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Government / Politics

City declines fire department’s request to apply for federal grant

Mayor cites concerns that the city may eventually not be able to afford the cost of firefighters hired by the grant, potentially forcing layoffs

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Government / Politics

Council OK’s money for fireworks show

Despite some criticism of last summer's show at the airport, the council agrees to spend $3,600 of general fund money to help pay for the Fourth of July event

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Proposed fly-in doesn’t take off with council

Request to transfer $10,000 to help fund the event does not come to a vote

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Government / Politics

Hollister to contract out street sweeping

Two-year deal means there should not be mornings when scheduled street sweeping is not done because of equipment break-downs, as is the case with the city fleet

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Government / Politics

Hollister adds noise restrictions for construction, landscaping maintenance

Amendments to noise ordinance focus on commercial construction and landscaping activities, not personal use of leaf blowers or mowers

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Government / Politics

Large applicant pool for council vacancy

City accepting applicants for District 4 vacancy through Friday, will send questions to applicants to shorten April 17 public interviews

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Earthquake strikes near Aromas

4.0 temblor was followed by smaller quakes later in the morning

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Children and Youth

Baler track wins only home meet of the year

San Benito sweeps meet against North Monterey County at Andy Hardin Field

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Children and Youth

High school to offer campus tour April 1

Guests will see progress on modernization efforts, new construction and planned upgrades, much of which is being funded by voter-approved bond measures

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Business / Economy

Landfill worker struck and killed while directing traffic

Hollister resident was run over by a semi-truck hauling refuge, according to the CHP

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Children and Youth

Sports Medicine students shine

San Benito High School contingent places in top 10 in regional competition, will move on to nationals

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Government / Politics

Sims resigns Hollister City Council post

First-term councilman buys property and plans to move just outside of District 4, forcing him to step down

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Agriculture

A shelter from the storm

The Bolado Park Fairgrounds has taken in hundreds of animals displaced by recent flooding in the county

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Schools & Education

Gavilan College cancels all classes for Wednesday

Gilroy-based college cancels all classes at its various campuses, including Hollister

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Water makes for hazardous driving conditions

Drivers frustrated by slow commute as flood waters continue to plague local roads and highways