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Salinas Valley News Tidbits | Aug. 29, 2020

FIRE RESOURCES MONTEREY COUNTY — Salinas Valley Chamber of Commerce has released a resource guide for the Monterey County fires to assist those affected by the fires to respond to the crisis. The guide is available for free through the “Local Fire Resources” link on...

Newsom replaces Covid-19 watch list with new tiered reopening system

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SACRAMENTO — Gov. Gavin Newsom on Friday revealed what he called a new, more “stringent” four-tiered reopening system that allows counties to open their economies depending on their Covid-19 case and test positivity rates. The new system replaces the monitoring list, and removes many of...

Volunteers rescue hundreds of animals from Monterey County wildfires

MONTEREY COUNTY — While smoke filled the Salinas Valley skies from nearby wildfires, volunteer individuals and teams were organizing to rescue pets and bring them to shelter, especially larger animals that would otherwise have to be left behind by owners during fire-related evacuations. Numerous posts...

All evacuations lifted for River and Carmel fires; Monterey County shelters to close

SALINAS VALLEY — All evacuation orders and warnings for the River and Carmel fires were lifted Thursday afternoon, as firefighters continue to increase containment of the wildfires that have burned a combined 55,499 acres. “All evacuation and warning zones in the River and Carmel fires...

Monterey County closes Toro Park indefinitely due to wildfire damage

SALINAS — Toro Park will be closed indefinitely due to extensive damage from the wildfires, Monterey County announced Wednesday night. The county park, located 6 miles from downtown Salinas, is currently being used as a base camp for Cal Fire and was already closed to...

River Fire containment reaches nearly 50 percent as some evacuations lifted

SALINAS VALLEY — Firefighters battling the River Fire have contained 48% of the lightning-caused blaze south of Salinas, Cal Fire announced Wednesday. “Firefighters patrolling the fire confirmed that the fire remained within containment lines,” according to Cal Fire’s latest incident report. “The onshore winds from...

San Lucas School office clerk recognized as Monterey County’s classified employee of the year

SAN LUCAS — Estella Ramirez received a trophy Aug. 19, recognizing her having earned the title of Monterey County Classified School Employee of the Year. The original announcement at San Lucas Union School District, where Ramirez works as an office clerk, was made March 6...

Monterey County Dance Theatre moves youth classes outside

SALINAS VALLEY — Monterey County Dance Theatre found an outside-the-box solution to teaching dance to area youth by taking lessons outdoors. Last Monday, Aug. 10, was the first day students from throughout South Monterey County gathered at the Salinas Valley Fairgrounds’ Steinbeck Square in King...

Monterey County Agricultural and Rural Life Museum hosts outdoor exhibit, fundraiser

KING CITY — Monterey County Agricultural and Rural Life Museum (MCARLM) hosted a pop-up exhibit and picnic last Sunday, selling 95 lunches, with about half ordered as take-home due to the hot weather. MCARLM staff placed picnic tables in shady areas and under trees for...

Disaster microloans continue to be available to businesses in South Monterey County

MONTEREY COUNTY — Cal Coastal will continue its small business disaster microloan program and even expand the offerings to larger loans to help during the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, announced CEO Lee Takikawa during a county press conference Aug. 14. “The county has just received notification...
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