Protesters show their signs during a group photo during the Oct. 18 protest. Photo by Noe Magaña.

Education / Schools

San Benito residents join statewide protest against requiring COVID-19 vaccine for students

Protesters say it’s parents’ right to decide if vaccination is appropriate.

(From left top) Dolores Morales, Lauretta Avina, Silas Quintero. (From left bottom) Scott McPhahil and Matthew Rojas. Photos courtesy of the candidates.

Government / Politics

Only one Hollister council candidate has raised substantial campaign funds

Dolores Morales has received contributions from unions, out-of-county residents, local and state leaders.

Gabriel Orozco presenting the first quarter budget to the Board of Supervisors. Photo by Noe Magaña.

Government / Politics

Despite recent salary increase, county still struggling to fill vacancies

County administrators warn supervisors of tough times ahead for funding positions.

Rain dance ceremony in San Juan Bautista on Oct. 10. Photo by Jonathan Crowther.

Art & Culture

Locals celebrate Indigenous People’s Day

People speak about their sacred site known as Juristac.

Board of Supervisors meeting on Sept. 28. Photo by Noe Magaña.

Government / Politics

San Benito County Supervisor candidates waiting for governor’s action

District 1 has been vacant since Mark Medina resigned in June.

PG&E crews working near the Highway 156 and Union Road intersection. Photo by Noe Magaña.

Transportation

PG&E 95% done with utility relocation on Hwy 156

The project, which includes placing a new transmission pipeline, is part of the $106 million highway widening effort.

Hollister City Manager Brett Miller walks near the three flagpoles at City Hall on Aug. 19, 2021. File Photo by Noe Magaña.

Government / Politics

Supreme Court to hear case over displaying religious flag at Boston City hall

In 2017 Boston denied a request to fly the Christian flag.

Courtney Evans hugs with Dalila Epperson after the jury did not come up with a verdict on Sept. 30. Photo by Noe Magaña.

Police / Fire

Jury finds Hollister resident guilty of resisting arrest, not guilty of trespassing

Courtney Evans was arrested on Dec. 15 when she refused to wear a mask during a Board of Supervisors meeting.

Photo by Noe Magaña.

Health / Fitness

SBC honors residents who died of COVID-19

Several speak of their loved ones to about 100 attendees.

Luck Park houses the Carl Martin Luck Memorial Library, Jim Jack Cabin and the Luck Museum. Photo by Noe Magaña.

Government / Politics

SJB adopts Luck Park Master Plan

It calls for keeping the Jim Jack Cabin at its current site and moving the fire engine museum across the park.

Supervisor Bea Gonzales during the July 27, 2021 Board of Supervisor meeting. Photo by Noe Magaña.

Police / Fire

County district attorney will not file charges on supervisor threat claim

Bea Gonzales said she is not disappointed with the outcome.

Assemblyman Robert Rivas (left), Supervisor Bea Gonzales and County Administrative Officer Ray Espinosa. Photo by Noe Magaña.

Housing / Land Use

Rivas brings $750k for regional park

Local advocates hope this ‘seed money’ will attract more funding.

County staff at the Vaccination site at 351 Tres Pinos Road. Photo by Noe Magaña.

Health

Cash incentive leads to 6.3% COVID vaccination rate increase

Since the program began last month, 2,325 residents have received at least one dose.

Sarah Nordwick (left), and program coordinators Sindy Muro and Ed Escamilla tending the mobile pantry on Sept. 13 at Tony Aguirre Park on W Graf Road. Photo by Noe Magaña.

Food / Dining

Foodbank changes mobile pantry schedule

Between 20-50 families visit the mobile pantry at each stop.

John Smith Road Landfill. Photo by Noe Magaña.

Housing / Land Use

State department approves modified landfill permit

The landfill capacity will increase by 443,000 cubic yards.