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Softball | Gonzales sneaks into playoffs as 8th seed

GONZALES — After losing to Pacific Grove on the final day of the regular season, the Gonzales Spartans softball team’s hopes of making the playoffs took a deep dive, but on Thursday the Central Coast Section committee selected them as …


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Soledad movie theater plans grand-opening celebration Saturday

SOLEDAD — Premiere Cinemas in Soledad will be hosting a grand-opening celebration this Saturday, May 21. The celebration will start with welcoming remarks at 10 a.m. from radio personality Matthew Arnett, who will also be the event’s emcee, followed by …


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Softball | Greenfield Bruins earn CCS playoff spot

GREENFIELD — Greenfield Bruins’ softball season isn’t over yet, as they are the fourth seed in the Central Coast Section Division IV playoffs. When the Lady Bruins lost to Monterey in the CCS play-in game, it wasn't a sure thing …


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Baseball | Soledad draws 8th seed in Division IV CCS playoffs

SOLEDAD — Central Coast Section selection committee gave the Soledad Aztecs the last seed in the baseball playoffs’ Division IV bracket, but what was eye-opening were some of the teams that were seeded ahead of them. The Aztecs will have …


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Funny Papers Again Column | Crime and Punishment

For this week’s column I had a nice little piece forming about how to get on national television and make a fool of one’s self; based on personal experience, of course. But a situation arose right in front of my …


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‘Party’ honors longtime Salinas Valley grower

SALINAS VALLEY — Hartnell College Foundation will honor longtime Salinas Valley grower John Romans with its 2022 Leadership Award at the Party Near the Library this Saturday, May 21. Romans, a member of the foundation’s board of directors, was a …


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Dolan Fire arsonist sentenced to 24 years in prison

BIG SUR — A Monterey County judge has sentenced 31-year-old Ivan Gomez to 24 years in state prison for starting the Dolan Fire near Big Sur in 2020, which seriously injured a firefighter and destroyed multiple residences. Gomez, who had …


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Meals on Wheels kicks off annual ‘Wine Lovers’ drawing

SALINAS VALLEY — Meals on Wheels of the Salinas Valley has kicked off the Annual “Wine Lovers” Drawing 2022, with proceeds benefiting its meal delivery program for homebound seniors in the area. “It is crucial that we continue our fundraising …


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Salinas Valley News Briefs | May 19, 2022

HOUSING WORKSHOP SOLEDAD — Monterey Bay Economic Partnership Housing Initiative and the City of Soledad will be cohosting a Salinas Valley Housing Element Workshop on Thursday, May 19, from 6 to 8 p.m., at the Soledad Community Center, 560 Walker …


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Greenfield native named development director for area nonprofit

GREENFIELD — The Center for Community Advocacy (CCA) in Salinas has named Jose Garcia of Greenfield as its new development director. Garcia said in a recent interview that he was motivated to join CCA so he could have an impact …


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Baseball | Soledad Aztecs take second place in Mission Division

SOLEDAD — Soledad Aztecs baseball team did their part when they beat Alisal for the second time 3-1 last Monday; however, on the final day of the regular season, Alisal came up short against St. Francis, giving the Aztecs second …


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Worthy to Print Column | A Mother’s Love

This is a story I wrote 20 two years ago. I wrote it to honor my mother on Mother’s Day. She didn’t know I would do this and probably would have asked me not to write it, but it was …