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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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.

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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.

Charlene McKowen at the Anzar High School Garden. Photo by Robert Eliason.

Education / Schools

Anzar High School garden helps feed teachers

Former principal Charlene McKowen assembles boxes of produce grown on campus.

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Health

May 15 coronavirus roundup for San Benito County

Sixty confirmed cases since February, five active, 53 recovered; 2020 Census deadline extended to Oct. 31; Community partners to hold May 22 food drive in San Juan Bautista.

Photo courtesy of Water Resources Association San Benito County.

Environment / Nature

Keeping an eye on the water supply

Shawn Novack with the Water Resources Association writes that the biggest water user in the residential sector for this time of year is landscape irrigation.

Marcella Pardita and volunteer Billy Aviles. Photo provided by Dana Aviles.

Agriculture

Surplus food reaches families in need

Change a Heart Foundation collaborates with volunteers and regional food providers.

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Health

May 5 coronavirus roundup for San Benito County

Fifty-three confirmed cases since February, three active, 48 recovered; federally funded COVID-19 testing begins at Vets Building; upcoming May 6 virtual focus group on agriculture, ranching and supporting services.

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Health

May 4 coronavirus roundup for San Benito County

Fifty-two confirmed cases since February, two active, 48 recovered and two deaths; Supervisors Botelho and Hernandez will host virtual, industry-specific focus groups through Zoom; Pandemic Unemployment Assistance program available to those not usually eligible for regular benefits.

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Health

April 30 coronavirus roundup for San Benito County

Fifty-one confirmed cases since February, six active, 43 recovered; Covered CA for Small Business offers 30-day grace period to make premium payments; Rivas and Caballero to host May 2 farmworker relief drive in Salinas.

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Health

April 29 coronavirus roundup for San Benito County

Fifty confirmed cases since February, five active, 43 recovered; SBHS hosts online Parent Night on April 30; families eligible for free school meals can apply for assistance through Pandemic EBT program; Calfresh benefits can now be used at Walmart and Amazon.

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Health

April 28 coronavirus roundup for San Benito County

50 confirmed cases since February, five active, 43 recovered; California considers starting 2020-21 school year early in July; SBC chosen by state for priority COVID-19 testing that could start as soon as May 4.

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

Government / Politics

Assemblyman Rivas urges Governor for more relief

Letter sent following reports of COVID-19 cases among farmworkers in District 30.

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

Agriculture

Essential, but unprotected

SBC LULAC writes that the threat posed by the coronavirus is exacerbated for the farmworker community.

Photo courtesy of Shawn Novack.

Environment / Nature

Water Resources Association raises concerns about water levels

With precipitation at 55% of normal this rainy season, the community should prepare for this year to be dry.