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Weekend incidents lead to multiple arrests

Hollister Police and San Benito County Sheriff’s deputies were busy this past weekend responding to numerous incidents involving violent or reckless behavior—on top of a planned traffic safety checkpoint in the city limits, according to authorities.  The Sept. 24 DUI …


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Hollister High cross country teams on another good run

As a returning cross-country athlete, Melina Chavez spent the summer by—you guessed it—running.  Unlike most of her peers, however, Chavez did most of her running on a treadmill instead of on the trails. The kicker?  “I just preferred it better …


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Letter to the editor: Keep our families safe

From the moment I first learned about the large-scale “Strada Verde development plan,” I had some worries that I would have with any big development: how it would impact our community?  I am not “anti-development,” but a large-scale development will …


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Local burn visible for miles

Firefighters and support crews from the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection conducted a prescribed burn in San Benito County on Sept. 27. The burn took place on private property in the Gabilan Range, west of Paicines in the …


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Hollister Police investigate animal cruelty incident

Police are asking the public for help identifying a suspect who left an injured dog at the Hollister Animal Shelter, leaving the animal to suffer through the night before it had to be euthanized, according to authorities. About 6:17am Sept. …


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San Benito County: Bivalent boosters most effective against current Omicron variants

Earlier this month the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) authorized Pfizer and Modern bivalent vaccine (“two strain”) boosters for everyone aged 12 and older, following completion of their primary series at least two months earlier, regardless of vaccine product …


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Enjoy fall activities at Hollister Hills SVRA

With the arrival of fall comes a complete season of fun, safe, family friendly events at Hollister Hill State Vehicular Recreation Area. The park’s main entrance is located at 7800 Cienega Road in Hollister.  Activities at Hollister Hills scheduled for …


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Twin power: Coley and Maddie Corrigan lead Hollister girls water polo

Having played just four matches through the first three weeks of the season, Hollister High girls water polo coach Rachel Smithee is looking forward to the team getting more match time.  “We have the next two weekends where we’re doing …


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Hollister Police conduct DUI checkpoint Sept. 24

The Hollister Police Department will hold a DUI and driver’s license checkpoint the evening of Sept. 24, at an undisclosed location within the city limits.  The checkpoint will start at 6pm, and continue until 1:30am Sept. 25, says a press …


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Guest View: Smart growth through smart tax sharing

It’s often said the City of Hollister and San Benito County have a history of not getting along. We want to share a shining example of the city and county working together to enhance economic development opportunities while avoiding sprawl …


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Local Scene: Chamber of Commerce announces annual award winners

Author presents book on historic Dunne family On Sept. 24 at 2pm, the Gilroy Historical Society will present author Kevin Akers at the Gilroy Library, speaking about his book “The Dunnes of Brittas,” a fictionalized account of a local family.   …


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Hollister High football: thrilling win, Aguayo overcomes adversity, Salinas High next

It wouldn’t be a stretch to say the Hollister High football team is coming off one of the more improbable victories in program history.  Trailing by 10 points to Monterey High with under four minutes remaining in their Sept. 16 …


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Supes eliminate ‘study areas’ to restrict housing

San Benito County supervisors recently decided to restrict new housing in four geographical areas that encompass significant swaths of the county’s unincorporated agricultural, open space or vacant land. But some local residents at the last board meeting decried the move …


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‘Reality of war’

About 50 Civil War “reenactors” spent this past weekend at San Benito County Historical Park demonstrating what life, work and combat were like in the 1860s during the war between the North and South. The annual Civil War Days events …


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San Benito Sheriff’s deputy accused of domestic violence

San Benito County Sheriff’s Deputy Matthew O’Keefe was arrested Sept. 21 on suspicion of felony domestic violence, according to a statement from the sheriff’s office.  O’Keefe is also accused of false imprisonment in relation to the early morning incident, says …


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Hollister schools receive donation from Target

Students and teachers had big smiles on their faces as they perused boxes of supplies at Hollister School District sites last week.  That’s because they were picking from donated supplies ranging from backpacks and binders to calculators and pencils. The …


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Letter: Here’s to another 150 years for Hollister

In our society we often forget to really celebrate major milestones, and we almost always don’t understand the significance of a 50th wedding anniversary, 90th and above birthday, 25 years in business, etc. That is why I want to congratulate …


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Hollister High girls volleyball team looks to use adversity to its advantage

After a rough start to the season, the Hollister High girls volleyball team hopes the adversity it went through will serve it well going forward.  Coach Lisa Becerra said a combination of illnesses and injuries in the opening weeks meant …


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Construction resumes at Caltrans projects in San Benito County

The construction of a new four-lane expressway adjacent to Highway 156 in San Benito County continues this week, with work taking place behind K-rail barriers south of the highway’s current alignment.  Crews in the next two weeks will proceed with …


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Putting for a good cause

The Hollister Firefighters Local 3395 enjoyed a warm, sunny day Sept. 9 for the public safety union’s second annual fundraising golf tournament at Ridgemark Golf Club.   A total of 108 golfers played in the 2022 tournament, according to Taylor Siemann, …


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