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Photos: Water park fun at Valley View

The National Weather Service issued a heat advisory yesterday, urging residents to drink plenty of fluids and try to stay as cool as possible. One way to stay cool for a group of kids was to visit Valley View Park in Hollister, which features a water spraying whale play structure.
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Excessive Heat Warning issued for south Monterey and San Benito counties

SALINAS, Calif. — High temperatures are expected across California and the Central Coast on Thursday. Thursday morning the National Weather Service (NWS) issued an excessive heat warning for south Monterey and San Benito counties. The NWS reported that temperatures are expected in the upper 90s up to 110 degrees. Areas...
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San Benito County opens new jail facility Tuesday

SAN BENITO COUNTY, Calif. (KION) The San Benito County Sheriff's Office opened a brand new jail facility on Tuesday after over 14 years of planning and work. The county says the new facility will allow for longer-term inmates to stay in rehabilitation because of state mandates in Assembly Bill 109.
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Hollister’s Bulldog Boxing Gym loses its home

On May 7, the Community Foundation for San Benito County gave Bulldog Boxing Gym owner Zeke Lopez a $4,400 COVID relief grant to help sustain his work, crediting his “effort and vision” as a “positive catalyst for change in San Benito County’s at-risk youth.”. On June 9, Lopez was given...
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San Benito baseball team looks to make history

Two down, one to go. The San Benito High baseball team finds itself on the verge of history after a 2-0 win over Mountain View on Wednesday in a Central Coast Section Division II playoff semifinal. The No. 2 seed Haybalers (17-9) play host to No. 8 Sequoia of Redwood City (22-3) in the championship game on Saturday at 11am.
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Hollister Cooling Centers will not be open this week

A shirtless resident shelters from the sun under the Pacheco's Liquors and Mart on June 16. Photo by Noe Magaña. This article was written by BenitoLink reporter intern Corissa King. Despite the heat advisories issued by San Benito County for June 16-18, stating temperatures could reach up to 108 degrees...
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Local rural school holds end-of year ceremony for six students

Jefferson School students. Back row; Jake Volmer, Kathy Miramontes. Middle row: Daniel Miramontes, Justin Delgado and Atticus Ortez-Salas. Front; Kassandra Mirmontes. Photo by Carmel de Bertaut. Teacher, Principal, Superintendent Elizabeth Volmer and Kassandra Miramontes. Photo by Carmel de Bertaut. Jake Volmer talks about his time at Jefferson and looking forward...
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CalFire and the Hollister Fire Department are ready

In 2020, approximately 275 wildland fires burned nearly 200,000 acres of Bureau managed land in California. Photo courtesy of Cal Fire. Hollister Fire Department Battalion Chief Charlie Bedolla has a word of advice for homeowners in general and residents of outlying areas in particular: be prepared. San Benito County is...
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Hollister Bark Park reopens after three-year wait

It took over three years and more than $400,000 to bring back the Hollister Bark Park. Photo by John Chadwell. Karen Carsillas said she was new to Hollister and appreciated the park where she will bring her bulldog, Hank. Photo by John Chadwell. Mariscela and Miles Reyes said because their...
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Letter: Money talks when it comes to highway nodes

If anyone thinks George Washington’s lips on a dollar bill don’t move, they have another thought coming, because this is how money talks. Money talks and talks big. Not long ago, before the pandemic, we had a local election. One of the issues was related to the growth of a planned development at Highway 101 and Betabel Road in San Benito County. This planned community of retail stores worked extensively for voter approval.

Bringing The Heat

A strong ridge of high pressure will push into the region through mid-week. It will bring an impressive dome of hot air to the state. Coastal temperatures will peak today as this heat noses in, but eventually, our low level onshore flow will win out, keeping the air conditioning on for the coast and nearby valleys. If you live higher in elevation or away from the coast, prepare for about 4-5 days of serious heat!
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Job Announcement: San Benito County Water District – Water Distribution/Maintenance or Maintenance Trainee

Career opportunity for a self-motivated individual who can perform a variety of duties at various levels (depending on the classification involved) in the construction, maintenance, repair and related services for the District’s water supply, transport, storage, treatment and distribution systems. This position will include emergency response and On-Call responsibilities. We have a competitive salary/benefit package and provide on-going extensive training.
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County man committed to state hospital as sexually violent predator

Paul Schreiber has been a registered sex offender since 2004 and has been jailed twice sexual offender. Photo courtesy of San Benito County Sheriff's Office. On May 20, Paul Schreiber, 51, was committed to the Coalinga State Hospital for mental health treatment, according to a press release from San Benito County District Attorney Candice Hooper.
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County approves first reading of supervisor term-limit resolution

Aiming to keep residents from making a career out of being a San Benito County Supervisor, the board unanimously approved the first reading of a resolution limiting supervisors to serving three terms maximum. Final adoption of the resolution is scheduled for June 22 and would not take effect until after it receives approval from voters.
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13 San Benito T&F athletes advance to CCS Finals

San Benito High will be bringing a baker’s dozen of its track and field athletes to Saturday’s Central Coast Section Finals at Soquel High in Aptos. This after another sterling performance from the Haybalers contingent in the CCS Trials on June 12. On the boys side, the 4×100-relay team of...

Peak Heat Today

A strong ridge of high pressure will settle in over the region today, its hot dome of air pushing down on us from above. Temperatures will likely be the hottest this afternoon before slowly cooling into the weekend. Another interesting feature of the high is that some mid to high level moisture is stuck within its grip. This appeared on Wednesday as some high cloudcover. However, there may be enough instability through Friday to get a few extremely high based (dry) showers going. The unfortunately side effect of these showers may be a dry lightning strike or two. Two waves in particular look to have the best chance for this lightning—one early Thursday morning and then another early Friday—though probability remains low. The ridge will ease as we head into Father’s Day weekend, allowing for deeper, cooler onshore flow. We may see the return of some low cloudcover as early as late Friday and it will be more of a fixture on the coast as we head through the weekend.
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Fines increase for illegal fireworks use in San Benito County

Authorities throughout San Benito County will be levying increased fines for the use of illegal fireworks, with fines ranging from $1,000 to $5,000 depending on the number of offenses and other circumstances, according to county staff. On June 8, the board of supervisors approved an urgency ordinance for increased illegal...