Elwood Dryden at his home in Hollister. Photo by Leslie David.

San Benito History

Still telling stories, Elwood Dryden turns 104

Sugar Plum Restaurant owner, San Benito County-born resident attributes his longevity to reading and spending a lot of time outdoors.

Jasmine Benavidez and Zach Gallagher. Photo by Robert Eliason.


Smoke Point BBQ opens outpost in Hollister 

The new location offers a stripped-down menu and longer hours.

La Rumba Night Club and Bar. Photo by Noe Magaña.

Police / Fire

Security guards assaulted at La Rumba Bar

Hollister police say wounds were non-life-threatening.

Photo by J. Childress. Courtesy of San Benito Agricultural Land Trust.

Contributed Articles

Public invited to observe prescribed burn training

Nyland Ranch will host burn event June 4.

Community members are invited to share their opinions on BenitoLink. Photo courtesy of Pixabay.


COMMUNITY OPINION: America looks stronger not banning TikTok

Ralph Jennings writes that the U.S. should let TikTok carry on unless found legally guilty of a breach.

Photo courtesy of HHS.

News Release

Hollister High students earn state seal of biliteracy

Ninety-four seniors in the Hollister High School Class of 2023 have demonstrated proficiency in English and at least one other language: either Spanish, French or American Sign Language.

Rosie Zepeda, Cecelia Ponzini, Dr. Avila, in front of the Edward Boss Prado banner. Photo courtesy of Gavilan College.

News Release

The Edward Boss Prado Foundation donates $25K to Gavilan College

The donation will go to the nursing program.

Donna Swanson. Photo by Robert Eliason.


New memorial tiles added to the war monument in Hollister

Donna Swanson leads effort to honor nine servicemembers.

The DeLunas preparing to leave. Courtesy of Sylvia DeLuna.


Hollister couple take part in ride across country to honor fallen warriors

The Run to the Wall highlights the nation’s loss in the Vietnam War.

Raziel Silva took a leap of faith by leaving medical school to follow his passion. Photo by Robert Eliason.

Eat Drink Savor

Eat, Drink, Savor: Hollister chef makes a splash with shrimp 

Raziel Silva’s Klamaronzitos food truck is a Hollister Farmers’ Market destination.

Joseph Elmhorst’s original Steak Stop Food Truck. Photo by Robert Eliason.

Government / Politics

Hollister to consider easing food truck restrictions

A new ordinance would allow them to operate almost anywhere in the city.


COMMENTARY: Political bullying detrimental to community

Mayor Mia Casey discusses the detrimental effects of political bullying on our community and the importance of civil discourse and respect during council meetings.

Photo courtesy of Pixabay.

Public Letter

PUBLIC LETTER: Gavilan board president reinstates Pledge of Allegiance

Jeanie Wallace says removing it meant no disrespect anyone in the community or make a political statement.

Photo courtesy of Dom Zanger.


COMMENTARY: It’s a never-ending game and we are losing

San Benito County Supervisor Dom Zanger writes that the county's planning strategy is not sustainable.

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