Robert Eliason, out in the fresh air again after surgery. Photo by Robert Eliason.


BL Longform: Fighting cancer, with the scars to prove it

Reporter Robert Eliason writes on his recovery from prostate surgery.

Kammie Osborn, owner of Jan's Rock Shop in San Juan Bautista. Photo by Robert Eliason.

Business / Economy

Jan’s Rock Shop celebrates 34 years in San Juan Bautista

Store offers rare Benitoite, beautiful Poppy Jasper, fossilized dinosaur poop and more.

Miss Teen California Petite Cassandra Dominguez. Photo courtesy of Cassandra Dominguez.

San Benito Lifestyle

Hollister student aims to compete in national pageant in Chicago

Miss Teen California Petite Cassandra Dominguez seeks the top title of Miss Teen USA.

Becky Thompson in Civil War period costume. Photo by Robert Eliason.

Business / Economy

Community remembers Becky Thompson, the Soap Lady

Founder of San Benito Soap Works dies following surgery.

Early Hollister Fire Department Hose Company. Photo courtesy of HFD.

History & Profiles

Hollister Fire Department celebrates 145th anniversary

Local powerhouse tends to fires throughout San Benito County and the state.

Daniel Aguilera at La Michoacana in Hollister. Photo by Robert Eliason.

Food / Dining

La Michoacana Paleteria y Neveria comes to Hollister

Menu highlights include homemade Mexican ice cream in over 40 flavors.

The Third Apparition as presented in "La Virgen de Tepeyac." Photo by Robert Eliason.

Art & Culture

The evolution of El Teatro Campesino’s ‘La Virgen de Tepeyac’

From a liturgical manuscript to full production in the Mission to a pandemic-inspired radio play.

Mary Risavi, founder of Wise Goat Organics. Photo by Robert Eliason.

Food / Dining

Local chef’s products inspired by picky eaters

Wise Goat Organics products available from Hollister and San Juan Bautista retailers.

An advocate and her CASA child enjoying a visit at Park Hill. Photo courtesy of CASA.


Foster care shortage leads to displaced children

Teens and those with behavioral issues are most likely to be relocated outside San Benito County.

Women's Club of Hollister member Kimberley Kimber with the 'Flocking Good Recipes' cookbook. Photo courtesy of Kimberley Kimber.

San Benito Lifestyle

Women’s Club of Hollister publishes cookbook in time for the holidays

It features treasured family recipes and new favorites.

Robert Eliason resting at home.


BL Longform: A diagnosis of prostate cancer is not a death sentence

Reporter Robert Eliason's firsthand account of the journey to wellness.

Packs pick up by Irma Torrez with CPS. Photo courtesy of the Women's Club of Hollister.

Children and Youth

Women’s Club provides care backpacks to families in need

Items include quilts, clothes and hygiene essentials.

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

Government / Politics

Q&A: County’s flu vaccine status

Public Health Officer David Ghilarducci tells why he’s hopeful despite lower than normal vaccination numbers.

Juan Rodriguez, owner of J &S Barrels, Slabs, and Metals in San Juan Bautista. Photo by Robert Eliason.


When a wine barrel becomes a tabletop

J&S Barrels, Slabs, and Metals owner Juan Rodriguez crafts custom chests, chairs and more.

Noe Montoya. Photo by Robert Eliason

Art & Culture

Local artistic community remembers Noe Montoya

"He was absolutely an incredible human being. His heart and his generosity and his true belief in La Causa will be attributes that we will remember."