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Q and A: Peter Hernandez on hemp

County supervisor shares his concerns, suggests getting creative to counter odor nuisance.

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Gavilan College site in downtown Hollister. File photo.

S&P global ratings upgrades Gavilan College

Community college says higher rating is expected to result in lower interest cost for Gavilan bonds.

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Three local businesses advance to finals for Startup Challenge Monterey Bay

Competitors will present business pitches to a panel of judges during May 10 finals in Seaside.

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B&R's Riley Rossi helped out at the winter boutique selling potted succulents. Photo by Becky Bonner.

Spring shopping at B&R Farms' Blossom Boutique

Get ready for Easter and Mother's Day by visiting this spring Blossom Boutique on April 13-14.

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Institute for Innovation and Economic Development Executive Director Brad Barbeau, Michelle Doty and Denise Mellor of That Garlic Stuff (2018 winners of Main Street division), and judge Doug Yount at the 2018 Startup Challenge Monterey Bay. Photo courtesy of Startup Challenge Monterey Bay.

Five San Benito County businesses compete in Startup Challenge Monterey Bay

Qualifying round set for April 6; finalists move on to May 10 main event.

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A portion of San Benito Street located between Southside Road and Union Road is part of the list of upcoming road repairs via SB 1 funds. Photo by Noe Magaña.

Supervisors approve road projects for next fiscal year

Funds from SB 1 planned for improvements to Fairview, Union, Hospital, Buena Vista and Southside roads. Repairs range from resurfacing to filling potholes.

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Supervisors split on hemp moratorium

Motion to temporarily halt plans for industrial cultivation fails. Board will revisit the issue April 16.

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American Legion Post 69 riders on San Benito Street. Around 15 local riders took part in filming promotional videos for the Hollister Rebel Rally. Photos by John Chadwell.

Hollister Rebel Rally promotional videos capture San Benito County

Marketing of July event plays on ‘It’s all about the ride’ theme.

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La Casa Rosa on Third Street in San Juan Bautista. The San Juan Bautista City Council voted on April 2 to secure the balcony of the historic building instead of removing it per recommendation from the Historic Resources Board. Photo by Noe Magaña.

San Juan Bautista agrees to secure La Casa Rosa balcony

Residents urge the City Council not to remove the balcony if it isn’t necessary.

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Changes coming to state’s nutrition program

In San Benito County, WIC vouchers will be replaced with EBT cards in February 2020.

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El Teatro Family Day. Photo provided by San Benito Arts Council.

San Benito Arts Council announces 2019 grant awards

Over $6,000 distributed to local artists and cultural organizations through mini-grant program.

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Third grade students throughout San Benito County learned about local agriculture at the March 19 Farm Day event. Photo courtesy of Kelly Bianchi.

San Benito County participates in Farm Day

Third-graders and 200 volunteers attend 29th annual event at Bolado Park.

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The intersection of State Routes 25 and 156. Construction of a two-lane roundabout is anticipated to begin in June 2021. Photo by Noe Magaña.

Caltrans plans roundabout at intersection of State Routes 25 and 156

High collision rate makes the project a priority, even though it will eventually be removed.

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Hazel Hawkins Memorial Hospital. Photos by John Chadwell.

Hospital board in knots over search for management company

Unsigned letter accuses Hazel Hawkins board member Ariel Hurtado of pressuring CEO Ken Underwood to act.

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Signs on display at a past Fine Arts and Quality Crafts Festival in San Juan Bautista. Photos provided by Marci Fernandez.

Fine Arts and Quality Crafts Festival returns to San Juan Bautista

Food and live entertainment planned for March 30-31.

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County Agriculture Commissioner Karen Overstreet said only 50 applications will be approved for cultivating cannabis in San Benito County. Photo by John Chadwell.

San Benito County to open applications for cannabis business permits

Consultant HdL Companies will handle the initial phase.

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Scott Fuller said the development would cost $400 million to build and pay millions in taxes, while providing hundreds of jobs. Photo by John Chadwell.

Planners okay impact fees for 1,084-unit senior housing project at San Juan Oaks

Deal goes to Board of Supervisors for a vote. Project would eventually build out to over 1,000 housing units, a hotel and a skilled nursing facility.

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Monterey Bay Community Power launches solar incentive program

MBCP says goal of Project Sunshine is support solar installations for up to 20 families.

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The Newport Pacific Land Company's promotional materials used a technology park in the United Kingdom to demonstrate what the proposed San Benito County facility might look like. Photo courtesy of the Newport Pacific Land Company.

Autonomous vehicle testing facility planned near San Benito County line

Developers have a new vision for Floriani Ranch along State Route 25.

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Former employee Chace Miguel said, "Mars Hill serves as a place for people to go enjoy themselves and hangout with their friends and family." Photo courtesy of Chace Miguel.

Mars Hill: A cornerstone of downtown Hollister

Coffeehouse marks 10 years in business with new furniture and a steady stream of customers.

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