Staff at the San Benito Veterinary Center, formerly called the Hollister Veterinary Clinic. Photo by Carmel de Bertaut.

San Benito Lifestyle

Local veterinarian hangs up stethoscope after 29 years in Hollister

From treating pet mice to handling Great Danes, Jerry Leroux has seen a lot in nearly 50 years of practicing veterinary medicine.

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

Environment / Nature

Dolan Fire devastates Central Coast condor population

Pinnacles National Park and Ventana Wildlife Society say it’s ‘the single biggest loss of condors from a wildfire since releases began in California in 1992.’


Fire burning 100k tons of compost

Investigation to likely begin on Monday.

Gavilan College campus in Gilroy. Photo by Robert Eliason.

Education / Schools

State financial crisis team to assist Gavilan College with budget

Reserves have fallen below 5%; drop attributed to decreased student enrollment.

SBHS world history instructor Frank Perez teaching in the classroom pre-pandemic. Photo courtesy of Frank Perez.

Schools & Education

SBHS teacher contributes to genocide guidebook

Frank Perez’s approach helps other instructors explore a difficult subject.

Paper straws. Photo by Noe Magaña.

Environment / Nature

Plastic ban coming to San Juan Bautista

City mandates use of reusable and compostable products starting Jan. 1.

Sophia Rossi. Photo by Leslie David.


Hope Harvest Festival holds drive-thru pumpkin patch in Hollister

Pumpkins go missing after being left out overnight.

Jimmy Panetta and Jeff Gorman.

Government / Politics

Election 2020: California’s 20th congressional district

Voters will choose between incumbent Jimmy Panetta and challenger Jeff Gorman.

San Benito County Fair. File photo.

San Benito Lifestyle

Modified San Benito County Fair set for October

This year’s festivities will take place online and in person.

Pinnacles Condor Recovery Crew member Gavin Emmons taking #1033 from nest. Photo courtesy of Alacia Welch.

Environment / Nature

Central Coast condors fall victim to Dolan Fire

Two chicks perish, nine free-flying adults remain missing.

2020 Census poster at a bus stop on Fourth Street in Hollister. Photo by Leslie David.

Art & Culture

Local artist lends a hand in census efforts

Bryan West creates posters in English and Spanish to help spread the word with just two weeks left in the nationwide survey.

Cal OES fire engine used by local firefighters. Photo courtesy of HFD.

Police / Fire

Hollister firefighters return from Cal Fire duty

Members of a local strike team assist outside the county.

Alan Viarengo. Photo courtesy of Santa Clara County Sheriff's Office.

Police / Fire

Gavilan instructor arrested on felony charges

Statistics teacher in custody after allegedly sending profane communications to Santa Clara County public health officer.

Horses at Dreamweaver Ranch. Photo courtesy of Shelby Martin.


Local horse ranch opens its doors to evacuated animals

An ewe gives birth to three lambs during its stay.

Day visitors Jane Packard, John Grafton and Olga Herbert picnicking near the visitor center after hiking to Bear Gulch. Photos by Carmel de Bertaut.

Environment / Nature

Pinnacles National Park busy during pandemic

It’s open for day use and camping.