News

Arts Council to receive $150,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts

The Arts Council plans to release the first round of grant applications in early 2022.

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.

Owner of Ella Boutique, Olga Arreola. Photo by Jenny Mendolla Arbizu.

Business

Hidden Gem Found in Downtown Hollister

Ella Boutique offers trendsetters a unique array of ladies’ clothing and accessories.


John Chadwell's book is in development to run as a TV series. Netflix is one of the production companies considering the project. Photo courtesy of John Chadwell.

Features

BenitoLink reporter shifts from journalism to screenwriting  

John Chadwell chases his dream. He has been writing novels and screenplays since the late 1980s. 

Photo courtesy of Pixabay.

Contributed Articles

CalCompetes tax credit and grant applications now open

Deadline to submit applications is Jan. 24 at 11:59 p.m.

AquaFit Therapy instructor Jill encouraging the class. Photo by Juliana Luna.

Health / Fitness

Over 90 and still splashing

They discuss meeting their partners and share memories.

Photo by Justin Delgado.

Schools & Education

Photography students visit Indian Canyon

Jefferson Elementary students write about their experience.

Image courtesy of Pixabay.

Column

Searching the Sky: Is anyone out there?

Baumgartner typically sets his own topics in his Searching the Sky series, but in this case, this subject was a special new year request made by BenitoLink Executive Director, Leslie David

Norma Martinetti turned 100 years old on Dec. 21, 2021. Photo courtesy of Community Foundation for San Benito County.

History & Profiles

100 years of clear memories

Norma is an amazing example of determination and the will to do good for others.

Features

Looking back at San Benito County’s top stories of 2021

Year two of the pandemic brought vaccinations, the reopening of schools and a partial return to life before the coronavirus.

Features

Committing to the dream

Looking back at where BenitoLink started and where it is today.

Jim Ostdick. Photo by Robert Eliason.

Features

Ostdick’s 11-year litter cleanup effort reaches end of the road

As Highway 156 traffic increases, a new generation is being called upon to walk the walk and take on the responsibility Ostdick and others like him have carried.

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Features

BenitoLink reaches $38, 280!

BenitoLink fundraiser is just under its $40K match goal with more matching funds offered.

Sara Spencer and Corina Gitmed at The Smoke Point BBQ. Photo by Robert Eliason.

Eat Drink Savor

Eat, Drink, Savor: Off the Hook Essentials add flavor intensity

Off the Hook Essentials explores new flavor options and expands into seasonings

Nick Guevara driving his decorated VW Bus through downtown Hollister. Photo by Jonathan Crowther.

Features

Resident drives Christmas down neighborhood streets

Over 1,000 multicolor light bulbs are attached to the VW Bus.

Pastor Hwapyoung Kang. Photo by Robert Eliason.

Features

Blue Christmas service comforts those in grief during the holidays

Hollister United Methodist Church offers a time for quiet reflection.

The Villagomez family with Santa. Photo by Robert Eliason.

Nonprofits

Nonprofit and Santa help children in need

Over 900 presents collected by My Father’s House will brighten kids’ Christmas season.

The Nutcracker. Photo courtesy of Marisa Duran.

Art & Culture

‘The Nutcracker’ ends a successful run at the Veterans Hall

The first in-town production brings ballet back to Hollister.

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Emaan "Amy" Abbass. Photo courtesy of HB Investments.

Business

A Hollister native goes global

Emaan ‘Amy’ Abbass is making her mark in feminine wellness and deepening her family bonds.

Owner of Ella Boutique, Olga Arreola. Photo by Jenny Mendolla Arbizu.

Business

Hidden Gem Found in Downtown Hollister

Ella Boutique offers trendsetters a unique array of ladies’ clothing and accessories.

Leo Vasquez and Shawn Novack. Photo by Juliana Luna.

Environment / Nature

Free landscaping plans available to San Benito residents

Water-efficient gardens, such as the one at Dunne Park, are encouraged during drought.