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June 22, 2024

Gregory Allen to rejoin Greenfield Police Department as chief of police

GREENFIELD — Gregory Allen, a commander and acting chief with the Greenfield Police Department from 2015 to 2017, will rejoin the department as chief of police in September, the city announced Monday. Upon his return to Greenfield, Allen will lead a department of 22 sworn...

Soledad head football coach resigns after one season

SOLEDAD — After one year as Soledad’s head football coach, Jose Martinez has resigned due to personal reasons. “I resigned for a couple reasons, but the main reason is that it’s not my time,” Martinez said. “I have to step away and take care of...

Where to get a Covid-19 test in Monterey County

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MONTEREY COUNTY — Health officials throughout the nation have said testing is an essential factor in the battle against the novel coronavirus (Covid-19), and with case numbers rising in communities near and far, getting a test is critical to understanding where the virus is...

Soledad City Council appoints Brent Slama as interim city manager

SOLEDAD — Soledad City Council appointed Brent Slama, who has served as acting city manager since May 18, as interim city manager during its July 15 meeting. Former City Manager Michael McHatten was terminated on July 1 without cause. He had been the city manager...

Multi-agency police operation leads to 4 arrests in Salinas Valley

SALINAS VALLEY — South Monterey County Task Force served five search warrants in King City early Wednesday morning that resulted in the arrests of four local gang members for weapons-related charges, including the manufacturing of ghost guns. The Task Force, which includes the Soledad and...

Soledad Police arrest gang members on weapon charges

SOLEDAD — Soledad Police conducted a traffic stop for a vehicle code violation March 19 at about 10:30 p.m., during which the officers immediately recognized all three of the vehicle’s occupants as active Norteno gang members.  After a search of the vehicle, three fully loaded...

Police arrest 3 after deadly shooting in Soledad

SOLEDAD — Three men have been arrested for murder after a double shooting in Soledad left one victim dead on Tuesday, according to the Monterey County Sheriff's Office. On May 18, two people were shot on Bluejay Lane in the Riverview Estates neighborhood, located off...

Soledad state prison’s South Facility to close by July 2022

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SOLEDAD — The South Facility at Correctional Training Facility (CTF) in Soledad will close by July 2022 due to a decrease in the minimum-security inmate population, announced California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation on Tuesday. The Level I general population unit, also known as Facility...

PHOTOS: Soledad High School celebrates Class of 2020 with drive-through graduation

SOLEDAD — Soledad High School hosted a drive-through graduation for its Class of 2020 last Saturday, having students remain in their cars with family members before it was time to walk the stage individually. Masks were worn and social distancing was observed except during...

General Election 2020: South Monterey County results at a glance

SALINAS VALLEY — South Monterey County voters have returned their ballots to choose candidates for school boards and city councils as well as decide the fate of local measures in the Nov. 3 general election. As of 8 p.m. Tuesday, the latest results from Monterey...

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Lucy Jensen

Window on the World Column | Go Dolphins!

If you happen to be at the Soledad Pool (or, more correctly the Soledad-Mission Recreation District) at about 6 a.m., you will see Coach...