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.

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.

Bikes leaving the rally. Photo by Robert Eliason.


After 2020 cancelation, Hollister motorcycle show gets extra large for July 4 weekend

Bike enthusiasts from the county and beyond attended the Corbin Motorcycle Rally, which saw no incidents apart from reports of people having fun.

Mike, Elin, and Frank O'Connell. Photo by Corissa King.

Business / Economy

Hollister says farewell to Ranchers Feed after nearly 45 years

Owner Mike O’Connell set to retire following sale.

Teknova. Photo by John Chadwell.


Teknova goes public

Hollister company worked on developing COVID vaccines.

Photo courtesy of Pixabay.


California COVID-19 guidelines starting June 15

Some restrictions remain for large venues.

File photo of Hollister City Hall. Photo by John Chadwell.


Hollister revokes all three LLXP Corp. cannabis permits

City Council ignores company argument to repeal the revocation.

Groundbreaking for the Betabel project, now called the Betabel Road Charity took place June 1. Photo by John Chadwell.


Groundbreaking takes place for Betabel Road project

Environmentalist Herman Garcia and playwright Rider McDowell come together to build a roadside rest stop which will bring in tax revenue, fund pediatric brain cancer research and restore part of the San Benito River.

News Release

San Benito County Advances to Yellow Tier

Changes will be effective June 2.

The Santa Monica-based company is proposing a pilot program for Hollister with 100 e-scooters. Photo courtesy of Bird.


Hollister council’s lukewarm reaction could mean bumpy road for Bird e-scooters

The company has its products in 160 cities worldwide and wants to bring a fleet of up to 100 to Hollister to reduce car traffic and carbon emissions but council’s questions showed caution.

The mayor claims council members can speak to developers in their districts, but the ordinance says they can't. Photo by John Chadwell.


Critics say new Hollister ordinance is an attack on free speech

Mayor wins vote requiring developers, real estate agents and lobbyists to present their projects at public meetings rather than discuss them in private with council members. A BenitoLink investigation finds the ordinance is misleading as written and possibly unenforceable.

Hollister Super Market cashier places produce on plastic bag on May 25, 2021. Photo by Noe Magaña.


Hollister City Council considers single-use plastic ban

California was the first state to ban single-use plastic grocery bags in 2016, and levied a 10-center-per-bag fee. Now, Monica Abonce, a student intern, is proposing that Hollister enact its own ordinance to ban the same products and also add on fees.

Cars lined up at Bolado Park to experience the Fair Food Fest drive-thru from July 17-19. Photo courtesy of Audrey Johnson.


Bolado Park Events Center reopens for 2021

Events begin with a two day Spring Picnic.

Some residents who need dialysis every week have been traveling out of the county for over 20 years. Photo provided by Satellite Healthcare.


Satellite Healthcare Dialysis Center ‘cannot wait to open’

The new facility in Hollister expects to welcome patients within six months.

Photo courtesy of Water Resources Association San Benito County.

News Release

San Benito County included in drought state of emergency proclamation

41 counties now under drought state of emergency intended to protect communities and the environment, representing 30% of the state’s population.