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February 27, 2024

New website schedules Covid tests up to a week in advance

Santa Clara County on Sept. 21 announced a new website—www.sccfreetest.org—that lets residents schedule a Covid-19 test up to a week ahead of time at certain sites. Appointments for the drive-thru testing at the county fairgrounds can be made five days in advance. County health officials...

Anderson Reservoir will close to public through 2030

Anderson Reservoir will be closed to boating, fishing and all recreational activities for the next several years starting Oct. 1. That’s when the local water district will begin draining the lake in order to begin construction on a new discharge tunnel and seismically retrofitted dam.

What are ‘Boogaloo Bois’ and what do they want?

Then on Aug. 27, Gilroy resident Alan Viarengo was arrested for allegedly sending 24 anonymous, threatening letters to Santa Clara County Health Officer Sara Cody. Investigators serving a search warrant at his home found 138 firearms, thousands of rounds of ammunition and explosive materials.

Local Scene, Sept. 17: Gilroy Lions support neighboring relief efforts

Gilroy Lions President Lee Kalpin and Secretary-Treasurer Dean C. Raymond, presented Freedom Lions President Renee Skelton a check for $500 on Sept. 9.  The donation is in support of relief efforts for the damages from the CZU Lightning Complex fires. Currently, the Freedom Lions are...

Guest View: Change the culture

By John Goldstein We don’t have a “rogue cop” problem in America. Let’s be clear on that. It was caught on video. That’s why it became of national interest.   Mr. Jacob Blake was shot seven times in the back as he went to get into his...

Letters to the Editor, Sept. 17: Listen to the voters, America will be strong again

Listen to the voters I completely agree with the letter written to the Gilroy Dispatch by Bill O’Connor, “Accept the voters’ voices,” dated Sept. 11, 2020. With the approximately 20,000 city-wide voters that will vote for members of the City Council and Mayor on Nov. 3,...

County tightens Covid-19 testing order for healthcare providers

Santa Clara County on Sept. 16 expanded its existing Covid-19 testing order to tighten up requirements for large-scale healthcare providers to ensure testing is more easily available, without delays to all residents.

South Valley celebrates ‘legend’ Sig Sanchez

Local and regional representatives and public officials held an early 100th birthday celebration last week for South Valley political icon, Gilroy Hall of Famer and longtime farmer Sig Sanchez.

Gilroy outlets will be dark on Thanksgiving

Gilroy shoppers looking to get a jump on Black Friday deals will have to stay home with their families on Thanksgiving this year, while many workers won’t be forced to cook dinner early. The Gilroy Premium Outlets will be closed on Thanksgiving, owner Simon Property...

Jim Wyatt named acting fire chief

The City of Gilroy appointed Jim Wyatt as acting fire chief Sept. 11 as its nearly two-year search for a permanent hire continues. Wyatt replaces interim chief Mark Bisbee, who was appointed in January. Bisbee was limited to 960 hours of work as he is...