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June 28, 2022

Local arts icon dies from Covid-19

Noe Montoya, a long-time actor and musician for El Teatro Campesino in San Juan Bautista, passed away on Nov. 26 at his home in Hollister. He was 66 years old.  El Teatro Campesino founder and artistic director Luis Valdez wrote on the group’s Facebook page,...

Farmworkers, food service employees start to receive vaccines in San Benito

The first set of remote Covid-19 vaccine clinics for food and agricultural sector workers was a big success in San Benito County, bringing in approximately 250 people to get their first shots.    The county’s public health department and Safeway Pharmacy along with the Grower-Shipper Association...

Hollister SD will keep campuses shut down

The Hollister School District will continue teaching students via distance learning after the school board took action this week to extend campus closures until the end of the year.  The board voted 4-1 in a special meeting on Oct. 13 on a recommendation made by...

State orders San Benito to ‘stay home’ as hospitals reach capacities

The state of California has announced a regional stay-at-home order in the San Joaquin Valley region—which includes San Benito County—due to the declining availability of hospital beds that may be needed to treat the growing surge of Covid-19 patients.

Covid-19: San Benito County remains at ‘substantial’ risk level

San Benito County Public Health officials are reporting the number of new daily cases of Covid-19 has gone back up, slowing down any progress they made to move into the next level of the California Blueprint for a safer economy. The data from the Public...

Despite surge, Hazel Hawkins still admitting patients

Even though Hazel Hawkins Memorial Hospital is at 100 percent capacity, medical staff said the facility is still open to treat patients during the “double-headed surge.”

Hollister adopts new face covering ordinance

The City of Hollister is moving forward with a new ordinance that will impose steep penalties for those caught not wearing a face covering in accordance with state guidelines.  The city council on Sept. 21 heard from a flurry of residents and business owners opposed...

San Benito Street reopens for business

San Benito Street was shut down for more than two weeks as it went through some major beautification upgrades to help revitalize downtown Hollister. Yet, there was some uncertainty whether or not a new parklet project would work out for local business owners.   Carlos Hernandez,...

Las Micheladas reopens with a big splash

David Ramirez had a vision that one day he was going to open Las Micheladas Bar & Grill restaurant, a place that he hopes can bring a true dining experience and a nightlife type of scene to downtown Hollister.  His first attempt was on Dec....

Governor orders statewide curfew

Residents of Santa Clara County and other counties in California’s “purple” Covid-19 risk tier are subject to a “limited stay at home order” starting Saturday, Nov. 21, Gov. Gavin Newsom tweeted Thursday.