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 By Jamie Stewart    News    September 10, 2020 

City sees 10% spike in new covid cases

Shafter saw 47 new cases of covid-19 in the last week, which is an increase of about 10 percent over the week before. With most of the businesses in town following the safety precautions set by the Ke...

 
 By Jamie Stewart    News    September 10, 2020 

Local agency thriving with a little help from its friends

As many businesses, clubs and organizations face challenges due to the pandemic, a local non-profit is thriving due to a tremendous show of support from its friends in the community. Shafter Healthy...

 
 By Jamie Stewart    News    September 10, 2020 

Six candidates vying for three seats on Council

There will be six candidates on the ballot come November for the Shafter City Council. Three seats will be up for grabs, with Mayor Gilbert Alvarado, Chad Givens and Manuel Garcia having their terms e...

 
 By Jamie Stewart    News    September 10, 2020 

Shafter looking for planning commission members

The City Council is looking to appoint three people to each serve a four-year term on the Shafter Planning Commission beginning in January. The commission is made up of five members appointed by the City Council. Current members of the commission...

 
 By Toni DeRosa    News    September 10, 2020 

VFW holds fundraising raffle

Because of the covid-19 pandemic, The VFW has canceled a couple of their well-known breakfasts and barbecues this year. Instead, the VFW held a raffle where the lucky winner would go home with $500....

 
 By Toni DeRosa    News    September 10, 2020 

Home access grants available for people with disabilities

If you have a disability, accessibility improvements on your home are still available through the Kern County Home Access Grant Program. If, for example, you need to widen your doorways for...

 
 By Jamie Stewart    News    September 10, 2020 

Salas' police reform bill sent to governor

With much of the nation attempting to reduce funding for police departments, a Police Reform Bill, AB1299, has passed the California Legislature with bipartisan support. The bill was authored by local Assemblyman Rudy Salas. It is designed to help...

 

2019 Rose Queen says farewell

It has been the most memorable year any girl could dream of. The people, the places and moments that were made are forever cherished as the new pageant comes closer and closer every day as Queen. Now,...

 
 By Toni DeRosa    News    September 10, 2020 

Rose Queen virtual pageant today

Covid-19 has changed the landscape of community activities such as fundraisers, meetings and the traditional Rose Queen pageant, which takes place the first Thursday after Labor Day. This week, the pageant is today, Thursday, Sept. 10. However,...

 
 By Toni DeRosa    News    September 10, 2020 

WUESD to distance learn through December

Wasco Unified Elementary School District Superintendent Kelly Richers said distance learning has been successfully implemented, with the district at 92% attendance. Richers said some special education and English language learner students have been...

 
 By Toni DeRosa    News    September 10, 2020 

Community Coalition provides updates

The second virtual Wasco Community Coalition meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 2, took place online with various groups reporting on their recent activities: 1. Keri Cobb from the City’s planning department updated attendees on the city’s procedures....

 
 By Toni DeRosa    News    September 10, 2020 

City offers grant opportunity

Wasco is now accepting applications for the Small Business Covid-19 Relief Grant Program. The program aims to alleviate the impact of the virus on small businesses and their employees. The city has committed up to $150,000 in one-time funds to...

 

Romero named Richland superintendent

The Richland School District has named interim Superintendent Rosa Romero as the district's permanent superintendent, signing a three-year contract. Romero had been the interim superintendent since...

 

Shafter High graduate to be a Marine MP

Lance Corporal Nathan Gonzalez graduated from the Marine Corps Military Police Academy at Marcordet Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri, on August 18, 2020. Gonzalez received the Distinguished Honor Graduate...

 

Arrest Report - Sept. 3, 2020

Aug. 24 Manuel Bolanos Jimenez, 34, of Shafter, was arrested on a misdemeanor bench warrant. Aug. 26 Rigo Virgo Hernandez Ensaldo, 26, of Shafter, was arrested for receiving known stolen property, unregistered vehicle and driving without a license....

 

Headlines in History - Sept. 3, 2020

30 Years Ago: 1990 Here were some of SHS players of the week: The Bucs' tight-end player Victor Ruiz was named a player of the week. Also, Jill Loveless was recognized for her participation in cross...

 

Community Calendar - Sept. 3, 2020

NEW: VFW Raffle drawing will be Monday, Sept 7, at 9:30 a.m. at the VFW Hall, 603 E. St. in Wasco. For more information, contact Danny Rueda at 333-2133. NEW: The Knights of Columbus are holding another blood drive: Friday Sept 11 between 1:45-6 p.m....

 
 By Toni DeRosa    News    September 3, 2020

Local man's uphill battle with covid-19

After experiencing a week of continual coughing and lying delusional on the floor, on Aug. 3, Fernando Alaniz was taken by ambulance to Mercy Southwest for breathing problems. Alaniz had been...

 

Council opposes wider use of force disclosure

The City Council has approved a letter opposing widening the scope of what peace officer personnel records can be disclosed. The letter, which will be sent to the state Sen. Nancy Skinner, argues...

 
 By Toni DeRosa    News    September 3, 2020

Kern purple status means slow reopening

Businesses will reopen in a four-tiered framework under Gov. Gavin Newsom's new guidance. The reopening will be rolled out "simply and slowly," Newsom said. The four tiers will be determined by using...

 
 By Toni DeRosa    News    September 3, 2020

Council rescinds part of deal with High Speed Rail

The city has been negotiating with the High Speed Rail for almost 10 years and while the city has made several concessions, the HSR hasn’t been as forthcoming with the city, City Manager Daniel...

 
 By Toni DeRosa    News    September 3, 2020

Public works repairs potholes in Wasco

Zachary Wakefield, the field representative for District 4 Supervisor David Couch, said Couch’s office received a request to patch potholes on Taussig Avenue between highway 43 and Palm Avenue....

 
 By Jamie Stewart    News    August 27, 2020

Sign of the time: Wear a mask

he city of Shafter has begun a campaign encouraging residents to wear a mask in public, aiming to slow the spread of the coronavirus. Digital signs have been placed at different points of Lerdo and...

 
 By Toni DeRosa    News    August 27, 2020

Some businesses manage to thrive during pandemic

In spite of the covid-19 business closures, several local businesses have managed to stay open despite the decrease in customers and loss of income. Some local businesses have even been able to...

 
 By Jamie Stewart    News    August 27, 2020

Shafter keeping up with fundraising events

With many businesses closed or offering reduced services, the challenge of raising funds for local clubs and organizations has been daunting. There can be no events with large gatherings or events...

 

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