MONTEREY COUNTY — Monterey County Health Department has launched an online portal for residents to indicate their interest in getting a Covid-19 vaccine and to be notified when additional tiers are opening for vaccinations. This is not an appointment portal, but a way for the county to give residents a better estimate as to when they might be able to receive vaccines. The portal can be accessed at


SALINAS — Monterey County Supervisor Chris Lopez announced Jan. 7 that Elsa Jimenez has been appointed to the California First Five Commission by Gov. Gavin Newsom. Lopez had advocated for Jimenez’s appointment last year, having seen her experience for more than a decade and her being from South County. He said her leadership would benefit the community’s smallest voices in the years to come.


MONTEREY COUNTY — Free homework help is available via Zoom on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 3 to 6 p.m. via Monterey County Free Libraries. Students can get help with their homework while also learning about the library’s online resources. To join from a computer, visit with password 080718. For more information, visit or call 831-883-7555.

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Sean Roney is a freelance reporter for King City Rustler and Salinas Valley Tribune, a unified publication of Greenfield News, Soledad Bee and Gonzales Tribune. He covers general news for the Salinas Valley communities in South Monterey County.


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