Novel Coronavirus. Photo courtesy of Centers for Disease Control.

Health

July 2 coronavirus roundup for San Benito County

257 people have tested positive since February, 39 are active patients, 216 recovered; California updates guidelines for fitness facilities and places of worship; Public health officers ask residents to celebrate 4th of July from home.

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Police / Fire

Chemical leak prompts HAZMAT team response

White phosphorus derivative determined to be the compound that leaked from ground.

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Customers walk into target on June 30. Photo by Shelby Schipsi.

Business / Economy

Hollister Target employees test positive for coronavirus

Five workers are on sick leave and in quarantine.

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Fairview Corners, the future site of a Gavilan College campus in San Benito County. Gavilan purchased an 80-acre plot of land near Ridgemark at Airline Highway and Fairview Road for $8 million in partnership with Morgan Hill-based developer Dividend Homes in June 2007. Photo by Carmel de Bertaut.

Education / Schools

Gavilan College hosts forum to discuss San Benito County campus

Project still in Phase One as planning continues.

Gavilan College campus in Gilroy. Photo by Robert Eliason.

Education / Schools

Gavilan College making headway on budget deficit

The school has halved its projected shortfall; board of trustees is weighing more cuts.

Klamath Fire on June 18. Photos courtesy of John McDonald.

Police / Fire

Arson suspected in recent Hollister fires

Sheriff’s Office arrests man on suspicion of starting June 18 Klamath Fire and is investigating his possible involvement in other blazes.

Gavilan College campus in Gilroy. Photo by Robert Eliason.

Education / Schools

Gavilan College approves tentative budget for 2020-21

With a high deficit, the district is scrambling to reduce costs.

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Case Manager Daniel Padron working out of the arts room at the Esperanza Center. Photo courtesy of SBC Behavioral Health.

Health

County Behavioral Health continues to provide care

Case managers holding remote one-on-one and group sessions with clients.

Photo by Carmel de Bertaut.

Education / Schools

Hollister School District holds drive-thru graduations

Vehicles parade through parking lots and Bolado Park as students say goodbye to eighth grade.

Shelby O'Neil appeared on the May 11 episode of 'Sesame Street.' Photo courtesy of Shelby O'Neil.

Environment / Nature

Local environmental activist appears on ‘Sesame Street’

No Straw November founder Shelby O’Neil brings her message to national TV.

San Benito evening primrose. Photos courtesy of the Bureau of Land Management.

Environment / Nature

Fish and Wildlife Service proposes removing San Benito evening primrose from endangered species list

Plant blooms bright yellow flowers that open at night.

Intero Real Estate in Hollister. Photo by Leslie David.

Nonprofits

Local real estate group gives back

Intero of Hollister provides relief funding for community nonprofits.

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Photos courtesy of Rene Rodriguez.

Environment / Nature

Q & A: Rene Rodriguez brings nature into view

Local photographer talks about San Benito County life and landscapes.

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Environment / Nature

Q & A: Shelby O’Neil talks environmental advocacy for Earth Day

Former SBHS student founded the No Straw November movement.

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Nate Hensley of Hollister nonprofit The Manger is working with Martha's Kitchen to provide a free food drive-thru service on Mondays and Fridays. Photos provided.

Nonprofits

The Manger starting food drive-thru service

Hollister nonprofit expands from feeding homeless to feeding all in need during pandemic.

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