Salinas Valley Fair celebrates 75 years of fun

An opening ceremony for the 75th Annual Salinas Valley Fair is set for Thursday morning to celebrate the milestone anniversary and commence this year’s festivities at the fairgrounds in King City.

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Summer beach camp seeking applicants

The Wahine Project is gearing up for its Summer Beach Camp and is offering discounts on their programming to South Monterey County residents in need of financial assistance.

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Day of the Child recognizes local youth

The community of Gonzales celebrated its young members by honoring El Día de los Niños, or Day of the Child, last Sunday, April 28, at Central Park.

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Mayors unite to demand new courthouse in Greenfield

All four South County mayors have joined together on a letter to Gov. Gavin Newsom asking him to intervene in the decision about where to build the next courthouse for Monterey County.

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Senior Swarm preps youth for college

As Gonzales High School students get closer to graduation, a series of workshops have been developed called “Senior Swarm” to aid the next phase of their education and lives.

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Local dancers perform South County’s first original ballet, ‘The Nightingale’

South County’s first original ballet production, “The Nightingale,” dazzled audiences earlier this month with its musical score, striking costumes and strong performances from local youth at the Robert Stanton Theatre in King City.

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Salinas River restoration effort receives $3M grant

A $2.9 million grant has been awarded to the Resource Conservation District of Monterey County to help eradicate 215 acres of an invasive plant that has infested more than 1,500 acres of the Salinas River.

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Wildflowers blooming on Army base

California’s wildflower “super bloom” has made its way to Fort Hunter Liggett (FHL), which shared aerial photos of the colorful spectacle last Thursday on its social media platforms.

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Trip to ‘Hamilton’

A group of 91 Gonzales High School students, Somavia High School students and staff traveled to the Orpheum Theater in San Francisco to see “Hamilton” on March 27.

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Soledad students look to Gonzales for youth council ideas

Soledad youth are interested in developing a local youth council and shared their views to the Soledad City Council on April 3.

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Casino Night raises $26K for Rancho Cielo Youth Campus

More than $26,000 was raised last Friday during the Fifth Annual Casino Night benefitting Rancho Cielo at the Salinas Valley Fairgrounds in King City.

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Students explore life-size replica of humpback whale

A life-size replica of a humpback whale arrived in Gonzales last Monday for students at La Gloria Elementary to explore and learn more about ocean life.

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Mission Days set for Saturday

Step back in time to California’s mission era while attending Mission San Antonio de Padua’s annual Mission Days event this Saturday, April 6.

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Gonzales, Soledad students among MESA Day competition winners

Local students from Gonzales and Soledad high schools as well as Main Street Middle School competed in a math, engineering and science competition March 2 at University of California, Santa Cruz, and came home with top prizes.

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Gonzales High students enter Carmel arts competition

Three Gonzales High School students were selected to enter their artwork into the Monterey County art competition, “For the Love of Art,” in February.

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Debate team wins regionals

Gonzales High School Migrant Speech and Debate Team took home first place in the Region 16 Contest for the second year in a row on March 16 at Salinas High School.

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Final weekend to see ‘Wizard of Oz’ in Gonzales

“The Wizard of Oz” was brought to life last weekend to sold-out performances, leaving just one more weekend to see the Gonzales Community Theater’s production.

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New exhibit features historic Anza expedition

Monterey County Agricultural and Rural Life Museum has welcomed a special exhibit with local roots in the area, featuring the historic expedition of Capt. Juan Bautista de Anza and hundreds of families who traveled from Mexico through California beginning in 1775 to establish a mission and presidio in San Francisco.

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Local domestic violence case inspires new play

A South County domestic violence case has inspired longtime local playwright David Norum's latest theater project, “My Name Is…”, premiering this weekend at the Pink Flamingo Theater in Monterey.

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Court services expand in South County

Monterey County Superior Court continues to expand its self-help services in South County, with the Greenfield Self-Help Center preparing to operate on an additional day to assist residents seeking legal information.

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A night of honors

During its Annual Awards Banquet, Gonzales Chamber of Commerce honored local community members who are making the city a better place to work and live by giving back through businesses and volunteering.

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Gonzales FFA greets community with ‘Morning Wave’

About 85 Gonzales High School FFA members gathered on Fifth Street for a morning wave to encourage their classmates, parents and community members to have a positive day Feb. 21.

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WESTERN CHIC

Once again living up to its name, the 2019 South County Trashion Show brought more than 20 of the “trashiest” designs straight out of the Old West and onto the runway.

