Novel Coronavirus. Photo courtesy of Centers for Disease Control.


April 22 coronavirus roundup for San Benito County

Forty-six confirmed cases since February, three active, 41 recovered; Small Business Administration Fresno District Office to host April 24 webinar on topics including Economic Injury Disaster Loans and Paycheck Protection Program.

Luck Park in San Juan Bautista. Photo by Robert Eliason.

Government / Politics

SJB Council hires firm to develop Luck Park master plan

Historical Society opposes, as it wants property to remain a park ‘per the donor’s wishes.’

San Benito County Free Library. File photo by John Chadwell.

Art & Culture

San Benito County Free Library hosting National Library Week Art Contest

Using any medium, 30 doodles will be drawn according to the topic of the day on the same sheet of paper from April 22 through May 22.

The Gavilan College laptop distribution team met students at the rear of the Briggs Building, checked off the paperwork and loaned out laptops. Photo provided.

Education / Schools

Gavilan loans laptops to Hollister students

Staff contacted San Benito students directly and handed out 30 computers on April 18.

Chalk art by Heidi Jumper. Photo courtesy of San Benito County Integrated Waste Mangemant.

Environment / Nature

San Benito County takes Earth Day Art Fest online

Residents invited to share photos of their artwork online via Facebook, Twitter or Instagram using #SanBenitoEarthArt in the post. Entries will be shared and reposted by event sponsors.

Photo courtesy of Pixabay.


#CommunityCARES campaign works to support those in need

MBEP and three community foundations encourage residents who may not need all of their federal stimulus checks to donate what they can to local coronavirus relief funds to benefit those who need it most.

Photo courtesy of Shawn Novack.

Environment / Nature

Water Resources Association raises concerns about water levels

With precipitation at 55% of normal this rainy season, the community should prepare for this year to be dry.

Photo courtesy of Pixabay.

Environment / Nature

Q & A: Shelby O’Neil talks environmental advocacy for Earth Day

Former SBHS student founded the No Straw November movement.