Natalia teaches piano to all ages of students locally and around the Bay Area.   Photo by Michelle West

San Benito Lifestyle

Natalia Pressman: The music flows from Argentina to California

Pressman first discovered the piano while exploring an old house in Argentina. The Hollister resident is now a professional piano accompanist in San Jose.

Enz in the helicopter she is licensed to fly. Photos provided by Mikael Enz.

Mikael Enz’s Path to the Sky

At only 17 years old, Enz saw the sky as a challenge she had to conquer.



12.5% Increase Expected for Covered California Rates in San Benito Co.

With only one choice for health care coverage available to San Benito residents in 2018, Covered California rates for the region will increase by 12.5%.

Texting for 911 will now be available but texter needs to respond to the dispatcher's questions.

Police / Fire

911 texting program available to San Benito County residents

"Call if you can, text if you can't."

Shelby O'Neil is passionate about the ocean, and how to protect it.

Children and Youth

Local High School Junior founds “No Straw November”

Shelby O'Neil founds two programs that aim to tackle ocean pollution and ocean education.



Local agricultural crops were worth $367 million in 2016

San Benito is an "excellent place" for producers, but the 2016 Crop Report also points out the problems caused by lower rainfall and disease

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Children and Youth

Fourth annual Pullin’ For a Cure supports local Relay for Life team

The family-friendly charity event was born from an idea that occurred over dinner

Coleen and one of her customers at Country Groomers.


Fundraiser underway to help owner of Country Groomers fight cancer

Coleen Howell, who was recently diagnosed with leukemia, has been a business owner in Hollister for more than 10 years

Jane and Mike Hulme, with one of their friendly Guernsey goats. Photos provided by the Hulmes.


Evergreen Acres Farms makes sweet milk from goats

Mike and Jane Hulme work to bring healthy, Grade A-certified products to their local clientele

Jackson with one of his instructors at space camp.

Children and Youth

Local 15-year-old graduates from Advanced Space Academy

Jackson Curro knows what it will take to one day become a NASA astronaut, and it starts now

Casa de Restaurant, as it looks today. Photos by Jessica Caimi.

Casa de Restaurant celebrates its 50th anniversary

The travelers' stop at Casa de Fruta continues to evolve and serve its customers

Shoppers browse the selection at the Community FoodBank of San Benito. Pictures by Jessica Caimi.


Food bank construction to finish at the end of July

The $2.25 million construction project will give the Community FoodBank an entirely revamped space

Quest  Richlife in San Francisco, about to start his first day of riding.


Hollister resident riding a bicycle across country in memory of a friend

Quest Richlife, 60, was inspired to embark upon his bicycle adventure after his friend's suicide in 2013

Residents prepare for work while the House Manages works in her office.


Sober living house in final push of fundraising campaign

A positive outlook frames the one-year anniversary of the Hollister Sun Street Centers

Barth rescues a downed red-tailed hawk near Sun Coast Bakery.


Barth is a rescuer of wild animals

Hollister resident Deanna Barth is there to help animals in need through Wildlife Emergency Services