shafter Press|Updated Feb 13, 2024

    The Shafter/Wasco Landfill took one more step to being a completely self-maintaining facility when it announced the completion of a system that will bag compost for local residents. The landfill has made compost available for Kern County residents for a little over a year, allowing them to pick it up for their gardens, compost piles and many other uses. "More and more people are getting involved in operating their own compost piles, letting them fertilize their own gardens,"...

  • Maberry strives to make Wasco a 'showcase district'

    Veronica Jacuinde, Wasco Tribune|Updated Feb 13, 2024

    Brad Maberry, a dedicated educator and community leader, has been an integral part of the Wasco Union Elementary School District since 1996. Starting as a teacher, he has gradually climbed the ranks and, in 2023, assumed the role of superintendent. He is a native of Bakersfield but has worked in Wasco since 1996. "It's a magnificent small town with caring parents and community members; the small-town culture is really what has kept me here." Maberry has stayed involved in the...

  • Local football player represents Shafter at All American Bowl

    Jamie Stewart, The Shafter Press|Updated Feb 13, 2024

    David Espinoza, an 11-year-old Maple School student, recently represented Shafter at the All American Bowl in Florida. Espinoza was only one of two players in the state selected to participate in the game. Espinoza, who now plays on a travel team that competes all over the state, played for two years with the Shafter Commanders of the Golden Empire Youth Football League. Espinoza represented Shafter, Kern County and California. In June, Espinoza traveled to the Army/Navy...

  • Council recognizes outstanding citizens, two and four-legged

    Jamie Stewart, The Shafter Press|Updated Feb 13, 2024

    In the absence of any votable items on their Tuesday night agenda, the Shafter City Council presented proclamations to outstanding individuals, both two and four-legged, for their representation of the city. Mayor Chad Givens presented an award to David Espinoza, an 11-year-old student at Maple School, who recently represented Shafter in the All American Bowl in Florida. Espinoza is a 4.9 GPA student who plans on making football his career, looking to be the future...

  • WPD employees form association

    Veronica Jacuinde, Wasco Tribune|Updated Feb 13, 2024

    At the City Council meeting on Tuesday, the Wasco City Council recognized the newly formed Wasco Police Officers Association. Employees of the department formed the WPOA to represent officers and other staff when negotiating a memorandum of understanding with the city. In Wasco, as is common in most cities, the MOU document acts as a labor contract to establish hours, wages, working conditions and policies for its members in collective bargaining. "We are happy to see our Poli...

  • Suspect wanted for attempted murder in carjacking

    Veronica Jacuinde, Wasco Tribune|Updated Feb 13, 2024

    A 52-year-old woman suffered multiple life-threatening stab wounds and was rushed to a local hospital for treatment after an carjacking attack Monday. The incident occurred at approximately 10 a.m. in the 400 block of Peppermint Court in Wasco. During an investigation, deputies from the Wasco and North Area substations identified Randy Flores-Lopez, 21, from Wasco, as the suspect. Flores-Lopez also took the victim’s silver 2005 Chrysler minivan, California license plate 6LQE...

  • Pastor Brian Klassen serving with purpose

    Veronica Jacuinde, Wasco Tribune|Updated Feb 13, 2024

    Pastor Brian Klassen is the new chaplain of the Wasco Police Department, being a bridge between the police force and the community. He comes with almost three decades of experience in ministry and said it is an exciting opportunity. "I believe coming to Wasco means that I'm called not only to pastor a church but also to serve the community. It's working with Chief [Charles] Fivecoat; he is an amazing man. I've had the pleasure to meet several police officers, and I think they...

  • SHS students broadcasting to community

    Jamie Stewart, The Shafter Press|Updated Feb 13, 2024

    Anyone wanting to know what is going on at Shafter High School only needs to tune in daily for an update, presented by the students at SHS, over their HQTV broadcast, which is available on their YouTube channel. The broadcast journalism class, taught by Jerald Pierucci is getting ready to upgrade so the class will be able to broadcast across even more mediums, allowing them to cover volleyball and , basketball games live for the entire community. When Pierucci started at...

