Cattle are moved from one ranch to another along Highway 25 in South County. Photo by Shari Schmidt.

Agriculture

Moving cattle, Bitterwater style

South County resident Shari Schmidt writes about driving a herd of 120 stocker cattle in the southernmost part of San Benito County.

Yvette Fragozo performed live in front of a panel of judges on February 5 in Burbank, California for the television show 'Tengo Talento, Mucho Talento.' Photo courtesy of Yvette Fragozo.

San Benito Lifestyle

Local teen singer taking next steps in TV talent show

Yvette Fragozo prepares for quarterfinals for ‘Tengo Talento, Mucho Talento.’

Checkout line at Safeway. Gig economy workers have become frequent shoppers at grocery stores during the pandemic. Photo provided.

Business / Economy

Gig workers soldier on during pandemic

An Instacart shopper and DoorDash delivery driver share their food-handling experiences.

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Mark and Jeanette Pulido at the Memorial Wall in 4th Street Eatery. Photos by Robert Eliason.

San Benito Lifestyle

4th Street Eatery honors armed forces with memorial wall

Photos pay tribute to San Benito County’s active and former service members.

JJ's Burgers owner Jesus Zavela. The burger joint is one of three San Juan Bautista restaurants participating in the Great Plates Delivered program. Photo by Robert Eliason.

Business / Economy

Great Plates Delivered lends a hand to seniors and restaurants

State-sponsored meal program runs through mid-June and aims to provide free breakfast, lunch and dinner.

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Adding a twist to a traditional pancake recipe can be a fun way to experiment in the kitchen. Photo courtesy of Jennifer Martin.

San Benito Lifestyle

Simple, delicious recipes to try at home

Jennifer Martin of Hollister offers cooking tips and meals to make with family.

El Teatro Campesino actors and performers give an in-class lesson in 2018. With the coronavirus pandemic, the San Juan Bautista-based theater is taking its education program online. All photos provided by El Teatro Campesino.

Art & Culture

El Teatro Campesino brings puppet show online

Educational outreach program continues through video lessons and visual arts.

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Alex Esquivel at Lucky's. Esquivel is also a graphic artist. He was a fall 2019 intern in graphic art and continues to produce graphics for BenitoLink on a freelance basis while he continues his studies. Photo courtesy of Marisa Duran.

San Benito Lifestyle

Photography exhibit honors essential workers

Hollister photographer Marisa Duran teams up with San Benito Arts Council to display her work in a unique way.

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Still image from "Shootout at Tres Pinos," a three-minute film made by local teens Oliver and Finn Cross.

Art & Culture

Tres Pinos brothers take on 72-hour online film slam

Oliver and Finn Cross, 13-year-old twins, create their own Western movie.

Eddie, Christopher, Aaron and Lani Hoang. Photo courtesy of Eddie Hoang.

Business

Local music video says ‘Go Away Corona’

Miyako owner Eddie Hoang and family create and share a song to help lighten the mood during COVID-19.

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Mariachi Juvenil Corazón Jalisciense Director Israel Ramirez with his wife Carmen and daughters Carmen, 14, and Miriam, 8. Photo provided.

Art & Culture

Celebrating Cinco de Mayo amid COVID-19

Two Hollister residents talk about planned festivities and how the pandemic has affected the holiday for them.

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Local Realtor and amateur photographer Donna Silva took pictures of families on their front porches with a zoom lens to be able to safely follow social distancing guidelines. Photos taken and provided by Donna Silva.

San Benito Lifestyle

Amateur photographer takes up ‘front porch portrait’ challenge

Using a long lens, Donna Silva captures her subjects from a distance.

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Hazel Hawkins Hospital labor and delivery department staff Ruth King, Rebecca Sherwood and Allison Griffin stand with Spring Grove teacher and Kindness Club Director Julie Neff. Photo provided.

San Benito Lifestyle

Spring Grove teacher spreads kindness to essential workers

Julie Neff delivers food to those on the local frontlines of the pandemic.

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Jim Jack's Cabin now resides at the corner of Third and Monterey streets in San Juan Bautista. Photo by Robert Eliason.

History & Profiles

Jim Jack: the Mustard King

How one man’s generosity helped San Juan Bautista residents in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

Jenavie Hernandez stands by empty shelves with supervisor Chris Tanzi. Photos provided by Alex Esquivel.

Features

Grocery worker talks about staying on the job

Jenavie Hernandez shares tips for shoppers.

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