Jeff Cattaneo, operations manager with the San Benito County Water District, said water quality increases the closer wells are dug near Pacheco Creek. File photo by John Chadwell.

Housing / Land Use

Hollister signs agreement with water districts on future supply

City Council looks to increase water in industrial zone and create redundancy for North County.

The clean-up after the skilled nursing facility on Sunset Drive flooded on Dec. 4. Cleaning could be extensive if asbestos is discovered. Photos by John Chadwell.

Health

Flooding forces nursing facility evacuation

Forty-six patients moved to Hazel Hawkins and another facility.

CEO Ken Underwood thinks it's unlikely the healthcare district won't be designated a Critical Access Hospital, but says plans are in place to keep it operational if the certification is denied. Photo by John Chadwell.

Health

Hazel Hawkins banks on winning ‘critical access’ status

CFO explains Plans B and C to keep the hospital’s doors open.

San Benito High School main administration building. File photo.

Education / Schools

SBHS trustees to place $30 million bond on March ballot

Fifty-five percent voter approval will be required to pass.

Councilman Marty Richman apologized for his vote to hire Paul Eckert as city manager, saying he made a mistake in only considering his technical qualifications. Photos by John Chadwell.

Government / Politics

Hollister City Council grants severance pay to resigned city manager

In resignation letter, Paul Eckert says he will ‘likely’ take legal action against those he accuses of slandering him.

What started out as a journey to shorten David Westrick's daily commute turned into a career move to become police chief. Photo by John Chadwell.

Police / Fire

Hollister Police Chief Westrick to retire in December

He leaves the department ‘at its best,’ says crime has dropped significantly since 2013.

Paul Eckert received four out of five votes to be hired as city manager despite protest from members of the public surrounding sexual harassment claims in a previous position. Photos by John Chadwell.

Government / Politics

Hollister hires interim city manager

Sioux City, Iowa employee sued Paul Eckert in 2013, claiming he retaliated against her following sexual harassment complaint about him in 2004.

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Virginia Gardner at a Sept. 10 SBHS board meeting. She is one of two parents leading calls for a boycott of the special ed event known as the Baler Buckaroo Rodeo. Photos by John Chadwell.

Education / Schools

Special ed parents vow to boycott Baler Buckaroo Rodeo

They say the person in charge of the event is the aide accused of showing porn to others while students were present.

Hollister City Manager Bill Avera's final day is Nov. 15. Avera has been a city employee since 1994 and city manager for the last six years. Photo by John Chadwell.

Government / Politics

Hollister city manager stepping down Nov. 15

City Council expected to offer position to Paul Eckert, city administrator of Gridley, CA.

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Christina Soto and Dr. Kyle Hsu. Hsu said he played a small part in saving Soto's life by removing flesh-eating bacteria that made her sick. Photo provided by Christina Soto.

Health

Christina Soto thanks first responders for saving her life

Homeless shelter manager bears gifts and gratitude a year after she was found unconscious.

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Police officers patrol the 2013 Hollister Independence Rally. Photo by John Chadwell.

Government / Politics

Hollister council approves 5-year contract for motorcycle rally

Police chief and two council members warn of financial risk over lack of workers’ comp insurance.

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Former Dallas Cowboy football coach Barry Switzer and Kirk Ward on the set of 'The Turkey Bowl.' Photo courtesy of Kirk Ward.

Sports & Recreation

Baler football inspires movie from alumnus Kirk Ward

‘The Turkey Bowl’ pays homage to local rivalry and players.

Assistant Superintendent of Business Services Gabriel Moulaison told the HSD Board of Trustees that the school has collected $3.1 million in fees so far this year. Photos by John Chadwell.

Education / Schools

HSD trustees receive report on developer fees

Revenues are at $3.1 million so far this year.

It's taken over 20 years, but developer Marty Miller is finally seeing his dream of an active-adult community being built in Hollister. Photo by John Chadwell.

Housing / Land Use

Dream for active-adult homes comes true

Twin Oaks community is now under construction with first sales expected to close in April.