A chimney fire sparked on Dec. 7 at 801 Marentis Court in San Juan Bautista. Photo by Robert Eliason.

Police / Fire

7 people displaced after San Juan Bautista house fire

33 firemen called in from Hollister, Aromas, and Monterey areas.

In a virtual ceremony on Dec. 1, Chad Lucas of Watsonville, Raymond Harris of Aptos and Danny Lucas Jr. of Watsonville (right) received awards from the Central Coast Chapter of the American Red Cross for the "extraordinary action" each took to save the life of longtime Watsonville Fire Department Captain Danny Lucas (second from right) following a hunting accident in Montana a year ago. Photo credit Shelly Alberi and provided by American Red Cross.

News Release

Red Cross honors three Central Coast residents for saving life of longtime Watsonville fire captain

National Lifesaving Awards given to Danny Lucas' two sons and father-in-law.

Novel Coronavirus. Photo courtesy of Centers for Disease Control.


Dec. 7 coronavirus roundup for San Benito County

One new death reported, 2,177 people have tested positive since February, 299 are active patients, 1,859 have recovered and 19 have died; the county’s current positivity rate is 7.1%.

Matthew Sanchez said he hopes to begin rebuilding by next summer. He enlisted local architect and Hollister Planning Commissioner David Huboi to draw up the design. Design courtesy of David Huboi.

Housing / Land Use

Owner of 435 San Benito St. to rebuild after July 12 fire

Matthew Sanchez is a third-generation Hollister resident who enlisted a local architect and planning commissioner to design a new building.