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 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 Jamie Stewart    News    November 19, 2020 

Grimmway teacher tests positive

A teacher at Grimmway Academy in Shafter has tested positive for the coronavirus and is being asked to quarantine. The school had opened a week ago for a hybrid in-person session, with students...

 
 By Jamie Stewart    News    November 19, 2020 

City Council races still up for grabs

The City Council races in Shafter and Wasco are still up for grabs, over two weeks after Election Day. In Shafter, three seats are available and have four candidates still within 3.5 percentage...

 
 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 Jamie Stewart    News    November 19, 2020 

Wood burning art became flourishing business

After finding a video about the art of wood burning, Alyssa Ramirez was hooked. Ramirez, who lives near Buttonwillow and attended Shafter schools, was fascinated by the video of a man using a wood...

 
 By Jamie Stewart    News    November 19, 2020 

Council starts search for new planning director

The City Council appointed three new members to the Planning Commission for a term beginning in January and also began its search for a new planning director. There was a pool of eight candidates...

 
 By Jamie Stewart    News    November 19, 2020 

Pop-up events highlight home-based businesses

With the pandemic still in the forefront of the community's minds, there has been a surge of home-based businesses to help supplement people's incomes. These businesses help replace lost income due...

 
 By Jamie Stewart    News    November 19, 2020 

Pilots fly in for breakfast, museum at Minter Field

Minter Field Air Museum had to cancel their annual Wings 'n Wheels event, their biggest fundraiser of the year. In place of the event, the museum held a Fly-In Pancake Breakfast that attracted a numbe...

 
 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...

 

Major shake-up to City Council after election

Two newcomers will join the City Council in January after the November election. Pete Espinoza and Kris Lawrence joined current council member Chad Givens as the three top candidates in the election....

 

The count continues

In the hotly contested race for the 21st Congressional seat, David Valadao holds a slim lead over incumbent TJ Cox, with a lead of about 4,500 votes. It was a much different race on election night,...

 

Correction: Election reulsts

In last week’s The Shafter Press/Wasco Tribune, the race for the 21st Congressional seat was incorrectly reported. After election night, incumbent TJ Cox was in the lead, led by Kern County results. However, that changed as more Fresno and Tulare...

 
 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...

 

Thanksgiving meal giveaway announced for families

For families in need, the holidays can be a tough time and that struggle has been worsened by the pandemic. To help local families, the Shafter Recreation Department is hosting a Thankful...

 

Handmade and baked here, bread business takes off

Baking bread was a passion for Haley Plaza, the allure of being in the kitchen with the smell of fresh sourdough filling the air. Plaza, a Shafter resident, took that passion and established Handmade...

 
 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...

 

Drivers make it possible to get meals to students in rural areas

Over a dozen drivers make it possible for the Richland School District to provide meals to over 2,000 students during the pandemic. The drivers make the trek to students in rural Shafter, helping...

 
 By Jamie Stewart    News    November 5, 2020

Election results too early to call -- 4 days later

In an election with the majority of the races too close to call after election night, TJ Cox took center stage as he was trouncing David Valadao in Valadao's comeback bid for the 21st Congressional...

 
 By Jamie Stewart    News    November 5, 2020

Shafter Healthy Start a hub for families in need

Shafter Healthy Start has been focusing on helping families during the pandemic with food, clothing and information. "There have been many times when we have given residents and their families much...

 
 By Jamie Stewart    News    November 5, 2020

Park proposed in northern Shafter

Residents gathered recently to give their input on a new proposed park that will be in northern Shafter. The proposed site is by Fresno Avenue and Highway 43, with the proposed park near the west end...

 
 By Jamie Stewart    News    November 5, 2020

Ransomware attack damage unknown

The ransomware attack on the City of Shafter’s IT system is still being investigated to see what effects the attack has had on the system. Over the weekend of Oct. 19, it became apparent that the ci...

 
 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 Jamie Stewart    News    November 5, 2020

Christmas Store continuing this year to help families in need

The Shafter Chamber of Commerce will be holding its annual Christmas Store this year despite the pandemic, although it will look a bit different. The event will not be an in-person event this year...

 

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