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December 1, 2022

Chamber, foundation honor award winners at Nov. 12 dinner, dance

The San Benito County Chamber of Commerce and its nonprofit foundation celebrated local people, businesses and organizations at the 101st annual awards dinner Nov. 12 at Leal Vineyards. Honored during the dinner and dance celebration were 2022 award winners Marilyn Ferreria, Woman of the Year;...

Flu, Covid, RSV transmission increasing across state

Transmission of the flu, Covid-19 and respiratory syncytial virus is increasing statewide simultaneously and could lead to overwhelmed hospitals this winter, one of the state's top health officials said Thursday. Covid test positivity and case rates have climbed by roughly 25% over the last two...

The Smithsonian comes to South Valley

The community room of the Gilroy Library transformed into a walk-through installation on Nov. 5, depicting the life of civil rights champion and co-founder of the United Farm Workers Union, Dolores Huerta, who coined the phrase, “Sí se puede” (Yes, we can). Huerta briefly taught...

Supes deny appeals of Betabel commercial project

San Benito County Supervisors at a recent meeting approved a conditional use permit for the Betabel commercial project, after hearing two appeals against the proposal due to its likely impacts on the environment and tribal lands. The Board of Supervisors voted 4-1 Nov. 8 to...

Latest results on Measure Q, R vote

The latest results in the Nov. 8 election continue to reinforce the voters’ majority opposition to the tightest restrictions on growth and development.  Measure Q has been soundly rejected, with 56.49% of ballots, or 8,865 voters casting “No” votes, according to results posted the night...

Morris-Lopez, Jordan, Sabathia lead San Juan Bautista council election

In the race for three seats on the San Juan Bautista City Council, Jackie Morris-Lopez continues to lead the field with 22.61%, or 346 ballots in her favor. Following are Leslie Q. Jordan with 20.59%, Edwin J. Sabathia with 19.74%, Jose Aranda with 19.15%...

Zanger’s lead grows in District 1 vote count

In the election for District 1 San Benito County Supervisor, Dom Zanger appears set to edge out incumbent Betsy Dirks, who was appointed to the seat in October 2021. As of Nov. 15, Zanger has received 1,921, or 51.86% of the votes counted in...

Casey holds lead in Hollister mayoral election

Candidates for local offices have expanded their leads in the Nov. 8 election, as San Benito County elections officials continue to count ballots in races for Hollister and San Juan Bautista city offices and a slew of ballot measures in precincts throughout the county.  In...

Nurses raise concerns about Hazel Hawkins

Registered nurses at Hollister’s Hazel Hawkins Memorial Hospital are “deeply concerned” about the medical facility’s recent declaration of a fiscal emergency and potential bankruptcy, says a statement from the California Nurses Association.  The nurses fear what a Chapter 9 bankruptcy at HHMH would mean for...

Hollister High football runs all over Burlingame, CCS semifinal at Soquel next

The Hollister High football team’s traditional dyed-blonde Central Coast Section locks were flowing in the winds of victory Nov. 11 when it took home a statement 37-7 victory over Burlingame High in the first round of the Division III playoffs.  The No. 5 seed Haybalers...

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