BenitoLink Reporter Robert Eliason speaks to the SBC Historical Society at the SBC Historical Park. Photo by Jenny Mendolla Arbizu.

Features

San Benito County Historical Society learns about local vineyard history

BenitoLink’s Robert Eliason shares his research on Cienega Valley wines.

(Left to right) San Andreas graduates Kellin Boggeln, Ruben Avila, Austin Alarcon and Dominick Ahumada watch and cheer on fellow classmates. Photo by Jenny Mendolla Arbizu.

Schools & Education

San Andreas class of 2022: a study in tenacity

Administrators of the continuation high school say their graduates are ready ‘to do great things’ after a year of challenges.

News

Nodes, the part they play in county general plan and how that could change

Intended to increase county revenue, nodes are designed to service existing and future demand for commercial, residential, industrial projects in unincorporated areas. Land use activists oppose 13 of 16 nodes.

Protesters gathered for "Bans Off Our Bodies" rally in front of the San Benito County Superior Court on Saturday morning. Photo by Jenny Mendolla Arbizu.

Health

San Benito County abortion rights advocates hold ‘Bans Off Our Bodies’ rally

Other than a few honking cars showing support, Hollister had a peaceful protest about the potential overturn of Roe v. Wade by the Supreme Court.

Ralph Jennings (second from left) spoke about his experiences as a foreign correspondent living in China. Photo by Jenny Mendolla Arbizu.

Nonprofits

Foreign correspondents share views on the state of journalism

BenitoLink kicks off its speaker series in San Juan Bautista.

Photos provided by candidates. Infographic by Alex Esquivel.

Government / Politics

Primary Elections 2022: San Benito County District Attorney

Two candidates are in the race: incumbent Candice Hooper Mancino and challenger Joel Buckingham.

Nonprofits

Eagle Scout project brings warmth to community

Jacob Lima distributes 500 articles of clothing to three homeless nonprofits.

Members and family from VFW Post 9242, American Legion Post 69 and VFW Auxiliary preparing eggs for Saturday’s egg hunt. Photo courtesy of Maria Spandri.

Events

Family Easter events in San Benito County

Activities slated Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Harvard graduate Ben Ubiñas plays Damien, the lead character in "Last Gasp: Chapter Two." Photo provided by Robert Jerome Pagan.

Art & Culture

Filmmaker depicts a ‘brown and gay’ man’s coming of age

Former Hollister theatrical artist enters work in the Poppy Jasper Film Festival.

In-person learning at Seventh Day Adventist School during California's mask mandate. Photo from SDA School website.

Education / Schools

Schools keep rolling with the COVID punches

San Benito County educators discuss how the pandemic has changed operations over the last two years.

Photo by Jenny Mendolla Arbizu.

Education / Schools

San Benito County Board of Education under investigation for Brown Act violation

It’s accused of not properly publicizing open meetings.

Councilman Rick Perez supported investing in the software because he said staff needs the proper tools to do their job. Photo by John Chadwell.

Government / Politics

Council rejects city’s initial request for tech upgrade

Staff will research what systems other cities are using before making an $800K investment.

Hollister Fire Department responding to the Fairview Road fire on July 2021. Photo by John Chadwell.

Police / Fire

Hollister Fire Department seeking state grants

City Council supports applications amid differing views on procedure.

Jack Preader (left) and his sister Claire (right) can now play together at Frank Klauer Memorial Park. Photo courtesy of Melissa Preader.

Sports & Recreation

Hollister’s Frank Klauer Park reopens after upgrades

After pushing for ADA compliance, young activist Jack Preader can now play there.

ER staff at Hazel Hawkins Memorial Hospital. File photo.

Health

COVID booster deadline looms for California health care workers

Hazel Hawkins employees have mixed opinions about the vaccine mandate.