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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...

Amazon purchases South Valley farmland

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Online retail and web services giant Amazon purchased 60 acres of farmland in Gilroy, documents filed Dec. 22 with the county show. According to the documents recorded by the Santa Clara County Clerk-Recorder’s Office, Amazon.com LLC purchased the land at the corner of Highway 152...

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...

New disc golf course installed at Vista Park Hill

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It may not have been done according to the city’s usual permitting process, but Hollister has a new disc golf course. And city officials are excited about it. After hearing a report from Recreation Services Manager Tina Garza about the quality of the new nine-hole...

Hollister welcomes first baby of 2022

Only five minutes into the New Year, a new addition to the Serna/Ramirez family in Hollister was brought into the world as the first baby of 2022 for Hazel Hawkins Memorial Hospital. Victoria Serna and Omar Ramirez welcomed their baby girl at 12:05am on Jan....

Photo: Major injuries in Hecker Pass plunge

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Emergency officials pull the driver out of a caved-in Honda Civic on Hecker Pass Tuesday. The California Highway Patrol said the 26-year-old male driver, with a male passenger—both of Hollister—were traveling east on Hecker Pass Road (Highway 152) at 2:45pm when the driver lost...