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February 4, 2023

Scheid Family Wines toasts 50th year in Monterey County

GREENFIELD — Scheid Family Wines is celebrating its 50th anniversary with special events throughout the year in its tasting rooms located in Carmel-by-the-Sea and at its estate winery just off Highway 101 between Greenfield and King City. Based in Monterey County, the family-owned and operated...

‘Fire monks’ defend Tassajara Zen monastery from wildfire

Eight Buddhist monks working to defend the Tassajara Zen Mountain Center near Big Sur, California, from a nearby wildfire have relied not only on the training they have received from professional firefighters but also on their Zen practice. The crew of fire monks, as they...

State’s indoor mask mandate to expire for most vaccinated residents

CALIFORNIA — California will roll back its mask requirement next week for vaccinated residents in most indoor spaces, Gov. Gavin Newsom said Monday. The state implemented the mandate in mid-December as COVID-19 cases began to spike due to the highly infectious omicron variant, requiring residents...

Finally, California is about to reopen

We’ve been waiting for this week for a long time. After more than a year of complex, evolving rules governing where Californians can go and what we can do, on Tuesday, nearly all of them will go away. California, the nation’s most populous state, will be...

Salinas schools to close as Taylor Farms fire, evacuation order continues

SALINAS — A fire in a Salinas food processing plant that has prompted authorities to evacuate surrounding neighborhoods has now closed four nearby elementary schools as sunrise approaches Thursday. City officials announced the closure shortly after 5:30 a.m. Thursday for Lincoln Elementary, Monterey Park Elementary, Sherwood...

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.

Barbecue benefits Monterey County Veteran’s Day Parade

SALINAS — Old Town Throw Down, a barbecue fundraiser for the 2021 Monterey County Veteran’s Day Parade, raised an estimated $5,000 for the event last Saturday and had an attendance of about 5,000 guests. Pork rib tickets sold out within the first hour of the...

Omicron Is Spreading Rapidly Through California

(California Today) How fast is the coronavirus spreading in California? 1. A considerable spike in new cases over the holiday weekend — nearly a quarter million — was reported by the state health department Tuesday, with an average of nearly 59,000 cases a day recorded from New Year’s...

King City’s rail station gets major backing

KING CITY — King City’s Accelerated Access Rail Platform and Multi-Modal Transit Center has received a significant first step in funding after the California Transportation Commission approved to reserve $7.5 million from the Interregional Improvement Program for the project on March 16. “This is amazing,”...

Spirit Ride event brings awareness to ‘Move Over’ traffic laws

Tow trucks, CHP vehicles, ambulances and more drove down Front Street in Soledad on Aug. 23 to celebrate the Spirit Ride’s “Slow Down, Move Over” event.
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