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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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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High school board welcomes newest member

South Monterey County Joint Union High School District welcomed a new member, Irene Garcia, to its board April 17.

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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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Families come out in droves for Ciclovía King City

Community members came out in droves last Sunday for King City’s first Ciclovía, featuring a day of recreation that promoted wellness and healthy lifestyles.

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Ciclovía King City offers day of fun

Community members will take over downtown streets this Sunday, April 14, for a day of fun activities promoting wellness and healthy lifestyles during the first-ever Ciclovía King City.

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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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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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King City student wins Lions Club speaker contest

The California Lions Club 82nd Annual Student Speaker Contest has named Timothy Mercuri of King City High School as the regional champion of this year’s competition featuring the topic, “Freedom of the Press.”

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City Hall entry upgraded

After nearly two years of planning and construction, King City in Bloom last week hosted a formal dedication of the new City Hall sign and flower beds in front of the City of King building.

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Supervisor Lopez addresses rural community concerns in San Ardo

Monterey County District 3 Supervisor Chris Lopez met with San Ardo residents March 15 to address their concerns in San Ardo’s rural community.

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Salinas Valley Fair cancels poultry show

Due to an outbreak of Virulent Newcastle Disease in California, Salinas Valley Fair officials have canceled poultry shows and exhibits at this year’s event in King City.

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Youth discuss local issues with state reps in Sacramento

Students from King City, Greenfield and Soledad high schools recently visited the California State Capitol in Sacramento to speak with local legislators as part of the Girls Inc. of the Central Coast ECHO program.

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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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Rose Escobar crowned 2019 Miss Salinas Valley Fair

Four young women vied for the crown last Saturday in the 2019 Miss Salinas Valley Fair contest, and when the final judge’s sheet was tallied, Rose Escobar of Spreckles came out on top to represent the organization.

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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

A few of the city’s finest community members were honored Saturday during the King City Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture’s Annual Awards Dinner.

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Payless to shutter all stores

Payless ShoeSource will close all 2,500 of its North American stores, including the King City location, in the coming months after the company filed for bankruptcy protection this week.

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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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Legion of Honor

In a ceremony Feb. 12 at the French Consulate in San Francisco, Dr. Duane Hyde — a longtime resident and family doctor of King City — was recognized for his service in World War II with the Legion of Honor medal, France’s highest order of merit for military and civil awards.

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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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Local art champions awarded at annual gala

The 14th Annual Champions of the Arts Gala recently honored former King City resident Hector Dionicio Mendoza and longtime Greenfield volunteer Silka Saavedra, among others, for their contributions to the local arts community.

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Nearly full year without a shooting

It’s been nearly a full year without a shooting in King City, and local officials recently praised the city’s overall reduction in violent crime and other achievements in 2018 at the annual State of the City Address.

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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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GIVE A HOOT

Lockwood 4-H member Seralyn Colton has reported that the Give A Hoot! 4-H project succeeded in making 20 owl-nesting boxes for the community last year.

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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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Local art champions awarded

Former King City resident Hector Dionicio Mendoza and Greenfield volunteer Silka Saavedra will be honored for their contribution to the arts this Saturday at the 14th Annual Champions of the Arts Gala, presented by the Arts Council for Monterey County.

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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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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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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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All-around champs

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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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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Ranch Rodeo returns Sunday

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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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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Teachers receive grants for class projects

Four South County teachers were recently awarded Impact Grants totaling more than $2,000 from Aera Energy to provide financial support for school programs that enhance the academic development of local students.

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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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Council swears in

City of King Councilmembers Mike LeBarre and Darlene Acosta are sworn in by City Manager Steve Adams at the Dec. 11 city council meeting.

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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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Library wins holiday decorating contest

King City Library was recently named the winner of the 10th Annual Christmas Business Decorating Contest, presented by the King City Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture for the holidays.

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Chamber announces annual business, community award winners

King City Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture has announced the 2018 winners of the organization’s annual awards — Tacos La Potranca De Jalisco as Business of the Year; Steve and Cheryl Harrison as Citizens of the Year; and The Stage Hands as Friend of the Community.

