Nash Road bisecting the San Benito County Campus. Photo by Jake Medina.

News

BL Special Report: Permanent closure of Nash Road stalls

City of Hollister, San Benito County and SBHS at odds over plan.

Several teachers and their union president claimed the high school district would not allow two-way conversations to take a place about their concerns. Photo by John Chadwell.

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BL Special Report: SBHS teachers claim district is refusing teacher input

Despite claims, district states there have been several meetings and that all changes were approved by the teacher union.

Cortnee Bowers with daughters Riley and Kinsley Mapel meet with Bearsun on Highway 25. Photo Carmel de Bertaut.

Features

Walking ‘bear’ makes it to San Benito County en route to San Francisco

Artist Bearsun left Los Angeles on foot April 12 and expects to reach his destination April 23.

Photo by Noe Magaña.

Government / Politics

Local politicians report last quarter campaign contributions

A look at income and expenditures for ballot measure committees and candidates running for the San Benito County Board of Supervisors and Hollister City Council.

Robert Eliason, out in the fresh air again after surgery. Photo by Robert Eliason.

Health

BL Longform: Fighting cancer, with the scars to prove it

Reporter Robert Eliason writes on his recovery from prostate surgery.

Sylvia DeLuna and Melanie Burns have become friends since sharing their experiences working as bus drivers for San Benito High School. Photo courtesy of Melanie Burns.

Education / Schools

BL Special Report: Former SBHS employees allege abuse, wrongful terminations

Three bus drivers have sued the San Benito High School District because of one supervisor. Two were awarded large settlements and the third is still in court.*

Bill Lee. Photo by Noe Magaña.

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BL Special Report: Business owner spends years recovering from embezzlement

After a slow, limited response from San Benito County, Bill Lee received $200,000 in restitution from a former employee. Now he’s suing a past customer to recoup another $743,000.

Fabiola Ramirez with her four children. Photo courtesy of Fabiola Ramirez.

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BL Special Report: Families on the edge

Lower income families can’t juggle COVID-19 state demands with day to day needs.

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Government / Politics

Election 2020: Final results

All votes have now been tallied.

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Government / Politics

Election 2020: Updated Results

There are approximately 597 ballots left to be counted.

SBC Elections Office staff preparing ballots to be counted prior to the Nov. 3 election. Photo by Noe Magaña.

Government / Politics

SBC Elections Office checking challenged ballots

Just under 600 votes still not counted, mostly due to signature discrepancies.

Tiffany Wyrick in the hospital. Photo courtesy of Tiffany Wyrick.

Health

BL Longform: COVID-19 recovery from a personal point of view

Tiffany Wyrick and son Colton share their story of becoming infected and the lingering effects months later.

Fields near San Juan Bautista. Photo by Robert Eliason.

Agriculture

BL Special Report: What are agricultural easements, and do they preserve San Benito County’s rural character?

Mitigation measures ensure certain lands are cultivated in perpetuity.

The view from the podium at the 2019 San Benito High School graduation. Photo by Becky Bonner.

Education / Schools

BL Special Report: Students falling through the cracks

Over a three-year period, disabled students in San Benito County dropped out at more than twice the rate of the general student population.

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Government / Politics

Election 2020: Updated Results

New vote tally as of Nov. 10, with approximately 1,060 ballots left to be counted.