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May 29, 2024

Rancho Cielo secures $1M for culinary school expansion

Rancho Cielo
SALINAS — Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren presented a check appropriated by Congress for a community project totaling $1 million to the Rancho Cielo Youth Campus on May 10 to help expand the Drummond Culinary Academy. “Workforce development programs matter — they help provide people with the...

Salinas native hired as general manager of Salinas Sports Complex

Salinas Sports Complex Barbara Causley
SALINAS — Salinas Sports Complex, home of the California Rodeo Salinas, has hired Salinas native Barbara Causley as its general manager. Most recently, holding the title of Velocity Tour manager with the Professional Bull Riders (PBR), Causley was born and raised in Salinas and has...

California Rodeo Salinas sets inaugural Junior Rodeo for June 9

Rodeo
SALINAS — California Rodeo Association has announced its first-ever Junior Rodeo, scheduled to take place on Sunday, June 9, at the Salinas Sports Complex, 1034 N. Main St., in Salinas. “This event underscores the Association’s commitment to nurturing the next generation of rodeo stars while...

Salinas Valley News Briefs | May 24, 2024

News Briefs
DUTCH BROS OPENS SOLEDAD — Dutch Bros Coffee is opening its first location in Soledad on Friday, May 24, at 526 Nestles Road. Drinks available include specialty coffee, smoothies, teas, freezes, lemonade, exclusive Dutch Bros Rebel energy drink and Nitro Cold Brew coffee. Hours are...

Salinas City Elementary School District launches electric bus fleet

Salinas City Elementary School District electric bus
SALINAS — Salinas City Elementary School District (SCESD) has added 10 new electric school buses and 10 new electric bus chargers to the District’s school bus fleet. The new buses will primarily serve students with special needs, improving the students and drivers’ experience by providing...

Scammers swindled nearly $900K from PG&E customers in 2023

Scams
CENTRAL COAST — Scammers continue to take advantage of Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) customers.  In fact, in 2023, PG&E received nearly 43,000 reports from customers who were targeted by scammers impersonating the company, and customers lost approximately $875,000 in fraudulent payments, with the...

Thousands celebrate ‘Golden Hills & Fair Time Thrills’ at 80th Annual Salinas Valley Fair

Salinas Valley Fair carnival
SALINAS VALLEY — Nearly 40,000 people attended the 80th Annual Salinas Valley Fair over the course of its four-day celebration in South Monterey County last week. Under the theme, “Golden Hills & Fair Time Thrills,” the 2024 Fair once again provided family-friendly activities and entertainment...

South Monterey County’s first-ever Youth Summit triumphs

Youth Summit
SOLEDAD — The Youth Councils of Gonzales, Soledad and Greenfield recently hosted their first South County Youth Summit at Main Street Middle School in Soledad. The theme of the May 11 event was “Lighting the Torch,” and about 90 students attended the summit, plus adult...

Housing Authority warns residents of fake social media posts about Section 8 housing

Scams
MONTEREY COUNTY — The Housing Authority of the County of Monterey (HACM) has received copies of misleading ads circulating on social media platforms, luring individuals with promises of “Affordable Housing Programs” or similar enticing titles. One advertisement stated, “Section 8 Waiting List Now Accepting Applications”...

Monterey County youth drug education gets a sliver of marijuana taxes, grand jury says

MONTEREY COUNTY — Monterey County collected more than $70 million in marijuana taxes but spent just $93,000 for youth drug education — the top priority set by residents — according to a civil grand jury report. Some of the largest expenditures the grand jury noted...

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Gonzales Memorial Day

A Tribute to Heroes: Gonzales observes Memorial Day 2024

GONZALES — Soldiers from every military branch were honored Monday at the Gonzales Cemetery for a Memorial Day Observance, hosted by the Gonzales American...