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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.

Hollister High School Key Club and Santa visit Emmaus House in 2018. Photo provided by Emmaus House.

Nonprofits

12 Days of Giving supports Emmaus House

Emmaus House is one of five local, essential needs nonprofits participating in the community-wide holiday giving campaign.

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News

City suffers second water main break in two days

The Nov. 20 water main break occurred on San Benito Street between Third and Fourth Streets.


Traffic was diverted at the intersection of San Benito and South Streets in Hollister. Photo by Leslie David.

News

Water main break in downtown Hollister

City of Hollister is advising people to avoid the area.

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Hazel Hawkins Memorial Hospital. Photo provided.

Health

Hazel Hawkins Memorial Hospital receives grant to treat opioid addiction in the ER

The new program enables the hospital’s emergency department to effectively treat anyone who is experiencing withdrawal from opioids or would like to stop taking them.

Resident Elia Salinas speaks during public comment before the Hollister City Council went into a two-hour closed session meeting on Nov. 13. Photo by Noe Magaña.

Government / Politics

Hollister interim city manager resigns two days after closed-door meeting

Council will discuss what happened at its Nov. 18 session.

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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.

Riana Gutierrez, San Benito LULAC's 2019 Philanthropy Day honoree. Photo provided by San Benito LULAC.

Nonprofits

LULAC Youth Mentor to be recognized at the National Philanthropy Day

Among the honorees is Riana Gutierrez, born in Hollister and 2016 graduate of San Benito High School. She is currently in college where she hopes to receive a degree in Nursing and Chicano(a) Studies. 

Volunteers from Wells Fargo arrive at Community FoodBank to build student snack bags. Photos provided by Community FoodBank.

Nonprofits

12 Days of Giving: Community FoodBank rallies with neighbors to provide food year-round

FoodBank is collaborating with fellow nonprofit organizations to raise awareness and funds about needs that go unmet right here in our county.

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Police / Fire

Prescribed burn planned for San Benito County

Smoke is expected to be visible from King City, Bitterwater, Pinnacles National Park, New Idria, southern San Benito County and the San Joaquin Valley.

Volunteers spent several hours cleaning up a portion of the San Benito River on Saturday, Nov. 9. Photos by Carmel de Bertaut.

Environment / Nature

Local groups clean portion of San Benito River

Graniterock employees, CHEER and volunteers remove a record 169 tires.

Supervisor Anthony Botelho at a board retreat. File photo by John Chadwell.

Government / Politics

FPPC dismisses complaints against Botelho and De Vries

State agency cites ‘insufficient evidence’ of Political Reform Act violation in Hwy. 101 commercial node rezoning action.

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Keith Thorbahn, the new assistant superintendent of education services with the San Benito County Office of Education. Photo Courtesy of Keith Thorbahn.

Education / Schools

County Office of Education gets new assistant superintendent

Keith Thorbahn has a background in agricultural education.

Photo provided by B&R Farms.

Business / Economy

Local apricot grower hosts annual holiday shopping boutique

B&R Farms spreading cheer on four Saturdays before Christmas.

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Health

Shorter days have people feeling the blues

Seasonal depression can be seen as a harmless result of the time changes. However, in some cases it can lead to clinical diagnosis of Seasonal Affective Disorder that demands it be taken seriously.

Emergency Vehicle Specialists President Stephen Haynes gives a brief tour of a Hollister Police SUV to State Senator Anna Caballero. Photos by Noe Magaña.

Business / Economy

Hollister company serves police, fire and EMS

Emergency Vehicle Specialists Inc. installs warning lights, sirens and two-way radios.

Pinnacles National Park. File photo by John Chadwell.

Environment / Nature

Gray fox tests positive for Canine distemper at Pinnacles

Although humans are not known to contract it, domesticated dogs are highly susceptible.

Hollister City Hall. File photo.

Government / Politics

Hollister Parks and Recreation Commission opportunity available

Applications to serve as District 1 commissioner are available at City Hall. The position is open until filled and the term is until December 2020.


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Transportation

Frazier Lake Road construction to last until Nov. 8

Daily closures between Bloomfield Avenue and Shore Road from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

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Transportation

Maintenance work on Hwy 156 near Castroville starts Nov. 5

Work will also take place along Highway 101 in Prunedale.

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Transportation

Monterey Bay Community Power to launch EV charging station project

State-local partnership to make $7 million available in tri-county area.

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