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Sand crab monitoring, plankton labs and squid dissections are serious—and seriously fun—activities at Camp SEA Lab, whose mission is “helping children explore the wonders of the marine environment from the top of the watershed to the bottom of the deep sea as they gain a greater appreciation for what science can teach them about our world and the importance of being good stewards for the ocean.”

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Monterey Peninsula Unified Settles With Juul


Monterey Peninsula Unified School District’s recent settlement, after three years of litigation, with Juul Labs Inc. will expand the district’s resources to educate and deter youth nicotine use among students.

Child’s Play


Measure Q would have helped fund solutions to early childcare, but it failed. Supporters regroup, while opponents reiterate that the bill was too vague.

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Planning gets underway for South County Family Justice Center

MONTEREY COUNTY — Community members are invited to attend a strategic planning event for South Monterey County’s Family Justice Center later this month. A team from the Family Justice Center Alliance, a project of Alliance for HOPE International, is helping …

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Newly revamped Gonzales Skate Park opens

GONZALES — A nice crowd gathered on Saturday afternoon for the official ribbon cutting of the newly revamped Gonzales Skate Park at 203 First St. A fast-approaching rain put the ceremony into hyper speed for the Gonzales city officials and …

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Enrichment program teaches hundreds of South Monterey County youth about farming

KING CITY — Hundreds of third-graders recently roamed the Salinas Valley Fairgrounds in King City to learn about agriculture during the annual South County Farm Day. Students from Gonzales, Soledad, Greenfield and King City schools attended the free educational enrichment …

Image caption: Migrants wait in line while California border activists organize the group to enter the U.S. and seek asylum through the Chaparral entryway in Tijuana, Mexico on Dec. 22, 2022.
Border Scramble

The Supreme Court is keeping in place, for now, Title 42 — the pandemic policy that OK’d migrant expulsions. California has yet to figure out how to meet the needs of an influx of migrants when it does go away.

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Soledad High students help clean up local park

SOLEDAD — Soledad High School students participated in a tobacco litter cleanup last month at Vosti Park in Soledad as part of the STEPS (Safe Teens Empowerment Project) Program through Sun Street Centers. For two hours, more than 20 students …

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Youth Jobs Corps program launches in Monterey County

MONTEREY COUNTY — Monterey County Board of Supervisors along with state and local officials recently kicked off the #CaliforniansForAll Youth Jobs Corps in Monterey County. The $2.8 million investment provides resources for the county to recruit, train and hire local …

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Greenfield community to decide on ‘safe routes’

GREENFIELD — Transportation Agency for Monterey County (TAMC), in partnership with the City of Greenfield, announced that Greenfield residents and workers, age 14 and older, will have the opportunity to vote to determine which Safe Routes to School projects to …

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Mee Memorial breaks ground on new children’s clinic

SALINAS VALLEY — Construction is beginning on the Mee Memorial Children’s Health and Wellness Center in King City following a groundbreaking ceremony earlier this month. The new clinic, located at 809 Broadway St. in the building that serves Dialysis and …

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Measure Q, a countywide childcare initiative, fails at the ballot box, while school bonds succeed.

Despite having strong support from the largest industries in the county— agriculture and hospitality—along with city and county leaders and grassroots organizations, Measure Q fell far short of passing on Election Day, Nov. 8.

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Gonzales FFA students attend leadership conference

GONZALES — Seven members of the Gonzales FFA chapter attended a regional leadership conference on Oct. 8-9, during which more than 275 other students, all involved in the FFA, united at the 2022 South Coast Region FFA Chapter Officer Leadership …

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