Raymond Anthony Andrade getting ready to raise the LGBTQ flag at City Hall in 2020. Photo by Robert Eliason.


Hollister City Council discusses raising LGBTQ pride flag in June

With no policy in place, council members table the item for further discussion.

Site of the Amazon project, which according to Marc Fontes is a $50 million investment that could be followed by others. Photo by John Chadwell.


EDC provides update on its effort to promote county and cities

Two companies challenge the level of impact the EDC touts it had on their operations.

Thousands of cans wait to be filled with processed tomatoes the morning of Aug. 6, 2020. Photo by John Chadwell.

Business / Economy

Hollister signs five-year lease with San Benito Foods

Tomato cannery will be responsible for operating and maintaining the city’s industrial wastewater treatment ponds.

A giant furnace used to extract mercury for over 100 years at New Idria. Photo by John Chadwell.

San Benito Lifestyle

Sunset Magazine writer ventures to New Idria

Road washout forces her to go off-roading to reach destination.

Bikers from around the country came to Hollister on March 28 to take part in the annual Bike Blessing. Photo by John Chadwell.

San Benito Lifestyle

28th annual Bike Blessing brings riders to Hollister

Top Hatters Motorcycle Club hosts Palm Sunday ceremony.

Downtown Hollister. Photo by Jake Medina.

Government / Politics

Hollister General Plan Action Committee takes up first round of policy issues

Parks, new school funding, farmland mitigation are among the topics covered as the city works to update its guiding document.

When the new Hollister Amazon facility opens in September, it's expected to provide several hundred jobs in administration, shipping and delivery. Photo courtesy of Amazon.

Government / Politics

Hollister fast-tracked Amazon development without public input

Proponents say new delivery station will bring hundreds of jobs and taxes, but residents were left out of the conversation.

San Benito County Office of Education in Hollister. Photo by John Chadwell.

Education / Schools

State and federal bills funding reopening of schools

Superintendent of Schools Krystal Lomanto gives update to SBC Board of Education.

The Apricot Lane section of the River Parkway Trail will officially open with a ribbon cutting April 10. Photo by John Chadwell.

Sports & Recreation

Over 10 years in the making, Hollister becomes more walkable

First section of River Parkway Trail open. Ribbon cutting for portion near Apricot Lane set for April 10.

Ethan Lampe(#895) has been racing since he was seven. Now 14, he's moving from go-karts to Spec Miatas. Photo courtesy of Ethan Lampe.

Sports & Recreation

Ethan Lampe: From go-karts to Mazda Miatas

At 14, the local race car driver has spent half his life on the track.

Hollister City Hall. Photo by John Chadwell.

Government / Politics

Hollister Council appoints new member to General Plan Advisory Committee

Group will expand from five to seven members to include more citizens in the process of updating the city’s guiding document.

Drivers wait in line for COVID-19 vaccines at Hazel Hawkins Memorial Hospital. Steve Hannah, CEO, said people who have been vaccinated outside have not had to pay for the service so far. Photo by John Chadwell.


Hazel Hawkins Hospital CEO gives COVID-19 update

Steve Hannah says infection rates are not expected to peak in April as predicted.

Earthmovers out at a large plot of land south of Flynn Road along San Felipe Road in Hollister. The land is the future site of a package delivery facility. Photo by John Chadwell.

Housing / Land Use

Global delivery company to open distribution center in Hollister

Mayor Velazquez said he’s prevented from naming the company, but that it’s expected to employ upwards of 400 people.

There are only a couple dozen homes completed at Twin Oaks, with a goal of 170. Photo by John Chadwell.

Housing / Land Use

Hollister turns down impact fee reduction for senior housing development

Developer argues he should not have to pay a $2.2 million park fee as the project includes a community center for its residents.

White bird flying over the Pajaro River lagoon. Photo by Noe Magaña.

Environment / Nature

Rivas co-introduces statewide Clean Water Act

If approved, the legislation would work to ensure all bodies of water in California are clean enough for drinking, swimming and fishing by 2050.