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Youth learn about gang violence at annual summit in Salinas

The annual Gang Prevention Summit on Jan. 26 featured many speakers from law enforcement and from the Boys and Girls Club. This year there was also a special speaker, Juan “Johnny” Gomez, who was present when two of his relatives were victims of gang violence.

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Feedback sought on express bus study

New routing options that would speed up bus service between Salinas and South County are being considered by Monterey-Salinas Transit.

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Soledad ranks among safest cities in California

The City of Soledad was once again listed among the top 50 safest cities in California, according to the National Council for Home Safety and Security’s recently released “The Safest Cities in California 2019” report.

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City honors former district attorney

Long-serving Monterey County District Attorney Dean D. Flippo retired from the position in January and was presented with a resolution from the City of Gonzales in his honor last Monday, Feb. 4.

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Recruitment Fair

Gonzales Unified School District held its first Teacher Recruitment Fair with job interviews and school tours Feb. 9.

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Gonzales student meets with state leaders

Gonzales High School senior Cindy Aguilar recently met with Tony Thurmond, the new state superintendent of public instruction, to speak with him about mental health services for high school students.

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South County Animal Rescue hosts first Sweetheart Tea Party

A tea party took over the King City Recreation Center as South County Animal Rescue hosted its first Sweetheart Tea and Silent Auction last Saturday in King City.

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HOUSING HUBBUB

Residents are concerned over the change to the empty lot on Fifth Street from a designated area for a future community center to possibly CHISPA housing, which is currently under consideration.

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Commissioners review Paraiso Springs Resort project site

Last Wednesday, Jan. 23, the Monterey County Planning Commission held an on-site meeting to review the site for the Paraiso Springs Resort project west of Soledad and Greenfield.

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Monterey County Free Libraries seeks feedback

Monterey County Free Libraries, which has branches in all four South County cities, is seeking community input to help determine priorities and updates to its strategic plan.

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Community excellence

Transportation Agency of Monterey County Board of Directors recently honored the City of Gonzales with The Project Team 2018 Transportation Excellence Award for the community bicycling event, Ciclovia Gonzales.

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HIP TO BE SQUARE

Square dancers from all over gathered at the Salinas Valley Fairgrounds last weekend to kick off the 39th Annual Winter Festival.

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Trashion Show returns to runway

Tickets are now available for the fun and fabulous Trashion Show, which returns to South County next month for the fourth year.

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Government shutdown impacts local transportation projects

Transportation Agency for Monterey County and Monterey-Salinas Transit announced this week that the federal government shutdown is adversely affecting regional transportation projects and transit services in the county.

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Good sportsmanship

Flag football players who showed good sportsmanship throughout the season were recognized by the Gonzales City Council on Jan. 7.

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All-around champions named at annual Ranch Rodeo

Last Sunday’s Ranch Rodeo drew 116 participants from the Central Coast and paid out nearly $14,000 in prize money to winners at the Salinas Valley Fairgrounds’ Rava Equestrian Center in King City.

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Gonzales to hire crossing guards

City of Gonzales is aware of the concern for students walking on Fifth Street and is in the process of hiring a crossing guard service for 2019.

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Booting up knowledge

Loaves, Fishes and Computers (LFC) received a $21,000 donation from Spectrum to expand programs and utilize funds in a positive way.

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Ranch Rodeo returns Sunday to Salinas Valley Fairgrounds

This weekend’s Monterey County Ranch Rodeo, co-produced by the Monterey County Cattlemen’s Association and the Salinas Valley Fair, will raise funds for both nonprofits while offering a fun way for local buckaroos to compete in traditional ranching contests.

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Soledad Pharmacy to close after more than a century

Soledad Pharmacy, a staple business in Soledad, is set to close this month after about 110 years. The pharmacy will be merging patient files with CVS Pharmacy in the Soledad Mission Shopping Center.

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Salinas Valley Half Marathon ends after 9-year run

Salinas Valley Half Marathon has run its course after nine years, as the Big Sur Marathon Foundation announced this week that the race will be discontinued due to declining participation.

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Winter Day Camp wraps up

The City of Gonzales finished off its Winter Break Day Camp last week after three weeks of activities, movies and games.

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END OF A CHAPTER

After 14 years with the Monterey County Free Libraries, Jayanti Addleman is stepping down from her position as library director.

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Pinnacles National Park limits visitor services due to partial government shutdown

Due to the federal government shutdown and a lapse in federal funding, Pinnacles National Park will temporarily reduce some of its services while the park remains open to visitors.

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New year means new resolutions

A new year means South Monterey County residents are making resolutions and goals for 2019, among those making New Year’s resolutions include local city officials, high school students, librarians and others.

