San Benito County Administration Building. Photo by Leslie David.


90 county residents have been tested for COVID-19

Officials give updates at remote Board of Supervisors meeting.

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The proposed Betabel commercial node location off Highway 101. Photo by Robert Eliason.

Housing / Land Use

Supervisors rezone Betabel node off Hwy 101 to ag rangeland

Poised to place a C-1 commercial thoroughfare on 29 acres, the board holds off until April 7.

David Mack briefs the Planning Commission about San Juan Bautista's history with urban growth boundaries. Photo by Noe Magaña.

Housing / Land Use

SJB Planning Commission discusses urban growth boundary

City Manager looks to gain support from City Council before budgeting for it.

San Benito County Administration Building. File Photo.

Government / Politics

Cause of death still unknown for COVID-19 case

Sheriff’s Office warns against price gouging and asks non-essential businesses to adhere to the shelter-in-place order; Health and Human Services director updates on local resources.

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Bolado Park. Photo courtesy of Google Earth.

Housing / Land Use

San Benito tells state it opposes using Bolado Park as a homeless site

Supervisors insist the county is doing its part to serve the transient population.

Parents wait in the lobby while dance classes are in session. The toys and puzzles seen on the floor have since been removed. Photo by Janelle Cuilla and provided by Amy Redmond Waran.


Local dance studio takes steps to prevent COVID-19 spread

Flying Colors owner considering classes through video.

Mateo Oliveira racing down a steep part of the track on March 8 at the Lazy Bumb Hare Scramble in Paicines. Photos by Noe Magaña.

Sports & Recreation

Hollister resident places second in off-road motorcycle race

Around 1,000 racers compete at Lazy Bumb Hare Scramble in Paicines.

Tim Murray poses in front of his 1978 GMC motorhome on March 6 at a gathering of the Vintage Camper Trailers club. Photo by Noe Magaña.


Vintage trailer enthusiasts gather at Casa De Fruta

Four days of seminars demonstrate techniques in painting, lighting and other repairs.

The intersection of Bolsa Road and Highway 25. Image from the Mobility Partnership meeting agenda packet.


Pilot program aims to ease Hwy 25 congestion

In a six-month trial, left turns from Bolsa Road will be prohibited during afternoon rush hour.

PORC Secretary Mary Hsia-Coron submits a new land-use initiative to Hollister City Clerk Christine Black on March 2. Photo by Noe Magaña.

Housing / Land Use

Land use group launches a Hollister ballot initiative

PORC wants the city to establish an urban growth boundary.

Motorists on Highway 156 crossing the intersection with Highway 25. Photo by Noe Magaña.


COG proposes alternatives to Highway 25-156 roundabout

Caltrans not keen on overpass idea, citing safety and timetable concerns.

The Suncoast Organic Farm entrance. Planned expansion includes a beer garden, special events and a tasting room. Photo by Noe Magaña.

Business / Economy

County Planning Commission approves Suncoast Organic Farm expansion

New operations to include beer and wine tasting, beer garden and special events.

The Lazy Bumb Hare Scramble in 2019. Photo provided by Brian Garrahan.

Housing / Land Use

San Benito County Planning Commission approves off-road race

The Lazy Bumb Hare Scramble takes place near Panoche on March 7 and 8.

Marcus Edwards, general manager of Jardines, said changing to paper straws was a no brainer. Photo by Noe Magaña.

Environment / Nature

San Juan Bautista moves to ban single-use plastics

Businesses have until May 15 to comply.

Retired San Benito County employees at the Feb. 18 Board of Supervisors meeting stand to show support for a petition requesting full health benefits and reimbursement. Photo by Noe Magaña.


Retired employees submit petition to supervisors demanding full health coverage

Seventy-two former county workers claim it was promised to them.