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December 8, 2023

$100K grant benefits Monterey County’s first Family Justice Center

MONTEREY COUNTY — Monterey County District Attorney’s Office has received a $100,000 grant for Monterey County’s first Family Justice Center, Holding on to Hope, which will be located in King City at 250 Franciscan Way.  Monterey County District Attorney Jeannine Pacioni announced Dec. 4 that...

Soledad Police Department awarded $55K grant to deter unsafe road behaviors

SOLEDAD — Soledad Police Department will increase patrols throughout the community and provide other traffic safety programs to help reduce the number of serious injuries and deaths on roads, thanks to a $55,000 grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS). “This grant funding...

Hartnell College to offer new bachelor’s degree in respiratory care

SALINAS — Beginning in spring 2025, students can pursue a Bachelor of Science in Respiratory Care, a significant milestone in Hartnell College’s 103-year history and a first in Monterey County.  This program aims to expand on the college’s successful two-year associate degree program, providing students...

Mee Memorial Healthcare System chosen to participate in Rural Healthcare Provider Transition Project

SALINAS VALLEY — Mee Memorial Healthcare System, based in King City, has been selected to participate in the Rural Healthcare Provider Transition Project (RHPTP), which is designed to help strengthen the foundations of small rural hospitals and certified rural health clinics in the key elements...

Winter Reading Program begins at Monterey County Free Libraries

MONTEREY COUNTY — As the community heads into the heart of the winter months, Monterey County Free Libraries (MCFL) knows that it is the perfect time to snuggle up with a good book and read. To help readers get their snuggle on, MCFL invites library...

Salinas Valley News Briefs | Dec. 1, 2023

BIKE REPAIR KING CITY — Greenfield Community Science Workshop will host a Bike Repair Workshop offering free tune-up and repair services on Saturday, Dec. 2, in King City. The workshop will take place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at San Antonio Park, 1245 Bedford...

Soledad’s first Step-Up Mentoring class graduates

SOLEDAD — Partners For Peace recently celebrated the graduation of 27 Soledad seventh and eighth graders for its inaugural Step-Up Mentoring class at the Soledad Community Center. The Step-Up Mentoring program, held weekly from May to October 2023, made a profound impact on Soledad’s youth,...

Monterey County Sheriff’s Office announces promotions

MONTEREY COUNTY — Monterey County Sheriff Tina Nieto has announced the promotions of Commander Jason Smith to the rank of chief deputy and Sgt. Veronica Olguin to the rank of commander effective Nov. 18. “I spoke with both this morning about the expectation of leadership...

Greenfield’s 7th annual coat drive gets underway

GREENFIELD — Greenfield’s annual coat drive is underway, seeking donations to benefit homeless individuals and others in need of warm clothing this winter. Local resident Avelina Torres is spearheading the coat drive for the seventh year in a row, and once again she has...

Salinas Valley News Briefs | Nov. 30, 2023

CHRISTMAS CELEBRATION SOLEDAD — Soledad-Mission Chamber of Commerce presents its 37th Annual Christmas Celebration on Saturday, Dec. 2. The Front Street festivities begin at 2 p.m. with games, food booths and entertainment, followed by the parade at 5 p.m. on Front Street. There will also...

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Greenfield man gets 20 years in prison for forcible rape

GREENFIELD — A Monterey County judge sentenced Greenfield resident Adrian Rojas Sebastian on Nov. 28 to 20 years in prison for committing three counts...