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.

Pinnacles National Park has over 400 species of bees. Photo by Carmel de Bertaut.

Environment / Nature

Earth Day at Pinnacles

Over 65% of the national park is federal wilderness.

Cortnee Bowers with daughters Riley and Kinsley Mapel meet with Bearsun on Highway 25. Photo Carmel de Bertaut.


Walking ‘bear’ makes it to San Benito County en route to San Francisco

Artist Bearsun left Los Angeles on foot April 12 and expects to reach his destination April 23.

Founding member Chris Evans (let), Mason Churchill (center), Robb Rodriquez (right) and Logan the dog. Photo by Carmel de Bertaut


Growing Hearts builds community garden at Vista Park Hill

Staff and clients raise organic crops for their own use.

Art & Culture

Local student earns honorable mention at state poetry competition

Angelo Hillstock shares his poem about the pandemic.

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

Environment / Nature

Lone gray wolf enters San Benito County

OR-93 has traveled south from Oregon over the last three months.

Rudy Picha, Jasmine Salazar and Victor Espinoza during the Hollister Litter Project street cleanup on March 20. Photo by Carmel de Bertaut.

San Benito Lifestyle

Hollister residents clean up the streets

32 locals participate in Hollister Litter Project’s first event.

Gary Byrne and family members in Ireland. Photo courtesy of Gary Byrne.

San Benito Lifestyle

From Dublin, Ireland to San Benito County: Gary Byrne makes the New World his home

Community Foundation’s leader speaks of leaving the island nation and the life he’s made here.

Left: First place winner Angelo Hillstock, SBHS, Grade 10. Top right: runner up Kayla Salazar, SBHS, Grade 10. Bottom right: second runner up Julia Magdei, SBHS, Grade 10. Photos courtesy of SBC Arts Council.

Art & Culture

Poetry Out Loud competition moves online

San Benito County high school students face off on Zoom; three move to the state contest in March.

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

Environment / Nature

Central Coast condors begin to nest

At least three eggs have been laid since mid-February.


Paicines Post Office provides after-hours lobby services

Customers have access through an app that uses Bluetooth technology to open the door during off hours.

Gavilan College campus in Gilroy. Photo by Robert Eliason.

Education / Schools

Gavilan College executive resigns

Vice President of Administrative Services Michael Renzi leaving as a state team works to help the school become more fiscally solvent.

Gavilan College campus in Gilroy. Photo by Robert Eliason.

Education / Schools

State fiscal management team working with Gavilan College

FCMAT will provide blueprint for financial solvency.

The Halayay family runs Cozy Cup Cafe in Hollister. Frank is on the right. Photo courtesy of Wendy Halayay.

Business / Economy

Local restaurant owner dies from COVID-19 complications

Frank Halayay of Cozy Cup Cafe in Hollister leaves behind his family and a community of regulars.

Condor #986 takes his first flight. Photo courtesy of NPS/Sarah Marquez.

Environment / Nature

Juvenile condors join the Central Coast flock

Helping to rebuild the population following devastating losses, biologists successfully release 11 as two wait in the wings for their turn.