A float from a past Saddle Horse Show Parade coming down the street. Photo courtesy of Ray Pulver.


Saddle Horse Show Parade returns after two-year hiatus

Local resident Rebecca Wolf has been the main force behind the parade since 2017.

BenitoLink Reporter Robert Eliason speaks to the SBC Historical Society at the SBC Historical Park. Photo by Jenny Mendolla Arbizu.


San Benito County Historical Society learns about local vineyard history

BenitoLink’s Robert Eliason shares his research on Cienega Valley wines.


Hollister resident recalls his Vietnam years in the Army

VFW post commander George Nava distinguished himself during dangerous times.

Reid Lerner with the 400 Block corner building behind him under construction. Photo by Robert Eliason.


Gilroy architect helping to create a more vital downtown Hollister

Reid Lerner has three major projects within two blocks.

Hollister resident Norma Martinetti with her prized rosemary. She says the plants have been passed down in her family and have a uniquely sweet flavor. Photo by Julie Britt.

History & Profiles

Ahead of her time: Norma Martinetti and the Hollister Farmers’ Market

Despite local resistance, she founded what has become a staple event.

Mary Morales and Rick. Photo by Robert Eliason.

History & Profiles

As her dream project breaks ground, Mary Morales leaves the town she loves

San Juan Bautista resident and her husband were involved with the city for nearly 30 years.

Ruben Sobreyra at UC Davis. Photo courtesty of Ruben Sobreyra.

History & Profiles

Former SBHS student comes full circle

Ruben Sobreyra’s life journey has taken him from homelessness in Hollister to Japan internships and back to Hollister as a college graduate.

Trish Paetz with early San Juan Bautista ledgers. Photo by Robert Eliason.

Government / Politics

San Juan Bautista’s deputy county clerk retires after 17 years

Trish Paetz has shouldered a multitude of responsibilities.

James Perry and San Juan prints. Photo by Robert Eliason.

History & Profiles

Monterey County Historical Society lands a major photo collection

The history of Monterey and San Benito counties are revealed in more than half a million rare items.

Mohammad Huweih (right) pictured next to now-assemblyman Robert Rivas. Photo courtesy of Mohammad Huweih.


Selling flowers helped former Hollister resident bloom

As Mohammad Huweih became a presence downtown, he was creating long-lasting relationships.

Patricia Bains with Thomas Blackshear's "Planting a Kiss." Photo by Robert Eliason.

Art & Culture

Mrs. B’s shops bring focus on Black history and artists to San Juan Bautista

A curated selection of clothing, antiques and collectibles showcases ‘beauty, knowledge, class and dignity.’

Dedication of Vasquez marker. Courtesy of E Clampus Vitus.

BL Special Report

BL Longform: Snyder’s General Store and the downfall of Tiburcio Vasquez 

The raid that led to the capture and execution of an outlaw.

John Chadwell's book is in development to run as a TV series. Netflix is one of the production companies considering the project. Photo courtesy of John Chadwell.


BenitoLink reporter shifts from journalism to screenwriting  

John Chadwell chases his dream. He has been writing novels and screenplays since the late 1980s. 

Norma Martinetti turned 100 years old on Dec. 21, 2021. Photo courtesy of Community Foundation for San Benito County.

History & Profiles

100 years of clear memories

Norma is an amazing example of determination and the will to do good for others.


Looking back at San Benito County’s top stories of 2021

Year two of the pandemic brought vaccinations, the reopening of schools and a partial return to life before the coronavirus.