Photo courtesy of California Department of Fish and Wildlife.


County planners approve lifting ban on cannabis retail

Outdoor cultivation remains a possibility in unincorporated areas of the county.

Hollister Fire Department responding to the Fairview Road fire. Photo by John Chadwell.


Seven small blazes keep local and state firefighters busy

Fairview Road fire could have been ‘substantially bigger’ under different weather conditions, battalion chief says.

Novel Coronavirus. Photo courtesy of Centers for Disease Control.


Week of July 23 coronavirus roundup for San Benito County

6,229 people tested positive, 34 are active patients, 6,132 have recovered and 63 have died; the county's 7-day positive rate is 2.8%.

Adult mountain lion. Photo courtesy of Mountain Lion Foundation.


Hollister park closes indefinitely after mountain lion sighting

An adult with a cub was seen at Brigantino Park on July 19, the park’s Facebook page says.

Sunnyslope County Water District General Manager Drew Lander said the district can't forgive past due bills. Photo by John Chadwell.


Past-due water bills in Hollister must be paid after Sept. 30

Governor’s 2020 executive order allowed Sunnyslope County Water District customers to keep their taps on despite non-payments during the pandemic.

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Highway 25 between San Felipe and Briggs Road. Photo by Noe Magaña.

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California makes $1.18 billion transportation investment

San Benito County awarded $5 million for two projects.

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Lane closure at Hwy 101

One moving lane closure scheduled for June 28-30.

The 101/25 interchange was built in 1988 and meant to be temporary. When the new project is completed it will have taken 38 years. Google Earth photo.


VTA lays out plans for 101/25 interchange

Construction of the $100 million project is expected to begin in late 2023.

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California Highway Patrol investigating fatal traffic collision on HWY156

The collision resulted in one fatality and three hospitalizations.

Image from video released by Hollister Police Department of an officer involved shooting on Dec. 8.


Hollister police officer completes training to avoid conflicts involving the mentally ill

Officer Staci Esqueda will work with the Behavioral Health Department on 911 calls.

San Benito High School. File photo by Jake Medina.


San Benito High School projects costing $102 million near completion

Voters rejected a $30 million bond in 2020 and two measures with total funding of $62.5 million were not enough to pay for construction, forcing the district to secure a bridge loan to keep construction moving forward.

Superior Court Judge Omar Rodriguez agreed to give attorney Brad Sullivan a 90-day continuance for medical reasons. Photo by John Chadwell.


UPDATE: Tentative ruling in Hollister Mayor and council member lawsuit extended 90 days

Judge orders special motion to strike case brought by Irma Gonzalez and Elia Salinas against Mayor Velazquez and Councilman Resendiz but allows plaintiffs to make new claims within 90 days.

Hollister Police Department vehicle. BenitoLink photo

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HPD responds to several calls involving guns and juveniles over weekend

The ages of the juveniles range from 12 to 16 years old.

San Juan Bautista City Manager Don Reynolds said the city may have to put up another flag pole next year during the May 29 ceremony. Photo by John Chadwell.


SJB city flag-flying policy allows LGBTQ, bans religion and politics

The policy allows the city to display a commemorative flag only if requested by a council member and cleared by majority council vote.