SNIP Bus and crew provide spay and neuter services for pets and feral cats. Photo courtesy of SNIP Bus.

Government / Politics

Hollister Council approves $56K for SNIP Bus spay and neuter program

Services will be offered once a month for pets, in addition to four dates for feral cats.

San Benito High School. Photo by John Chadwell.

Education / Schools

SBHS Trustees approve lowering graduation standards for failing seniors

Staff presentation shows changing credit requirement from 220 to 190 will benefit 80 out of 83 students at risk of not graduating.

Photo courtesy of Hazel Hawkins Memorial Hospital.


COVID-19 vaccines available to veterans at Marina VA clinic

Central Coast veterans enrolled in VA health care are eligible for inoculation as soon as Feb. 13.

San Benito Health Foundation. Photo By Noe Magaña.


Q&A: San Benito Health Foundation Director Rosa Vivian Fernandez

Leader talks about decision to give vaccinations beyond what county said state permits.

Out of 736 San Benito High School seniors in the 2021 graduating class, 83 are at-risk of failing. Photo by John Chadwell.

Education / Schools

83 San Benito High School seniors at risk of not graduating

Board of Trustees considers proposal to reduce the number of credits required to finish school.

SBC Public County Health Services notified people over 75 who had registered for the vaccine to come to the first mass vaccination event on Jan. 29. Photo by John Chadwell.


San Benito County holds first mass COVID-19 vaccination clinic

100 senior residents receive first dose in drive-thru format.

The San Benito Health Foundation is under investigation for allegedly giving the COVID-19 vaccine to unapproved people. Photo by John Chadwell.


San Benito Health Foundation under investigation for unauthorized COVID-19 vaccine administration

County says it’s unknown how many ineligible people may have received shots.

Marchel Nelson and Tom Ament, owners of Grunnagle-Ament-Nelson Funeral Home in Hollister. Photo by John Chadwell.


The last responders of San Benito County

With one funeral director fighting COVID-19, local mortuary owners speak on working through the pandemic.

San Benito High School. Photo by John Chadwell.

Education / Schools

SBHS Trustees discuss construction of $165 million high school

New school would accommodate a third of the students of present school, cost property owners a minimum of $73 million.

Matthew Gastello said being an Eagle Scout and playing three sports in high school helped him be selected for West Point. Photo courtesy of Matthew Gastello.

San Benito Lifestyle

Matthew Gastello makes journey from Eagle Scout to Army Ranger

West Point graduate talks about military academies.

Firefighters worked all day to put out a fire at Comgro Soil Amendments on Jan. 19. Photo courtesy of Hollister Fire Department.

Police / Fire

Fire sparks at Shore Road recycling plant

Fire rekindled two days after containment.

San Benito High School. Photo courtesy of SBHS.

Education / Schools

Sports set to return to San Benito High School

Fall season could start as soon as Jan. 16.

Hazel Hawkins Memorial Hospital has tents set up outside to service a higher amount of patients. Photo by Noe Magaña.


General public unlikely to receive COVID-19 vaccinations before spring

Though San Benito County is preparing to move to the next vaccination phase, limited supply could make mass inoculation difficult to accomplish.

Sylvia DeLuna and Melanie Burns have become friends since sharing their experiences working as bus drivers for San Benito High School. Photo courtesy of Melanie Burns.

Education / Schools

BL Special Report: Former SBHS employees allege abuse, wrongful terminations

Three bus drivers have sued the San Benito High School District because of one supervisor. Two were awarded large settlements and the third is still in court.*

Members of Preserve Our Rural Communities and Protect San Benito held a mock funeral procession from San Benito County Superior Court to the county administration building on Jan. 5. Photo by John Chadwell.

Housing / Land Use

Environmentalists protest development moves

Land use group says supervisors and developers have eroded their success with the No on Measure K initiative from the March primary election.