Hollister City Hall. Photo by John Chadwell.

Government / Politics

Hollister Council appoints new member to General Plan Advisory Committee

Group will expand from five to seven members to include more citizens in the process of updating the city’s guiding document.

Adult condor in Pinnacles holding pen. Photo by Carmel de Bertaut.

Environment / Nature

Central Coast condors begin to nest

At least three eggs have been laid since mid-February.

Drivers wait in line for COVID-19 vaccines at Hazel Hawkins Memorial Hospital. Steve Hannah, CEO, said people who have been vaccinated outside have not had to pay for the service so far. Photo by John Chadwell.


Hazel Hawkins Hospital CEO gives COVID-19 update

Steve Hannah says infection rates are not expected to peak in April as predicted.

Novel Coronavirus. Photo courtesy of Centers for Disease Control.


March 5 coronavirus roundup for San Benito County

Eight new cases reported, 5,716 people have tested positive, 43 are active patients, 5,612 have recovered and 61 have died; the county’s current positivity rate is 5.6%.

Education / Schools

Gov. Newsom signs $6.6 billion package to accelerate return to in-person schooling

All public schools are required to offer in-person instruction to grades K-2 for all students and for high-needs students in all grades by the end of March, losing 1% of eligible funds every day thereafter if they do not.

SBC Public County Health Services notified people over 75 who had registered for the vaccine to come to the first mass vaccination event on Jan. 29. Photo by John Chadwell.


COVID-19 drive-thru mass vaccination clinic scheduled for March 7 at Bolado Park

All appointments are full at this time. Individuals with appointments will be required to provide a form of identification that identifies their name and date of birth.

San Juan Bautista City Hall. File photo.

News Release

Job opening in SJB for library technician/office helper

Position is open until filled. First selection to occur March 29.

Left: First place winner Angelo Hillstock, SBHS, Grade 10. Top right: runner up Kayla Salazar, SBHS, Grade 10. Bottom right: second runner up Julia Magdei, SBHS, Grade 10. Photos courtesy of SBC Arts Council.

Art & Culture

Poetry Out Loud competition moves online

San Benito County high school students face off on Zoom; three move to the state contest in March.

Image courtesy of Pixabay.


Searching the Sky: A long time coming

David Baumgartner writes about his experiences launching rockets in his backyard as a kid.

Image courtesy of Pixabay.

Art & Culture

Gavilan College holding its 16th annual piano competition online

Contest that started as local teachers showing off their students has grown to attract entries from throughout the Bay Area.

Outdoor services at Christ Fellowship church in Hollister. Photo courtesy of Pastor Mike Hogg.

San Benito Lifestyle

San Benito County churches open their doors with joy and caution

Recent Supreme Court ruling lifts state ban on indoor worship.

EL Rey Del Taco food truck. Photo courtesy of Francisco Diaz.

Community Opinions

COMMUNITY OPINION: Reasons to love food trucks

Francisco Diaz writes about taking a drive while hungry and the food he found.

Photo courtesy of Pixabay.

Community Opinions

COMMUNITY OPINION: Deplorable or admirable quiz

Randy Logue shares a list of things he believes in.

San Benito County Sheriff Captain Eric Taylor. Photo provided.

Community Opinions

COLUMN: Captain’s Log—The Politics of Policing

Captain Eric Taylor with the SBC Sheriff's Office writes about what inspired him to work in law enforcement, and how the job has become increasingly politicized.