Photo courtesy of California Department of Fish and Wildlife.


County planners approve lifting ban on cannabis retail

Outdoor cultivation remains a possibility in unincorporated areas of the county.

Hollister Fire Department responding to the Fairview Road fire. Photo by John Chadwell.


Seven small blazes keep local and state firefighters busy

Fairview Road fire could have been ‘substantially bigger’ under different weather conditions, battalion chief says.

(Left to right) Director of Client Services Heidi Ash, Co-owner and managing partner Beth Welch and Creative Director Zack Shubkagel Rovella. Photo courtesy of Waltz Creative.


Schipper Design changes name to Waltz Creative

Kathy Schipper and Beth Welch remain co-owners of the San Juan Bautista marketing company.

San Juan Bautista City Manager Don Reynolds said the city may have to put up another flag pole next year during the May 29 ceremony. Photo by John Chadwell.


SJB city flag-flying policy allows LGBTQ, bans religion and politics

The policy allows the city to display a commemorative flag only if requested by a council member and cleared by majority council vote.

John Smith Road Landfill. Photo by Noe Magaña.


Public comment period begins for permit to expand landfill capacity

Waste Solutions seeks to increase capacity by 444,000 cubic yards.

San Benito County interim Public Health Officer Dr. David Ghilarducci. Photo provided.


Q&A: San Benito County Health Officer David Ghilarducci

He shares views on a rise in COVID cases, the rise of the Delta variant and the importance of getting vaccinated.

Hollister City Clerk Christine Black receives the Notice of Intention from Suzanne Garcia, Celeste Toledo-Bocanegra and Andrew Russo (not pictured). Photo by Noe Magaña.


Effort to recall Hollister mayor crosses first hurdle

Next steps: getting petition form approved and collecting signatures.

Courtney Evans and a group of supporters outside of the Superior Court of San Benito County on March 30, 2021. Photo courtesy of Courtney Evans.


Hollister woman arrested at supervisors meeting vows to fight charges

Claiming elected leaders have violated their oath of office, Courtney Evans intends to represent herself in court.

Novel Coronavirus. Photo courtesy of Centers for Disease Control.


June coronavirus roundup for San Benito County

6,108 people tested positive as of June 30, 14 are active patients, 6,094 have recovered and 63 have died; the county's 7-day positive rate is 3.1%.

Fireworks stand at Windmill Market in San Juan Bautista. Photo by Robert Eliason.


SJB prepares to enforce Illegal fireworks

Three more security officers are budgeted for July 4 weekend.

David Pequeno appearing in court via Zoom on June 24. Photo by Noe Magaña.


Hearing continued for downtown arson suspect

Court waiting for psychiatric evaluations of David Pequeno.

Manuel Martinez Vasquez appears in court via Zoom on June 24. 2021. Photo by Noe Magaña.


Court continues hearing for driver facing murder charges

Arraignment for Manuel Martinez Vasquez set for July 22.

San Benito County RMA Director Benny Young. Photo courtesy of the County of San Benito.


San Benito County loses another RMA director

There have been four in the role since 2017.

Homes along Highway 156 in San Juan Bautista. Photo courtesy of Shelby Schipsi.


SJB changes fence height limits along Highway 156

The city agrees to ask Caltrans for a sound wall.

Ishmael Williams riding his donkey. Photo courtesy of the San Benito County Historical Society.


Juneteenth: Ishmael Williams

A teamster, a singer and town friend.