Ieng Thirith in 2010. Photo courtesy of Heng Sinith of the Associated Press.

COMMENTARY: The Recent Death of Ieng Thirith Reminds Us that Genocide Should Never Be Forgotten

As the most powerful female figure of the Khmer Rouge, Ieng Thirith allegedly committed a litany of crimes, including genocide. Though she evaded justice while living, her recent death reminds us that genocide should never be forgotten.

Dr. Hongde Hu presents a lecture on exponents to academy students. Photo by Frank Perez.

Woolpert Algebra Academy Readies County’s Middle Schoolers for This Year and Beyond

As San Benito County’s seventh- and eighth-graders returned to their campuses recently for the start of the new school year, nearly 50 of them entered their math classes with a greater understanding of, and perhaps a greater appreciation for, algebra, thanks to the Bruce W. Woolpert Algebra Academy held at Graniterock’s corporate headquarters in Watsonville earlier this month.

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COMMENTARY: Don’t Send a Lion Killer into the Lion’s Den

Extraditing the American dentist who killed the beloved lion, Cecil, to face justice in Zimbabwe would be a mistake.

Flier announcing the pancake breakfast hosted by the Ladies Auxiliary VFW Post 6359.

VFW auxiliary post looks to boost membership in San Juan Bautista

On Sunday, Aug. 9, the Ladies Auxiliary of VFW Post 6359 will hold its first-ever pancake breakfast fundraiser. Proceeds will benefit veterans, their families, and the community.

Julisa Lopez at the first-ever White House Tribal Youth Gathering on July 9. Photo courtesy of Julisa Lopez.

Amah Mutsun tribal member inspired by White House trip

Julisa Lopez, an 18-year-old member of the Amah Mutsun Tribal Band, joined nearly 1,000 Native American youth at the first-ever White House Tribal Youth Gathering on July 9.

Discovery Camp participants grinding acorns. Photo courtesy of Kanyon Sayers-Roods.

San Juan Library becomes a Living World of Discovery

The Carl M. Luck Library in San Juan Bautista hosted, "Discovery Camp"--a two-week summer program that offered the county's schoolchildren an opportunity to learn about local, indigenous culture and the field of science.

Invocations from Day of Prayer Event Oppose Fr. Junipero Serra’s canonization

At all-day event held in San Juan on July 11, the Amah Mutsun Tribal Band and its supporters called upon others to join them in exposing the "truth" behind Serra and his road to sainthood

Flier announcing the Amah Mutsun Tribal Band's Day of Prayer.

Amah Mutsun Tribal Band to hold event opposing Fr. Junipero Serra’s canonization

On Saturday, July 11, the Amah Mutsun Tribal Band will hold a Day of Prayer in San Juan Bautista opposing Serra's canonization.

Map of Myanmar. Courtesy of

COMMENTARY: Speak Up for the Rohingya Before It’s Too Late

The Rohingya, a historically persecuted minority from Myanmar, are now threatened by signs of genocide.

Bob Picha of Hollister beside his '59 Chevy Corvette. Picha took 2nd place in the classic division.

Annual car show helped local charities

The Los Padrinos Car Club of San Juan Bautista held its 8th annual car show in the mission town June 27. The yearly event raises funds for local charities.

Tribal Youth Gathering guest, Julisa Lopez

Amah Mutsun Tribal Member will Attend White House Event

Julisa Lopez, an 18-year-old member of the Amah Mutsun Tribal Band, is traveling to Washington, D.C. to participate in the first-ever White House Tribal Youth Gathering on July 9

Members of Los Padrinos Car Club. Courtesy of Los Padrinos Car Club of San Juan Bautista.


8th Annual Los Padrinos Car Show Scheduled for Saturday in San Juan Bautista

Raising funds for charity, the San Juan Bautista car club to host its annual car show on Saturday, June 27.

Val (Valentin) Lopez making a speech before a U.N. body. Courtesy of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues.

Opposing the canonization of Father Junipero Serra on the world stage

As Father Junipero Serra's canonization draws near, a representative from the Amah Mutsun Tribal Band travels to the United Nations to oppose it.

The wedding photo of Grace Gould's parents, Andrew and Hranoush Bagdasarian. Courtesy of Grace Gould.

Longtime resident proud of her Armenian heritage (second in a series)

The Armenian Genocide Centennial is as much a commemoration of the events of 1915 as it is a celebration of life and the enduring spirit of Armenians.

The logo for the San Francisco-Bay Area Armenian Genocide Centennial Committee. Courtesy of the San Francisco-Bay Area Armenian Genocide Centennial Committee.

Centennial of Armenian genocide marked Friday

On the eve of World War II, Adolf Hitler spoke to his Nazi military generals, describing the blood-bath that would soon asphyxiate Europe. Total destruction of Germany’s enemies, Hitler explained, could be the only outcome—defeat wasn’t an option. In Hitler’s crosshairs were the Jews. Eliminating them as a people herald supreme victory for the Third