Jim and Mari Rossi. Photo by Robert Eliason.

Eat Drink Savor

Eat, Drink, Savor: B&R Farms showcases the versatile Blenheim apricot

Hollister orchard offers apricot products for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Joseph Elmhorst and his food truck. Photo by Robert Eliason.

Food / Dining

The Steak Stop Food Truck opens a permanent location

Joseph Elmhorst is aiming to start a trend in Hollister dining options.

Sofia Abonce. Photo by Robert Eliason.

Sports & Recreation

San Benito High field hockey on track to be champions

Games against rivals Christopher and Gilroy high schools will decide the winner.

Lauren Strone of Eden Rift. Photo by Robert Eliason.

Eat Drink Savor

Eat, Drink Savor: Eden Rift celebrates five new wines at a tasting event

Guests also feast on selections from Smoke Point BBQ.

Antonia Martin, Scott Gilmore's great granddaughter, at the former Gilmore property. Photo by Robert Eliason.

History & Profiles

BL Longform: The exodus of former slaves from Arkansas to Cienega Valley

The Gilmore Colony settles briefly in the Hollister Hills.

Fire at San Juan Elementary. Photo by Robert Eliason.

Police / Fire

Fire breaks out at San Juan Elementary School

Staff was evacuated safely. No students were on campus at the time of the fire.

Connie Lopez and Lele doll. Photo by Robert Eliason.

Business

Folk art from Guatemala and Mexico finds a home in San Juan Bautista

Claudia Lopez returns to her roots to stock her Guatemala Boutique.

Patti Gonzales packaging apricots. Photo by Robert Eliason.

Eat Drink Savor

Eat, Drink, Savor: ApricotKing Orchard helps keep the Blenheim apricot alive

The fruit’s thin skin makes it more difficult to harvest and limits its shipping range.

Rebecca and Jose Salinas. Photo by Robert Eliason.

BL Special Report

BL Special Report: Loneliness among seniors during COVID

Isolating to stay safe makes a difficult problem worse.

Blake (left) and Tyler Abercrombie with Decimal the pig. Photo by Robert Eliason.

Children and Youth

Tyler Abercrombie and a pricey pig

Members of the local agriculture community give a big send-off to a 4-H youth at the San Benito County Fair.

Ron Siletto. Photo courtesy of Siletto Family Vineyards.

Eat Drink Savor

Eat, Drink, Savor: Siletto Family Vineyards is a wonderland for visiting winemakers

The nearly three dozen varietals range from old favorites to the rare and unusual.

"I will be after you in January if you want to come" - Daniel Gilmore to Scott Gilmore. Courtesy of Antonia Martin

History & Profiles

BL Longform: The untold history of Hollister’s Gilmore Colony

County records, newspaper articles and letters describe the formation of an early Black community in San Benito County.

Dylan Perry (white tshirt) and Brendan Sigourney (black t-shirt). Photo by Robert Eliason.

Sports & Recreation

San Benito High Water Polo staying afloat post-COVID restrictions

The team is working to find its rhythm in the water.

Margot Tankersley and her candy. Photo by Robert Eliason.

Eat Drink Savor

Eat, Drink Savor: Chocolates of Kayla’s Kandies

Margot Tankersley makes a line of chocolate-dipped products, including pretzels, marshmallows, Oreos, graham crackers, and locally sourced Blenheim apricots.

Raul Escareno at Mangia. Photo by Robert Eliason.

Business

The Baler Bar is set to bring a new dining experience to Hollister

Mangia owner Raul Escareno’s steakhouse aims for November opening.