Novel Coronavirus. Photo courtesy of Centers for Disease Control.

Health

May 22 coronavirus roundup for San Benito County

Sixty-nine people have tested positive since February, nine currently active, 58 recovered; two farmworker relief drives to take place in Hollister and San Juan Bautista on May 23.

File photo by Joshua Miller.

Police / Fire

Police makes arrests in May 8 shooting

One adult and one juvenile booked on charges of attempted murder.

About 120 trucks make daily roundtrips from Gilroy to the Graniterock Southside Road quarry. Photo by Leslie David.

Housing / Land Use

Graniterock moving more than 300,000 cubic yards of dirt to Southside quarry

The company is infilling parts of the mined land as part of the reclamation project.

Landscape view from Hepsedam Peak looking east towards San Benito Mountain in southern San Benito County. Photo by Ryan O'Dell, courtesy of BLM.

Environment / Nature

BLM reminds visitors to recreate responsibly on public lands during Memorial Day weekend

Some areas remain closed; agency advises public to check webpage to determine status and condition before visiting.

Fresh Baked goods from Heavenly Bakery in Hollister. Photo provided by B&R Farms.

Agriculture

B & R Farms launches Better Together Market

Local vendors take part in three-day event during Memorial Day weekend. B&R has gathered up a collection of unique, locally produced San Benito foods and gifts

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Government / Politics

Hollsiter initiating major citywide planning effort with new committee and website

City actively seeking to involve community in steering General Plan update process. First General Plan Advisory Committee will meet June 4.

Image provided by Rider McDowell.

Commentary

COMMENTARY: McDowell Charity Trust-funded research for cancer leads to possible breakthrough

Betabel Project creator Rider McDowell writes about progress made in treating medulloblastoma, a form of pediatric brain cancer.

Theresa Kovacs, 63, and Rick Sicurella, 66, are in a limbo like thousands of other RV full-timers. Photo by Kirti Bassendine.

Housing / Land Use

RV dwellers find temporary haven in San Benito County

Campground reservations are hard to come by during lockdown. COVID-19 situation leaves many in the lurch.

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