Photo provided by California Highway Patrol.

Police / Fire

Fatal collision in San Juan Bautista

Law enforcement believe alcohol impairment may have been a factor.

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.

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.

Inaka's parklet in San Juan Bautista. Photo by Robert Eliason.

Business / Economy

SJB Council votes to not reopen outdoor dining

Outgoing member Dan De Vries claims there’s no scientific evidence that eating outside results in dangerous rates of COVID-19 spread.

Juan Rodriguez, owner of J &S Barrels, Slabs, and Metals in San Juan Bautista. Photo by Robert Eliason.

Business

When a wine barrel becomes a tabletop

J&S Barrels, Slabs, and Metals owner Juan Rodriguez crafts custom chests, chairs and more.

A past production of El Teatro Campesino's 'La Virgen de Tepeyac.' Photo by Robert Eliason.

Art & Culture

‘La Virgen de Tepeyac’ lives on as radio play

El Teatro Campesino’s iconic production adapts to COVID-19.

A chimney fire sparked on Dec. 7 at 801 Marentis Court in San Juan Bautista. Photo by Robert Eliason.

Police / Fire

7 people displaced after San Juan Bautista house fire

33 firemen called in from Hollister, Aromas, and Monterey areas.

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

Housing / Land Use

SJB Planning Commission approves design for Franklin Circle park

Features include bocce ball court and barbeque pit.

Patricia Bains, Max Martinez and Sharon Simmon. Photo by Robert Eliason.

San Benito Lifestyle

San Juan Bautista hosts special mailbox for Santa

Neither rain nor sleet nor COVID-19 will stop letters from getting to the North Pole this year.

Wayne Norton and SJB Councilman Cesar Flores. Photo by Robert Eliason.

San Benito Lifestyle

LULAC honors Wayne Norton with Veteran of the Year award

Honoree receives engraved plaque at San Juan Bautista ceremony.

Recology truck. File photo by John Chadwell.

Business / Economy

Recology offers unadvertised low-income customer discount

Available to qualifying single-family households using 20- or 32-gallon garbage carts.

Photo courtesy of Pixabay.

Children and Youth

Boy Scouts to provide contact-free Christmas tree collection service

Scouts will be on patrol within the community to collect trees on Jan. 3, Jan. 9 and Jan. 10.

Lisa and Dan O’Callaghan of December Ranch Christmas Trees. Photo courtesy of December Ranch.

Agriculture

The art and science of growing Christmas trees

December Ranch and Bourdets raise several varieties in San Juan Bautista and Hollister.

Future location of a roundabout outside the Rancho Vista development in San Juan Bautista. Photo by Robert Eliason.

Transportation

San Juan roundabout design nears completion

Construction expected to begin in the next few months.