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Monterey County Fair announces 2017 award winners
MONTEREY - The 81st Annual Monterey County Fair, held Aug. 31-Sept. 4, has announced the winners of its Home Arts Sweepstakes, Assorted Home Arts Awards and Gardens and Floriculture department awards, as well as the local 4-H and FFA club winners. Home Arts Sweepstakes Foods: First prize, Beth Penne
Bryant Canyon Channel improvements making progress
SOLEDAD - Bryant Canyon Channel improvements are making progress with phase two in the works. "We've been making a lot of progress with the Bryant Canyon improvements," said Shanna Murray of the Monterey County Water Resources Agency. The Bryant Canyon Channel project is located next to the cemetery
Council discusses future of Historical Society Museum and Civic Plaza
SOLEDAD - A Civic Plaza and upgrades to the Soledad Historical Society Museum are being considered by the City Council for future development on Soledad Street. "The City of Soledad finds that it is of value and importance to recognize and protect the historical and cultural resources of the city,"
Soledad to install new cameras around town
SOLEDAD - The City of Soledad partnered with SurveillanceGrid Integrations Inc. to install cameras and license plate recognition technology around Soledad. According to Public Works Director Donald Wilcox, there have been four phases of the projects to help aid the Soledad Police Department in catch
DA: Man, 50, convicted in Salinas shooting that left victim paralyzed
A jury has convicted a 50-year-old man of shooting another man, paralyzing him, the Monterey County District Attorney announced Tuesday. Paul Aledo, 50, was convicted of attempted murder along with gun and other enhancements after he shot the man March 3 in an area of Chinatown, according to the DA
Police: Wanted parolee leads officers on chase in Salinas
A 27-year-old man was taken into custody after he allegedly led Salinas police officers on a chase Tuesday evening. Kailas Jetsun Dahl allegedly sped off when officers tried to pull him over for cutting off a semi near Salinas and Market streets at about 7:45 p.m., Cmdr. Dave Crabill wrote in a pres
Big Sur River Run cancelled due to storm damage, will return in 2018
A helicopter makes a water drop on the Soberanes Fire as it burns on the west slope of Mt. Manuel in the Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park on Tuesday, August 9, 2016. The Soberanes fire has burned 67,000 acres and is 50% contained. (Vern Fisher - Monterey Herald) Big Sur - After being canceled last year b
HELLO Salinas! Gonzales in the spotlight
Don't let Gonzales' size fool you - whether it be its 8,549 population, the several streets of downtown, or the single entry and exit (a turn off Highway 101) into this pint-sized city. A 20-minute drive south from Salinas, Gonzales can be easily overshadowed, but Gonzales is steadily emerging and h
Quick Bites: Folktale's new food, Foragers Fest, mezcal and more.
Folktale Winery & Vineyards' strategy for world domination seems to be going according to plan. I first described it way back in 2016, when their predictions seemed a little overly ambitious, with the piece "Folktale Winery takes over Chateau Julien with affinity for fun, music and dogs: The extende
Quick Bites: Ventana chef wins first Folktale contest
Carmel Valley >> On Sept. 11, during the opening round of Folktale Winery's second annual Chef Duel series, chef Paul Corsentino (Ventana Big Sur) beat chef Aaron Burns (The Bench). Corsentino will compete against a future winner next spring, when the semi-finals begin. The grand finale will be June
Lady Mustangs score wins in league
KING CITY - The King City Lady Mustangs won on the road and at home to start the Mission Trail Athletic League with a 2-0 record and improved to 9-0 overall. King City opened league play on Tuesday, Sept. 12, at Pacific Grove and beat the host Breakers in four games, 20-25, 25-21, 25-13, 25-12. Grac
Youth spend day at Great America
GONZALES - Approximately 50 Gonzales youth spent Sept. 2 at Great America thanks to fundraising efforts by the Gonzales Youth Guardians. The Youth Guardians held a Chicken Takeout Barbecue fundraiser on Aug. 6 with the proceeds benefitting the youth who weren't able to go anywhere over the summer.
The annual Monterey County open studio tour corrals 87 artists and arts organizations.
Pacific Grove's Stefanna Murphy-Robins says her "One of the Real Housewives" is about "that silly TV show about the vain and shallow women, all highly embellished and over done."Nic Coury Last Thursday, Sept. 14, after the business of the city was done, crowds continued to stream into Seaside's City
Homeless in Salinas: Lawmakers weigh options
What will happen to Salinas' large homeless population? Updated: 7:32 PM PDT Sep 19, 2017 What will happen to Salinas' large homeless population? What will happen to Salinas' large homeless population? Updated: 7:32 PM PDT Sep 19, 2017 What will happen to Salinas' large homeless population?
Salinas City Council considers amended homeless camping ordinance
In light of concerns from the homeless community, the Salinas City Council considered a resolution amending city code which, if passed, will permit camping, sleeping and lying on public property with certain limitations. The amended ordinance will also allow people store a limited amount of personal
Gonzales School Board meetings to be filmed
GONZALES - Gonzales Unified School District Board meetings are now going to be filmed, starting with the Sept. 26 board meeting. The decision to film board meetings was approved by the school board members on Sept. 12. The filming will include at least two cameras, one facing the board and another f
Gonzales approves social host ordinance, with help from city's youth
GONZALES >> Allowing minors to drink alcohol at social gatherings could become a very expensive proposition under a new ordinance drawn up with the help of the city's youth. On Monday, the Gonzales City Council unanimously approved the "social host" ordinance, a regulation that would fine adults who
City installs new LED streetlights
KING CITY - City streets will soon look a little brighter now that King City has partnered with Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) to install more than 100 new streetlights around town to enhance public safety and save energy. City of King and PG&E officials gathered Friday morning to mark the
Appellate judges slam the county for a botched investigation.
Longtime readers may recall the tale of Nicolas Aquino, the U.S. Air Force officer who in 2013 was tackled and detained by sheriff's deputies outside his home for, essentially, being a hoodie-wearing Hispanic in Carmel. Aquino, a first-generation American, was a cyber warfare specialist and an offic
ARTIFACTS: Salinas book re-sale, give peace a screening, going organ solo
The Henry Miller Library has announced the winners of the 2017 season of theBig Sur International Short Film Screening Series. (You forgot about it, didn't you?) The first place and audience award winner went toThe Railroad LadybyTimo von Gunetenof Switzerland. Second place,Pushing the Night Awayfr