GREENFIELD — Greenfield firefighters are flowing fire hydrants in neighborhoods as part of an annual maintenance program intended to make sure local fire hydrants are ready if they are needed during an emergency. During maintenance checks, fire hydrants are flowed to make sure accumulated rust, minerals, sand and rocks are removed from the water system, which occasionally will cause water in homes to become discolored, the fire department warned. If this happens, run a faucet until the water is clear. Anyone with questions or concerns can call 831-674-5484.


CENTRAL COAST — Cal Coastal Small Business Development Center (SBDC), which serves Monterey and San Benito counties as part of the Central CA SBDC Network, will celebrate SBDC Day with a special Twitter lunchtime blast on March 17 from 12 to 1 p.m. Join the celebration by following @CalCoastalSBDC and using the hashtag #SBDCDay. SBDC Day is a national, collective proclamation of the impact America’s SBDCs have on the success of the nation’s dreamers, innovators and doers.


MONTEREY COUNTY — Beginning March 18, state-supported Covid-19 testing sites in Castroville, Salinas, Seaside and Soledad will be open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Thursday through Monday. Due to this change, all four sites will be closed today. The change is being made to increase accessibility, especially for those who work weekdays and cannot get away for a testing appointment. To make an appointment, call 1-888-634-1123 or visit


PINE CANYON — Pine Canyon Store will be closed through March 18, and the gas pumps will be closed March 17-18, as well. The staff made the announcement of the temporary closure online to let community members know ahead of planning to come in, as the store is Pine Canyon’s main supply spot at the entrance to the area.

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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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