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Barrel racer to compete in Vegas

Addison Escobar of King City will be one of 147 cowgirls competing at the KK Run for Vegas/JrNFR Barrel Race, set for Dec. 11 to 15 in Las Vegas.

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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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Country Christmas

The 20th Annual Lighted Christmas Parade in King City featured buckaroos and lassos straight out of the Old West.

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Genius Hour lets students explore their creativity

Fifth-grade students from King City Arts Magnet School have been working on Genius Hour projects since school started and presented their progress Nov. 2.

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Youth treated to ‘Nutcracker’ preview

Little ones, and even big ones, recently received an opportunity to see ballet in a different light when “The Nutcracker Ballet” readers theater program visited local libraries in November.

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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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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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Wild hogs tear up 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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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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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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A tribute to veterans

The centennial celebration of the end of World War I — Veterans Day 2018 — coincided with honors being presented to two local VFW members last Sunday.

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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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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 King City

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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City urges community to comment on 2018 State Rail Plan

The City of King is urging the community to submit comments on the 2018 State Rail Plan to be included in the record to demonstrate King City's continued support of a new Multimodal Transit Center.

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Downtown businesses continue facade improvements

Work continues on Broadway Street to improve the overall look of downtown King City, as local businesses last week began the removal of outdated awnings and poles along the sidewalk.

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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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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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O’Reilly’s on the way

Construction is nearing completion on the new O’Reilly Auto Parts store located on the corner of Broadway and Canal streets.

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Chamber honors local residents at El Grito

The King City Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture will recognize two local residents who demonstrate Hispanic Pride or Orgullo Hispano through community service and leadership in King City.

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Hayashi Wayland celebrates opening

An open house and ribbon-cutting ceremony was held Aug. 30 for Hayashi Wayland’s new King City office relocation at 415 Broadway St.

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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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Kaatia Larsen sings along with special guests at Soledad Rotary meeting

A special musical performance from Kaatia Larsen arrived at the Windmill Restaurant in Soledad on Aug. 24 in time for the Soledad Rotary Club meeting.

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Strictly business

More than 200 people attended the annual Fort Hunter Liggett Community Expo last Thursday at the army facility’s Deanza Sports Center.

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Water Conservation Showcase Event at the Monterey County Fair

When: Saturday September 2nd, 2017 Where: Garden Display Courtyard Various exhibits and Vendors on hand to show you how to save water and decrease your bill! Special Performance by musical group ZunZun brought to you by WAC and CalAm! Bring this ad for more chances to WIN RAFFLE PRIZES!!

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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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Repaving the way

Staff members from the Transportation Agency for Monterey County and the City of King, along with local officials and residents, help cut the ribbon Aug. 9 during a ceremony celebrating the completion of the first Measure X project in the county.

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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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Hitting the waves

South County girls between the ages of 5 and 17 took part in surf camp this past week with the Wahine Project at Casa Verde Beach in Monterey.

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Wildhorse Cafe awarded ‘Old Glory’ certificate

South Monterey County Republican Women Federated awarded a certificate of appreciation to Katie Dodson of Wildhorse Cafe in recognition of flying the American Flag at the business south of King City.

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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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Crews battling 1,700-acre fire at Fort Hunter Liggett

Firefighters are currently responding to a fire that has burned at least 1,700 acres in the Gavalan area/live-fire convoy course at Fort Hunter Liggett, base officials said.

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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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Lockwood fire burns 32 acres

Around 4 p.m. on Friday, June 16, CAL FIRE received a call for a vegetation fire near the intersection of Jolon Road and Chadwick Lane, near Lockwood. The fire was contained at 6:15 p.m. at about 32 acres.

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Mended Hearts comes to Mee Memorial Hospital

Mended Hearts is a national and community-based non-profit organization that has been offering the gift of hope to heart disease patients, their families and caregivers. The King City Chapter will hold its first meeting June 21.

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

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