California Congressional District 20 encompasses all of San Benito and Monterey counties, and portions of Santa Clara and Santa Cruz counties. Map courtesy of public domain.

Government / Politics

Primary Election 2020: California 20th Congressional District

Two challenge incumbent Jimmy Panetta for a seat in the House of Representatives.

Rocks Ranch. Photos by Robert Eliason.

Environment / Nature

Wildlife corridor under Highway 101 enters planning stage

Crossing at Rocks Ranch would connect the Santa Cruz and Gabilan mountains.

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Education / Schools

Textbooks for Hollister Gavilan courses available at San Benito County Free Library

Available as part of a course reserves pilot project from the library aimed at eliminating barriers to equal access to information, pursuing higher education, and achieving academic success.

Photo courtesy of Pixabay.


Caltrans to perform work along Highways 101 and 156

Work expected to wrap up on Feb. 28.

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Downtown San Juan Bautista. Photo by Leslie David.


San Juan Bautista considers downtown parking system

While the city expects pushback, it aims to create partnerships benefitting all stakeholders.

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Caltrans to perform brush control and tree trimming on Hwy 156 in Prunedale

Work to affect both directions between Cathedral Oaks and North Prunedale Road in the Prunedale area.

San Benito High School administration building. Photo provided by SBHS.

Education / Schools

SBHS named to 10th annual AP District Honor Roll

More than one in four SBHS students is enrolled in an AP course this year, and the school’s nearly 70% AP exam pass rate in 2018-19 outperformed both the state and global rates for the third consecutive year.

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Hollister Councilman Marty Richman said he wanted to testify under oath because his honor was important to him and said that he could be convicted for perjury if he lied. Photos by John Chadwell.

Government / Politics

Hollister council vote to censure members Richman and Spencer fails

Lenoir casts tiebreaker, saying ‘I just can’t see my way to do that.’

The Veterans Memorial Building. Photo by Heather Graham.


Task force highlights opioid crisis in San Benito County

A legislator, law enforcement and healthcare providers speak at town hall.

Danny Lucas pictured at his Watsonville home. Photo provided by Jim Burns.


Red Cross holds blood drive in honor of Watsonville Fire Captain

Feb. 21. drive honors Danny Lucas, who needed two dozen units of blood to survive a life-threatening gunshot wound he sustained in November.

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Police / Fire

Prescribed burns planned in Forest of Nisene Marks State Park

Though the burns will take place in Santa Cruz County, smoke may be visible in San Benito County.

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The Superior Court of California in San Benito County is located at 450 Fourth Street in Hollister. File photo.


2014 murder suspect appears in court

Christopher Larios’ next hearing is Feb. 21.

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