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 By Toni DeRosa    News    September 2, 2021 

HSR on track, but Wasco Amtrak subway years away

A High Speed Rail Zoom meeting on Thursday provided some answers to questions that have been in the minds of many. The HSR plan to continue building a subway to access the Wasco Amtrak platform, and...

 
 By Jamie Stewart    News    September 2, 2021 

Grow Academy helping students stay healthy

The Grow Academy, formerly known as Grimmway Academy, in Shafter, is working to keep children healthy as they learn. With a mission that includes a commitment to improving the health and wellness of...

 
 By Jamie Stewart    News    September 2, 2021 

Fire Department makes kid's dream come true

Elardio Garcia has always loved firefighters. He loves the fire trucks, the uniforms and the people that save others by their bravery. Garcia had a dream to meet his heroes and see where they do that...

 
 By Toni DeRosa    News    September 2, 2021 

Job Fair brings local employment opportunities

The City of Wasco was instrumental in coordinating a Job Fair held Thursday, August 26 at the Veteran's Recreation Hall on Poplar Avenue. Accounting Specialist 1 Nellie Garcia, Administrative...

 
 By Jamie Stewart    News    August 19, 2021

Community welcomes new teachers

The Shafter Kiwanis Club welcomed the new teachers in Shafter schools with its annual New Teachers Luncheon Friday, August 13 at the Shafter Veterans Hall. Each year, the organization hosts the local schools and their new teachers, introducing them...

 
 By Jamie Stewart    News    July 29, 2021

Deputy killed

The Kern County Sheriff's Office lost one of their own Sunday after a standoff left five people dead. Deputy Philip Campas, 35, was killed when a suspect opened fire during an incident on 1st Street...

 
 By Jamie Stewart    News    July 29, 2021

Amazon bringing about 1,000 jobs to Shafter

The new Amazon fulfillment center in the Wonderful Industrial Park will bring about 1,000 jobs to Shafter. Public Relations Specialist Eileen Hards said the Amazon location will bring a mix of full-...

 
 By Toni DeRosa    News    July 29, 2021

Community mourns loss of Danny Rueda

Former VFW Post 6742 Commander and Wasco Union Elementary School District board member Danny Rueda has died. Danny had recently been sick and hospitalized. Danny was born in Wasco and attended city...

 
 By Toni DeRosa    News    July 29, 2021

Residents walk to show support of sheriff's office

Council member Vince Martinez gathered residents to walk around Westside Park to show support for the Kern County Sheriff's Office. Martinez thought about how he could bring the Wasco community...

 

Bakersfield College to host open house Aug. 4

Bakersfield College will be holding an open house at the Shafter Learning Center on Aug. 4 to give the public information on the services that they are offering for residents. The event will be from 2 to 4 p.m. Bakersfield College has been helping...

 
 By Jamie Stewart    News    July 29, 2021

Man found guilty in Shafter rape and robbery

A man faces multiple life sentences after being found guilty in a 2019 rape and robbery in Shafter. William Jack Hopkins, 46, was convicted of kidnapping to commit rape, forcible rape, assault with th...

 
 By Jamie Stewart    News    July 8, 2021

Council members call for Wasco Mayor Garcia to resign

Wasco Mayor Alex Garcia is being called to resign by some City Council members after his recent arrest for driving under the influence. At the City Council meeting, council members urged City Manager Scott Hurlbert to put the possibility of removing...

 
 By Jamie Stewart    News    July 8, 2021

Over 1,000 people enjoy fireworks show

Over 1,000 people came out for the Fourth of July fireworks show this past weekend. The Shafter Chamber of Commerce helped the city celebrate the holiday with the return of its annual fireworks after...

 
 By Toni DeRosa    News    July 8, 2021

Hurlbert sworn in as city manager

As the city bid adieu to outgoing City Manager Daniel Ortiz-Hernandez, Scott Hurlbert was sworn in Thursday, July 1. Hurlbert was sworn in Thursday evening and was joined by his family, who were all...

 
 By Jamie Stewart    News    July 8, 2021

City celebrates holiday, less restrictions

The city is coming back alive as restrictions are lessened and residents celebrated the Fourth of July. Over 1,000 people gathered for the annual fireworks celebration for the Fourth of July, celebrating being in a large group for the first time in...

 
 By Jamie Stewart    News    July 1, 2021

Wasco mayor arraigned for DUI in Shafter court

Mayor Alex Garcia was arrested for driving under the influence this week. Court records show an individual named Alexandro Cecelio Garcia, identified as being born in 1989, was arraigned in Shafter co...

 
 By Jamie Stewart    News    July 1, 2021

Shafter shot putter ranked number one in the world

Ken Hurlbert, of Shafter, is now ranked number one in the world in his age division in the shot put. Hurlbert, after a 15-month hiatus because of the covid-19 closures of track meet events, competed i...

 
 By Jamie Stewart    News    July 1, 2021

Teen takes third at national track and field competition

Joslyn Pierucci, 13, of Shafter, has won third place at a national track and field competition. Pierucci, a thrower, competed in Rome, Georgia at the USATF National Youth Outdoor Championships last...

 
 By Jamie Stewart    News    July 1, 2021

Farmers struggle to water fields during drought

Area farmers are having a tough time watering their fields as this year’s Shafter Wasco Irrigation District allocation is a half acre foot of water for every acre of land the farmer owns. The...

 
 By Jamie Stewart    News    July 1, 2021

Illegal fireworks still an issue locally

If you wander outside in the evening at this time of year, you are more than likely to see a light show in the sky, thanks to the continuing issue of illegal fireworks in the area. The Shafter Police...

 
 By Jamie Stewart    News    July 1, 2021

SHS graduate makes Deans' List

A former Shafter High student from Wasco has been named to the spring dean's list at the University of Nebraska. Willem Neufeld Waterhouse, of Wasco, has been named to the Dean's List at the...

 

Mystery History - July 1, 2021

Here's this week's challenge, courtesy of the Shafter Historical Society. If you know the location, circumstances, exact or rough date and/or people in the photo, send your educated (or semieducated)...

 
 By Jamie Stewart    News    July 1, 2021

Wasco asking visitors to City Hall to declare vaccination status

The City of Wasco has put out a Vaccination Declaration asking residents to inform the city of vaccination status when they visit City Hall. “We will also have one for city employees,” City Clerk Maria Martinez said Wednesday. “It’s just part...

 
 By Toni DeRosa    News    July 1, 2021

Good Samaritan opens Wasco clinic

Good Samaritan in Bakersfield has opened a clinic in Wasco after its program to test field workers for covid-19 was a success. The Good Samaritan Medical Clinic is located at 1217 Seventh St., across...

 
 By Toni DeRosa    News    July 1, 2021

Wasco State Prison to help fund fireworks show

The Wasco State Prison has helped fund the city's July fireworks show for several years and this year's fundraiser will be on Wednesday, July 7. The prison's next fundraiser will be at Panda Express o...

 

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