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December 8, 2023

Greenfield Police Department awarded grant to increase safety on roads

GREENFIELD — Greenfield Police Department was awarded a $50,000 grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety. The grant will support the department’s ongoing enforcement and education programs to help reduce the number of serious injuries and deaths on local roads. “We are grateful for the...

Navy veteran returns to Greenfield to speak with youth

GREENFIELD — A retired captain in the U.S. Navy who grew up in the Salinas Valley returned to the area last week to not only visit family, but also speak to local youth about veterans and the meaning behind Veterans Day. Gilbert “Gil” Acosta was...

SPCA Monterey County advises caution when driving to avoid deer during mating season

MONTEREY COUNTY — SPCA Monterey County advises drivers to use extreme caution when driving to avoid hitting deer on area roadways this time of year.  Fall is deer mating season on the Central Coast and deer are significantly more likely to be on the move...

Salinas Valley News Briefs | Nov. 17, 2023

SURF AND TURF KING CITY — King City Rotary Club presents its annual Surf and Turf fundraiser on Friday, Nov. 17, from 6 to 8 p.m. Dinner includes steak, crab, garlic bread and salad, and will be held inside the Orradre Building at the Salinas...

Application deadline nears for McDonald’s Golden Grants Program

CENTRAL COAST — Applications will close Nov. 30 for the 2023 McDonald’s Golden Grants program benefitting education and nonprofits in the San Francisco Bay Area, Eureka, Salinas-Monterey and the Central Coast that better the lives of children ages 5 through 18 sharing $40,000 throughout...

Monterey County Sheriff’s Office details military equipment use

MONTEREY COUNTY — Monterey County Board of Supervisors gave preliminary approval Nov. 7 for an updated military equipment use policy from the Monterey County Sheriff’s Office and received a report on the use of such equipment in part of 2022. The Sheriff’s Office reported 33...

Soledad service dog wins award for providing comfort to Army veteran

SOLEDAD — After spending 17 years in the U.S. Army, military life was all Ramon Reyes knew. But when he was diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Traumatic Brain Injury from events that occurred in Iraq, his military career was cut short —...

State awards $10M to Salinas Valley Basin Groundwater Sustainability Agency for groundwater monitoring, outreach

SALINAS VALLEY — California Department of Water Resources has awarded more than $10 million in funding to the Salinas Valley Basin Groundwater Sustainability Agency (SVBGSA) through the Sustainable Groundwater Management (SGM) Grant Program to support implementation of SVBGSA’s state-mandated groundwater sustainability plans in four...

Salinas Valley News Briefs | Nov. 15, 2023

COAT DRIVE KING CITY — Mee Memorial Healthcare System’s HR team has organized a Thanksgiving community coat drive for kids. The community can help by donating new or gently used coats for local school students ages 4-12. Drop off donations in the barrel located inside...

Chavez resigns from Soledad City Council due to move

SOLEDAD — Soledad City Councilmember Alejandro Chavez has resigned from his position effective Oct. 31 after 13 years of service. Chavez and his wife Erica Padilla-Chavez, who also resigned after 14 years as a trustee from the Hartnell College Governing Board, will be moving out...

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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...