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February 25, 2024

Local Scene: Bike blessing is March 24

Bike blessing The Top Hatters Motorcycle Club’s 31st annual Bike Blessing will take place 11am-1pm March 24 in Hollister. Motorcyclists are asked to check in at Hollister PowerSports at 411 San Felipe Road, then gather at Sacred Heart Catholic Church for the blessing.  Participants who want...

Floral fulfillment

Valentine’s Day falls on a Wednesday this year, right in the middle of the week. For florists nationwide, that typically means a much busier holiday than if the day fell at the end or beginning of a week. Lisa Filice, owner of Expressions Floral in...

Local Scene: Technology Innovation Day showcases young tech talent Feb. 4

Learn about tech education and talent The inaugural Technology Innovation Day will showcase local technological talent among the youth of San Benito County and spotlight local companies and their cutting-edge tech that is shaping the future.  Technology Innovation Day will take place 11am-3pm Feb. 4 at...

Gavilan College celebrates ‘topping out’ of new Hollister campus project

About 100 people attended a ceremony Jan. 24 to commemorate the “topping out” of construction of Gavilan College’s new San Benito County campus, located on Fairview Road in Hollister. The ceremony included a traditional signing of a steel beam, the last one to be placed...

Hazel Hawkins receives partnership proposal

San Benito Health Care Alliance seeks collaboration between the public and HHMH

Casillas appointed new Hazel Hawkins CEO

At a tense board meeting Jan. 25, the San Benito Health Care District board voted to appoint Mary Casillas to the permanent CEO position of Hazel Hawkins Memorial Hospital, with a contract that increases her salary by more than 45 percent. Area residents, hospital nurses—and...

PG&E offers $550,000 in scholarships for area students

PG&E is offering more than $500,000 in scholarships to help students in South Valley and beyond offset their costs for higher education.  One pool of funds totaling $350,000, provided by the PG&E Foundation, is part of the utility company’s annual Better Together STEM Scholarship Program...

Hospital board seeks to approve Casillas as new CEO

Casillas has been interim CEO since 2022

Local Scene: Caltrans will restrict left turns onto Hwy. 156

Kirkland named to Dean’s List Samuel Kirkland, of Hollister, was named to the LeTourneau University fall 2023 Dean’s List. Kirkland is majoring in Aircraft Systems, says a press release from the university.  The Dean's List recognizes students who have achieved a grade point average between 3.50...

Ranch purchase adds to Bay Area Ridge Trail plan

The Conservation Fund purchased the Richmond Ranch on Jan. 22, a 3,653-acre property in southern Santa Clara County.  The Fund is a national organization that provides money to bridge the acquisition of conservation lands by private and public sources. In this case, they are buying...