SALINAS VALLEY — Monterey County Office of Education has recognized two school staff members from Salinas Valley as recipients of this year’s Classified School Employees of the Year award. Alicia Felix of South Monterey County Joint Union School District was honored for paraprofessional services, while Simon Valdez of Greenfield Union School District was honored for skilled trade services. Both were among nine total winners who received the award for going “above and beyond to support the education of public school students from preschool through 12th grade.”


SAN ARDO — Monterey County is applying for grant funding from the Active Transportation Program to fund much-needed infrastructure improvements in San Ardo. Community input is being sought to help improve the county’s chances of receiving funding for this project. San Ardo residents are asked to describe active transportation needs in the community through an online survey at The deadline to respond is May 18.


SALINAS — Youth between the ages of 16 and 24 who are looking for summertime work are invited to attend an in-person job fair on Wednesday, May 18. Employers in hospitality, retail and other industries will be available to meet from 2 to 5 p.m. at the Youth Job Fair, 344 Salinas St., in Salinas. Youth can register at The event is sponsored by Monterey County Workforce Development Board in partnership with the Salinas Union High School District ROP program.


KING CITY — Commercial drivers needing to get their U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) physical can make an appointment with Mee Memorial Healthcare System. A DOT physical is required every two years in order to operate a commercial vehicle, and Mee Memorial can get drivers in quickly and back on the road in just a few steps. Call 831-386-7401 to make an appointment with Mee Memorial’s Specialty Clinic, 400 Canal St., Suite B in King City.

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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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