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  • EDITOR'S NOTE | Jamie Stewart

    Jamie Stewart, The Shafter Press|Updated Jun 23, 2024

    I have been working for The Shafter Press since 2011, and it has been the best time I have had on a job. I love the people you meet, taking pictures, writing. The community of Shafter has been great to me and the paper through the years. When the Reed family decided to close the paper down, the City of Shafter, represented by then Mayor Cathy Prout, went to Stan Wilson and asked what could be done about resurrecting the paper. It was the City of Shafter that was one of the...

  • Editor's Note: Where art thou?

    Jamie Stewart, The Shafter Press|Updated Jan 22, 2023

    It has been a few years since the city of Shafter has been the site of the Colours Festival, which had been an annual event for a few years before that. The event, which started out very small, had grown to draw attendees and artists throughout the county and beyond, drawing nationally renowned artists to some of the events. Well, I just loved attending the events at the festival, from the art gallery, the coffee house music, the Shafter Symphony – all of the events were g...

  • Editor's Note: Passed over again for ballot location

    Jamie Stewart, The Shafter Press|Updated Nov 1, 2020

    It is becoming a sad commentary for Shafter residents to see their city ignored when it comes to services in Kern County. I received a few phone calls from residents who were not happy with Shafter being passed over for a ballot location when the sites were recently announced. There are more than a dozen locations throughout Kern County in each community it seems, except for Shafter and McFarland. These ballot locations make it possible for residents to turn in their ballots...