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 By Jamie Stewart    News    February 18, 2021 

Recreation Department keeps residents moving

In a time when families are facing challenges when it comes to keeping active, the Shafter Recreation Department has been helping keep residents fit and healthy. With the department having to shelve...

 
 By Jamie Stewart    News    February 18, 2021 

Amazon to open distribution center in Shafter

Amazon announced recently that they will open a distribution center in Shafter, making it the second facility to open in Kern County. Amazon opened a facility iu Bakersfield last year. The new...

 
 By Jamie Stewart    News    February 18, 2021 

Infection rate slows, city begins to reopen

For two weeks, the city saw its rate of new cases of the coronavirus decrease. Shafter had 130 new cases last week, bringing the total cases for Shafter to 3,305. Of those, there have been 1,223...

 
 By Jamie Stewart    News    February 18, 2021 

Grimmway students studying in-person 2 days a week

Grimmway Academy of Shafter has been conducting classes for over 100 days now, with a mix of in-person instruction in cohorts, and distance learning. According to Grimmway Academies’ CEO Casey...

 
 By Jamie Stewart    News    February 18, 2021 

City honors DYW ladies

The City Council presented the Key to the City to reigning Distinguished Young Woman of Shafter Shelbee Ramos. Ramos recently competed in the state level competition and won a special award at the...

 
 By Jamie Stewart    News    February 18, 2021 

Minter Field Air Museum open for tours

The Minter Field Air Museum has been putting the history of Shafter aviation on display for decades and the facility continues to expand. The museum houses a collection of artifacts and photographs...

 
 By Toni DeRosa    News    February 18, 2021 

HSR celebrates employee numbers as city's concern is health and safety

The High Speed Rail recognized a total number of 5,000 workers on the project to date and celebrated that number by placing a banner in Wasco at Jackson and Highway 43. In August 2008, the California...

 
 By Toni DeRosa    News    February 18, 2021 

Sports return with cross country meets

Wasco High School is the first school in the area to hold an athletic event. On Thursday, Feb. 11 the school hosted its first cross country meet against Bakersfield Christian High School and again on...

 
 By Toni DeRosa    News    February 18, 2021 

Annual Rose Queen pageant promising

It's been almost a year since the country closed down due to the pandemic and with it, events like the Rose Queen pageant, Wasco Festival, Christmas parade and other events were canceled or operated...

 
 By Toni DeRosa    News    February 18, 2021 

City Hall remains closed, infection rates slow

The rate of infection of covid-19 has slowed compared to a week ago. In the last week, 140 new covid-19 cases were confirmed for a total of 5,189 cases since the beginning of the pandemic. The number...

 
 By Toni DeRosa    News    February 18, 2021 

Pecos League planning on Wasco team for summer

The Reserve will be back in Wasco for a summer team, Director of the Pecos Baseball League Andrew said, but not under Coach Bill Moore. "We will return to Wasco for the 2021 season assuming...

 
 By Sarah Velarde    News    February 18, 2021 

Tournament helps Wasco woman get dream wig

Alopecia areata, better known as "Alopecia" is an autoimmune condition causing hair loss on the head, face, body and scalp. The severity of cases varies from person to person and as of today there is...

 
 By Toni DeRosa    News    February 18, 2021 

Bakersfield girl missing

The Kern County Sheriff's Office is asking for the public's assistance in locating a missing 14 year old from Bakersfield. Caidance Williams was born Oct. 15, 2006. She is 5'4" and weighs 150 pounds....

 
 By Toni DeRosa    News    February 18, 2021 

Wasco proposed to become vaccination site

City Manager Daniel Ortiz-Hernandez told the City Council that the city has been proposed to be a vaccination site. The site would be at the Veteran's Hall at Barker Park. More information will be com...

 

Chance of sports not looking good

It has been almost a year since there has been any sort of high school sports competition. According to Shafter High Principal Russell Shipley, the sports dilemma is a frustrating one. According to th...

 

Plans for proposed park published online

The plans for a proposed park in northern Shafter are now online after the community got a chance to help design the park. The park will be the first in the northern Shafter neighborhood near the...

 

City Hall opens its doors to public

City Hall office buildings reopened to the public on Monday, Feb. 8, with social distancing and the requirement of facial coverings to be worn by all who enter the buildings. For the safety of the...

 

Hazardous waste collection event Saturday

Many items cannot go in the usual garbage and the hazardous household waste collection event is a way to get rid of those items. On Saturday, Feb. 13, Kern Public Works will be holding an event for anyone needing to dispose of hazardous materials....

 
 By Toni DeRosa    News    February 11, 2021

Virus cases in Shafter, Wasco increases

The number of new positive cases of the covid-19 virus continues to rise quickly in one week in Wasco. On Feb. 2, there were 4,724 cases and on Feb. 9, there is an increase of 325 new cases up to 5,049. The number of recovered is 1,444 up from 1,427...

 

Mexican restaurant drawing diners from all over county

With restaurants facing the challenge of drawing diners during the pandemic, a lot of businesses are altering their service options, menus, and hours. In Shafter, there is a restaurant that has been...

 
 By Toni DeRosa    News    February 11, 2021

Wasco State Prison fined for covid-19 violations

Wasco State Prison was fined $16,360 for the way it handled its employees during the coronavirus pandemic. Cal/OSHA fined several California prisons over the issue of employees and the coronavirus in the workplace. The state website reported that...

 
 By Toni DeRosa    News    February 11, 2021

Wasco mayor addresses High Speed Rail board on farm labor camp hazard

Mayor Alex Garcia pushed the High Speed Rail Authority Board on the topic of the farm labor camp hazard. He delivered public comments at the board meeting Feb. 9 via Zoom. “I will not apologize for...

 
 By Toni DeRosa    News    February 11, 2021

Wasco Recreation and Parks district manager retires

One of the first things you notice about Vickie Hight is her smile and the lightening streak of white that frames her bangs. A former Shafter General, Hight has become a Tiger because of the many...

 
 By Toni DeRosa    News    February 11, 2021

Wasco High FFA provides competition, activity updates

Wasco High School FFA students recently participated in the South Valley Speaking Competition. Shafter High School FFA hosted the competition on Jan. 23 and 30. Students spent two weekends competing....

 
 By Toni DeRosa    News    February 11, 2021

Superintendent: Reopening of school not likely this year

The superintendent of the Wasco Union Elementary School District presented a bleak picture regarding the reopening of school for the current school year. "The WUESD is waiting for two things to occur...

 

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