  • FOCUS ON FARMING: R&M Organics

    Veronica Jacuinde, Wasco Tribune|Updated Feb 13, 2024

    Mike Martin is a story of inspiration from humble beginnings, from a family of hardworking farm laborers to owning multiple companies, including a spreading, composting and pistachio company. He is an example of the values of perseverance and the importance of dreaming big. He was born in Visalia in 1965 to parents who worked in the fields. From an early age, he started working alongside them. This experience taught him the lessons of a strong work ethic that would serve him...

  • Shafter PD carrying on with absence of Chief Zimmermann

    Jamie Stewart, The Shafter Press|Updated Feb 13, 2024
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    With the absence of Chief Kevin Zimmermann, who has been on an extended leave, the Shafter Police Department is working as "business as usual," according to Acting Chief Randy Milligan. The department has refused to give details about the leave, citing it as a "personnel matter." The only reason given for the leave that has lasted nearly six weeks is that it is related to a workers compensation claim. City Manager Gabriel Gonzalez said that Zimmermann would not elaborate any...

  • Shafter's DYW to be selected in March

    Jamie Stewart, The Shafter Press|Updated Feb 5, 2024

    A new Shafter Distinguished Young Woman will be selected in March, with 16 participants this vying to represent Shafter in the State DYW competition. This year's participants include Marisol Bazan Gutierrez, the daughter of Jesus Eloisa Amador; Jayna Pierucci, daughter of Jerald and Jodie Pierucci; Noemi Prado, daughter of Everado and Elma Rodriguez; Camryn Eubanks, daughter of Nick and Roya Eubanks; Amelie Rosales, daughter of David and Patti Rosales; Emily Trado, daughter...

  • FOCUS ON FARMING: Starrh Farms

    Jamie Stewart, The Shafter Press|Updated Feb 5, 2024

    Starrh Farms has been a mainstay in the Shafter community for over 40 years, with the company changing with the times, but still keeping that same small town commitment to the residents of Shafter and the agricultural community. Jay Kroeker, the operations director for the company, said that the organization loves the community of Shafter and will keep serving them, as well as being caretakers of the land that has been given to them. Kroeker, who joined the company in the earl...

  • Auditions set for 'Anne of Green Gables'

    Veronica Jacuinde, The Shafter Press|Updated Feb 5, 2024

    The Shafter Ford Theater has set auditions for their upcoming production of "Anne of Green Gables." This classic tale is set to come alive on stage, and the theater is looking for talented individuals to bring this beloved story to life. Audition packets for "Anne of Green Gables" will be provided upon request. These packets contain information about the characters, scenes and the overall audition process. Auditions will be held on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 10 and 11, from 4...

  • Minter Field to celebrate anniversary of dedication

    Jamie Stewart, The Shafter Press|Updated Feb 5, 2024

    Minter Field will be holding a celebration to commemorate the dedication of the base in February 1942. Minter Field Shafter was officially dedicated Minter Field Army Air Corps Base in honor of Hugh Minter on Feb. 7, 1942. They will be celebrating the 82nd anniversary of the dedication on Saturday, Feb. 10, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the museum, 401 Vultee St., at the Shafter Airport. At the event, aviation historian Barbara Schultz will be signing her "Pioneering Aviation in...

  • Colours returning to Shafter Feb. 22-24

    Jamie Stewart, The Shafter Press|Updated Feb 5, 2024

    The Colours Festival will be making a return to Shafter in February, giving the community a taste of the amount of talent here. The event will run Thursday to Sunday, Feb. 22-25, with over a dozen cultural events.. The event will kick off with the traditional Spaghetti Dinner on Thursday, Feb. 22, at the Shafter Veterans Hall. It will be a drive-thru only event, running from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. Also on Thursday, the Coffee House Strings event will feature local talent at the...

  • Shafter youth treated to a joyful Christmas Eve

    Jamie Stewart, The Shafter Press|Updated Jan 1, 2024

    Christmas came a day early for the youth of Shafter, presented with toys from the Toys for Tots organization, thanks to the support of the community. "The Shafter Lions Club used their nonprofit status to get the Toys for Tots organization here, and we secured the building," said Shafter Councilman Gilbert Alvarado, who is also a Lion. The giveaway event was held on Christmas Eve at the Shafter Veterans Hall. Every child who attended received at least two toys to take home,...

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