News Release

Former owners of Aromas market agree to pay $600K in wage theft case

Renu and Rajendra Vakharia to pay $416,339 in restitution and interest, and $202,000 in civil penalties.

Evacuees gathered at Anzar High School on July 21, 2022. Photo by Robert Eliason.

Police / Fire

Aromas fire evacuees find aid and shelter at Anzar High School

The Red Cross, Animal Services, Sheriff’s Department and others provide help on short notice.

Anzar Fire on July 21, 2022. Photo by Fire Capt. Curtis Rhodes.

Police / Fire

Cal Fire responding to fire in Aromas

Fire is estimated to have burned 104 acres and is 100% contained.

Tents along the railroad near Taco Bell on San Felipe Road in Hollister. Photo by Noe Magaña.

Government / Politics

Regional coalition to reduce homelessness by 50% holds first summit

Stakeholders and service providers give a progress report.


Cal Fire responds to vehicle collision in Aromas

Incident commander reported three people in critical conditions and six victims with moderate injuries.

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Public meetings for the week of June 13

San Benito, Gavilan and San Benito High School among agencies to meet this week.

Protesters gathered for "Bans Off Our Bodies" rally in front of the San Benito County Superior Court on Saturday morning. Photo by Jenny Mendolla Arbizu.


San Benito County abortion rights advocates hold ‘Bans Off Our Bodies’ rally

Other than a few honking cars showing support, Hollister had a peaceful protest about the potential overturn of Roe v. Wade by the Supreme Court.

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Public meetings for the week of May 9

San Benito County Board of Supervisors and several school districts are holding meetings this week.

Ryan Stirm of Stirm Wine Co. Photo by Robert Eliason.


Eat, Drink, Savor: The historic and eclectic varietals of Stirm Wine Co.

Aromas winemaker Ryan Stirm perfects his craft as he builds his vineyard.

Arwen Lawrence and Jorge Liceaga. Photo courtesy of Cascada de Flores.

Art & Culture

Cascada de Flores celebrating Mother’s Day with a show

Aromas Grange hosts a special performance of traditional and popular Latin American music and dance.

Farmland outside of San Juan Bautista. Photo by Robert Eliason.

Government / Politics

San Juan Bautista declares state of emergency over water supply

Local water districts follow governor's call for water use reduction amid critical shortage results from lack of rain and rapid melting of snowpack.

Anzar High School. Photo courtesy of Janet Watson.

Education / Schools

Aromas-San Juan Unified to adopt trustee areas for board members

The change removes the risk of legal action under the California Voting Rights Act.

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Education / Schools

COMMUNITY OPINION: Do the ends justify the means?

Drew McAlister writes In response to: Aromas-San Juan teachers vote of ‘no confidence’ in the superintendent.

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Community Opinions

COMMUNITY OPINION: Work with Huntoon, not against her

Levesque writes that it would have been nice to see a meeting between the union and superintendent in hopes of communicating the issues and working towards a solution.

San Juan School. Photo by Robert Eliason.

Education / Schools

Aromas-San Juan teachers vote ‘no confidence’ in superintendent

The district’s union points to issues of building safety, communication and morale as reasons for disapproval.