Hazel Hawkins Memorial Hospital. File photo.


Hazel Hawkins Memorial Hospital expands community testing for COVID-19

New test site open at the community health center on Sunset Drive in Hollister. By appointment only.

Photo courtesy of Pixabay.

News Release

Gov. Newsom unveils California’s Safe Schools for All plan 

State strategy focuses on ensuring implementation and building confidence by bringing back the youngest children (TK-2) and those who are most vulnerable first, then phasing in other grade levels through the spring.


Local news matters

BenitoLink is within reach of our full $40K matching opportunity, with all donations doubled until midnight on Dec. 31. Pledge results will set the path for our reporting capabilities in 2021.

Tie Sing at his cook stove. Photo courtesy of the Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley and provided by Sharlene Van Rooy.

History & Profiles

USGS field crews historically appreciated good cooking

Backcountry culinary skills of Tie Sing literally put his name on the map in 1899.

Bill Lee. Photo by Noe Magaña.

BenitoLink Special Report

BL Special Report: Business owner spends years recovering from embezzlement

After a slow, limited response from San Benito County, Bill Lee received $200,000 in restitution from a former employee. Now he’s suing a past customer to recoup another $743,000.

A "For Rent" sign posted on the yard of the Westside Estates apartment complex. File photo by Noe Magaña.

Housing / Land Use

Rental assistance ending for San Benito families

New federal relief package may extend program, but it may not prevent some county residents from being evicted.

The Third Apparition as presented in "La Virgen de Tepeyac." Photo by Robert Eliason.

Art & Culture

The evolution of El Teatro Campesino’s ‘La Virgen de Tepeyac’

From a liturgical manuscript to full production in the Mission to a pandemic-inspired radio play.

Novel Coronavirus. Photo courtesy of Centers for Disease Control.


Dec. 30 coronavirus roundup for San Benito County

Forty nine new cases reported, 3,538 people have tested positive since February, 504 are active patients, 3,006 have recovered and 28 have died; the county’s current positivity rate is 16.7%; the San Joaquin Valley Region’s ICU availability is 0%.