James Owen Welch holding a copy of debut book, 'Steven Black and the Tales from Beyond: The Orb of Possibility.' Photo courtesy of Ryan Welch.

Art & Culture

Hollister teen self-publishes first book

James Owen Welch blends sci-fi and fantasy in ‘Steven Black and the Tales from Beyond: The Orb of Possibility.’

Officer Julio A. Martinez, Sergeant Rosie Betanio, and Interim Chief Carlos Reynoso. Photo courtesy of HPD.

Police / Fire

Police officers of color speak about working on the force

Hollister’s interim chief Reynoso: ‘I’ve always treated people the way I would want my family members treated.’

Christian Clifford in front of Mission San Juan Bautista during his mission walk. Photo courtesy of Christian Clifford.

San Benito Lifestyle

Walking the California Missions

Christian Clifford becomes 49th person since 2013 to complete ‘El Camino Real de California.’

Akira Boch makes his acceptance speech for "Masters of Modern Design: The Art of the Japanese American Experience" at the 2020 Los Angeles Area Emmy Awards, which streamed live on July 18. Photo courtesy of the Television Academy via Invision/AP.

Art & Culture

Documentary by former San Juan resident wins L.A. Area Emmy

Akira Boch’s ‘Masters of Modern Design’ focuses on five Japanese American artists, their experiences during WWII and the impact it had on their work.

Artist Ruth Asawa creating a looped wire structure (circa 1957). Photo courtesy of Akira Boch.

Art & Culture

Former San Juan resident nominated for L.A. Area Emmy

Akira Boch documents WWII-era mass incarceration of Japanese Americans.

Raymond Anthony Andrade. Photo by Robert Eliason.

News

In a historic first, Pride flag is raised at Hollister City Hall

150 gather for nearly hour-long ceremony. 

Aislinn Barnes holding a Pride flag. Photo courtesy of Aislinn Barnes.

San Benito Lifestyle

Pride Month 2020: Aislinn Barnes

SBHS Gay-Straight Alliance club president talks about her quest for identity and LGBTQ advocacy.

Maxx D'Elia. Photo provided.

San Benito Lifestyle

Pride Month 2020: Maxx D’Elia

Hollister transgender man shares his journey of self-discovery.

Photo courtesy of Pixabay.

San Benito Lifestyle

Hollister raising Pride flag at City Hall

For the first time, officials will hold a ceremony showing solidarity with the LGBTQ community on the 51st anniversary of the Stonewall Riots.

The interior of Hokulia Shave Ice in Hollister. Photo by Frank Perez.

Business

Hokulia brings a ‘taste of aloha’ to SBC

Shave ice shop opens in Hollister Farms Shopping Center.

Mirjana Tomas baking chocolate chip and walnut cookies at her home. Photo by Frank Perez.

Business

Mama’s Morsels specializes in bringing a taste of home

Mirjana Tomas uses local ingredients to make her cookies and other baked goods.

Store owner Bill Mifsud handing a purchase to customer Caleb Ecksteen. Photo by Frank Perez.

Business

Bill’s Bullpen prepares to reopen its doors

Hollister comic book shop resumes foot traffic May 20.

San Benito High senior Victoria Flores working on school assignments at home. SBHS started its online distance learning on March 30. Photos provided by Victoria Flores.

Education / Schools

San Benito High School becomes a virtual campus

Students have been participating in distance learning for one month.

San Juan Bautista resident Karen Stacy has made and sold hundreds of masks from her home in recent weeks. Photo provided by Karen Stacy.

San Benito Lifestyle

San Juan seamstress stitches facial coverings

Karen Stacy makes masks that combine functionality and style.

Rebecca Jackson performs at San Benito High School for the Violins of Hope project. Photos by Robert Eliason.

Art & Culture

Violins of Hope shares a Holocaust survivor’s story and sounds

SBHS students learn about the late David Arben and his journey from concentration camp prisoner to performing musician.