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May 21, 2022

Greenfield man gets prison time for DUI, impersonating officer

GREENFIELD — A 27-year-old Greenfield man has been sentenced to prison after pleading no contest to driving under the influence and impersonating a police officer. Monterey County District Attorney Jeannine M. Pacioni announced April 26 that Clemente Martinez of Greenfield will receive a stipulated two-year...

Monterey County’s emergency rental assistance program provides nearly $34M in support

MONTEREY COUNTY — Since launching in March 2021, the Rent and Utility Assistance Program through the County of Monterey in partnership with United Way Monterey County has provided nearly $34 million to help keep residents in their homes during the pandemic. The program used state...

Salinas Valley News Briefs | April 27, 2022

TIME CAPSULE KING CITY — Santa Lucia Elementary School in King City will be opening its 50-year-old time capsule on Friday, April 29, at 1 p.m. after a two-year delay caused by the Covid-19 pandemic. The ceremony is open to the public, and will take...

Local poets teach Monterey County teens to tell their truths through poetry

MONTEREY COUNTY — April is National Poetry Month, and high school students in Monterey County are currently verses-deep into their understanding, appreciating and writing of poetry thanks to poet, nonfiction writer and longtime teacher Patrice Vecchione. She shares, "These kids are incredible. The kids who...

Salinas Valley News Briefs | April 26, 2022

WRITE-IN CANDIDATES SALINAS — The nomination period to qualify as a write-in candidate for the Statewide Direct Primary Election runs April 11 through May 24. Candidate forms will be available during this time and must be submitted by the deadline. Official documents may be obtained...

Soledad community turns out for Easter celebration

SOLEDAD — Hundreds of children and their families participated in an Easter egg hunt and other activities last Saturday at Cesar Chavez Park in Soledad. The free Easter celebration also included games and crafts, face painting, prize drawings, hot dogs and a visit from the...

Scheid Vineyards hosts Earth Day tour at Greenfield estate

GREENFIELD — Scheid Vineyards is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year and recently hosted an Earth Day tour at its estate winery — just off Highway 101 between Greenfield and King City — to discuss its growing efforts with environmental responsibility in mind. During the...

Caltrans celebrates Earth Day with free disposal events

SALINAS — Caltrans is celebrating Earth Day with free Dump Day events throughout California on Saturday, April 23, including Caltrans District 5 in the City of Salinas.  Residents are invited to bring non-hazardous, unwanted items to the nearest Dump Day event for free disposal. Caltrans...

High school counselors tour Hartnell College campuses

SALINAS VALLEY — Salinas Valley high school counselors were invited on April 12 to tour Hartnell College’s three education centers in King City, Soledad and Castroville. Among the participants were Soledad Education Center Director Ana Gonzalez and Dean of Student Success Carla Johnson, who...

Salinas Valley Fair jumps ‘back in the saddle’ for annual kick-off dinner

SALINAS VALLEY — Salinas Valley Fair has scheduled the annual Fair Kick-Off Dinner, Dance and Auction for Saturday inside the Orradre Building at the Salinas Valley Fairgrounds in King City. “Our upcoming Fair theme is ‘Back in the Saddle,’ so we are celebrating by jumping...

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Soledad movie theater plans grand-opening celebration Saturday

SOLEDAD — Premiere Cinemas in Soledad will be hosting a grand-opening celebration this Saturday, May 21. The celebration will start with welcoming remarks at 10...