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Holiday delivery

Local oil company Aera Energy is making the holidays brighter for four San Ardo families, including 15 children ranging in ages from 5 months to 15.

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Gonzales senior to attend Senate program

Gonzales High School senior Cindy Aguilar-Castaneda has been selected to represent California at the 57th annual U.S. Senate Youth Program, sponsored by the William Randolph Hearst Foundation for students interested in pursuing careers in public service.

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Decorating champs

Local businesses and residences are getting into the holiday spirit by decorating the outside of their buildings throughout the town, and the Gonzales Chamber of Commerce selected several of them to recognize for its annual Holiday Decorating Contest.

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Soledad church provides shoes for local children in need

One hundred elementary school children in Soledad and 50 in Greenfield are enjoying new shoes this Christmas thanks to the generosity of a Soledad church.

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City approves financial report

Gonzales City Council has unanimously approved the annual financial report concerning the debts still owed by the city as of Nov. 19.

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’Tis the season

Central Park received a season festive makeover over the weekend as the Gonzales Youth Council celebrated the annual tree lighting Dec. 8.

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Salinas Valley Fair Heritage Foundation announces scholarship winner

Salinas Valley Fair Heritage Foundation has selected Ivan Trujillo of Greenfield for the 2019 Heritage Foundation Scholarship.

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Musical Christmas

Christmas music, Santa Claus, Mrs. Claus and games took over the Gonzales High School Gymnasium as the city hosted its annual Holiday Lights Festival.

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City receives Champion for Children Award

Monterey County Children’s Council (MCCC) selected the City of Gonzales to receive the first Champion for Children Award after the City added a “Health and Wellness” element to its General Plan for the wellbeing of children and youth.

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Gonzales cop named Veteran of the Year

One of Gonzales’ own, Sgt. Santiago Melgoza, was nominated for the Monterey County Veteran of the Year award and won the title this year.

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Stomp for a cause

Sun Street Centers recently celebrated its South County STOMP at the Salinas Valley Fairgrounds, bringing in more than $125,000 in one night to support the new substance abuse treatment facility in King City.

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Wild hogs tear up San Lorenzo County Park fields

A sounder of wild hogs tore up the fields at San Lorenzo County Park in King City over the weekend, leaving a mess for park employees and volunteers who surveyed the damage Monday morning.

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Holidays kick off in Greenfield with community dinner

More than 450 Thanksgiving dinners were served at a community dinner held last Saturday at the Greenfield Lions hall.

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South County students give thanks

Thanksgiving is a time to reflect on everything we are thankful for, such as family and friends. In the spirit of the holiday, South County Newspapers asked local students from King City, Greenfield, Soledad and Gonzales what they are thankful for this year.

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Handmade creations

Pixel ornaments, handmade jewelry, hair bows, a bake sale and more were all part of the American Legion’s first Craft Fair of the year Nov. 10.

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South County voters turn out for election

Voters in South County made their voices heard last Tuesday by choosing between various candidates for local city councils, school boards and other special district governing bodies in the area.

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Greenfield farmworker wins $2M from lottery

A Greenfield farmworker is counting his blessings after winning $2 million from a lottery ticket.

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A tribute to veterans

The Salinas Old Downtown streets were filled as families, veterans and friends waited for the eighth annual Veterans Day Parade to begin Nov. 11.

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Mission Fiesta brings community together

Mission Soledad celebrated its 58th annual Mission Fiesta on Oct. 7, bringing Soledad and Mission residents together to eat chicken, enjoy some sun, listen to music and watch the Grape Stomp.

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South County Animal Rescue hosts first event for dogs

Dogs and their owners took over Front Street and Cesar Chavez Park on Sept. 29 to celebrate the first Dog Days of Summer, sponsored by South County Animal Rescue.

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Former King City resident shares journey to sobriety

The road to sobriety is not easy, but Steve “Moe” Modena shows that it can be done. Modena, a former King City resident, came to Sun Street Centers in Salinas to “sober up” in 1999.

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Food drive brings in 16K pounds to county food bank

It was a record year for local oil company Aera Energy’s annual food drive last week, with the equivalent of 16,101 pounds of food donated to the Food Bank for Monterey County.

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Sol Treasures exhibit celebrates street art

A new art exhibit decorates both inside and outside of Sol Treasures in King City, and artists recently gathered to talk about the inspiration behind their different pieces.

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Stage Hands’ latest show opens Friday

Ya’ll best be fixin’ to get all gussied up in your fancy pants and wander over yonder to see The Stage Hands next Supper Show, “Southern Fried Funeral,” by Osborne and Epps, opening Feb. 23.

