33rd Annual California Missions Conference Coming to San Juan

For the second time, San Juan Bautista will host the California Missions Conference from Feb. 12 thru Sunday, Feb. 14

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Scenes from the Cuban Revolution Captured by Former Hollister Minister

Before serving as pastor for Hollister's First Christian Church, Reverend David W. Havens traveled to Cuba in Jan. of 1959, capturing in black and white the Cuban Revolution

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Thomas Samuel (T.S.) Hawkins: A highly interesting and busy life

Thanks to the efforts of T.S. Hawkins' great-great grandson and New York Times’ best-selling author, Dave Eggers, the story of one of San Benito County's founding fathers is now more accessible

The entrance into My Father's House. Photo by Frank Perez.

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Local Couple Opens Drop-in Center for the County’s Homeless

On Oct. 10, Linda and Patrick Lampe opened My Father's House, a facility that provides the homeless with food, a hot shower, a fresh set of clothes, and more often than not, a compassionate ear over a hot cup of coffee

Hollister City Council Proclaims Nov. 18 as Al Castañeda Day

During Tuesday's Hollister City Council meeting, Wednesday, Nov. 18 was proclaimed as Al Castañeda Day.

Luis Valdez looking over the leaflet that announced the formation of El Teatro Campesino. Photo courtesy of Donna Silva (DLynn Photography).

El Teatro Campesino: Fifty Years and Counting

El Teatro Campesino was established in 1965 during the Delano Grape Strike. Fifty years later, its founder, Luis Valdez, continues creating thought-provoking productions and nurturing talent from the theater company's playhouse in San Juan Bautista

Proclamation from the city of San Juan Bautista declaring September, Alfonso J. Castañeda month. Photo by Frank Perez.

The Life of Alfonso J. Castañeda: A Dream and Recipe for Success

After 33 successful years in the restaurant business, Alfonso "Al" J. Castañeda will walk away from his childhood dream, Doña Esther

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DREAMers Club Makes College a Reality for Undocumented Students

The DREAMers Club at San Benito High School strives to empower, educate, and engage the school's undocumented youth and their supporters

Statue of Fr. Junipero Serra at Mission San Juan Bautista. Photo by Frank Perez.

11th Hour Efforts Bid to Halt Fr. Junipero Serra’s Canonization

With its sixth letter written to Pope Francis and two scheduled press conferences, the Amah Mutsun Tribal Band is hoping that the Catholic Church will jettison Serra's seemingly inevitable sainthood

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COMMENTARY: Sept. 16: A day of debate, revolution, and a grape strike

Yesterday, Sept. 16, was historic for several reasons: The second Republican presidential debate was held; Mexico celebrated its independence; and 50 years ago, Cesar Chavez led his fledgling union in a grape strike

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.

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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.