Doug Judd, Hollister City Council member Rick Perez and Cathy Judd with the street sign for Deane Judd Way. Photo by Leslie David.


Street at the Hollister Airport renamed Deane Judd Way

Longtime airport advisory commissioner is recognized for his civic engagement and volunteer efforts.

The crowd at the Veterans Memorial Building on March 2, 2019 during a self-awareness, safety and anti-bullying event organized by SBHS student Samantha Slykas. Photo by Carmel de Bertaut.


San Benito High student is all about safety

17-year-old Samantha Slykas wants conversations about violence to continue.

Jose Antonio Barajas at the Sept. 16 hearing. File photo by John Chadwell.

Police / Fire

Second jury finds Barajas guilty of murder, kidnapping

Sentencing is scheduled for March 4.

Parents held a protest the afternoon of Jan. 7 in response to unvaccinated sixth graders being sent home on Jan. 6. Photo by Leila Sadeghian.


Rancho San Justo sends about 40 unvaccinated students home

A parent claims the school breached student confidentiality and did not follow district COVID policy.

Dedication of Vasquez marker. Courtesy of E Clampus Vitus.

BL Special Report

BL Longform: Snyder’s General Store and the downfall of Tiburcio Vasquez 

The raid that led to the capture and execution of an outlaw.

Ruth Orta (Ohlone, Bay Miwok, Plains Miwok) shares stories of her family history and gives instructions on the traditional methods of acorn processing. Photo by Kirti Bassendine


Enduring Relationships with the Land project funded by $20,000 Cal Humanities Grant

The project weaves together still photography, storyboards and video interviews with demonstrations and discussion.

KN95 masks are considered more effective than cloth masks, according to the CDC. Photo provided by HSD.


Hollister School District provides KN95 masks to staff

The Hollister School District this week distributed nearly 3,700 KN95 masks to staff members as an additional safety measure during the current surge in COVID-19 cases. Additional masks are on the way for staff and students as well.

Many rural roads have become party meccas that draw heavy drinking and driving, fire danger and other safety risks. Photo by Leslie David


San Benito Sheriff’s Office has plan to build connections with residents

Responsibility Area Program breaks the unincorporated portions of the county into 19 zones.

Hollister Downtown Association: Downtown Wine & Beer Stroll

Date/Time May 07, 2022 to May 07, 2022 01:00 PM until 05:00 PM Description Date: May 7, 2022 Time 1:00 - 5:00 p.m. Location: Downtown Hollister Participating businesses will be paired with a local winery where attendees will be poured a one ounce taste of wine.  Craft beer tasting will also be available at participating

Hollister School District offices on Cienega Road. File photo.


Hollister School District faces COVID surge

Board of Trustees takes action to deal with teacher shortages and expand communication with parents.

COVID-19 testing site set up inside the Veterans Memorial Building in Hollister. File photo by Robert Eliason.

News Release

No walk-in COVID-19 OptumServe testing until further notice

You can still test with an appointment and other local testing locations are available.

Andrea Ayala Avila, Maria Sonia Ayala Avila, Jose Cruz Avila Calderon, and Lisette Ayala Avila. Photo by Robert Eliason.


Families begin building their own houses at Riverview Estates

Two groups of 12 families start on a year-long project. 

Photo courtesy of Pixabay.

News Release

Highway 25 resurfacing project to include two-day striping work

Work will occur all day Jan. 11 and Jan. 12.

2021 Scholarship recipients. Courtesy of Taylor Farms.


Taylor Farms accepting applications for 30 college scholarships

Children of employees may qualify for $5,000 a year for continuing education.

Image courtesy of Pixabay.


Public meetings for the week of Jan. 10

Seven public agencies set to meet.