Kids get exercise during a health and fitness lesson at the Emergency Pop Up Camp hosted by the YMCA of San Benito County. Photos provided by YMCA.

Children and Youth

YMCA provides childcare for essential workers

Emergency Pop-Up Camp helps parents during COVID-19 outbreak.

Since the COVID-19 outbreak, Community FoodBank has switched to a drive-thru system. Photo courtesy of Community FoodBank.


Community FoodBank continues to serve during shelter-in-place

Applications increase as Hollister pantry moves to drive-thru system.

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


Outreach to homeless residents continues during COVID-19

Facilities change standard procedures to provide care for San Benito County’s transient population.

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Windmill Market in San Juan Bautista on March 19. Photo by Robert Eliason.

Business / Economy

Restocking at San Benito stores slowed by high demand

Hollister Super on Third Street begins exclusive shopping hours for the elderly, disabled and their caretakers.

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Empty shelves at Target on Friday March 13. Photo by John Chadwell

Business / Economy

Local stores and customers cope with short supplies

In the midst of uncertainty shoppers buy needed items in bulk leaving store shelves empty

San Benito County Supervisors and Behavioral Health department board members and staff at the March 10 groundbreaking ceremony. Photo by Carmel de Bertaut.

Government / Politics

Behavioral Health breaks ground for new facility

New offices are expected to open March 2021.

Michael and Samantha Walker. Photo by Carmel de Bertaut.


Quake City Energy and Nutrition focuses on wellness of body and mind

Samantha and Michael Walker offer healthful shakes and teas, along with a dietary ‘sustainability plan.’

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Pinnacles National Park Superintendent Blanca Alvarez Stransky. Photo by Carmel de Bertaut.

Environment / Nature

Pinnacles superintendent tells of her journey to San Benito

Blanca Alvarez Stransky brings 34 years of parks experience.

Ranchers Feed and Western Wear

‘We’re all about community here.’

San Benito High School main administration building. File photo.

Government / Politics

Primary Election 2020: School Bond Measures L, M and R

SBHS, Aromas-San Juan Unified and Cabrillo seek millions in funding.

California Congressional District 20 encompasses all of San Benito and Monterey counties, and portions of Santa Clara and Santa Cruz counties. Map courtesy of public domain.

Government / Politics

Primary Election 2020: California 20th Congressional District

Two challenge incumbent Jimmy Panetta for a seat in the House of Representatives.

The Veterans Memorial Building. Photo by Heather Graham.


Task force highlights opioid crisis in San Benito County

A legislator, law enforcement and healthcare providers speak at town hall.

Fairview Corners, the future site of a Gavilan College campus in San Benito County. Gavilan purchased an 80-acre plot of land near Ridgemark at Airline Highway and Fairview Road for $8 million in partnership with Morgan Hill-based developer Dividend Homes in June 2007. Photo by Carmel de Bertaut.

Education / Schools

Gavilan College hosts forum on San Benito campus

Residents discuss what they want to see at Fairview Corners.

Agricultural Business of the Year: Casa de Fruta. Photos provided by SBC Chamber of Commerce.

Business / Economy

Chamber of Commerce presents annual awards

Three individuals and seven businesses are recognized for their work in 2019.

Intersection of Highway 156 and Highway 25. Photo by Leslie David.

Government / Politics

Primary Election 2020: SBC Supervisor District 1

Two candidates compete for North County seat.