Sonne and Laynee Reyna. Photo by Robert Eliason.

San Benito Lifestyle

SJB library receives Native American book collection

Laynee Reyna donates over 300 books and 70 field recordings for public use.

Nelcy Pulido Cruz (left), her daughter Ruby Pulido(center left), neice Clara Elena (center right) and sister Esperanza Cruz (back right) pick up supplies to decorate their cars to join the census caravan. Photos by Patty Lopez Day.

Government / Politics

Census caravan rolls through westside Hollister

Project encourages participation in the 2020 Census before the reporting deadline on Oct. 31.

Aislinn Barnes holding a Pride flag. Photo courtesy of Aislinn Barnes.

San Benito Lifestyle

Pride Month 2020: Aislinn Barnes

SBHS Gay-Straight Alliance club president talks about her quest for identity and LGBTQ advocacy.

Sommer Salinas and VFW Honor Guard. Photo courtesy Sommer Salinas.

San Benito Lifestyle

Girl Scout sets up museum at Veterans Memorial Building

Sommer Salinas earns Gold Award for her work to honor those who served in the Armed Forces.

Maxx D'Elia. Photo provided.

San Benito Lifestyle

Pride Month 2020: Maxx D’Elia

Hollister transgender man shares his journey of self-discovery.

Junipero Serra statue at Mission San Juan Bautista. Photo by Robert Eliason

News

Mission San Juan Bautista removes Junipero Serra statue

Life-size bronze put into storage to avoid possible vandalism.

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Photo courtesy of Pixabay.

San Benito Lifestyle

Hollister raising Pride flag at City Hall

For the first time, officials will hold a ceremony showing solidarity with the LGBTQ community on the 51st anniversary of the Stonewall Riots.

Holden Renz has two children with his wife Brittany and has been a full-time firefighter in San Benito County since 2014. Photo courtesy of Holden Renz.

San Benito Lifestyle

Father’s Day wisdom and recipes from local firefighters

Vince Grewohl and Holden Renz talk about fatherhood and the importance of cooking at the firehouse.

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Shelby O'Neil appeared on the May 11 episode of 'Sesame Street.' Photo courtesy of Shelby O'Neil.

Environment / Nature

Local environmental activist appears on ‘Sesame Street’

No Straw November founder Shelby O’Neil brings her message to national TV.

Mirjana Tomas baking chocolate chip and walnut cookies at her home. Photo by Frank Perez.

Business

Mama’s Morsels specializes in bringing a taste of home

Mirjana Tomas uses local ingredients to make her cookies and other baked goods.

Cars gathered in the Kmart parking lot on May 30 prior to the cruise. Photo by Robert Eliason.

San Benito Lifestyle

Cars come out for Saturday night cruise

Resident organizes drives through town to get people out of the house during shelter-in-place.

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Photo courtesy of Sacred Heart and St. Benedicts Parish.

San Benito Lifestyle

Church leaders speak on plans to reopen

State guidelines on in-person worship are now in effect.

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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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