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 By Jamie Stewart    News    March 26, 2020 

Residents ordered to stay home

Wasco residents, like those throughout the state, are under orders to stay home and "shelter in place" as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. Gov. Gavin Newsom told residents of California last Thursday that he was issuing a mandate that residents...

 
 By Jamie Stewart    News    March 26, 2020 

Teen tests positive for coronavirus; 1st confirmed case in Shafter

The coronavirus pandemic has hit close to home with the information this week a teenager living Shafter had tested positive for COVID-19. Joel Herrera, 19, confirmed that he has tested positive for...

 
 News    March 26, 2020 

4 in Wasco test positive for coronavirus; 2 serious

Four Wasco residents have tested positive for the coronavirus, including one in serious condition on a ventilator, according to a prayer chain request from a local church and local residents. The most serious illnesses have affected an older couple...

 
 By Jamie Stewart    News    March 26, 2020 

Students can still get breakfast, lunch

With schools in the area closed temporarily, there was a void to fill if students were still to be served breakfast and lunch despite not having class. Details were ironed out and a plan was put into...

 
 By Jamie Stewart    News    March 26, 2020 

Tutoring goes online at Learning Center

Adding to the collateral damage of the coronavirus was the recent closure of the Shafter Learning Center. This facility has been instrumental in the ongoing education of our youth as well as the...

 
 By Jamie Stewart    News    March 26, 2020 

DYW rescheduled for June 4 at Ford Theater

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 situation, the Distinguished Young Woman of Shafter scholarship program, originally scheduled for March 20 was postponed. The program is now tentatively scheduled for...

 
 By Jamie Stewart    News    March 26, 2020 

Funeral homes adjust to new world

Funeral homes in Shafter have seen a change in services offered due to the current COVID-19 situation and the precautions recommended. Basham & Lara Funeral Care still is serving the community...

 
 By Jamie Stewart    News    March 26, 2020 

City update on COVID-19

The City of Shafter closed its offices to the public last week and they stay closed with no end date on the policy. There have been a few updates on their policies as the virus situation has evolved....

 
 By Jamie Stewart    News    March 19, 2020

STATE OF EMERGENCY

In a special meeting held on Tuesday night, the Shafter City Council unanimously ratified a declaration of a local state of emergency as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. The action's main goals,...

 
 By Jamie Stewart    News    March 19, 2020

Stores run out of staples

Consumers in Shafter have made it difficult to find staples that are normally readily available. With the residents' growing concern over the COVID-19 pandemic, local stores are working to keep...

 
 By Jamie Stewart    News    March 19, 2020

Coronavirus bringing cities to a halt

The risk of exposure to the coronavirus, or COVID-19, has closed the vast majority of schools, offices and businesses in town. The Kern County Superintendent of Schools Mary C. Barlow released a...

 
 By Jamie Stewart    News    March 19, 2020

DYW postponed until May or June

Due to the COVID-19 virus pandemic that Shafter and the rest of the country are facing, Toni Frantz of the Distinguished Young Women of Shafter program has announced a postponing of the program that had been scheduled for Friday, March 20. “After...

 

City manager hits ground running

"It has been a very eventful first two days." This could be seen as a major understatement by Shafter's new city manager, Gabriel Gonzalez. Gonzalez began his tenure with the city on Monday. Just one...

 
 By Jamie Stewart    News    March 19, 2020

Students of the Month at Shafter High

Shafter High School recognized their Students of the Month recently, with those students named receiving a free lunch and bumper sticker for their vehicles. For a select few, out of this list, they...

 
 By Jamie Stewart    News    March 19, 2020

Signs of the times

With the schools, libraries, Learning Center and the majority of gatherings being cancelled, restaurants in Shafter are still open for business. There have been a few modifications, as the fast food...

 
 By Jamie Stewart    News    March 19, 2020

Schools shut down amid virus pandemic

Kern County Superintendent of Schools Mary Barlow announced that all public schools in Kern County will be closed beginning Wednesday, March 18, following recommendations of the federal Centers for...

 
 By Jamie Stewart    News    March 12, 2020

A new Community Service Officer for city

Shafter Police veteran officer Eric Diaz has been named the department's new community service officer. The City Council approved a resolution a few months ago to add the new position. He has five...

 
 By Jamie Stewart    News    March 12, 2020

Virus bringing city to a halt

The risk of exposure to the coronavirus, or Covid-19, has closed the vast majority of schools, offices and businesses in town. The Kern County Superintendent of Schools Mary C. Barlow released a...

 
 By Jamie Stewart    News    March 12, 2020

County honor for police captain

Captain Diana Burnett of the Shafter Police Department was honored by the Kern Council of Governments with this year's Richard A. Maxwell Public Safety Award. Burnett has been with the Shafter Police...

 
 By Jamie Stewart    News    March 12, 2020

New Distinguished Young Woman to be named

The annual Distinguished Young Woman competition is nearing, with Shafter ready to name a new representative that will compete at the state competition in Bakersfield in July. Kristen McGuire will...

 

14 girls vying for title

Fourteen girls will competing for the title of 2020 Distinguished Young Woman of Shafter, who will be announced on Friday, March 20. The winner of the competition receiving a scholarship as well as...

 

Council to consider emergency proclamation

The City Council will consider an proclamation declaring an emergency at a special meeting Tuesday night. On his first day as city manager yesterday, Gabriel Gonzalez prepared a draft declaration, which would give the city additional tools to act...

 

STATE OF EMERGENCY IN SHAFTER

In a special meeting held on Tuesday night, the Shafter City Council unanimously ratified a declaration of a local state of emergency as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. The action's main goals,...

 
 By Jamie Stewart    News    March 5, 2020

Parks will get added security

The Shafter City Council approved $15,000 to have a security company patrol the city’s parks at night. Concerns had been raised recently about the traffic that has been seen in the local parks, espe...

 

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