Adult mountain lion. Photo courtesy of Mountain Lion Foundation.


Hollister park closes indefinitely after mountain lion sighting

An adult with a cub was seen at Brigantino Park on July 19, the park’s Facebook page says.

Photo of gray wolf OR-93 taken in Oregon after waking up from sedation. Photo courtesy of Austin Smith, Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs.


Lone wolf goes radio silent

OR-93’s signal was last transmitted from San Luis Obispo County in April.

Photo courtesy of Shelby Schipsi.


Dunneville Market and Kitchen changes hands

Sean and Sophia Shelton return to Hollister and to Dunneville Market.

While celebrations surrounding the Fourth of July may be fun for San Benito County residents, it is important for pet owners to take precautions to keep their animals safe. Photo by Becky Bonner.


Keeping pets safe during fireworks

Unlike people, animals do not understand that loud noises and visual displays are not dangerous.

Site of Gavilan College's Fairview Corners campus in San Benito County on March 7, 2021. Photo by Noe Magaña.


Gavilan okays contract with Earth Systems for San Benito campus work

Company will provide ongoing geotechnical service for the Fairview Road location.

943 (right) spreads his wings before take off upon release at Pinnacles. Photo courtesy of Danae Mouton of the National park Service.


California Condor survives aluminum can obstruction and lead poisoning

Trash poses risks for wildlife.

ashurst-ranch. Photo courtesy of Cushman & Wakefield marketing brochure.


53,000-acre ranch in south San Benito County sold

Central Valley farmer Scott Raven purchased the Ashurst Ranch which extends into Fresno County.

Jefferson School students. Back row; Jake Volmer, Kathy Miramontes. Middle row: Daniel Miramontes, Justin Delgado and Atticus Ortez-Salas. Front; Kassandra Mirmontes. Photo by Carmel de Bertaut.


Local rural school holds end-of year ceremony for six students

They had been receiving in-person instruction since January.

Photo courtesy of Pixabay.


California COVID-19 guidelines starting June 15

Some restrictions remain for large venues.

Striped racer preying on Western fence lizard at Pinnacles National Park. National Park Service Photo courtesy of Gavin Emmons.


BL Longform: Snakes of San Benito County

18 snake species call San Benito County home.

Novel Coronavirus. Photo courtesy of Centers for Disease Control.


Week of May 28 coronavirus roundup for San Benito County

6,088 people have tested positive, eight are active patients, 6,017 have recovered and 63 have died; the county's positivity rate is 1%.

Hollister School District Trustee Stephen Kain. File photo by John Chadwell.


Hollister schools trustee Stephen Kain resigns

He has served on the board since 2018.

Group of woman. Used by permission of Menstrualidas.


Hollister woman educates about menstruation

Carla Arrunategui-Smith aims to dispel myths and taboos.

Site of Gavilan College's Fairview Corners campus in San Benito County on March 7, 2021. Photo by Noe Magaña.

Education / Schools

Gavilan College San Benito campus groundbreaking set for late 2022.

A soft opening is expected for the 2024 summer semester.

Staff walk through to the new park area. Photo by Carmel de Bertaut.


Pet Friends holds ribbon-cutting for beautification project

New area allows people and animals to sit, get acquainted and see if they are a good fit as a family.