SALINAS — Laureen Diephof, an accomplished columnist, photojournalist and world traveler, will be a guest speaker at the El Gabilan Library, 1400 N. Main St., in Salinas on Tuesday, July 11, at 5 p.m. Throughout her career, Diephof worked as a reporter for the South County News agency. At age 74, she embarked on a yearlong solo journey that inspired the creation of her memoir, “Walking Over The Earth.” From the frigid Arctic Circle to the vast expanses of the world’s most imposing desert, she immerses herself in diverse cultures, captivating landscapes and unforgettable encounters. Armed with nothing more than a small suitcase, a computer bag and her own resourcefulness, Diephof crafts her itinerary on the go, capturing the essence of adventure and self-discovery. Register online at


GREENFIELD — Greenfield Police Department is offering free Narcan (limit one per household, while supplies last) for the community. Pick-up times are during regular business hours, Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., at the station at 599 El Camino Real. “Opioid-related deaths, including those involving fentanyl, have been on the rise, especially among our youth,” police said. “It’s crucial that we work together to combat this issue.” Narcan is a life-saving nasal spray that can temporarily reverse the effects of an opioid overdose. The person experiencing the overdose must still go to the hospital, but by having Narcan readily available, one could save the life of a loved one or community member. Police will also provide mental health and substance abuse resources to support those in need.


MONTEREY COUNTY — SPCA Monterey County is reminding pet owners to keep their pets vaccinated, after a bat recently tested positive for rabies in the city of Seaside. Rabies, a vaccine-preventable, zoonotic, viral disease affecting the central nervous system, can be spread to people and pets if they are bitten or scratched by an animal with rabies. Once clinical symptoms appear, rabies is almost always fatal. The SPCA provides low-cost vaccinations, including for rabies, throughout the year. Appointments are required and can be made at The SPCA Veterinary Clinic is at 1002 Monterey-Salinas Highway across from Laguna Seca in Salinas.


SOLEDAD — Soledad Certified Farmer’s Market is open every Thursday from 4 to 8 p.m. in the 100 block of Soledad Street. The market has been providing farm-to-table produce and other food from local vendors for the community since 2006. For more information, visit

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Ryan Cronk is the managing editor for King City Rustler and Salinas Valley Tribune, a unified publication of Greenfield News, Soledad Bee and Gonzales Tribune. He covers general news for South Monterey County and the surrounding communities.


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