Sanchez, during her cancer treatment. Photo courtesy of Susie Sanchez.

Features

A life-changing diagnosis

Hollister resident and former Raiderette Susie Sanchez talks about HPV and anal cancer.

Bernie Ramirez turned 19 years of age in Vietnam. On that same day he witnessed one of his best friends killed in an explosion. He lost two friends on the same day. He received a medal for valor in action along the Demilitarized Zone and began suffering from PTSD 10 years after being discharged. Photo courtesy of Bernie Ramirez.

Features

Fireworks can trigger nightmares of combat

Hundreds of thousands of veterans who have PTSD suffer every Fourth of July as fireworks bring back the fear.

Group of woman. Used by permission of Menstrualidas.

Features

Hollister woman educates about menstruation

Carla Arrunategui-Smith aims to dispel myths and taboos.

Foxhollow Herb Farm. Courtesy of Foxhollow.

Features

Hollister’s Foxhollow Herb Farm brings organic products to the community and beyond

It’s been making soaps, lotions, creams and incense since 1995.

Hollister Comfort Shoes owners, Enrique and Ecliseria Martinez, are finding their feet at their new location at 1760 Airline Highway. Photo by Jenny Mendolla Arbizu

Business

Hollister Comfort Shoes: Ahhhh

Couple bring specialty footwear to town.

Founding member Chris Evans (let), Mason Churchill (center), Robb Rodriquez (right) and Logan the dog. Photo by Carmel de Bertaut

Features

Growing Hearts builds community garden at Vista Park Hill

Staff and clients raise organic crops for their own use.

The Apricot Lane section of the River Parkway Trail will officially open with a ribbon cutting April 10. Photo by John Chadwell.

Sports & Recreation

Over 10 years in the making, Hollister becomes more walkable

First section of River Parkway Trail open. Ribbon cutting for portion near Apricot Lane set for April 10.

Lifeguard Dawson Garcia at the San Benito High School pool, operated by San Benito Aquatics. Photo by Robert Eliason.

Health / Fitness

Learning to save lives at San Benito Aquatics

Lifeguarding classes are slated for the San Benito High School pool.

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

Health

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

Reporter Robert Eliason writes on his recovery from prostate surgery.

Robert Eliason resting at home.

Health

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

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

Tiffany Wyrick in the hospital. Photo courtesy of Tiffany Wyrick.

Health

BL Longform: COVID-19 recovery from a personal point of view

Tiffany Wyrick and son Colton share their story of becoming infected and the lingering effects months later.

Photo courtesy of Pixabay.

Health

Tips for a safe Thanksgiving during COVID-19

Public Health Officer David Ghilarducci’s advice on how to prepare for a gathering, how to stay protected and what to do afterwards.

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.

Kamal Yoga hosting a session outdoors. Photo provided.

Health / Fitness

Area fitness services adapting to pandemic guidelines

Oasis moving to a new location.

Mary Margaret Lanning, creator and owner of Overall Fitness and Nutrition, demonstrates a straight arm plank. Photo courtesy of Mary Marguerite Lanning.

Health / Fitness

Tips for exercising at home

How to adopt, or maintain, fitness goals while sheltering in place.