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Salinas Valley Grad Notes | Sept. 29, 2022

Jenna Pepple of Greenfield, Anna Barragan of Soledad and Rachael Reyes Canales of Soledad were named to the Summer 2022 President’s List at Southern New Hampshire University in Manchester, N.H. The summer terms run from May to August. Full-time undergraduate …


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Football | Soledad Aztecs conquer Condors, 9-7

SOLEDAD — It might not have been a pretty win, but the Soledad Aztecs survived their first league game of the year, beating North Monterey County 9-7. Coming into the season, many believed that the Aztecs would be this dynamic …


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Funny Papers Again Column | All Things Being Equinox; et al

Summer comes to an end tomorrow when the Fall Equinox descends upon us with equal amounts of day and night heralding the incremental journey toward shorter days and longer nights. I am not fond of that particular cosmic arrangement, in …


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Monterey County hosts community workshop focused on climate change

MONTEREY COUNTY — Monterey County Sustainability Program will host an in-person workshop Thursday, Sept. 29, to understand the community’s challenges and opportunities about climate change, with a focus on resilience, equity and adaptation.  This two-hour public event, from 6 to …


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Salinas Valley News Briefs | Sept. 28, 2022

LIBRARY CLOSURE KING CITY — King City Library will be closed this week for re-carpeting. Monterey County Free Libraries’ Bookmobile and Pop-Up Library will be available across the street at the future site of the local history center on North …


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South County Trashion Show makes long-awaited return

SALINAS VALLEY — Alliance on Aging’s South County Trashion Show returned to the runway last week after a two-year absence due to the Covid-19 pandemic, featuring the latest fashions crafted from recycled and repurposed materials. The Sept. 13 fundraiser and …


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Salinas Valley News Briefs | Sept. 27, 2022

LIBRARY CARDS MONTEREY COUNTY — Monterey County Free Libraries is reminding the community that September is Library Card Sign-up Month. Library cards are free and let residents check out books and DVDs, download e-books or audiobooks, get free Wi-Fi or …


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Smoke from prescribed burn to be visible from Salinas Valley

PAICINES — Cal Fire plans to conduct a prescribed burn on private property in the Gabilan Range, west of the town of Paicines, in the McPhails Peak area of San Benito County on Tuesday. The purpose of the Sept. 27 …


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Worthy to Print Column | It’s About Time

That’s what I told the guys working on my pickup. It’s about time you guys finished putting all the parts on my old Ford. I might have told you that I am in the middle of re-doing my truck. It …


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Salinas Valley Police Reports | Published Sept. 21, 2022

Police Reports are obtained from the local police departments. KING CITY Aug. 231:34 a.m. Criminal threats on S Russ St.5:08 a.m. Outside Agency Assistance on Sirrah Wy.9:16 a.m. Vandalism on Broadway St.11:53 a.m. Vandalism on S Third St.12:36 p.m. Missing …


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Gonzales wins prestigious Helen Putnam Award for Excellence

GONZALES — League of California Cities has announced that the City of Gonzales was one of 12 winning cities that received the 2022 Helen Putnam Award for Excellence. The prestigious award is categorized into 12 subcategories, with Gonzales taking home …


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Guest Column | Give South County’s Flu-Fighting Efforts a Shot … In the Arm

Considered the father of modern medicine, ancient Greek physician Hippocrates (known for his “first do no harm” ethical code called the Hippocratic Oath) still influences our practices more than 25 centuries after his time. The first to regard disease as …


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Football Preview | Gonzales hosts Harbor in first home game

GONZALES — After starting the season with four straight road games, the Gonzales Spartans will finally be able to show off their new scoreboard this Friday when they host the Harbor Pirates. The Pirates started their season 2-0, but since …


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Salinas Valley News Briefs | Sept. 23, 2022

STEINBECK FESTIVAL SALINAS — National Steinbeck Center will present the first-ever Steinbeck Street Fair and Festival on Saturday, Sept. 24, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. along Main Street in Salinas. The free event will include local vendors and live …


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Greenfield families benefit from diaper giveaway

GREENFIELD — Greenfield Union School District (GUSD) passed out hundreds of diapers to local families in need last week. The Sept. 14 distribution was the district’s third diaper giveaway in the past two years, during which staff can identify children …


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Monterey County begins planning process for Family Justice Center in King City

MONTEREY COUNTY — Monterey County District Attorney’s Office has scheduled a community forum on Thursday to discuss the planning process for creating a Monterey County Family Justice Center, South County Office in King City. Members of the public are encouraged …


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Funny Papers Again Column | ‘Where’s the Fun in That?’

I was with a buddy the other day cruising south on the 101 from Salinas to KC and as we reached the first exit into Greenfield, I looked westward at the business on the corner of ECR and Thorne Road …


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Football | Soledad Aztecs retain Heritage Trophy from Gonzales Spartans

SALINAS VALLEY — With the Gonzales Spartans trying to win back the Heritage Trophy from Soledad, Friday’s game all came down to one drive in the final minute that ended with the Aztecs’ James Lara pulling off the 19-14 win. …


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Salinas Valley News Briefs | Sept. 21, 2022

TROOP DONATIONS KING CITY — Southern Monterey County Republican Women Federated has partnered with Operation: Care and Comfort and will be collecting items to be sent to servicemen and women serving overseas on Oct. 4. Anyone who would like to …


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Salinas Valley State Prison inmates earn job certifications

SOLEDAD — Fifteen inmates who participate in the California Prison Industry Authority (CALPIA) received their state-certified apprenticeships and nationally recognized job certifications last Thursday at Salinas Valley State Prison in Soledad. The incarcerated men graduated from the Healthcare Facilities Maintenance …