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.

Health

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.

A student coming out of the Rancho San Justo Middle School office on May 13, 2022. Photo by Noe Magaña.

Education / Schools

Hollister School District seeing a wave of resignations, retirements

Citing job stress, some teachers are opting to become substitutes, as the role entails fewer responsibilities.

Three years after opening, Higher Level of Care pays the city over $500k in fees annually. Photo by John Chadwell.

Business / Economy

Cannabis failing to bring expected revenue to San Benito County

The county and San Juan Bautista have yet to see any returns, and Hollister has not seen more than $1 million annually.

From left: Betsy Dirks, Kim Hawk, Mark Starritt, Dom Zanger and Elizabeth Zepeda Gonzalez.Photos provided by candidates. Infographic by Alex Esquivel.

Government / Politics

Primary Election 2022: San Benito County Board of Supervisors District 1

Six candidates are running for a half-term seat.

News Release

Mayra Zendejas celebrates 15 years with the San Benito County YMCA

Zendejas was presented with a milestone award at the Y’s Healthy Kids Day event.

Guerra Cellars' Brooke Taylor pouring for Mark and Melissa Preader. Photo by Robert Eliason.

Business

Hollister Wine and Beer Stroll returns for the 9th year

A sold-out crowd enjoys samples from 23 wineries and breweries.

Image courtesy of Pixabay.

News

Public meetings for the week of May 9

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

Hollister City Council Feb. 22, 2022. Photo by Jenny Mendolla Arbizu.

Government / Politics

A look at Hollister council members’ compensation- vote comes May 16

With the conversation centered on increasing the stipend to $800, council members fail to discuss benefits they receive from the city.

Val Miftakhov and the Dornier 228 aircraft. Photo by Robert Eliason.

Transportation

Tech company creating the future of aviation

ZeroAvia makes Hollister Airport one of its testing grounds for clean aircraft engines.

A family reads new comics outside Bill's Bullpen in Hollister on Free Comic Book Day 2019. Photo by Noe Magaña.

News Release

Bill’s Bullpen to participate in Free Comic Book Day

Event to take place on May 7.

Councilman Tim Burns questioned why only two search firms responded to the RFP. Photo by John Chadwell.

Government / Politics

Hollister to hire executive search firm for $75K to fill three positions

City Manager Brett Miller says there are too many government job openings and too few people to fill them.

Hollister resident Norma Martinetti with her prized rosemary. She says the plants have been passed down in her family and have a uniquely sweet flavor. Photo by Julie Britt.

History & Profiles

Ahead of her time: Norma Martinetti and the Hollister Farmers’ Market

Despite local resistance, she founded what has become a staple event.

Image from Youtube of the April 18 meeting.

Government / Politics

Hollister council approves $437K in city employee hazard pay

The money will come from its $9.7 million allocation of the American Rescue Plan Act.

People walk around the 2021 Farmers' Market. Photo courtesy of Felicia Bisceglia, Farmers' Market manager.

News Release

Hollister Certified Farmers’ Market begins May 4

It is scheduled to run every Wednesday from 3 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. through Sept. 28.

Michelle Doty at Windmill Market. Photo by Robert Eliason.

Eat Drink Savor

Eat Drink Savor: That Garlic Stuff is right for any meal

A business grows from the seeds of an all-purpose family recipe.