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August 14, 2022

Monterey County confirms first 3 cases of Delta variant

MONTEREY COUNTY — Three residents have been infected with Covid-19 that was caused by the Delta variant, confirmed Monterey County Health Department on Thursday. According to Public Information Officer Karen Smith, the Health Department has been monitoring the emergence of variants of the virus that...

City parks in Monterey County reopen to community

MONTEREY COUNTY — City parks throughout Monterey County have begun to reopen due to the lessening of health restrictions related to the coronavirus pandemic. Gonzales Recreation Department announced the reopening of its parks by March 12. The announcement followed a March 1 reopening of the...

‘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...

A year like no other: Monterey County health officials reflect on coronavirus anniversary

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MONTEREY COUNTY — Representatives from Monterey County’s hospitals reflected on the one-year anniversary of the Covid-19 pandemic and the many impacts felt locally during last week’s press briefing. “This past year has been very challenging for Monterey County residents,” said Dr. Edward Moreno, the county’s...

California has passed the 50,000-death mark, the most of any state

CALIFORNIA — California surpassed 50,000 known coronavirus deaths Wednesday, the first state to reach that chilling milestone. The news comes as a bleak reminder that the recent progress the state has made against the pandemic may be fragile. Most of those deaths were recorded recently,...

Cal Fire suspends burn permits in Monterey, San Benito counties

CENTRAL COAST — Significant fire weather is being forecasted in many parts of the state, including Red Flag Warnings across much of southern California. With the lack of meaningful precipitation across much of the central coast, Cal Fire has suspended all burn permits within the...

King City FFA students host caravan parade in lieu of annual donkey basketball

KING CITY — An FFA caravan hit Broadway Street last Wednesday as part of the FFA Week lineup for the Future Farmers of America at King City High School. The caravan had 35 vehicles, including diesel trucks from L.A. Hearne and Bassetti Farms, which blew...

Where’s the water? Drought threatens California’s lifeline

Even as California moves toward a full reopening from pandemic restrictions next month, many counties are still in danger. From drought. Earlier this month, Gov. Gavin Newsom extended emergency drought orders to 41 counties across the state. According to the U.S. Drought Monitor, 84% of the...

Severe weather triggers evacuation warnings for wildfire burn areas in Monterey County

UPDATE: The evacuation warning has been upgraded to an evacuation order for the River, Carmel and Dolan fire burn scar areas and evacuation zones effective Jan. 26 at 4 p.m. Temporary evacuation points have been set up at Toro Park School, 22500 Portola Drive, Salinas; Chualar...

Salinas Valley News Briefs | Aug. 2, 2021

MONTHLY LUNCHEON KING CITY — Southern Monterey County Republican Women Federated will host its monthly luncheon meeting on Tuesday, Aug. 3, 11:30 a.m. at King Kora Restaurant, 611 Canal St., in King City. The guest speaker will be Joe Desmond, executive director of Sustainable Agriculture...
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