New Year fireworks. Photo courtesy of Pixabay.


San Benito County’s top stories of 2020

BenitoLink covered the county’s struggles with COVID-19, but also stuck with its commitment to government reporting, education, health, housing, and transportation.

File photo by Joshua Miller.

Police / Fire

Hollister Police investigating suspicious death

HPD asking for potential witnesses to come forward regarding an incident that occurred on Dec. 30.

Novel Coronavirus. Photo courtesy of Centers for Disease Control.


Dec. 31 coronavirus roundup for San Benito County

One death and 135 new cases reported, 3,673 people have tested positive since February, 581 are active patients, 3,063 have recovered and 29 have died; the county’s current positivity rate is 16.7%; the San Joaquin Valley Region’s ICU availability is 0%.


Pledge donations keep climbing!

BenitoLink Champions have made modest, monthly and larger donations putting latest count at an incredible $37,488!!

Mars Hill employees Angela Prak, Marisa Lopez, Kassandra Zarate, Abby Chase, Monica Ocampo, Darla Hernandez and Beth Schuster. Photo courtesy of Angela Prak.


Remembering Mars Hill Coffeehouse

Former managers speak on what the cafe meant to Hollister.

Photo courtesy of Pixabay.


Searching the Sky: A special way to end the year

David Baumgartner summarizes the year in astronomy, including a total solar eclipse in Chile and the great conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn.

Photo courtesy of Pixabay.

Business / Economy

SBA extends COVID-19 Economic Injury Disaster Loan application deadline

Small businesses and nonprofits can now apply until December 2021.