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GONZALES — After more than three years, the T-Mobile Universal Internet Pilot Project is coming to an end in Gonzales. “The city has decided that it is in our city budgets best interest to gradually term all hotspot devices that the city provided to community members,” according to the City of Gonzales in a social media post. All hotspots will be terminated by June. There are two drop-off locations where residents can safely dispose of their hotspot devices: Gonzales City Hall, 147 Fourth St.; and Gonzales Library, 851 Fifth St.; during regular business hours. Call the City at 831-675-5000 with any questions.


SOLEDAD — The City of Soledad will host its State of the City event on Wednesday, Feb. 28, at the Soledad Community Center, 560 Walker Drive. Doors open at 5 p.m., with presentations beginning at 6 p.m. The event will focus on “Celebrating Diversity, Building Unity: Our City, Our Future,” and will allow community members to engage with city officials and learn about current and upcoming initiatives, including developments in such areas as roads, safety, water, development and parks.


KING CITY — Applications for King City’s July 4 fireworks booths are now available online at the City’s website, under “Documents and Forms – Applications.” The deadline for submitting applications to City Hall is March 7 at 5 p.m. Three permits will be available for nonprofit organizations to utilize for community fundraising. If the City receives more than three applications, permits will be awarded through a lottery selection process. There is an application fee of $35 and permit fee of $375. Fireworks may be sold from noon June 28 through July 4. The lottery to select the applicant will take place on March 26. Contact City Hall at 831-386-5925 for more information.


MONTEREY COUNTY — United Way Monterey County is accepting nominations for its LIVE UNITED Awards. The 48th annual community service awards honor volunteers who made significant contributions in Monterey County during the 2023 calendar year. The Awards recognize volunteers’ service in the broad priority areas of Education and Youth Services, Human Services, Youth Volunteer, Community Service, and Lifetime Achievement Award. “What makes Monterey County remarkable is the caliber of people who live, work, and serve here. The LIVE UNITED Awards provide an opportunity to celebrate service to community by recognizing volunteers who support and strengthen all people’s ability to thrive in Monterey County,” said Katy Castagna, president and CEO of UWMC. Nomination deadline is Thursday, Feb. 29. For more information, visit or call 831-318-1971.

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Ryan Cronk is the managing editor for King City Rustler and Salinas Valley Tribune, a unified publication of Greenfield News, Soledad Bee and Gonzales Tribune. He covers general news for South Monterey County and the surrounding communities.


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