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September 29, 2023

Guest view: New program offers air, ground ambulance rides for local households

One of the more encouraging recent announcements at a San Benito County Board meeting happened Aug. 8 when supervisors learned about a new partnership to provide local residents the option to buy annual memberships for air and ground ambulance needs if they arise.  Of course,...

San Benito County EMS begins buprenorphine distribution program

San Benito County Emergency Medical Services (EMS) this week announced the launch of a new program, in partnership with Monterey and Santa Cruz counties, to expand buprenorphine distribution by emergency responders to reduce opioid overdoses. Buprenorphine is a medication that helps reduce opioid withdrawal and...

Hollister district embraces co-teaching classrooms

The Hollister School District has made significant strides with inclusiveness in special education and recently received recognition for those efforts.  The district was awarded this past year from the Supporting Inclusive Practices (SIP) organization with the Bridgett Ealy Heart of Inclusion award. The organization noted...

Oriana Chorale to perform holiday concerts in Hollister

The singers of San Benito Oriana Chorale—many of whom have performed with the group for more than three decades—are eager to be back in front of audiences this month for the first time since before the pandemic.  The local nonprofit community choral group has been...

Residents can recycle bulky items for free March 25-26

San Benito County residents can get rid of their bulky items for free this weekend at John Smith Road Landfill.  The California Department of Transportation and the county’s Integrated Waste Management are sponsoring the two-day Bulky Item Recycling Event from 9am-3pm March 25-26. The John...

Strada Verde developer asks county to halt environmental study

San Benito County officials clarified late last week that the developer of the proposed Strada Verde Innovation Park—which was the subject of a failed November 2020 ballot initiative—has asked the county to pause its work on the project’s application.  “As a result, work on the...

Community Board: County sales tax idea rings true

All too often in San Benito County, local government leaders have tried to push property or parcel taxes to fund initiatives or deficits caused by irresponsible budgeting. An example was the Hollister School District’s failed 2011 attempt to pass a $96 parcel tax at the depths of its financial problems, with the special election costing local taxpayers close to $150,000.

Six arrested in relation to Hollister collision, shooting

Local authorities arrested several people—including four juveniles—for gun-related offenses and are seeking information on possible additional suspects in relation to a collision, followed by a shooting, that occurred June 1 in Hollister, according to police.  About 8pm, police were dispatched to the 1000 block of...

Local Scene: DUI checkpoint, academic honors

Police to conduct DUI checkpoint The Hollister Police Department will be conducting a DUI and driver’s license checkpoint starting at 6pm Sept. 16 at a location within the city limits. The checkpoint will last until 2am Sept. 17, according to Hollister Police.  Officers at the checkpoint...

Community Insight Board: Reasons to back 400 block sale

Most Community Insight Board members agreed that the Hollister City Council made the right decision by supporting a sale of the 400 block property downtown to allow for development of condos, retail space and a new Community Foundation for San Benito County building.