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Shearwater takes a moment to release the first-ever banded Tricolored Blackbird in San Benito County. Photo courtesy of Debi Shearwater.

San Benito Lifestyle

Stillness and Light: Shearwater on Birdwatching

Debi Shearwater is set to retire from a 40-plus-year career hosting pelagic seabird trips.

There is a favorite pumpkin awaiting everyone at the Harvest Hope for a Cure Event at San Benito Historical Park.

Features

Harvest Hope Festival Moves to Historical Park

Harvest Hope Festival moves to a new location this year. The event will be held Saturday Oct. 19 from 10:00 A.M. to 5:00P.M. and Sunday Oct. 20 from 10:00A.M. t0 4:00PM.,  at the San Benito County Historical Park.  The large community park entrance is just west of Bolado Park at  8300 Airline Highway and there

Andres Rodriguez addressing news media outlets and the participants during a demonstration he helped lead in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in July during the LULAC National Convention. Photo provided by Andres Rodriguez.

History & Profiles

LULAC Youth 30th: Andres Rodriguez

With his family as his inspiration, the national VP of LULAC Young Adults looks to give back to the community.


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Agriculture

Community Water Center offering free well testing

Available to anyone with a private domestic well which provides water to 1-14 households living in San Benito County.

Service Employees International Union members rally outside the county administrative building urging a raise on Sept. 18. Photo by Noe Magaña.

Government / Politics

SEIU members reject tentative agreement with county

Terms included a 3% cost of living increase and $1,000 cash bonus.

Kollin Kosmicki for District 2 Supervisor. Photo provided.

Community Opinions

COLUMN: Slow Growth While Roads Are Upgraded

Kollin Kosmicki, candidate for District 2 supervisor in San Benito County, shares his plan to slow housing growth and prevent further congestion on the roads.

Assistant Superintendent of Business Services Gabriel Moulaison told the HSD Board of Trustees that the school has collected $3.1 million in fees so far this year. Photos by John Chadwell.

Education / Schools

HSD trustees receive report on developer fees

Revenues are at $3.1 million so far this year.

Photo by Joshua Miller.

Police / Fire

HPD receives traffic education and enforcement grant

Funds to be used for programs such as DUI checkpoints and targeting primary causes of crashes.


“We try to help the poor in our community, so we ask for donations and then we recycle those donations,” said Sacred Heart Store Manager Marcella Harris. Photo by Carmel de Bertaut.

Nonprofits

Hollister thrift store provides food and clothing to in-need residents

Sacred Heart helps unemployed and homeless in the county.

Donnalou Ramirez is currently ranked seventh nationally. Photos provided by Donnalou Ramirez.

Sports & Recreation

Local female bodybuilder raises the bar

Donnalou Ramirez ranks seventh nationwide.

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Gavilan College Superintendent/President Kathleen Rose and Board of Trustees Vice President Mark Dover pause for a photo at the Sept. 7 gala. Photos by Becky Bonner.

Schools & Education

Gavilan College celebrates 100 years

Centennial highlights the past and looks forward.

Custom Fundraising Solutions San Jose owner Sam St.Germain (right) listens to a potential customer at the Aug. 25 mattress sale at SBHS. Photos by Becky Bonner.

Schools & Education

Mattress sale raises money for SBHS band program

Event nets $2,800 to help with future competitions and purchases.

Monica and Raymond Rodriguez will be honored as the 2019 YA Change Makers. Photo provided.

Events

Youth Alliance to host Change Makers

Three community leaders to be honored.


Housing being constructed in Hollister. Photo by John Chadwell.

Community Opinions

COMMUNITY OPINION: Hollister’s new growth management ordinance

Hollister Councilman Marty Richman writes that the new growth management ordinance satisfies the city's needs and state requirements.

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Community Opinions

COMMUNITY OPINION: A well planned process

County Planning Commissioner Eduardo Navarro writes about the proposed Highway 101 commercial nodes.

San Benito County locals Maria Cortez, Maria Fabian, Elena Olsvold, Mary Woodill, Father Alberto Cabrera, Bev Miller and Alejandro Oseguera traveled to Sacramento on Aug. 28 to discuss SB 24 with State Assemblyman Robert Rivas. Photos provided by Bev Miller.

Community Opinions

COMMUNITY OPINION: Locals visit Sacramento to discuss abortion pill bill

Community member Bev Miller writes about her trip with a SJB priest and five others to speak with legislators about SB 24 and chemical abortion pills on college campuses.

Susana Valle and son Gael paint a rock together. Photos by Patty Lopez Day.

Schools & Education

Painting rocks at Calaveras Elementary

Parents and students spend Saturday revitalizing campus garden.

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Health

Red Ribbon festivities kick off with 5k run

Festival to follow on Nov. 2.

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Nonprofits

Effect Change with a Gift

Donations through San Benito GIVES on Sept. 10 will connect the power of giving with the Community Foundation's commitment to making a difference.

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Government / Politics

Community Action Board hosts leadership luncheon

Panelists include Hollister Mayor Ignacio Velazquez, San Benito County Supervisor Anthony Botelho and Sheriff-Coroner Darren Thompson.

Downtown San Juan Bautista. Photo provided by Wanda Guibert and taken by Heidi Balz.

Events

Inaugural beer and wine stroll comes to San Juan Bautista

Event commemorates San Juan Bautista's 150th anniversary of incorporation as a city.

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