Institute for Innovation and Economic Development Executive Director Brad Barbeau, Michelle Doty and Denise Mellor of That Garlic Stuff (2018 winners of Main Street division), and judge Doug Yount at the 2018 Startup Challenge Monterey Bay. Photo courtesy of Startup Challenge Monterey Bay.

Business / Economy

Deadline nears for Startup Challenge Monterey Bay 2021

Final round of pitches will be broadcast on May 7.

Administration of a COVID-19 vaccine. Photo by Leslie David.


SBC concludes investigation into alleged unauthorized COVID-19 vaccinations

Public Information Officer David Westrick states county found claims that San Benito Health Foundation vaccinated individuals beyond permitted phase were substantiated.

Novel Coronavirus. Photo courtesy of Centers for Disease Control.


March 5 coronavirus roundup for San Benito County

Eight new cases reported, 5,716 people have tested positive, 43 are active patients, 5,612 have recovered and 61 have died; the county’s current positivity rate is 5.6%.

Education / Schools

Gov. Newsom signs $6.6 billion package to accelerate return to in-person schooling

All public schools are required to offer in-person instruction to grades K-2 for all students and for high-needs students in all grades by the end of March, losing 1% of eligible funds every day thereafter if they do not.

SBC Public County Health Services notified people over 75 who had registered for the vaccine to come to the first mass vaccination event on Jan. 29. Photo by John Chadwell.


COVID-19 drive-thru mass vaccination clinic scheduled for March 7 at Bolado Park

All appointments are full at this time. Individuals with appointments will be required to provide a form of identification that identifies their name and date of birth.

Left: First place winner Angelo Hillstock, SBHS, Grade 10. Top right: runner up Kayla Salazar, SBHS, Grade 10. Bottom right: second runner up Julia Magdei, SBHS, Grade 10. Photos courtesy of SBC Arts Council.

Art & Culture

Poetry Out Loud competition moves online

San Benito County high school students face off on Zoom; three move to the state contest in March.

News Release

Federal approval of Medi-Cal funding to provide expanded COVID-19 testing for low-income students  

Medi‐Cal is the primary health care system for more than half of the state’s population under the age of 20.

Image courtesy of Pixabay.


Searching the Sky: A long time coming

David Baumgartner writes about his experiences launching rockets in his backyard as a kid.

EL Rey Del Taco food truck. Photo courtesy of Francisco Diaz.

Community Opinions

COMMUNITY OPINION: Reasons to love food trucks

Francisco Diaz writes about taking a drive while hungry and the food he found.

Adult condor in Pinnacles holding pen. Photo by Carmel de Bertaut.

Environment / Nature

Central Coast condors begin to nest

At least three eggs have been laid since mid-February.

Novel Coronavirus. Photo courtesy of Centers for Disease Control.


March 4 coronavirus roundup for San Benito County

Thirteen new cases reported, 5,708 people have tested positive, 55 are active patients, 5,592 have recovered and 61 have died; the county’s current positivity rate is 5.6%.

Drivers wait in line for COVID-19 vaccines at Hazel Hawkins Memorial Hospital. Steve Hannah, CEO, said people who have been vaccinated outside have not had to pay for the service so far. Photo by John Chadwell.


Hazel Hawkins Hospital CEO gives COVID-19 update

Steve Hannah says infection rates are not expected to peak in April as predicted.

Peggy Kingman in 2020, the same year she received the Laurie Aretsky Bailie Social Justice Award from the Motherlode Martin Luther King, Jr. Committee. Kingman died at 87 on the MLK holiday. Photo courtesy of Shelley Abruzzini and the Union Democrat.


Former Hollister activist, philanthropist Peggy Kingman dies at 87

Kingman was a co-founder of Fishes and Loaves, started Women in Black and was active in many activities in San Benito before moving to Sonora.

Photo courtesy of Pixabay.

News Release

Seniors Council offers free tax preparation for older residents

Project SCOUT provides free tax assistance to seniors, individuals with a disability, low-income families and individuals in Santa Cruz and San Benito County.

San Benito County Chamber of Commerce office in downtown Hollister. File photo by John Chadwell.

News Release

Nominations open for SBC Chamber Woman, Man and Businesses of the Year awards

Submissions accepted until March 15.