Farmworkers in San Juan Bautista. Photo by Robert Eliason.

News Release

Assemblyman Rivas to undertake second statewide tour of the agriculture industry

The tour will occur across four weeks in September, October, and November beginning in the Central Coast on Sept. 20.

Novel Coronavirus. Photo courtesy of Centers for Disease Control.


Week of Sept. 17 coronavirus roundup for San Benito County

6,953 people tested positive, 123 are active patients, 6,763 have recovered and 67 have died; the county's 7-day positive rate is 5.3%.

Assemblyman Robert Rivas (left), Supervisor Bea Gonzales and County Administrative Officer Ray Espinosa. Photo by Noe Magaña.

Housing / Land Use

Rivas brings $750k for regional park

Local advocates hope this ‘seed money’ will attract more funding.

San Benito High School football team players, Photo by Robert Eliason



Hollister Vikings write that Hollister is a football town with years of tradition.

Hollister Mayor Ignacio Velazquez on Zoom and Councilman Tim Burns in the meeting chambers on Dec. 17. Photo by John Chadwell.

News Release

Gov. Newsom extends remote government meetings amidst ongoing wildfires and pandemic

The bill allows agencies to meet remotely through the end of the year.

Jose Barajas is facing six felony counts, including murder, and possibly a second trial for two more felonies allegedly committed while in jail. Photo by John Chadwell.

Police / Fire

Judge sets dates in two SBC murder cases

Jose Antonio Barajas’ trial begins Oct. 4; Manuel Martinez Vasquez comes back to court Oct. 28.

Danielle Burke and Kris Waller. Photo by Robert Eliason.


Local wineries and restaurants show off their best at Paicines Ranch

The wine and food tasting raises over $125,000 for adoptive services.

Kids get exercise during a health and fitness lesson at the Emergency Pop Up Camp hosted by the YMCA of San Benito County. Photos provided by YMCA.

News Release

YMCA offers free teen memberships with proof of vaccination

The membership offer runs through Oct. 31 at all five YMCA locations.

Constellation Cygnus. Image courtesy of Pixabay.


Constellation of the month: The Great Swan in the sky

David Bumgartner writes about his personal connection with the constellation Cygnus.

Coach Ralph Chavez. Photo by Robert Eliason.

Sports & Recreation

Young Balers putting best foot forward in cross-country season

Work starts on building a competitive team for the future.

Fewer than hoped for attended the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attack. Photo by John Chadwell.

History & Profiles

Remembering Sept. 11, 2001

The 9/11 ceremony at the Veterans Memorial Building was somber as older first responders told of how the national mood has changed in 20 years.

Photo courtesy of Shawn Novack.


COMMENTARY: California drought update

Shawn Novack writes that it is time for residents to conserve water voluntarily. San Luis Reservoir is at 30% of its average storage level.

Poll worker help residents at the San Benito County Elections Office on Nov. 3, 2020. Photo by Noe Magaña.


COMMENTARY: Meet San Benito County’s Vote Center captains for the recall election

The elections department writes that captains will be responsible for leading their teams and ensuring a smooth process.


COMMENTARY: SBHS named National Unified Champion School

Shawn Tennenbaum writes about the school district's ongoing commitment to inclusion.