Sunnyslope County Water District candidates Jim Parker, Jerry Buzzetta and Andres Builes.

Government / Politics

Election 2020: Sunnyslope County Water District

Three candidates compete for two seats on Nov. 3.

Jim Ostdick at Crater Lake Rim. Photo courtesy of Jim Ostdick.

Art & Culture

Q&A: Jim Ostdick’s 2,650-mile hike from Mexico to Canada

Local adventurer publishes his story of the journey.

Image courtesy of Pixabay.

San Benito Lifestyle

Final evenings set for Hollister drive-in movies

‘Goosebumps’ and ‘Hocus Pocus’ screenings slated before Halloween.

Scout Cody Silveira with door hangers. Photo courtesy of Bryan Feci.

Children and Youth

Scout-O-Rama goes virtual to gather hundreds for fun and games

A new approach brings three weeks of activities for scout troops and guests.

Amalia Ellis (right) and her mother Kerry. Photo courtesy of Amalia Ellis.

BL Special Report

BL Special Report: The heartbreaking complexities of in-home caregiving

Caring for a parent with Alzheimer’s is an act of love and patience. One local woman shares her story.

A 2019 workshop on making ofrendas (altars) for Dia de los Muertos. Photo courtesy of El Teatro Campesino.

Art & Culture

El Teatro Campesino hosts online workshops for Dia de los Muertos

Participants learn how to design ofrendas for deceased loved ones.

Photo by Laura Romero.

Nonprofits

Youth Alliance sets 100-day goal to fight homelessness

Avenida program brings housing assistance and job skills training.

Alexa Gomez with a large sunflower at Swank Farms. Photo by Robert Eliason.

Agriculture

Swank Farms opens for fall fun

A local tradition refreshes their approach in light of COVID-19.

Handing out homework packets at San Juan School. Photo courtesy of Aromas-San Juan Unified School District.

Education / Schools

Election 2020: Measure O

Supermajority across three counties required to pass $30.5 million in bonds for improvements to the Aromas-San Juan Unified School District.

Aiden Castaneda. Photo by Robert Eliason.

Sports & Recreation

Racing to build a running track at San Juan School

Students and community team up to raise funds.

Robert Rivas and Gregory Swett.

Government / Politics

Election 2020: 30th Assembly District

Incumbent Robert Rivas and challenger Gregory Swett face off Nov. 3.

Margot Tankersley of Margot's Ice Cream Parlor in San Juan Bautista. Photo by Robert Eliason.

Food / Dining

San Benito County brings chocolate treats to the world

Confection making in factories and back rooms.

Early photo of McKinnon Lumber Company. Photo courtesy of John Barrett.

Features

McKinnon Lumberyard dates back to early Hollister

San Benito County’s oldest retail business going strong during pandemic.

Ginger Russo, Mary Regalo, and bakery owner Dianne Hampton. Photo by Robert Eliason.

Food / Dining

San Juan Bakery overwhelmed by customers and love

Third Street staple reopens after nearly six-month hiatus.

Members of Pack 444 of Hollister. Photo courtesy of Bryan Feci.

San Benito Lifestyle

Cub Scouts gather around the virtual campfire

Pack 444 of Hollister keeps together during pandemic with online games and movie nights.