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Education / Schools

San Benito High School receives grant to reduce campus waste

Funds will be used to help purchase reusable trays for the campus cafeteria to replace the use of paper plates for food distribution.

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Environment / Nature

San Benito County precipitation levels deemed satisfactory

Since the start of this Water Year, San Benito County has received close to five inches of precipitation as of Dec. 12.

State Assemblyman Robert Rivas speaks at a BenitoLink-hosted town hall in October 2019. Photo by Leslie David.

Government / Politics

Assemblyman Robert Rivas launches ‘There Ought To Be A Law’ program

Residents of Assembly District 30, which encompasses all of San Benito County, are invited to submit ideas for state legislation.

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Nonprofits

Residents support their local news

Individual donations of $1,000 or less will be matched up to a total of $35,000 until midnight Dec. 31 during our annual fundraiser known as Pledge of Champions!

Judy Rider. Photo provided by SBHS.

Sports & Recreation

SBHS wrestling room named in honor of Judy Rider

Rider, who passed away in 2006, was involved with Baler wrestling, football, baseball, band, and was a founding member of the Baler Education Foundation.

Farmworkers in San Benito County. File photo by John Chadwell.

Agriculture

Farm Workforce Modernization Act passes in the House

“The Farm Workforce Modernization Act is a critical, bipartisan step forward for both our farmers and farmworkers,” Congressman Jimmy Panetta said.

Nonprofits

Pledge of Champions 2019 continues

Readers play an important role in the health of their own community news. Their support helps us continue reporting on local government, education, transportation, housing, and other important topics.

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Environment / Nature

Free admission to Monterey Bay Aquarium for San Benito County residents

Community Open House running now through Dec. 15.

The Rotary Club of Hollister recognized four SBHS students: Ella Shara Pascua, Kayden Rhodabarger, Kayla Sanchez and Abel Macias. Photo provided by Rotary Club of Hollister.

Schools & Education

Rotary Club of Hollister recognizes SBHS students

This is the 15th year the club has celebrated those in the Student of the Month program.

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Government / Politics

Candidates for the March 3 Primary Election

Filing deadline ended Dec. 6. Seats up for election include the 20th Congressional District, 30th State Assembly District, and Supervisor Districts 1, 2, and 5.

County Express bus at a Fixed Route stop. Photo provided by COG.

Transportation

Public input requested for Hwy. 25 Corridor Transit Study

Meeting is expected to cover plans on how to provide faster transportation services between Hollister and Gilroy.

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Business / Economy

Monterey Bay Community Power board votes to expand service area

New additions include Arroyo Grande, Carpinteria, Del Rey Oaks, Goleta, Guadalupe, Grover Beach, Paso Robles, Pismo Beach, Santa Maria, Solvang, and Santa Barbara County.

Flooding at Fairview Road and McCloskey Road.

Police / Fire

Weather advisory warns of potential flooding

Sandbags available at numerous city and county locations.

Congressman Jimmy Panetta. File photo.

Environment / Nature

Congressman Panetta introduces bill to prohibit new drilling on Central Coast

California Central Coast Conservation Act to require BLM to assess impacts of oil and gas drilling.

Photos courtesy of Catalina Lemos.

Schools & Education

San Benito High School’s canned food drive benefits Community FoodBank

Nearly 4,700 items donated.