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October 21, 2021

Two inmates found guilty in 2017 stabbing at Salinas Valley State Prison

SOLEDAD — Two inmates at Salinas Valley State Prison in Soledad have been found guilty of attempting to murder another inmate. After a two-week jury trial, inmates Brian Pacheco, 40, and Jason Partee, 42, were convicted Sept. 23 for stabbing inmate Manual Gonzalez in September...

SPCA rescues pet pigeons abandoned on side of road in Soledad

SOLEDAD — SPCA Monterey County is currently caring for nine pet fantail pigeons who were found abandoned on the side of Highway 146 in Soledad last week.  SPCA humane officers are seeking information about the person who abandoned the birds.  In the evening on Aug. 10,...

Monterey County supervisors adopt countywide mask order

MONTEREY COUNTY — After several weeks of discussion, Monterey County Board of Supervisors has approved a countywide indoor face covering ordinance that could begin in late October if certain criteria are met. Last week the Board delayed final approval of its mask mandate until Tuesday...

Salinas Valley Grad Notes | Aug. 19, 2021

Alvaro Mercado of Soledad was named to the spring 2021 Dean’s List at University of Saint Mary in Leavenworth, Kansas. This recognition requires students to end the semester with a 3.5 GPA or better. Shelby Gourley of Gonzales was named to the 2021 spring semester...

Hartnell’s first week sees need for more classes

SALINAS VALLEY — Soledad Education Center Director Ana Gonzalez spoke about the first week of classes at the new facility during Soledad City Council’s Sept. 1 meeting. Gonzalez said she was excited to see students at the center, which began offering some in-person classes on...

Soledad inmates plan to build 60 microhomes for homeless

SOLEDAD — Two years ago, Correctional Training Facility (CTF) in Soledad invited guests to tour a new microhomes building program. Despite a pause in production due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the first three homes are about to be delivered to a transitional homeless community. The program...

Monterey County officials offer advice in how to prepare for fire emergencies

MONTEREY COUNTY — With the one-year anniversary of the start of both the Carmel and River fires, where more than 100 structures were lost and many acres of property burned, officials from around the county discussed fire safety at an Aug. 25 media briefing. “I’d...

Hartnell to require students, employees to be vaccinated

SALINAS — Hartnell Community College District Governing Board voted Sept. 21 to require that employees and students be vaccinated for Covid-19, with work still ahead for district administrators and employee bargaining units to determine how and when those mandates are implemented. Board members voiced a...

Salinas Valley News Briefs | Sept. 9, 2021

REMEMBRANCE EVENTS KING CITY — King City High School will host two remembrance events for 9/11 at the middle of campus this Friday, Sept. 10, one at 7:45 a.m. and the other at 10:30 a.m. The events are campus-only and not open to the public,...

California’s Recall: What to Watch

SACRAMENTO — California voters will decide whether to recall Gov. Gavin Newsom on Tuesday, concluding an idiosyncratic election that has been held in the middle of a pandemic and closely watched as one of the first big indicators of the country’s political direction since...
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