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Business / Economy

Hair salons and barbershops allowed to reopen

Permitted activities include services that can be provided with both the worker and customer wearing face coverings throughout the service.

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Upcoming lane closure on Hwy 101 in Gilroy

Construction will include converting an inside shoulder to create space for an auxiliary lane.

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Business / Economy

Places of worship and in-store retail can now open with modifications

Under new guidance, places of worship can hold religious services and funerals that limit attendance to 25% building capacity upon approval by San Benito County Public Health Services.

Checkout line at Safeway. Gig economy workers have become frequent shoppers at grocery stores during the pandemic. Photo provided.

Business / Economy

Gig workers soldier on during pandemic

An Instacart shopper and DoorDash delivery driver share their food-handling experiences.

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Brandy Applewhite in Stage One personal protective equipment. Photo provided.


Caregiving in the time of coronavirus

Three caregivers talk about how they protect clients and themselves.

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About 120 trucks make daily roundtrips from Gilroy to the Graniterock Southside Road quarry. Photo by Leslie David.

Housing / Land Use

Graniterock moving more than 300,000 cubic yards of dirt to Southside quarry

The company is infilling parts of the mined land as part of the reclamation project.

Theresa Kovacs, 63, and Rick Sicurella, 66, are in a limbo like thousands of other RV full-timers. Photo by Kirti Bassendine.

Housing / Land Use

RV dwellers find temporary haven in San Benito County

Campground reservations are hard to come by during lockdown. COVID-19 situation leaves many in the lurch.

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Downtown San Juan Bautista. Photo by Leslie David.

Business / Economy

San Juan Bautista council approves outdoor business operations on Third Street

Program will run at least six months to help local merchants.

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Albert Bracamonte and family dining outside Hollister House. Photos by Patty Lopez Day.

Business / Economy

Outdoor dining opens on San Benito Street

Several restaurants take part in weekend street closure. Check out photos from the first day.

Novel Coronavirus. Photo courtesy of Centers for Disease Control.


May 22 coronavirus roundup for San Benito County

Sixty-nine people have tested positive since February, nine currently active, 58 recovered; two farmworker relief drives to take place in Hollister and San Juan Bautista on May 23.

File photo by Joshua Miller.

Police / Fire

Police makes arrests in May 8 shooting

One adult and one juvenile booked on charges of attempted murder.

Landscape view from Hepsedam Peak looking east towards San Benito Mountain in southern San Benito County. Photo by Ryan O'Dell, courtesy of BLM.

Environment / Nature

BLM reminds visitors to recreate responsibly on public lands during Memorial Day weekend

Some areas remain closed; agency advises public to check webpage to determine status and condition before visiting.

Fresh Baked goods from Heavenly Bakery in Hollister. Photo provided by B&R Farms.


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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Government / Politics

Hollsiter initiating major citywide planning effort with new committee and website

City actively seeking to involve community in steering General Plan update process. First General Plan Advisory Committee will meet June 4.

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