Firefighters worked all day to put out a fire at DMC Recycling facility on Jan. 19. Photo courtesy of Hollister Fire Department.

Police / Fire

Third fire in two months sparks at Shore Road recycling plant

Over 100,000 tons of landscaping wood chips are stored at that location.

Jarad Gallagher of Smoke Point BBQ. Photo by Robert Eliason.

Business / Economy

San Juan Bautista restaurants face challenges under COVID

Lack of indoor and outdoor dining making financial survival difficult.

Photo courtesy of Shoe Palace. Faces have been covered for the youth's privacy.

Education / Schools

Pilot program at SBC Juvenile Hall aims to change youth behavior

Shoe Palace and facility supervisors are encouraged by the results.

Novel Coronavirus. Photo courtesy of Centers for Disease Control.


Jan. 20 coronavirus roundup for San Benito County

Three deaths and 44 new cases reported, 5,003 people have tested positive, 549 are active patients, 4,408 have recovered and 46 have died; the county’s current positivity rate is 17.4%; the San Joaquin Valley Region’s ICU availability is 0%.

Photo courtesy of Pixabay.

Environment / Nature

2021 climbing advisories in effect at Pinnacles National Park

Restrictions implemented to protect nesting birds of prey.

Hollister School District offices on Cienega Road. File photo.

Education / Schools

Hollister School District preps for TK/K registration

Registration opens Jan. 25 and closes Feb. 26.

Photo courtesy of Hazel Hawkins Memorial Hospital.


Public Health Services seeking volunteers for COVID-19 mass vaccination clinics

Opportunities range from assisting with administering the vaccine, traffic control, screening forms, conducting temperature checks and restocking supplies.

Photo provided by California Highway Patrol.

Police / Fire

Fatal collision in San Juan Bautista

Law enforcement believe alcohol impairment may have been a factor.

Robert Eliason, out in the fresh air again after surgery. Photo by Robert Eliason.


BL Longform: Fighting cancer, with the scars to prove it

Reporter Robert Eliason writes on his recovery from prostate surgery.

SBC Arts Council COVID Art Relief Grantee Flying Colors Dance and Fitness. Photo courtesy of SBC Arts Council.

Art & Culture

SBC Arts Council awards COVID Arts Relief Grants to local organizations and businesses

Arts Council recently awarded nine arts-based groups with a total of $22,700 in relief funding.

Image courtesy of Pixabay.


Constellation of the Month: Orion the Great Hunter

David Baumgartner writes that Orion is the brilliant central constellation in the winter evening sky.

Photo courtesy of Pixabay.

Community Opinions


Mary Zanger writes about how COVID-19 is impacting the community and recent zoning actions taken by the Board of Supervisors.

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Community Opinions

COMMUNITY OPINION: The voters have spoken

Frank Barragan writes that the Board of Supervisors should respect the will of the voters in regards to Measure N and Strada Verde.

Stadium at San Benito High School. Photo by Julia Hicks.

Community Opinions

COMMUNITY OPINION: Mass vaccinations in San Benito County

John Bessa writes that San Benito High School should be considered as a location for mass vaccinations.