Official Ballot Drop Box. File photo.

Government / Politics

Info on March 3 primary election polling stations

Official ballot drop box located in alley between Elections Office and San Benito County Free Library.

Institute for Innovation and Economic Development Executive Director Brad Barbeau, Michelle Doty and Denise Mellor of That Garlic Stuff (2018 winners of Main Street division), and judge Doug Yount at the 2018 Startup Challenge Monterey Bay. File photo.

Business / Economy

Startup Challenge Monterey Bay application deadline draws near

Participants have the opportunity to pitch their idea to a panel of business experts to get valuable feedback, and compete for prizes and exposure to the local community for business development and funding.

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San Benito High School main administration building. File photo.

Government / Politics

Primary Election 2020: School Bond Measures L, M and R

SBHS, Aromas-San Juan Unified and Cabrillo seek millions in funding.

Retired San Benito County employees at the Feb. 18 Board of Supervisors meeting stand to show support for a petition requesting full health benefits and reimbursement. Photo by Noe Magaña.


Retired employees submit petition to supervisors demanding full health coverage

Seventy-two former county workers claim it was promised to them.

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

Government / Politics

Elections Office provides info on political signs

The placement of political signs is regulated by state law and city ordinance.

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Community Foundation plans financial well-being workshop for women

Topics will include budgeting, debt management, investments, retirement accounts, life insurance basics, estate planning, asset protection, and more.

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California Congressional District 20 encompasses all of San Benito and Monterey counties, and portions of Santa Clara and Santa Cruz counties. Map courtesy of public domain.

Government / Politics

Primary Election 2020: California 20th Congressional District

Two challenge incumbent Jimmy Panetta for a seat in the House of Representatives.

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Government / Politics

Community Action Board solicits proposals for strategic plan development

Proposals are due March 9 by 3 p.m.

Rocks Ranch. Photos by Robert Eliason.

Environment / Nature

Wildlife corridor under Highway 101 enters planning stage

Crossing at Rocks Ranch would connect the Santa Cruz and Gabilan mountains.

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Education / Schools

Textbooks for Hollister Gavilan courses available at San Benito County Free Library

Available as part of a course reserves pilot project from the library aimed at eliminating barriers to equal access to information, pursuing higher education, and achieving academic success.

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Caltrans to perform work along Highways 101 and 156

Work expected to wrap up on Feb. 28.

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San Benito High School administration building. Photo provided by SBHS.

Education / Schools

SBHS named to 10th annual AP District Honor Roll

More than one in four SBHS students is enrolled in an AP course this year, and the school’s nearly 70% AP exam pass rate in 2018-19 outperformed both the state and global rates for the third consecutive year.

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Hollister Councilman Marty Richman said he wanted to testify under oath because his honor was important to him and said that he could be convicted for perjury if he lied. Photos by John Chadwell.

Government / Politics

Hollister council vote to censure members Richman and Spencer fails

Lenoir casts tiebreaker, saying ‘I just can’t see my way to do that.’

The Veterans Memorial Building. Photo by Heather Graham.


Task force highlights opioid crisis in San Benito County

A legislator, law enforcement and healthcare providers speak at town hall.

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


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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The Superior Court of California in San Benito County is located at 450 Fourth Street in Hollister. File photo.


2014 murder suspect appears in court

Christopher Larios’ next hearing is Feb. 21.

Tetra Tech environmental scientist Maria Hassett Patrick collects water samples for testing. Photo by Noe Magaña.

Environment / Nature

Community Water Center tests water quality of private wells

Free program checks for nitrates, arsenic and other contaminants.

The Jan. 30 ribbon cutting officially marked that the Twin Oaks active senior community was open for business. Photos by John Chadwell.

Housing / Land Use

Ribbon cutting held for Twin Oaks senior housing development

First active senior community in San Benito County offers open floor plans and a clubhouse.

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Downtown San Juan Bautista. Photo by Leslie David.


San Juan Bautista considers downtown parking system

While the city expects pushback, it aims to create partnerships benefitting all stakeholders.

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Caltrans to perform brush control and tree trimming on Hwy 156 in Prunedale

Work to affect both directions between Cathedral Oaks and North Prunedale Road in the Prunedale area.

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