Bitterwater-Tully School eighth graders and teacher Mrs. Nino by San Francisco City Hall. (Eighth graders are: Estrella B., Katherine B., Addison E., Olivia G., Rachel G., Colten G. and Victoria S.) Photo by Gail Ivens.

Art & Culture

Bitterwater-Tully eighth graders see “Hamilton”

Students from San Benito and Monterey counties take a trip to San Francisco and get a civics lesson.

Photo courtesy of Pixabay.

Transportation

Caltrans to perform work along Highways 101 and 156

Work expected to wrap up on Feb. 28.

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San Benito High School administration building. Photo provided by SBHS.

Education / Schools

SBHS named to 10th annual AP District Honor Roll

More than one in four SBHS students is enrolled in an AP course this year, and the school’s nearly 70% AP exam pass rate in 2018-19 outperformed both the state and global rates for the third consecutive year.

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Police / Fire

Prescribed burns planned in Forest of Nisene Marks State Park

Though the burns will take place in Santa Cruz County, smoke may be visible in San Benito County.

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Group photo from Dr. Sharma's office: Vanessa Garcia, Linda Rodriguez, Cecelia Vasquez, Dr. Sharma and Henry Vinokurov. Photo by Leslie David.

Public Letter

PUBLIC LETTER: Dr. Sharma moves services to San Benito Health Foundation

Previously operated as San Benito County EyeCare since 1989 in Hollister and 2002 in Los Banos.

Hollister Water Reclamation Facility Staff: Luis Vasquez, AJ Castaneda, safety coordinator Jeri Cramer and Adan Cervantes. Photo courtesy of Andy Hoglund.

Environment / Nature

Hollister wastewater plant receives safety award

Award part of the California Water Environment Association's annual effort to recognize public water and wastewater facilities for outstanding performance, with a special emphasis on safety.

Hazel Hawkins Memorial Hospital. File photo.

Health

Nursing facility visitor restrictions continue due to seasonal flu activity

There are nine confirmed seasonal flu cases among the skilled nursing residents and 12 cases among the employees.

Hazel Hawkins Memorial Hospital. File photo.

Health

Hazel Hawkins Hospital Foundation to award several new scholarships

Applications must be submitted by April 1.

Photo courtesy of Pixabay.

Nonprofits

Emergency rent and utility assistance available through Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Monterey

Funding will assist approximately four to six households with rent assistance and 18-20 households with utilities.

Kathy Schipper and Heidi Connor at Schipper Design explain the Creatives for Community grant to the BenitoLink board of directors. Photo by Jessica Willis.

Nonprofits

Great ideas merit great design

Fourth annual Schipper Design grant program empowers the community through design.

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State Assemblyman Robert Rivas. Photo provided by the office of Robert Rivas.

Government / Politics

Assemblyman Rivas introduces bill to increase access to rural broadband

Additional legislation aimed at improving e-consult services and electronic court filings.

Congressman Jimmy Panetta. File Photo.

Government / Politics

Panetta amendment included in house-passed Protecting America’s Wilderness Act

"My amendment helps ensure that our federal land managers have the flexibility that they need to take any necessary actions to preemptively address fire, insects, and diseases in wilderness areas," Panetta said.

Teknova purchasing assistant Robert Blasingame said, "It is important to me that everyone grows up in a community with equal opportunities in education. No child should grow up without an equal education to their neighbor because of financial limitations.” Photos by Robert Eliason.

Nonprofits

Teknova program connects employees with nonprofits

Giving campaign raises thousands each year for United Way.

Sunrise Senior Apartments. Photo provided by CHISPA.

Housing / Land Use

CHISPA announces completion of new affordable senior housing development

Opening celebration for 49-unit apartment complex to be held Feb. 21 at 2 p.m. in Hollister.

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Partygoers. Photo provided by Debbie Rey.

Community Opinions

COLUMN: Long time county resident celebrates big 90

A group of people surprised George in Fallon, NV, where he currently resides.