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Monterey County keeps Covid-19 testing sites open

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MONTEREY COUNTY — Appointments are available at Monterey County testing sites as the region continues to respond to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, including new state guidelines for a tiered reopening system. “Coronavirus took a step back in the news to the fires, but we are...

Salinas Valley News Tidbits | Sept. 2, 2020

CLOTHING CLOSET GONZALES — Gonzales Community Church is hosting a clothing closet at its building on Fourth and Day streets today and tomorrow, Sept. 2 and 3, from 3 to 5 p.m. Face coverings are required, and only one person is allowed in at a...

Gonzales Unified School District officially cancels fall and winter sports seasons

GONZALES — With Monterey County’s schools on shutdown and school sports planning a delayed start in December or January, Gonzales Unified School District on Aug. 21 announced to coaches that middle and high school sports were suspended for the year. Superintendent Yvette Irving contacted coaches...

Soledad City Council discusses Covid-19 and fire concerns

SOLEDAD — Covid-19 continues to be an ongoing concern in Monterey County, and Soledad City Council heard updates during its Aug. 19 meeting about combatting the pandemic within the city, not only about testing, but also containing an outbreak inside the city’s nursing facility. Soledad...

Central Coast, Bay Area fires have leveled more than 1,000 structures

CENTRAL COAST — Four major fires throughout the Central Coast and greater Bay Area have destroyed at least 1,055 structures, various Cal Fire agencies announced Saturday. The SCU Lightning Complex, the River Fire, the Carmel Fire and the CZU August Lightning Complex have chewed through...

Salinas Valley News Tidbits | Aug. 29, 2020

FIRE RESOURCES MONTEREY COUNTY — Salinas Valley Chamber of Commerce has released a resource guide for the Monterey County fires to assist those affected by the fires to respond to the crisis. The guide is available for free through the “Local Fire Resources” link on...

Newsom replaces Covid-19 watch list with new tiered reopening system

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SACRAMENTO — Gov. Gavin Newsom on Friday revealed what he called a new, more “stringent” four-tiered reopening system that allows counties to open their economies depending on their Covid-19 case and test positivity rates. The new system replaces the monitoring list, and removes many of...

Volunteers rescue hundreds of animals from Monterey County wildfires

MONTEREY COUNTY — While smoke filled the Salinas Valley skies from nearby wildfires, volunteer individuals and teams were organizing to rescue pets and bring them to shelter, especially larger animals that would otherwise have to be left behind by owners during fire-related evacuations. Numerous posts...

All evacuations lifted for River and Carmel fires; Monterey County shelters to close

SALINAS VALLEY — All evacuation orders and warnings for the River and Carmel fires were lifted Thursday afternoon, as firefighters continue to increase containment of the wildfires that have burned a combined 55,499 acres. “All evacuation and warning zones in the River and Carmel fires...

Monterey County closes Toro Park indefinitely due to wildfire damage

SALINAS — Toro Park will be closed indefinitely due to extensive damage from the wildfires, Monterey County announced Wednesday night. The county park, located 6 miles from downtown Salinas, is currently being used as a base camp for Cal Fire and was already closed to...

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Salinas Valley student wins 2024 Dream of Flight Scholarship from MPI...

SALINAS VALLEY — Salinas Valley resident Fatima Abed was recently awarded the 2024 Dream of Flight $1,000 Scholarship from MPI Jet for her essay...