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Police arrest King City murder suspect

KING CITY — A fugitive wanted for a triple murder last December in King City has been arrested, according to the King City Police Department. Elizar Ayron Arellano, a 20-year-old resident of King City, was previously identified as a suspect …


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King City’s Aera Soccer Park field closes for restoration

KING CITY — King City’s Aera Soccer Park field will be closed for all play through January 2023 to restore the turf. The soccer field was recently renovated in 2020 with a grant from Aera Energy, but regular use has …


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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

KING CITY — 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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More historic King City newspapers available online

KING CITY — Historic King City newspapers from 1889 and 1890 as well as 1937 to 1948 are now available online through the California Digital Newspaper Collection (CDNC) thanks to a financial contribution from the San Antonio Valley Historical Association (SAVHA). …


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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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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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King City Police conduct pedestrian safety operation

KING CITY — King City Police Department conducted a Pedestrian Safety Enforcement Operation on Thursday at various intersections throughout the city in recognition of September as Pedestrian Safety Month. During the Sept. 22 operation, KCPD deployed a pedestrian decoy 144 …


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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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Shooting injures 1 in King City

KING CITY — King City Police Department is investigating a shooting Thursday night that injured one person after an attempted robbery. On Sept. 22 at about 10:38 p.m., local police responded to the report of a shooting in the area …


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King City appoints new public works director

KING CITY — City of King has announced the appointment of Octavio Hurtado as the new director of public works. King City has been without a full-time public works director for many years due to financial constraints. Hurtado, who has …


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

KING CITY — 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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Salinas Valley State Prison inmates earn job certifications

SALINAS VALLEY — 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 …


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Football | King City Mustangs’ defense sparks win over Stevenson

KING CITY — Coming off their best game of the season against the Gonzales Spartans, the King City Mustangs had one last matchup against the Stevenson Pirates before they start league play next week. Stevenson is going through a rebuilding …