Kammie Osborn, owner of Jan's Rock Shop in San Juan Bautista. Photo by Robert Eliason.

Business / Economy

Jan’s Rock Shop celebrates 34 years in San Juan Bautista

Store offers rare Benitoite, beautiful Poppy Jasper, fossilized dinosaur poop and more.

Early morning in San Juan Bautista. Photo by Leslie David.

Government / Politics

Three apply for SJB Planning Commission vacancies

Jackie Morris-Lopez, Priscilla Ribeiro and EJ Sabathia submit for two seats; former councilman Dan De Vries said he intends to submit an application.

A customer picks up her order from Running Rooster in downtown Hollister on Jan. 7. Photo by Noe Magaña.

Business / Economy

Running Rooster closing until indoor dining is allowed

Downtown Hollister restaurant to close after Jan. 10.

Few residents can attend meetings at City Hall because of COVID-19 restrictions. Photo by John Chadwell.

Government / Politics

Hollister adopts COVID-19 prevention program

Symptomatic employees will be required to get tested; protocols established for quarantine of co-workers.

The old designs for the proposed park. Image from meeting agenda packet.

Housing / Land Use

SJB likely to change Franklin Circle Park design

Though the Planning Commission adopted plans in December, community members prefer an alternative option.

Photo courtesy of Pixabay.

News

Hollister Animal Shelter reopens to the public

Facility previously closed Dec. 24 due to potential COVID-19 exposure.

Members of Preserve Our Rural Communities and Protect San Benito held a mock funeral procession from San Benito County Superior Court to the county administration building on Jan. 5. Photo by John Chadwell.

Housing / Land Use

Environmentalists protest development moves

Land use group says supervisors and developers have eroded their success with the No on Measure K initiative from the March primary election.

Early Hollister Fire Department Hose Company. Photo courtesy of HFD.

History & Profiles

Hollister Fire Department celebrates 145th anniversary

Local powerhouse tends to fires throughout San Benito County and the state.

Police / Fire

Hollister police arrest vehicle collision homicide suspect

Hollister Police Department states the downtown camera network was "instrumental" in the investigation.

Daniel Aguilera at La Michoacana in Hollister. Photo by Robert Eliason.

Food / Dining

La Michoacana Paleteria y Neveria comes to Hollister

Menu highlights include homemade Mexican ice cream in over 40 flavors.

McCarthy Park in Hollister. Photo by Olivia Madera.

Government / Politics

Hollister Council OKs security cameras at McCarthy Park

Tech to aid in deterring illegal activity where children and families gather.

Larry Avira has been homeless for seven years and lives on beyond the wall of a subdivision of new homes. Photo by John Chadwell.

Housing / Land Use

The wall between home ownership and homelessness

Homeowners claim DeNova Homes misled them about the homeless situation near new homes and they fear those who live by railroad tracks.

New Year fireworks. Photo courtesy of Pixabay.

News

San Benito County’s top stories of 2020

BenitoLink covered the county’s struggles with COVID-19, but also stuck with its commitment to government reporting, education, health, housing, and transportation.

File photo by Joshua Miller.

Police / Fire

Hollister Police investigating suspicious death

HPD asking for potential witnesses to come forward regarding an incident that occurred on Dec. 30.

Mars Hill employees Angela Prak, Marisa Lopez, Kassandra Zarate, Abby Chase, Monica Ocampo, Darla Hernandez and Beth Schuster. Photo courtesy of Angela Prak.

Business

Remembering Mars Hill Coffeehouse

Former managers speak on what the cafe meant to Hollister.