Hollister High School environmental club participates in the parade. Photo courtesy of Hollister High School.

News Release

Hollister High named a green ribbon school

Staff wellness initiatives, the use of electric buses and the district’s adopt-a-tree program cited on application.

Contributed Articles

One lane closures on Hwy 25 near railway track scheduled for April 27

Motorists are advised to expect delays and allow extra time when traveling. 

Highway 25/156 intersection. Photo by Noe Magaña.

News Release

Caltrans to resume work on 25/156 roundabout and 156 Improvement Project

Work on both projects stopped because of severe weather and conditions.

Photo by Richard Bianchi, Sabor Farms and Farm Bureau Director.


California Fish & Wildlife allows emergency clearing of waterways

In an apparent abandonment of decades of restrictive mindset over local county access to streams and rivers, California Fish and Wildlife gives notice that citizens can enter waterways to clean out debris in the battle against floods.

Hollister High’s Visual and Performing Arts Academic Building. Photo by Jenny Mendolla Arbizu.

Education / Schools

Hollister High receives $378K grant

Funds will go toward maintenance and upgrading the school’s HVAC system.

Road Closed. Photo courtesy of Pixabay.

News Release

Hwy 25 from Shore Road to US 101 to close for Union Pacific Railroad repair

Four-day, 24/7 closure will be in effect from Friday Feb. 10 at 9 a.m. to Monday Feb. 13 at 4 p.m.

Maria Ines Catalán in front of her farm. Photo by Juliana Luna.


San Benito County farmer struggles after flooding

Despite post-rainstorm difficulties, Maria Ines Catalán remains hopeful.

Waters rose rapidly in the Lovers Lane area after cresting the levee along Pacheco Creek. Residents declined to leave the area. Photo by John Chadwell.

News Release

State and federal agencies to assess storm damages

Agencias federales y estatales evaluaran daños por tormentas.

Waters rose rapidly in the Lovers Lane area after cresting the levee along Pacheco Creek. Residents declined to leave the area. Photo by John Chadwell.


Pacheco Creek crests near San Felipe Road

Search and Rescue teams patrolled flooded roads, rescuing three people, evacuation center remains empty. Some residents stay, despite orders to leave.

The Veterans' Memorial Building entrance door posts a list of resources for those affected by the floods (in English and in Spanish). Photo provided by San Benito County PIO Monica Leon.


Veterans’ Memorial Building evacuation site closed as rain and flooding persists

Resources for some evacuees have not been easily accessible.

Omar Harasis with the rescued dog. Photo by Ryan Okrant.

Environment / Nature

Former Hollister resident brings animal search and rescue to Lovers Lane flood

Though they rescued only one dog, Ryan Okrant said he was pleased his help was not needed.

Lover's Lane on Jan. 9, 2023. Photo by Robert Eliason.

Environment / Nature

Flood at Lover’s Lane brings mandatory evacuation order

Residents are being taken to the Veterans Building where various supply donations are needed for kids, adults and pets.

File photo: Lovers Lane flooding in 2017.

News Release

County issues evacuation warning for parts of north county

Pacheco Creek Dam is at capacity and is expected to start overflowing soon.

SBHS Board of Trustees at the board’s Nov. 8 meeting. Photo by Juliana Luna.

Education / Schools

Hollister High School AP scores, enrollment numbers recovering

Advanced Placement program prepares students for college-level coursework.

Community members are invited to share their opinions on BenitoLink. Photo courtesy of Pixabay.

Community Opinions

COMMUNITY OPINION: Betsy Dirks is the right person for the job

Writer states that Dirks was helpful in a dangerous and serious situation.