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September 28, 2023

Soledad woman crashes vehicle while intoxicated with 4-year-old inside

SOLEDAD — A Soledad woman is facing multiple charges following a drunken-driving accident with her 4-year-old child inside the vehicle. On Wednesday evening, 25-year-old Gabriela Aguilera of Soledad lost control of her vehicle turning onto West Street and crashed into the PG&E substation concrete wall. Her...

12-year-old injured after being struck by SUV in Gonzales

GONZALES — A 12-year-old child was struck by a vehicle while crossing the street Wednesday afternoon in Gonzales. On Sept. 20, at about 3:16 p.m., the Gonzales Police Department responded to the report of a traffic collision involving an SUV and a pedestrian. The collision...

Soledad Community Health Care District celebrates 75 years with gala

SOLEDAD — Soledad Community Health Care District (SCHCD) recently celebrated 75 years of healthcare in Soledad and the surrounding areas. With the theme “An Evening Under the Stars,” SCHCD hosted a gala on Sept. 9 in Rosie’s Garden at Eden Valley Care Center featuring a...

Gov. Newsom approves $17M for dam safety funding

CENTRAL COAST — Gov. Gavin Newsom has signed Senate Bill 104 that includes providing $17 million of funding for dam safety projects at Nacimiento and San Antonio reservoirs, which are owned and operated by the Monterey County Water Resources Agency. Following the failure of the...

Relay For Life of the Salinas Valley makes a return

SALINAS VALLEY — American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life of the Salinas Valley invites the community to join the movement to honor and remember loved ones and fight back for lifesaving change. Opening ceremonies for the Sept. 23 event will kick off at 4 p.m....

Greenfield man arrested in Arizona for human trafficking

GREENFIELD — A 35-year-old man from Greenfield is facing human trafficking charges after he was found with a young boy in Arizona earlier this month. On Sept. 8, a Navajo County deputy conducted a traffic stop on Interstate 40 at milepost 258 in the area...

City of Gonzales installs new ‘Future Focused’ banners

GONZALES — Gonzales Public Works Department has installed new “Future Focused” banners along Alta and Fifth streets and in Central Park. The banners honor Gonzales High School Class of 2023 graduates attending local community colleges, technical schools, four-year universities and the armed forces. They feature...

County of Monterey offers free, pre-approved plans for ADUs

MONTEREY COUNTY — In an effort to streamline the Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) building process, the County of Monterey is now offering three pre-designed ADU plans to homeowners.  ADUs are a smaller, independent residential dwelling unit located on the same lot as a standalone single...

Homeless encampment catches fire in Greenfield

GREENFIELD — Greenfield Fire Department responded to a homeless encampment, located near the off-ramp to Walnut Avenue, that caught fire Thursday afternoon. With the assistance of Cal Fire from Soledad, firefighters were able to extinguish the fire. No injuries were reported. Officers temporarily shut down the...

Greenfield Police investigating shooting on Chalone Drive

GREENFIELD — Just before midnight on Sept. 7, officers from the Greenfield Police Department responded to multiple reports of gunshots in the 1100 block of Chalone Drive. Upon arrival, officers were notified of a gunshot victim in the 50 block of 11th Street. They arrived...

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Funny Papers Again Column | A South County Scene: One Block...

Some years ago, in a library in Southern California, I gave a book to a young lady in hopes she would find it a...