Rider McDowell. Photo provided.

Community Opinions

COMMENTARY: Questions answered about Betabel

Creator Rider McDowell responds to questions about the project off Highway 101.

Gavilan College campus in Gilroy. Photo by Robert Eliason.

Commentary

COMMENTARY: Gavilan Board President speaks about fiscal management

Rachel Perez writes that though the college is in a tough spot financially, they are working on closing the deficit.

Hollister District 1 Councilwoman Carol Lenoir. File photo by John Chadwell.

Commentary

COMMENTARY: Support for businesses downtown after recent fire

Hollister Councilwoman Carol Lenoir writes in response to the recent fire in her district.

Gavilan College Superintendent and President Kathleen Rose. Photo provided.

Community Opinions

COMMENTARY: Reflections and Renewal—the Way Forward

Superintendent/President Kathleen Rose writes about the past school year and looks ahead to the future.

Betabel Project Drawing, from R. McDowell. Provided by Mia Casey.

Community Opinions

COMMUNITY OPINION: The Betabel Project: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

San Benito Citizens for a Brighter Future co-founder Mia Casey writes about a virtual town hall put on by Betabel Project owner Rider McDowell.

Gavilan College campus in Gilroy. Photo by Robert Eliason.

Community Opinions

COMMUNITY OPINION: Gavilan College’s deficits are a result of overspending

Steve Kinsella writes that residents need to demand accountability and transparency from the Gavilan College trustees.

Photo courtesy of Pixabay.

Community Opinions

COMMUNITY OPINION: San Benito County facing emergencies

Supervisor Mark Medina writes about the county facing COVID-19 and the budget.

Downtown San Juan Bautista. File photo.

Community Opinions

COMMUNITY OPINION: San Juan’s economic struggle over the last 75 years could end

Valerie Egland writes about the difficulty of drawing tourists in to the historic city.

Charlene McKowen at the Anzar High School Garden. Photo by Robert Eliason.

Community Opinions

COMMENTARY: Anzar High School staff go far beyond distance learning expectations

Former principal Charlene McKowen writes that staff worked hard to adapt and sustain a high-maintenance, high-reward vital program for graduation during the school closure.

Students are struggling with distance learning. Photo provided by Youth Alliance.

Community Opinions

COMMENTARY: Keeping youth at the heart of our recovery

Youth Alliance Executive Director Diane Ortiz writes that distance learning does not serve community members equally, and that the community must come together to address issues now.

Satellite view of San Benito County with project location highlighted. Image courtesy of Goggle Earth and provided by Wayne Norton.

Community Opinions

COMMUNITY OPINION: Stop personal attacks, let project stand on its own merits

SBC Supervisor candidate Wayne Norton writes about proposed development at Betabel.

Image provided by Rider McDowell.

Commentary

COMMENTARY: McDowell Charity Trust-funded research for cancer leads to possible breakthrough

Betabel Project creator Rider McDowell writes about progress made in treating medulloblastoma, a form of pediatric brain cancer.

Supervisor Peter Hernandez. File photo.

Community Opinions

COMMENTARY: To be unified, we need an honest conversation

Supervisor Peter Hernandez shares comments he made at an April meeting concerning the face covering mandate.

Hollister District 1 Councilwoman Carol Lenoir. File photo by John Chadwell.

Community Opinions

COMMENTARY: An open letter to downtown

Hollister Councilwoman Carol Lenoir writes about downtown revitalization and efforts to continue ad hoc committee work.

Noah and Melia Magaña meet their newborn brother, Nathan.

Community Opinions

COMMENTARY: Giving birth during the COVID-19 pandemic

Shelby Schipsi writes about her experience.