Raul Gonzalez. Photo by Robert Eliason.

Features

Raul Gonzalez retires after 65 years of cutting hair in Hollister

Some families had been loyal customers for decades.

Alessio Carli and his wines. Photo by Robert Eliason

Eat Drink Savor

Eat, Drink, Savor: Small-production Alicats Winery makes big Italian-influenced vintages

Master winemaker Alessio Carli’s foray into his deeply personal wines.

Jack Kirk, Sr. of Hollister and Stephanie Shoquist of Gilroy use a radio during ARRL Field Day. Photo courtesy of Heatherly Takeuchi.

Features

San Benito County ‘Hams’ expand during pandemic

The Amateur Radio Association helps during emergencies and provides equipment testing and training.

Fortunate Son. Photo by Robert Eliason.

Features

Fortunate Son and Caravanserai perform for 1,400 cheering and dancing fans

Hollister Concerts series kicks off at Guerra Cellars.

Miss California Rodeo Salinas 2019 Kelsee French and Miss San Benito Rodeo 2019 Bonnie Mansmith at the 2019 Saddle Horse Show and Rodeo. File photo.

News

Saddle Horse Association’s Rodeo scheduled for June 26

Entry deadline is June 9 and no parade will be held this year.

An outdoor wedding (prior to the spread of COVID-19) at Jardines de San Juan. Photo courtesy of Jardines de San Juan.

Features

Couples wary of wedding ceremonies following pandemic

Many of the ceremonies being held this year are postponements from last year.

Mary Ann and Ray Barragan. Courtesy of Golden Memorial Insurance.

Features

Ray Barragan, from garlic grinder to a leader in burial insurance

The family continues his business and legacy of good works.

Volunteer Kay Ackerman Harmon has a special connection with the airport in that her father-in-law Elmer Harmon was the first airport manager. Photo by John Chadwell.

Features

A Bird’s Eye View of life

Kay Ackerman and Ronald Harmon were 12 when they first met on a dusty airstrip along Fairview Road.

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.

State Park interpreter Marcos Vizcaino in the Castro/Breen Adobe. Photo by Robert Eliason.

Features

San Juan Bautista State Park prepares to mark National Museum Month

As COVID restrictions lift, tourists are returning to the city.

Cynthia Emeterio. Photo by Robert Eliason.

Business

Premiere Cinemas reopens at 25% capacity

New protocols at Hollister’s multi screen movie theater don’t deter film lovers.

Pinnacles National Park has over 400 species of bees. Photo by Carmel de Bertaut.

Environment / Nature

Earth Day at Pinnacles

Over 65% of the national park is federal wilderness.

Cortnee Bowers with daughters Riley and Kinsley Mapel meet with Bearsun on Highway 25. Photo Carmel de Bertaut.

Features

Walking ‘bear’ makes it to San Benito County en route to San Francisco

Artist Bearsun left Los Angeles on foot April 12 and expects to reach his destination April 23.

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News

UC Master Gardeners announces several upcoming classes and events 

Online classes are free or low-cost.

Anthony Davila, brother of Adolfo Jr., (wearing a red baseball jersey and hat) is embraced by his step father Mario Sanchez during the celebration of life event. Photo by Noe Magaña.

San Benito Lifestyle

Fundraiser for son of recently killed local athlete draws a crowd

Wrestler Adolfo Davila Jr died April 5 of gunshot injuries.