King City, CA

60 pounds of meth, 25k fentanyl pills seized in Salinas multi-agency raid

SALINAS, Calif. — On Thursday the Salinas Police Department unveiled the largest drug bust in Monterey County history. Nearly $2 million worth of illegal drugs were taken off the streets by Salinas police and federal agents. Operation Blackhawk stretched from Salinas to Yuma and even veteran Salinas officers can’t remember...
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Judge sets dates in two SBC murder cases

Jose Barajas is facing six felony counts, including murder, and possibly a second trial for two more felonies allegedly committed while in jail. Photo by John Chadwell. Manuel Martinez Vazquez appeared via Zoom Sept. 16 to learn his trial-setting hearing is set for Oct. 28. Photo by John Chadwell. San...
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Monterey County supervisors prepare indoor mask mandate ordinance for when infection rate is substantial

SALINAS, Calif. (KION) During public comment at last week’s Monterey County Board of Supervisors meeting, there was anger and strong opinions from both sides, over the implementation of a countywide indoor mask ordinance. That ordinance now moving forward. The Monterey County Board of Supervisors approved language for a countywide indoor...

Game of the Week | King City vs. Gonzales, Sept. 17

GONZALES — For the first time since Oct. 5, 2019, the King City Mustangs will play the Gonzales Spartans. The longest football rivalry in Monterey County will resume as King City will travel to Gonzales. Coming into this game on Friday, these two teams’ seasons seem to be going in different directions.

Multi-agency, multi-state investigation leads to massive drug bust by Salinas PD.

A five-month-long investigation by the Salinas Police Department's investigations unit, Monterey County District Attorney's Office and a host of other agencies, involving 170 law enforcement personnel in total, led to the arrest of eight suspects in one of the largest drug busts in Monterey County history. On Sept. 9, officers...

Local wineries and restaurants show off their best at Paicines Ranch

After holding their annual Wine & Food Tasting benefit virtually last year, the Gabilan chapter of the Kinship Center was able to convene in person on Sept. 11 at Paicines Ranch for a record-breaking fundraising event. Kris Waller and Danielle Burke co-chaired the benefit which raises money for the center’s goal of providing caring permanent families for children who have experienced abuse, neglect or abandonment.

Travel: Big Sur is the No. 1 most searched road trip in the world

Have you been to Big Sur? A recent survey found that the spectacular route through Big Sur on California Highway 1 was the most popular road trip search in the world, and that’s not surprising to me, since we make it nearly every year. According to Zutobi driving guides, 7.5...

Rotaries provide new digital scales at Greenfield, King City clinics

SALINAS VALLEY — King City and Greenfield rotary clubs recently provided new digital scales to assist in obtaining patients’ vital stats at Mee Memorial Healthcare System’s local clinics. The idea came about after Greenfield Rotary President Avelina Torres had coffee with TJ Plew of the King City Rotary, during which...
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Royal Oaks resident announces candidacy for Monterey County supervisor

SALINAS — A North Monterey County resident with deep roots in the area and an active record of volunteer work has announced he is running for District 2 supervisor. Steve Snodgrass is the chief financial officer of Watsonville-based Graniterock and has served on a number of government and nonprofit boards. He was named United Way Santa Cruz County’s Volunteer of the Year in 2013.
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Monterey County staff to engage public on inclusionary housing

SALINAS — A local law determining what percentage of residential home construction must be affordable is getting a second look by elected officials as housing costs continue to outstrip middle-class incomes in Monterey County. Inclusionary housing is part of the county’s general plan – a set of documents outlining how...


Originally published as a Monterey County Sheriff’s Office Facebook post – Around 3:35 A.M. Sunday morning the sound of gun shots rang out in the 53000 block of Julius St in San Lucas. Deputies responded and found Ricardo Deleon (45 years old) had been shot and succumbed to his injuries prior to their arrival.

YMCA offers free teen memberships with proof of vaccination

Kids get exercise during a health and fitness lesson at the Emergency Pop Up Camp hosted by the YMCA of San Benito County. Photos provided by YMCA. Central Coast YMCA announced that it is offering free teen membership for ages 12-18 years old with proof of vaccination. The membership offer...

Squidfry 09.16.21: No Duh

NO DUH… Squid used to gamble until Squid bet big time on a “sure thing” in the seahorse races and lost everything. The seahorse turned out to have a lame back fin and just sadly swam in circles after bolting out of the starting gate. That costly loss aside, Squid knows a sure bet when Squid sees one. Take, for example, betting on what happens in the case of a bunch of unvaccinated Monterey County Sheriff’s deputies during a Covid-19 surge fueled by the dangerous delta variant.

Food Bank distribution in King City seeks additional volunteers

KING CITY — Food Bank for Monterey County’s food distribution program in King City takes place at the Salinas Valley Fairgrounds the first Wednesday of every month. To help ensure the program continues, the City of King is in need of eight to 10 volunteers from 9 to 11 a.m. the first Wednesday of each month, beginning on Oct. 6.

Cash incentive leads to 6.3% COVID vaccination rate increase

An empty waiting area at the San Benito County Public Health Services vaccination site. Photo by Noe Magaña. San Benito County’s $200 incentive to get residents fully vaccinated against COVID-19 has increased the vaccination rate by 6.3% since Aug. 10. The incentive program includes a $25 gift card after the first dose and $200 after the second dose or the single dose of Johnson & Johnson vaccine. Overall, the county has issued $123,325 in incentives.

King City Police arrest 2 for battery, gang activity

KING CITY — Officers from the King City Police Department and deputy sheriffs from the Monterey County Sheriff’s Office responded to a physical fight involving multiple subjects in the 1000 block of Broadway Street on Aug. 30 at about 7:22 p.m. A group of juveniles matching the description of the...