Hollister Police Department. Photo by Joshua Miller.

Police / Fire

Police respond to shootings and arson over Memorial Day weekend

HPD investigating vehicle that crashed into barricades on San Benito Street.

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Health

May 26 coronavirus roundup for San Benito County

Seventy-six people have tested positive since February, 12 active, 62 recovered; Pinnacles open to foot traffic and bicycles, vehicles not allowed except for campers with reservations; Chamber of Commerce to host May 28 business webinar.

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Business / Economy

Hair salons and barbershops allowed to reopen

Permitted activities include services that can be provided with both the worker and customer wearing face coverings throughout the service.

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Transportation

Upcoming lane closure on Hwy 101 in Gilroy

Construction will include converting an inside shoulder to create space for an auxiliary lane.

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Business / Economy

Places of worship and in-store retail can now open with modifications

Under new guidance, places of worship can hold religious services and funerals that limit attendance to 25% building capacity upon approval by San Benito County Public Health Services.

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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.

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.

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Health

May 21 coronavirus roundup for San Benito County

Sixty-six people have tested positive since February, eight active, 55 recovered; CDC says person-to-person is major mode of transmission; SBHS superintendent gives update on plans for next school year.

Housing being constructed in Hollister. Photo by John Chadwell.

Housing / Land Use

State says Hollister must void or suspend growth management program

Housing Crisis Act of 2019 does not allow jurisdictions to adopt new or enforce existing limits on the number of land-use approvals or permits.

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Health

May 20 coronavirus roundup for San Benito County

Sixty-four people have tested positive since February, seven active, 55 have recovered; Covered CA offering special enrollment period; Office of Emergency Services to distribute free masks to businesses; upcoming May 22 county webinar on entertainment and sports.

COVID-19 testing site set up inside the Veterans Memorial Building in Hollister. Photo by Robert Eliason.

Health

785 county residents have tested for coronavirus since May 5

Site can test 132 individuals per day.

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Health

May 19 coronavirus roundup for San Benito County

Sixty-three confirmed cases since February, seven of which are active, 54 recovered; agricultural businesses now eligible for Economic Injury Disaster Loans; HPD will continue with required registration of sex offenders with no changes despite executive order allowing agencies to register remotely.