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SOLEDAD — Pinnacles National Park’s west side entrance is once again open as of March 1 following this winter’s storms. Visitors can enter through the west entrance (east of Soledad), which is day-use only, or the east entrance (north of King City), which has the campground. Short-term repairs on the power grid have been put in place, while service on long-term fixes continues. The Balconies caves are also open, though visitors should expect to get their feet wet as water from the rains is flowing through the cave.


MONTEREY COUNTY — Interim Inc. will host an online webinar on “Mental Illness and Navigating the Criminal Justice System” on Thursday, March 9. The workshop, set for 5:30 to 7 p.m., is meant to provide participants information about how mental illness is handled within the criminal justice system. Family members or caretakers of someone living with a mental illness will find the content especially useful in the event of a mental health crisis or arrest of their loved one. The workshop will be a live one-hour webinar, with a 30-minute question-and-answer session at the end. To reserve a spot, go to, or call 831-649-4522 ext. 205 for more information.


SOLEDAD — Nominations are being sought for Soledad Merchants’ “Soledad Women Who Mean Business” recognition awards. The campaign provides a platform to honor female business owners in Soledad in order to recognize them and promote growth of female-owned businesses that are community leaders in the city. Criteria are: Soledad female business owner; has a presence in the community; is a visionary and has championed for change; and can be described as a role model or heroine. Nominations are due by March 15 via email [email protected]. The nominee that best meets the criteria will be announced at the Soledad Merchants’ monthly meeting in March.


SALINAS — Salinas Union High School District presents a Poetry Slam, featuring local student poets, on Saturday, March 11, from 7 to 10 p.m. at the Fox Theater in Old Town Salinas. The free, family-friendly event will feature Monterey Comedy Improv to kick off the evening of entertainment before an impressive lineup of seventh through 12th-grade student poets take the stage.

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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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