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Robert Eliason, out in the fresh air again after surgery. Photo by Robert Eliason.

Health

BL Longform: Fighting cancer, with the scars to prove it

Reporter Robert Eliason writes on his recovery from prostate surgery.

SBC Arts Council COVID Art Relief Grantee Flying Colors Dance and Fitness. Photo courtesy of SBC Arts Council.

Art & Culture

SBC Arts Council awards COVID Arts Relief Grants to local organizations and businesses

Arts Council recently awarded nine arts-based groups with a total of $22,700 in relief funding.

Image courtesy of Pixabay.

Science

Constellation of the Month: Orion the Great Hunter

David Baumgartner writes that Orion is the brilliant central constellation in the winter evening sky.


Photo courtesy of Pixabay.

San Benito Lifestyle

Bethany Church moves annual Martin Luther King Jr. awards breakfast online

First responders and essential workers to be honored; speakers include State Assemblyman Robert Rivas and San Benito County Supervisor Bea Gonzales.

San Benito High School. Photo courtesy of SBHS.

Education / Schools

Sports set to return to San Benito High School

Fall season could start as soon as Jan. 16.

Photo provided by San Benito Stage Company.

Art & Culture

San Benito Stage Company to offer virtual workshops for all ages

Workshops begin at the end of January and will run through March.

State Assemblyman Robert Rivas. Photo provided by the office of Robert Rivas.

Agriculture

Assemblymembers Robert Rivas and Rudy Salas introduce legislation to maximize benefits of Sustainable Groundwater Management requirements

If approved, AB 252 would create a pilot program to support repurposing formerly irrigated agricultural land for less water-intensive uses.

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.

12 of the 15 winners from the 2019 art poster contest. Photo courtesy of SBC Integrated Waste Management.

Art & Culture

Recology accepting submissions for 2021 art poster contest

Local students grades TK-12 can send in artwork until March 19; 15 winning posters will be enlarged and displayed on the side of collection trucks.

Miss Teen California Petite Cassandra Dominguez. Photo courtesy of Cassandra Dominguez.

San Benito Lifestyle

Hollister student aims to compete in national pageant in Chicago

Miss Teen California Petite Cassandra Dominguez seeks the top title of Miss Teen USA.

David Gonzalez (middle) joins other graduates in applauding during the ceremony. Photo by Noe Magaña.

Nonprofits

LULAC youth councils remain active during the pandemic

While most activities have been virtual, members also coordinated in-person events such as graduations and food drives.

Joseph Ostenson plays the trumpet at the San Benito County Fair, 2013. Photo courtesy of Joseph and Francine Ostenson.

Art & Culture

Remembering Joseph Ostenson

Family and former students speak about Mr. O as music teacher, jazz bandleader, and pillar of the community.

Becky Thompson in Civil War period costume. Photo by Robert Eliason.

Business / Economy

Community remembers Becky Thompson, the Soap Lady

Founder of San Benito Soap Works dies following surgery.

Photo courtesy of Pixabay.

Art & Culture

Poetry Out Loud competition moves online

Several virtual training sessions will take place before the finals on Jan. 29.

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.

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.

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.

Photo courtesy of Pixabay.

Science

Searching the Sky: A special way to end the year

David Baumgartner summarizes the year in astronomy, including a total solar eclipse in Chile and the great conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn.

Tie Sing at his cook stove. Photo courtesy of the Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley and provided by Sharlene Van Rooy.

History & Profiles

USGS field crews historically appreciated good cooking

Backcountry culinary skills of Tie Sing literally put his name on the map in 1899.

The Third Apparition as presented in "La Virgen de Tepeyac." Photo by Robert Eliason.

Art & Culture

The evolution of El Teatro Campesino’s ‘La Virgen de Tepeyac’

From a liturgical manuscript to full production in the Mission to a pandemic-inspired radio play.

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Staff at the San Benito Veterinary Center, formerly called the Hollister Veterinary Clinic. Photo by Carmel de Bertaut.

San Benito Lifestyle

Local veterinarian hangs up stethoscope after 29 years in Hollister

From treating pet mice to handling Great Danes, Jerry Leroux has seen a lot in nearly 50 years of practicing veterinary medicine.

Tiffany Wyrick in the hospital. Photo courtesy of Tiffany Wyrick.

Health

BL Longform: COVID-19 recovery from a personal point of view

Tiffany Wyrick and son Colton share their story of becoming infected and the lingering effects months later.

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.