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In ultra-tough Gabilan Division, Hollister boys soccer aim to thrive

When Marco Orozco decided to return for a second stint as the head coach of the Hollister High boys soccer team two years ago, his goal was to keep the Haybalers in the Pacific Coast Athletic League’s upper Gabilan Division. …

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Flu tests available at San Benito County sites

As of Dec. 5, flu tests are available at OptumServe sites in San Benito County—along with PCR and rapid antigen tests for Covid-19, according to county authorities.  The flu and Covid-19 are currently on the rise as a surge of …

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Guest View: Period Project tackles menstruation stigma

Period poverty is defined as the struggle those who have a menstrual cycle face while trying to afford menstrual products. Despite not being able to control a menstrual cycle, those who have one are still left to purchase products that …

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Dry year in California leads to meager water allocation

As California faces a likely fourth consecutive year of drought, state water managers Dec. 1 announced a meager 5 percent water allocation for 2023.  While allocations could change based on precipitation levels during the next few months, officials at the …

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Oriana Chorale to perform holiday concerts in Hollister

The singers of San Benito Oriana Chorale—many of whom have performed with the group for more than three decades—are eager to be back in front of audiences this month for the first time since before the pandemic.  The local nonprofit …

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AAUW hopes to inspire girls to become political leaders

AAUW California announced its new virtual statewide program, Gov Trek. The goal is to address the shortage of women in political leadership roles by galvanizing a new generation to pursue careers in public service and elected office.  Over five two-hour …

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County gains state funding for homeless

San Benito County will receive $2.4 million in state funds to purchase factory-built homes for chronically homeless people, Gov. Gavin Newsom announced earlier this month.  The funds come from the California Homekey program, and will help the county buy a …

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One year later, still no arrests in shooting of retired Hollister officer’s family members

It has been just over a year since retired Hollister Police Sgt. Ray Celano’s son and nephew were shot to death in Colorado Springs, and authorities have yet to arrest or publicly identify a suspect or suspects.  Celano’s middle son, …

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State officials propose penalties for gas price gouging

Gov. Gavin Newsom and state Sen. Nancy Skinner announced a proposal Dec. 5 to penalize oil companies in an effort to deter gas price gouging. The proposal would make it illegal for oil companies to charge excessive refining margins—the price …

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Hollister High boys basketball team looks strong early in the season

After opening the season with three games that concluded with a third-place showing in the Alisal Tournament on Dec. 3, Hollister High boys basketball coach David Kaplansky said there were plenty of positives to glean from early in the season.  …

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Letter: Hospital belongs to property owners

Re: Full page Ad “Losing hospital coverage” frightened me and I worried how that advertisement affects others. That full page advertisement challenged attention demanding thought. To deal with fear we must know the truth. The truth is that no one …

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Gun buyback is ‘one tool’ to prevent deaths, injuries by firearm

Gun violence is a public health crisis in the United States, and an upcoming firearms buyback event in Morgan Hill aims to address the problem by keeping unwanted weapons out of the wrong hands, according to county law enforcement and …

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Local Scene: Art show and giveaway

Arts Council hosts art show and giveaway The San Benito County Arts Council invites the community to Small Works: Art Show & Giveaway from 5-7:30pm on Dec. 2 at The Art Depot, 35 Fifth St., Suite D, located in the …

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Woodworth appointed as new Hollister City Clerk

The Hollister City Council recently appointed Jennifer Woodworth, MMC, as the new city clerk. Woodworth is the former District Clerk for the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District, which she joined in 2013, according to a press release posted to the …

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Father, daughter share work experience at R.O. Hardin

Areli Munoz grew up admiring her father’s work ethic as a groundskeeper who is going on 43 years with the Hollister School District. Now, as a first-year second-grade teacher at R.O. Hardin Elementary School, she gets the unique opportunity to …

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Season of light

Hollister and San Benito County kicked off the winter holiday season this past weekend with the annual downtown Lights On Parade and celebration. The events on Saturday, Nov. 26 started early in the morning with the Holiday Car Display, an …

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County and store partner for free recycling program

Residents of San Benito County can now conveniently recycle their unbroken fluorescent lamps for free at True Value, located at 1260 Fourth St. in Hollister, according to a press release from the county.  The grant project also includes the distribution …

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Grant helps police ramp up traffic safety in Hollister

With the help of a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, Hollister Police this winter plan to take action to deter unsafe driving and increase safety on local roads.  The $70,000 grant will allow the Hollister Police Department …

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Hazel Hawkins continues to seek financial solutions

Hazel Hawkins Memorial Hospital issued a statement Nov. 28 assuring its employees and patients that the Hollister facility’s staff and other experts engaged by the hospital are “pursuing multiple angles to resolve” its current fiscal emergency. HHMH also emphasized that …

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Hollister throttled by Menlo School in CCS Division III championship game

The Hollister High football team had just about everything lined up for a shot at bringing home its first Central Coast Section title in eight years. However, the short bus ride to Rabobank Stadium and a much larger roster was …