Jose Antonio Barajas at the Sept. 16 hearing. File photo by John Chadwell.

Police / Fire

Judge sentences Barajas 47 years to life

Jose Antonio Barajas was convicted of murder, attempted murder, kidnapping and shooting at an inhabited vehicle.

Image from video of the meeting.

Health

San Benito County gets COVID-19 update

The vaccination rate is 73.6% among eligible residents.

David Pequeno at the June 24, 2021 hearing. Photo by Noe Magaña.

Police / Fire

Hollister fire suspect found not guilty by reason of insanity

David Pequeno will be evaluated for treatment options.

Image courtesy of Pixabay.

Events

Public meetings for the week of Feb. 21

County supervisors, Hollister City Council and two school districts among agencies scheduled to meet.

From left: Jay, Elizabeth Cemeron and Andrew Coppin. Photo courtesy of Ranchbot marketing director Elizabeth Cameron.

San Benito Lifestyle

Rancher uses new remote water-monitoring technology

With San Benito County in Severe Drought status, John Eade says the information the Ranchbot provides is ‘priceless.’

Photo by Leslie David.

Nonprofits

Community Foundation hosts tour of Epicenter

10 nonprofits set to move into the new Hollister building in March.

Conceptual rendering of the Pacheco Viaduct. Courtesy of the California High-Speed Rail Authority.

Transportation

High Speed Rail Authority releases Draft 2022 Business Plan for review

The plan addresses construction and funding.

Photo by Chris Mora.

Sports & Recreation

Three locals place top-10 in Mission 10 race

Locals place top-10 in two race categories.

San Benito High School main administration building. File photo.

Education / Schools

San Benito High district ponders name change

Trustees to discuss renaming the campus Hollister High School.

Board of Supervisors meeting Dec. 14, 2021. Photo by Noe Magaña.

Government / Politics

San Benito supervisors to consider sales tax ballot measure

Though no specific rate increase has been proposed, the county estimates a 1% hike would bring $3.34 million in new revenue each year.

John Smith Road Landfill. Photo by Noe Magaña.

Government / Politics

San Benito County Supervisors reject transfer station at landfill

Waste Solutions expects to stop accepting out-of-county trash on March 30.

Congressman Jimmy Panetta. File photo.

News

Congressman Panetta discusses San Benito County

Congressman Jimmy Panetta will stop representing San Benito County after 2022.

Hollister School District Board of Trustees voting to go into closed session at the Jan. 25 meeting. Image from Youtube.

Education / Schools

Hollister School District halts board meeting over ‘disruptions’

Parents say they attended peacefully to voice their opposition to student mask mandates.

Tents along the railroad near Taco Bell on San Felipe Road in Hollister. Photo by Noe Magaña.

Health

San Benito County sets goal of cutting homelessness by 50% in 5 years

The plan includes performance targets of services, such as increasing the use of H.O.M.E. shelter and adding housing for extremely low-income residents.

Photo courtesy of the office of Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren.

Government / Politics

Congresswoman Lofgren discusses San Benito County

Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren, representative of the 19th district, will run for the new 18th congressional district.