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June 27, 2022

Sotelo, Curro, Dirks leading supervisor races

Mindy Sotelo, Angela Curro and Betsy Dirks are leading their respective San Benito County supervisor races in what will be a shakeup of the five-member board. As of 8pm June 7, in District 3, Sotelo garnered 61% of the votes, followed by Rolan Resendiz with...

Rivas takes big lead in early Assembly results

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Incumbent Robert Rivas is leading challenger Stephanie Castro for the Assembly District 29 seat with 68% of the vote, as of 9pm June 7. Rivas, a Democrat from Hollister, was first elected to the assembly in 2018 after a stint as a San Benito County...

Hazel Hawkins seeks $250M for seismic upgrades

Hazel Hawkins Memorial Hospital is hoping to secure state funding so it can complete a mandatory seismic upgrade by 2030, according to hospital staff. Such a project is expected to cost the Hollister hospital at least $250 million. Senate Bill 1953, known as the Hospital...

Office of Education celebrates Employees of Year

The San Benito County Office of Education on May 31 recognized the Certificated and Classified Employees of the year from schools throughout the county.  The annual SBCOE Employee of the Year celebration recognizes education staff who “challenge, motivate and inspire students,” says a press release...

Graduates move forward

San Benito High School teachers, faculty and parents ushered more than 700 graduates of the Class of 2022 into adulthood at the school’s June 3 commencement ceremony. The festivities took place on the San Benito High campus multi-purpose field in Hollister. For his commencement address, San...

Orthodontists provide scholarships to students

Wafelbakker Anderson Orthodontics presented $2,000 scholarships to five seniors from area high schools. In Hollister, Julien Garcia of San Benito High School received a scholarship. Wafelbakker Anderson Orthodontics’ history of philanthropy dates back to 1988 when Dr. Bas W. Wafelbakker bought the practice in Gilroy. Today,...

First responders showcase art

The San Benito County Arts Council and local fire and law enforcement will host a First Responder Art Show from 2-5pm on June 18 at The Art Depot, 35 Fifth St., located in the historic train depot in downtown Hollister.  This exhibition will include a...

Meet the candidates: 18th U.S. Congressional District

The race for the newly drawn 18th U.S. Congressional District features two challengers to the incumbency of Congressmember Zoe Lofgren, who is vying for her 14th consecutive term.  But Lofgren has not yet represented San Benito County in Congress, as her district lines were redrawn...

Groups raise funds for student internet access 

Headed by the San Juan Bautista Rotary and the Aromas-San Juan Community Schools Foundation, a coalition of community groups have raised $40,000 needed to secure a $200,000 federal grant to upgrade equipment to provide internet to local schools. The 4-1 match from the federal E-Rate...

Art students show off their talents

Art students at San Benito High School spent the year learning how to use their abilities and education to create helpful resources, solve problems and work together on any project that comes their way. About 500 Baler art students got a chance to show off...

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