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.

Image courtesy of Cal Fire Incident Map.

Police / Fire

Area fires affecting San Benito County

Blazes in neighboring counties have impacted regional air quality, several still at low containment.

Hair professionals and their supporters held an Aug. 8 rally in downtown Hollister to push for resuming business indoors under safe conditions. Photo by John Chadwell.

Business / Economy

Hair stylists rally in Hollister

Group calls for the return of indoor services for salons and barber shops.

Photo courtesy of Washington State Department of Agriculture.


Ag commissioner warns about seeds sent by mail

Unsolicited product from China arrives in Hollister and San Juan Bautista.

Photo courtesy of Pixabay.

Environment / Nature

Hollister cleanup set for Aug. 1

Resident Ken Perez seeks volunteers to assist with picking up garbage in city parks and on sidewalks.

Gavilan College campus in Gilroy. Photo by Robert Eliason.

Education / Schools

Hackers invade Gavilan College budget talks

Public meeting continues in closed session after graphic sexual content displayed on Zoom.

Ricky and Lana Villegas. Photo by Carmel de Bertaut.

Art & Culture

San Benito Arts Council curbside fundraiser brings out the community

‘Farm to Your Table’ dinner provides a meal to eat at home.

Gavilan College campus in Gilroy. Photo by Robert Eliason.

Education / Schools

Gavilan College Trustees vote to change Measure X funds distribution

San Benito County campus receives another $7 million.

Photo courtesy of Pixabay.

Police / Fire

Law enforcement responds to fires and illegal fireworks over Fourth of July weekend

Several agencies see an uptick in citations.

Novel Coronavirus. Photo courtesy of Centers for Disease Control.


July 2 coronavirus roundup for San Benito County

257 people have tested positive since February, 39 are active patients, 216 recovered; California updates guidelines for fitness facilities and places of worship; Public health officers ask residents to celebrate 4th of July from home.