MONTEREY COUNTY — Effective Sept. 3, campfire restrictions are in place at all Monterey County parks and lakes, including the Laguna Seca Recreational Area. Due to high fire risk conditions and after discussions with local fire response agencies, the Monterey County Department of Public Works, Facilities and Parks has moved to ban wood campfires and charcoal cooking fires at any county park. Propane grills are still allowed. The campfire ban will be in place until further notice.


SALINAS — El Pájaro CDC and the Regional Women’s Business Center are now accepting applications for the Empresari@ Business Education Program. Program participants are trained in the planning, marketing and managing of a business. Empresari@ is a 13-session course that is offered virtually beginning Sept. 15 and ending Nov. 17. Virtual classes are offered on Wednesday evenings from 6 to 9 p.m. with several supplemental classes on Monday evenings. This program is presented in Spanish. To register, visit or call 831-722-1224. Registration closes Sept. 8 at 5 p.m.


SALINAS — Miss California Rodeo Salinas 2019 Kelsee French will pass the title on to either Miss Livermore FFA Bridget Bowe or Miss Rodeo Norco Emily Cullins during the 2021 contest, which will be held Sept. 10-12, two weeks prior to the California Rodeo this year, at the Salinas Sports Complex. The winner will be announced Sunday, Sept. 12, and then return for Big Week festivities, Sept. 22 at the Professional Bull Riding and Sept. 23-26 at the California Rodeo Salinas.

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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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