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KING CITY — Mee Memorial Healthcare System invites the community to partake in Diabetes Education Day on Saturday, May 20, inside the Exposition Hall at the Salinas Valley Fairgrounds in King City during the annual Salinas Valley Fair, which opens at 11 a.m. Stop by the Expo Hall to learn more about how to prevent diabetes or live the best life with diabetes by “balancing” what you eat, drink and do. Staff will be there to take important baseline biometrics, and youth and adults alike can enjoy balancing on bouncy balancing balls and sensory mats. There will also be a price wheel and healthy treats to snack on.


SALINAS — Lab Director Spenser Smith of ARCpoint Labs of Monterey Bay, which provides the most comprehensive menu of laboratory testing and screening services in Monterey County, will speak at the Salinas Valley Chamber of Commerce’s Lunch and Learn event Monday, May 22. Smith will speak on the topic, “Alternatives to Urine Testing for the Drug-Free Workplace,” at the lunch, which will be held from noon to 1 p.m. at the Chamber offices, 119 E. Alisal St. in Salinas. Smith will provide a walkthrough of testing technologies, such as hair, saliva, blood and breath testing, and how employers can use them to balance a drug-free workplace with employee privacy and productivity. Topics will include compliance with the new 2024 California law governing marijuana testing, rapid testing, case studies for each technology, and an overview of new developments in the industry. RSVP at or call 831-751-7725. To join via Zoom, go to


CHUALAR — County of Monterey Public Works, Facilities and Parks staff have completed the initial sewer force-main repairs at the CSA-75 Chualar Wastewater Treatment Plant. These repairs mean the treatment plant is back online and serving the community. This crucial sanitary service was damaged and offline since the March winter storms as Salinas River floodwater inundated the facility, which provides wastewater service through connections, including residential and commercial. Wastewater is collected through about 2 miles of gravity sewer pipes, one sanitary sewer pump station and 2 miles of force main, and is treated at a primary treatment, aerated lagoon wastewater treatment plant. Since the shutdown, sewage-hauling trucks were contracted to transport sewage from within Chualar to the City of Soledad Wastewater Treatment Plant around the clock. Now that these initial repairs have been completed, that transport service is no longer needed.

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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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