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The San Juan Road overpass across Highway 101. The red circle is where a protest rally will take place on July 19 at 4:45 p.m. Image provided by PORC.

Land Use

Protest of commercial development on Highway 101 set for July 19

Demonstration related to zoning changes near Aromas and San Juan Bautista.

Group of demonstrators pray before the end of the vigil. Photo by Noe Magaña.

Local Politics

Locals join in national immigration vigil

Group demonstrates against separation of families and treatment of children at the border.

Diego Ochoa speaks to the public during a 2019 board meeting at which he was introduced as the new superintendent. Photo by John Chadwell.

Education

BL Special Report: Ochoa makes progress on special ed program

Superintendent speaks on recent reorganization efforts.


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Community Opinion

COMMUNITY OPINION: Exploring the universe is our destiny

July 20 will be the 50th anniversary of humans landing on the moon; what does it foretell?

Hollister School District offices on Cienega Road. File photo by Leslie David.

Education

Principal chosen for Maze Middle School

The Hollister School District announces the appointment of Diana Herbst (Principal) and Emma Veltri (Assistant Principal) for Maze Middle School.

Blane Strohn and Craig Slibsager pose with Miss San Benito Rodeo 2019 Bonnie Mansmith, along with their team roping buckles. Photo by Blaire Strohn.

Agriculture

86th annual Saddle Horse Show and Rodeo a family affair

Cousins Blane Strohn and Craig Slibsager take home top honors in team roping.

Derek Lacasa and Pat Ricotti entertain the crowd on their bucking tractor. Photo by Blaire Strohn.

Agriculture

2019 Saddle Horse Show Downtown Parade winners revealed

Groups and individuals placed in categories like Best Commercial Float and Drill/Dance.

Sang Ji entering the courtroom on July 12. Ji turned down voluntary manslaughter that may have resulted in five-and-a-half years in prison instead of a life sentence. Photo by John Chadwell.

Police & Fire

Sang Ji turns down voluntary manslaughter plea deal

In response, his defense attorney quits the case. Next hearing is July 31.

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Many local farms have recipes in their stores or online for customers to follow. Photos by Becky Bonner.

San Benito Lifestyle (Home, Garden, Food & Culture)

What to make with Blenheim apricots

Searching for a new apricot dish? BenitoLink has you covered.

Linda and Pat Lampe cutting the ribbon in front of Worth Saving Thrift Store. Photo by Carmel de Bertaut.

Our Economy

Worth Saving has grand opening

Hollister thrift store supports local low-income residents and homeless.

Blenheim apricots can be found on multiple farms in San Benito County. They are sweet and juicy fruit that can be eaten straight from the tree. Photo by Becky Bonner.

Agriculture

It’s Blenheim apricot season in San Benito County

Considered an heirloom fruit on the path to becoming extinct, local farms continue to grow it.

Susan Carpenter of Pet Friends with Bobby the dog. Photo by Heather Graham.

San Benito Lifestyle (Home, Garden, Food & Culture)

Pets ready for adoption

After owner's passing, Bobby the dog is ready for love.

Downtown San Juan Bautista. Photo provided by SJB150 Committee and taken by Heidi Balz.

San Benito Lifestyle (Home, Garden, Food & Culture)

San Juan Bautista to celebrate 150th anniversary in September

Celebration includes pancake breakfast, parade and live music.


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Community Opinion

COMMUNITY OPINION: Free Lance article on Hollister Salaries: Incompetence or Fake News?

Hollister Councilman Marty Richman says if you're going to do a compensation analysis, it's better if you have some idea of what you're talking about.

Image provided by Marty Richman.

Community Opinion

COMMUNITY OPINION: The right answer for Highway 101 commercial nodes

Hollister Councilman Marty Richman writes that the answer to the commercial node issue is in the county's General Plan.

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Community Opinion

COMMUNITY OPINION: An elected official speaks out about the elected

Recent meetings of the Hollister City Council and San Benito County Board of Supervisors have shown a lot of bad behavior by some of our elected. We should look to understand why, and ask participants to do better.


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Arts

“Chitty Chitty Bang Bang” premieres at San Benito High School

The 2019 summer musical will take the audience on an "out-of-this-world" adventure.

Photo courtesy of Pixabay.

Our Economy

Second chance employment workshop comes to Hollister

San Benito County Workforce Development Board aims to raise awareness.

Jim Hart and Ruth Erickson as Uncle Sam and Betsy Ross lead the annual Kiddy Parade on July 4, 2019. Photo by John Chadwell.

San Benito Lifestyle (Home, Garden, Food & Culture)

July 4 Kiddie Parade draws a crowd in Hollister

An estimated 1,000 people gather to celebrate Independence Day.

Photo courtesy of Pixabay.

Education

Hollister School District to hold meetings on cell phone use in class

Superintendent said there is growing concern among staff regarding cell phone use during school hours.

Photo provided by the San Benito County Arts Council.

Arts

Arts Council’s annual Farm to Table Dinner tickets on sale

Annual event to be held July 21 at Paicines Ranch.

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