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January 17, 2022

Omicron drives Covid-19 cases up in San Benito County

San Benito County faces another rising surge of Covid-19 cases, driven by the highly infectious Omicron variant of the virus, according to authorities. The wave of new cases hasn’t resulted in a major strain on the local hospital or healthcare providers—largely because Omicron doesn’t appear...

Striping will complete Hwy. 25 resurfacing project

A two-day striping operation on Highway 25 near Hollister between Best Road/South Ridgemark Drive and Plaza Drive began on Tuesday, Jan. 11. Work is expected to continue Jan. 12 between 8am and 5pm, says a press release from Caltrans. Travelers will encounter alternating lane closures...

Red Cross faces blood shortage ‘crisis’

The American Red Cross is facing its worst blood shortage in more than a decade—a dilemma the organization calls a “national blood crisis”—and is pleading with people to donate blood. “Dangerously low blood supply levels are posing a concerning risk to patient care and forcing...

Newsom proposes budget with Medi-Cal expansion

Gov. Gavin Newsom unveiled his proposed 2022-2023 state budget Monday, including a proposal to extend health care coverage to every low-income resident in the state. The proposal would expand access to Medi-Cal, the state's version of Medicaid, to all residents who meet the program's income...

Apply now for Hazel Hawkins Hospital Auxiliary scholarships

Applications for the 2022 Hazel Hawkins Hospital Auxiliary Scholarship Awards are now available. Each year the Auxiliary awards scholarships to students who are pursuing a medical or medically oriented career.  The total amount awarded to each recipient will be at the discretion of the...

Balers well represented in 36th annual Central Coast All-Star Football Game

For the local athletes selected to play in the 36th annual Central Coast All-Star Football Game at Rabobank Stadium on Jan. 14 at 7pm, the contest represents one last chance to put on their pads and compete with and against their friends in their...

Noah Nelson looks to continue improvement as league duals begin

At the onset of the coronavirus pandemic, when lockdowns started to become ubiquitous, Noah Nelson dialed himself in mentally and went to work. Instead of resting on his laurels during the shutdown period, Nelson decided to work harder than ever. “Over quarantine I had the...

Bailey Cotter finds her own path to basketball success

It might surprise many to know that Bailey Cotter rarely has much to say on the basketball court.  “Off the court, I’m very talkative,” the San Benito High sophomore said. “It’s just on the court I’m quieter and don’t talk as much.” Cotter lets her actions...

County, cities begin planning for 5,000-plus new homes

San Benito County and the cities of Hollister and San Juan Bautista need to plan to build up to 5,005 new homes from 2023 to 2031—more than three times the number of houses permitted locally in the last eight years. The planning directive comes from...

Recycle your Christmas tree in San Benito County

Are you wondering what to do with your Christmas tree after the holiday season ends? In San Benito County, there are several recycling options to safely and cleanly dispose of your Christmas tree. County officials, in a Dec. 30 press release, listed the options below. Scouts...