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Public meetings for the week of Jan. 17

Government and transportation agencies to meet.

Christina Askar plays at a post-competition festival. Photo courtesy of Ludmila Rivkin.

News Release

Gavilan opens registration for youth piano competition and music festival

The winner will receive a prize and be given the opportunity to perform at the Gavilan College Bach to Blues Concert.

Dedication of Vasquez marker. Courtesy of E Clampus Vitus.

BL Special Report

BL Longform: Snyder’s General Store and the downfall of Tiburcio Vasquez 

The raid that led to the capture and execution of an outlaw.


Searching the Sky: Constellation of the month- Cetus and its Variable Star

A variable star is, quite simply, a star that changes brightness.

Novel Coronavirus. Photo courtesy of Centers for Disease Control.


Week of Jan.14 coronavirus roundup for San Benito County

10,145 people tested positive, 394 are active patients, 9,662 have recovered and 89 have died.

Ruth Orta (Ohlone, Bay Miwok, Plains Miwok) shares stories of her family history and gives instructions on the traditional methods of acorn processing. Photo by Kirti Bassendine


Enduring Relationships with the Land project funded by $20,000 Cal Humanities Grant

The project weaves together still photography, storyboards and video interviews with demonstrations and discussion.

Juan Guevara. Photo courtesy of Juan Guevara.


Officer Juan Guevara enters race for San Benito County Sheriff

Longtime Hollister resident says improvements in engagement are needed.

KN95 masks are considered more effective than cloth masks, according to the CDC. Photo provided by HSD.


Hollister School District provides KN95 masks to staff

The Hollister School District this week distributed nearly 3,700 KN95 masks to staff members as an additional safety measure during the current surge in COVID-19 cases. Additional masks are on the way for staff and students as well.

Owner of Ella Boutique, Olga Arreola. Photo by Jenny Mendolla Arbizu.


Hidden Gem Found in Downtown Hollister

Ella Boutique offers trendsetters a unique array of ladies’ clothing and accessories.

John Chadwell's book is in development to run as a TV series. Netflix is one of the production companies considering the project. Photo courtesy of John Chadwell.


BenitoLink reporter shifts from journalism to screenwriting  

John Chadwell chases his dream. He has been writing novels and screenplays since the late 1980s. 

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Contributed Articles

CalCompetes tax credit and grant applications now open

Deadline to submit applications is Jan. 24 at 11:59 p.m.

Sheriff Eric Taylor. Photo provided.

Community Opinions

COLUMN: Sheriff’s Briefing – Minnesota, Land of 10,000 Mistakes

Sheriff-Coroner Eric Taylor writes about the rift between the public and law enforcement and the importance of safe policing.


COMMENTARY: “New Day’s Lyric” 

BenitoLink reader Jennifer Coile shares Gorman's poem as 2022 begins.

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Searching the Sky: Is anyone out there?

Baumgartner typically sets his own topics in his Searching the Sky series, but in this case, this subject was a special new year request made by BenitoLink Executive Director, Leslie David