Danny Lucas pictured at his Watsonville home. Photo provided by Jim Burns.

Health

Red Cross holds blood drive in honor of Watsonville Fire Captain

Feb. 21. drive honors Danny Lucas, who needed two dozen units of blood to survive a life-threatening gunshot wound he sustained in November.

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Police / Fire

Prescribed burns planned in Forest of Nisene Marks State Park

Though the burns will take place in Santa Cruz County, smoke may be visible in San Benito County.

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San Benito County Free Library. File photo by John Chadwell.

Education / Schools

Library offers free online tutoring

BrainFuse has tutors for K-12, college, citizenship tests, high school proficiency tests, Microsoft Office, and even resume and cover letter help.

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Hollister Water Reclamation Facility Staff: Luis Vasquez, AJ Castaneda, safety coordinator Jeri Cramer and Adan Cervantes. Photo courtesy of Andy Hoglund.

Environment / Nature

Hollister wastewater plant receives safety award

Award part of the California Water Environment Association's annual effort to recognize public water and wastewater facilities for outstanding performance, with a special emphasis on safety.

Hazel Hawkins Memorial Hospital. File photo.

Health

Nursing facility visitor restrictions continue due to seasonal flu activity

There are nine confirmed seasonal flu cases among the skilled nursing residents and 12 cases among the employees.

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Nonprofits

Emergency rent and utility assistance available through Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Monterey

Funding will assist approximately four to six households with rent assistance and 18-20 households with utilities.

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

Government / Politics

Assemblyman Rivas introduces bill to increase access to rural broadband

Additional legislation aimed at improving e-consult services and electronic court filings.

Congressman Jimmy Panetta. File Photo.

Government / Politics

Panetta amendment included in house-passed Protecting America’s Wilderness Act

"My amendment helps ensure that our federal land managers have the flexibility that they need to take any necessary actions to preemptively address fire, insects, and diseases in wilderness areas," Panetta said.

Sunrise Senior Apartments. Photo provided by CHISPA.

Housing / Land Use

CHISPA announces completion of new affordable senior housing development

Opening celebration for 49-unit apartment complex to be held Feb. 21 at 2 p.m. in Hollister.

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Transportation

 Emergency guardrail repairs near Hwy 101/129 junction set for Feb. 11

Repairs needed following a traffic accident last week.

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Nonprofits

CMAP TV program up for regional award

Original program on recovering from Gilroy Garlic Festival shooting nominated for Best Talk Show at Wave Awards.

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Environment / Nature

Freeze warning in San Benito County

Subfreezing temperatures are expected in areas of the county both Monday and Tuesday night, with overnight lows forecast in the mid-20s.

County Office Building on Fifth Street in Hollister, which houses the San Benito County Elections Department. Photo by Leslie David.

Government / Politics

Elections Office provides early primary election information

Early voting begins Feb. 3.

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Health

SBC coronavirus patients transferred out of county for medical care

San Benito County Public Health Services is working closely with the Centers for Disease Control, the California Public Health Department, and other partners as this continues to be a rapidly evolving situation.

Novel Coronavirus. Photo courtesy of Centers for Disease Control.

Health

Two coronavirus cases confirmed in San Benito County

The confirmed cases are related; husband and wife, and both are 57 years of age. The husband recently traveled from Wuhan, China, but the wife did not. Therefore, there has been person-to-person transmission. Both patients have not left their home since returning from China.