Joseph Ostenson plays the trumpet at the San Benito County Fair, 2013. Photo courtesy of Joseph and Francine Ostenson.

Art & Culture

Remembering Joseph Ostenson

Family and former students speak about Mr. O as music teacher, jazz bandleader, and pillar of the community.

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

Business

Remembering Mars Hill Coffeehouse

Former managers speak on what the cafe meant to Hollister.

Inaka's parklet in San Juan Bautista. Photo by Robert Eliason.

Business / Economy

SJB Council votes to not reopen outdoor dining

Outgoing member Dan De Vries claims there’s no scientific evidence that eating outside results in dangerous rates of COVID-19 spread.

Jack Preader with family. Photo by Andrew Pearson.

Children and Youth

11-year-old boy lobbies for disabled accessibility

Jack Preader convinces Hollister to make Frank Klauer Park ADA-compliant.

A float in the 2019 Lights On Parade. File photo by Heather Graham.

San Benito Lifestyle

Annual Lights On Parade with a twist

Hollister Downtown Association to host modified celebration at airport.

The basket "assembly line" on Nov. 21. Photo courtesy of Sarah Nordwick.

San Benito Lifestyle

Thanksgiving Basket Brigade gives back to community

Students of Enterprise Academy of Martial Arts raise funds to distribute food to 200 families this week.

4-H San Benito County All Stars Mikayla Wenzlik, Samantha Slykas and Meaghan Ricker. Photo courtesy of Mikayla Wenzlik.

San Benito Lifestyle

4-H All-Stars host gingerbread house contest

San Benito County residents invited to submit photos of entries in categories of holiday traditions, open design and 4-H design.

Pet Friends board members and volunteers at Be True Cafe: Kristen Wynn, Linda Hilden, PJ Arata, Alexis Winder, and Barb Ament. The organization is participating in the San Benito Gives online auction alongside 40+ nonprofits. Photo courtesy of Pet Friends.

Nonprofits

Nonprofits band together for online auction

San Benito Gives fundraiser shifts gears during the pandemic.

South Valley Community Church volunteer Julie Carpenedo, Sunnyslope 4-H leader Sheryl Wenzlik, 4-H All-Stars Samantha Slykas and Makayla Wenzlik, and 4-H leader Jennifer Kelly. Photo by Andrew Pearson.

San Benito Lifestyle

Volunteers gather for Hollister fall cleanup

Organizations pitch in to beautify downtown.

Early morning in San Juan Bautista. Photo by Leslie David.

Government / Politics

Election 2020: San Juan Bautista City Council

Four candidates compete for two seats.

Linda Lampe at the counter of Worth Saving Mercantile and Thrift Store. Photo courtesy of Linda Lampe.

Business / Economy

Secondhand stores struggle to stay in business

Three managers speak about having to close their doors and the challenges of reopening.

Julianna O'Hara paints in the studio with oils. Photo courtesy of Julianna O'Hara.

Art & Culture

Artists offer virtual studio tour

San Benito County Arts Council hosts online show during COVID-19 pandemic.

Linda Lampe, owner of outreach center My Father’s House and pastor with Hollister Community Outreach, prepares food for Hollister homeless. File photo by John Chadwell.

Nonprofits

Hollister Community Outreach offers free food boxes on Sept. 12

Distribution begins at 2 p.m. at Worth Saving thrift store.

Tyler Bennedetti, a Cal Poly SLO student from Hollister. Photo courtesy of Tyler Bennedetti.

Schools & Education

Pandemic grounds college students in San Benito County

Despite feeling bored and distracted, they would rather stay home for classes than attend in person.

San Juan Bautista City Hall. File photo.

Government / Politics

San Juan Bautista has no candidates in two local races

City seeking write-ins for city treasurer and city clerk.