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October 22, 2021

Christopher Ranch employee tests positive for Covid-19

Garlic production temporarily shut down in one building at Christopher Ranch after an employee tested positive for Covid-19 at the end of last week. Executive vice president Ken Christopher confirmed the case, and said Santa Clara County health officials are present at the ranch June...

Garlic production kicks off, alleviates nationwide shortage

Garlic is back. For now, at least. Christopher Ranch in Gilroy announced that its garlic harvest season kicked off last week, and the 100 million pounds of its California-grown product will soon fill store shelves nationwide, providing relief for grocers and fans of the so-called...

County set to reopen more business

San Benito County Interim Public Health Officer Dr. David Ghilarducci June 9 announced that more sectors of the county will reopen by the end of the week, despite data showing that new Covid-19 cases are rising.  Ghilarducci said during Tuesday’s County Board of Supervisors special...

Barbershops, hair salons allowed to reopen with restrictions

San Benito County moved forward with opening hair salons and barbershops as the county qualified for the local variance for the expansion of Phase 2 in the state’s roadmap to reopen.              On May 26, Gov. Gavin Newsom announced the reopening guidance for hair salons and...

Bella Vista Ranch expands schedule

By Tarmo Hannula Bella Vista Ranch of Hollister has recently added a new stop in its farmers market schedule: Live Oak. The ranch, owned by fourth-generation farmers Deborah Muschari and Pat Stevens, grows a mixture of Italian olive varieties for olive oil production. The olives are...

San Juan council approves restaurant

The San Juan Bautista City Council’s unanimous denial of an appeal Jan. 21 allows a restaurant proposed for downtown to move forward. Watsonville-based developer Raeid Farhat purchased the 1870 La Casa Rosa building at 107 Third St. in October for $225,100, according to MLS Listings....

County halts hemp grows, for now

The San Benito County Board of Supervisors, hearing concerns of theft and odor after the first hemp growing season, placed a 45-day moratorium on operations Dec. 10 to give the county time to revise its ordinance by late January. The county’s hemp ordinance went into...

Day after Black Friday devoted to local businesses

Black Friday. Cyber Monday. Gray Thursday (also referred to as that fairly well-known holiday, Thanksgiving). It seems that nearly every day of the week toward the end of November has a color or adjective attached to it. But over the last decade, that list of...

Retailers prep for Black Friday

With the Black Friday shopping spree on the horizon, some retailers got a head start by opening the day before, in the hopes that shoppers will hit the checkout lines after their turkey dinners. Target at 1790 Airline Highway in Hollister planned to open at...

Composting facility hopes to grow

A draft environmental impact report for Z-Best Products’ proposed expansion of its composting facility on Highway 25 at the Santa Clara/San Benito County line is expected to be complete in January. Victor Gomez of Pinnacle Strategy, who represents the composting company, spoke to the San...