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Mann Packing construction moving along

Construction on the new Mann Packing processing plant is coming along, with the framing and concrete foundation making progress.

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Green Valley Farm Supply Store to expand

City Manager Rene Mendez presented an Economic Development Incentive Inductive Program regarding Green Valley Farm Supply Store’s expansion project to the City Council on Jan. 16.

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Mission San Antonio hosts Annual Cutting of the Roses

Historic Mission San Antonio de Padua, established in 1771, will host its Annual Cutting of the Roses and Brunch on Sunday, Jan. 28, where those in attendance can take home a treasure from the Mission’s beautiful Padres’ Garden.

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Wall of Wine winner

Donna Oliveira of King City was the raffle winner of more than $7,500 worth of wine for the Wall of Wine fundraiser, which supports the Campaign for the Preservation of Mission San Antonio de Padua.

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Barbecue, holiday tea fundraisers benefit SCAR, Historical Society

South County Animal Rescue (SCAR) conducted back-to-back fundraisers Dec. 2 to conclude its 2017 fundraising efforts.

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‘Nutcracker’ brings holiday tradition to town

More than 1,200 people attended the 58th annual production of “The Nutcracker Ballet,” which was jointly produced by the Monterey County Dance Foundation and Monterey County Dance Theatre.

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Sheriff discusses undocumented immigrant felons

Monterey County Sheriff Steve Bernal has a message for undocumented immigrants saying to not get arrested and their citizen status will probably be "safe,” and that if they are arrested his hands are tied.

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Prescribed burn planned for Gabilan Range near Soledad tomorrow

Cal Fire plans to conduct a prescribed burn on private property in the Gabilan Range near Soledad in Monterey County on Tuesday, Nov. 7.

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Mee Memorial Hospital recognizes Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and Mee Memorial Hospital will be offering mammograms for women over 40 at a rate of $99.

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A decade of services

Monterey County Behavioral Health Clinic in King City celebrated its 10th anniversary Sept. 13 at its location at 200 Broadway St., Suite 88.

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Cooling Centers offer relief from weekend heat

A three-day heat wave took over much of California just in time for Labor Day weekend, and the National Weather Service announced an excessive heat advisory warning for Monterey County and the San Francisco Bay Area. To combat the heat and protect residents, South County cities set up cooling centers and stations.

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Residents reminded to keep pets safe during heat advisory

An excessive heat advisory has been issued for the Central Coast and is expected to be in effect through Monday, with temperatures in parts of Monterey County possibly hitting triple digits this weekend.

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Residents encouraged to sign up for free clean drinking water

State Water Board bilingual staff, along with Monterey County Public Health, will have a booth to sign up any qualified residents this Sunday for free bottled drinking water if they have domestic wells with high nitrate levels.

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Cork and Plough welcomes authors for Books and Brews

The Cork and Plough hosted the Second Annual Books and Brews on Aug. 12, during which residents met two Monterey County authors, Anne Ylvisaker and Carol Diggory Shields, who read passages from their writings.

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Students create device to view solar eclipse

Fairview Middle School eighth-graders created pinhole cameras in science class to view the solar eclipse on Aug. 21.

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Salvation Army gives out 476 backpacks to local students

Soledad Salvation Army is in the process of distributing a total of 476 backpacks to students in fourth through 12th grade.

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Salinas Valley Half Marathon returns this year

It’s been two years since the running of the Salinas Valley Half Marathon, a scenic 13.1-mile run through the vineyards and rich agricultural lands of “Steinbeck country.” The event returns Aug. 5.

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Marching band

Gonzales High School Marching Band walks down Main Street during the Colmo Del Rodeo Parade in Salinas on July 15.

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South County cities win Clean Air awards

The Cities of Gonzales, Greenfield, King City and Soledad received awards from the Monterey Bay Area Resources District for being Clean Air Leaders on June 22 at the Monterey Tides Hotel.

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Celebrating summer with Zumba at Eden Valley

The occasional three-digit weather over the past few weeks didn’t stop faithful Zumba enthusiasts from getting their fitness on outdoors during last Saturday’s community event, “Summer Fun Zumba 2017,” at Eden Valley Care Center.

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Faulty power lines cause brush fire near Bradley

At about 9 a.m. on June 28, CAL FIRE received reports of a vegetation fire near the community of Bradley in southern Monterey County.

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South County Activities & Events

Activities, meetings and events happening in the South County area, including King City, Greenfield, Soledad and Gonzales.

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