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Jose Antonio Barajas is led into San Benito County Superior Court. Photos by John Chadwell.

Judge grants three-week continuance in Barajas case

Attorney LaForge requested time to prepare defense.

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File Photo by Joshua Miller.

Police Planning DUI and Drivers License Checkpoint on August 17

Drivers caught driving impaired can expect the impact of a DUI arrest to include jail time, fines, fees, DUI classes, and other expenses that can exceed $10,000.

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Management Analyst Dolce Alonso went over the various options for supervisors, explaining how much money would be collected for each. Photo by John Chadwell.

Supervisors agree to place business license tax on Nov. 6 ballot

If voters pass the new business license tax in November, it is expected to raise $453,600 annually.

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Ken Ottmar (left) and Cameron Fitzpatrick playing pickleball during the grand opening. Photo by Noe Magaña.

San Juan Bautista opens dedicated pickleball courts

San Juan Bautista Pickleball Club held court grand opening with hopes to increase popularity for sport that's a mix tennis, table tennis and badminton.

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Courtesy of Youth Alliance.

Youth Alliance honors 2018 Community Change Makers

Youth Alliance is hosting the annual Change Makers event on Saturday, September 22, 2018 at the Willey Cultural Center in downtown Gilroy beginning at 4:00pm. There will be entertainment, auctions, wine tastings, and a celebration of Change Makers.

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Max Castro works through an algebra problem during the last day of the program. Photo by Noe Magaña.

San Benito County students take part in Graniterock algebra academy

Looking to get ahead of their peers, students attended the Bruce W. Woolpert Algebra Academy. The week-long program was led by regional university professors.

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Nash Road crossing busy between classes at San Benito High School. Photo by Joshua Miller.

Practice traffic safety as school starts up

The California Office of Traffic Safety and San Benito County Public Health Services want to remind parents, caregivers and roadway users to be extra cautious around schools.

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OES Manager Kevin O'Neill said the normally three-month reimbursement time frame is longer because of fires across California. Photos by John Chadwell.

FEMA slow in reimbursing for flood damages partially because of fires

Kevin O’Neill, manager of Office of Emergency Services, reported the county has eight flood-related projects with a cost of $1.8 million. So far FEMA has reimbursed only $107,500.

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Police arrest two on drug possession and stolen property charges

Both suspects were booked for several warrants out for their arrest from neighboring counties.

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The weekly News Editorial meeting. (Left to Right) Team members Laura Romero, Carmel de Bertaut, Becky Bonner, Nicholas Preciado, Diviana Navarro, Blaire Strohn, Paul Hersh and John Chadwell. Photo by Leslie David.

BenitoLink receives $28,000 community matching opportunity from NewsMatch!

We are excited to announce that we have been accepted for a $28,000 community matching opportunity from NewsMatch, a national matching-gift campaign to promote donating to nonprofit newsrooms in local communities.

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Photo of the Beaver Fire in San Benito County in Summer 2018. Photo by Noe Magaña.

California wildfires affecting air quality

San Benito County Public Health Services reminds you to check air quality monitors for up-to-date information.

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The federal jury spent three weeks evaluating the Martinez v. San Benito County case. Photo by Garrick Wong.

County wins lawsuit, Martinez considers filing for mistrial or appeal

After losing her lawsuit against the county, Nancy Martinez told supervisors she isn’t done and plans to continue the fight to decriminalize mental illness in the community.

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Anissa Dizon is running for the ASJUSD school board. Photo provided.

Educator Anissa Dizon runs for seat on Aromas-San Juan Unified School Board

Veteran educator ready to bring her expertise to governing board of her hometown's school district.

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After 10 years on the Hollister City Council, Ray Friend is leaving and moving to Oregon. Photos by John Chadwell.

Retiring Hollister Councilman Ray Friend receives tribute

Friend announced in July his retirement plans to move to Oregon to be near his family.

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File Photo by Joshua Miller.

Man arrested for assault on officer and gun charges

The 20 year-old man was arrested Sunday, Aug. 5 and was also wanted for a prior case where he was identified as the driver of a stolen car.

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Commercial project to break ground soon at Ridgemark

Commercial developer John Wynn continues to invest in county and plans to begin construction soon on 20,000 square feet of retail and restaurant space at Ridgemark.

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Voter-supported bond measures funded the construction of the Visual and Performing Arts and Academics building at San Benito High School. Photo provided.

San Benito High School's credit rating to save millions in bond measure interest

San Benito High School says it's low debt burden, fiscal solvency, and growing tax base is expected to lower borrowing costs and reduce property taxes related to the bonds for local residents and businesses by shortening the financing term.

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VIDEO: National Night Out 2018

Footage from the annual event highlights local law enforcement and fire protection.

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Conceptual design for McCarthy Park. Image provided by the City of Hollister.

Final design approved for McCarthy Park

$3.5 million project to include splash pad and climbing wall.

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54th annual Antique Fair coming to San Juan Bautista August 12

Rotary-hosted event includes refreshments and live music from Aromas and Hollister-based bands.

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