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Air quality diminishes as wildfire smoke fills Salinas Valley

SALINAS VALLEY — Smoke from nearby wildfires has degraded air quality throughout the Salinas Valley, reaching unhealthy levels for residents in the area. According to the Monterey Bay Air Resources District, which monitors air quality for the region, communities in the Salinas Valley — including...

River Fire triples in size, burns more than 15,000 acres south of Salinas

SALINAS VALLEY — Cal Fire has ordered thousands of Monterey County residents to evacuate over the past 72 hours as a large fire has scorched at least 15,050 acres just south of Salinas as of Wednesday night. The River Fire, which started early Sunday morning...

Ida Chan takes reins as new CEO of Soledad Community Health Care District

SOLEDAD — Ida Chan began Aug. 3 as Soledad Community Health Care District’s new CEO, officially taking the reins from Gary Staab, who had been serving as interim CEO since 2018. The health care district is the umbrella agency in charge of Eden Valley Care...

River Fire scorches 4,070 acres, destroys several buildings south of Salinas

SALINAS — The River Fire, a blaze sparked by unusual weather early Sunday morning, has charred at least 4,070 acres in the Pine Canyon area just outside of Salinas, Cal Fire reported Tuesday morning. The fire is still only 10% contained. A Cal Fire spokesperson...

River Fire spreads to 2,800 acres south of Salinas, 10% contained

SALINAS VALLEY — The River Fire, a blaze sparked by unusual weather early Sunday morning, has charred at least 2,800 acres in the Pine Canyon area just outside of Salinas, CalFire reported Monday morning. The fire is currently 10% contained and residents in the areas...

Cooling centers open across Salinas Valley amid excessive heat and red flag warnings

SALINAS VALLEY — Cooling centers have opened across the Salinas Valley for residents to escape from the excessive heat this weekend. City of Greenfield is offering a cooling station every day through Wednesday, Aug. 19, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Greenfield...

Greenfield resident chosen as Biden delegate on behalf of California’s 20th Congressional District

GREENFIELD — The Democratic National Convention will take place Aug. 17 through Aug. 20, during which time delegates will cast their vote for their party’s presidential candidate for the upcoming election in November. Greenfield resident David Kong will be among those delegates, chosen to cast...

Salinas Valley News Tidbits | Aug. 14, 2020

COOLING STATIONS SALINAS VALLEY — City of Greenfield is offering a cooling station for residents to escape from the excessive heat this weekend. The station will be available starting today, Aug. 14, through Wednesday, Aug. 19, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Greenfield...

Excessive heat watch for Salinas Valley remains in effect this weekend

SALINAS VALLEY — An excessive heat watch has been issued this weekend for southern Salinas Valley, including Arroyo Seco, Pinnacles National Park and Lake San Antonio. From Friday afternoon through Sunday evening, well-above-normal temperatures are expected with afternoon highs between the mid-90s and 108 degrees....

Protesters rally for reform at Salinas Valley State Prison

SOLEDAD — An estimated three-dozen protesters gathered at the front driveway of Salinas Valley State Prison and the Correctional Training Facility in Soledad on Aug. 6, before moving to Monterey County Jail in Salinas that afternoon as part of a statewide effort calling for...

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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...