Pet of the Week: Rudy

He’s got a great personality and loves socializing with other dogs.

Sean Fitzharris pouring Chonk Beer. Photo by Robert Eliason.

Eat Drink Savor

Eat, Drink, Savor: Brewery Twenty Five’s newest beers celebrate apricots, raspberries and cats

Promoting San Benito County is second nature for owners Fran and Sean Fitzharris.

Danny Chavez being interviewed at Levi’s Stadium about using the power of sport to teach life skills to at-risk youth. Photo courtesy of Empowering Our Community for Success.


Nonprofit serving at-risk youth makes a play for San Benito County

Empowering Our Communities for Success has served Santa Clara County kids since 2013.

Haleigh Grant lays down the fastest time of the day in the breakaway roping. Photo by Jenna Fields.

Sports & Recreation

California’s Richest All Girl Roping honors memory of late Paicines resident

Haleigh Grant of Santa Maria wins Blaire Strohn Fast Time Memorial Buckle.

Piles of backpacks ready to be given to students. Photo courtesy of Krystal Lomanto.


10th Annual Stuff the Bus provides school supplies to students

United Way and San Benito County Office of Education partner to hand out about 2,000 backpacks filled with pens, pencils, erasers, binders, crayons and rulers.

Clampers at the dedication ceremony. Photo by Robert Eliason.


Clampers place plaque on Hollister’s oldest retail business

Attendees also pay tribute to the late John Barrett who owned McKinnon’s Lumberyard for 30 years.

Mayor Velazquez with fellow city council members, Boy Scouts, City Manager Brett Miller, Girl Scout Maddie Rosa and Boy Scout Diego Villalpando at the ceremony to cut the ribbon in front of time capsule. Photo by Marisa Sachau


Hollister unveils time capsule and Blue Star Memorial

Residents gather in front of the Veterans Memorial Building.


Pet of the Week: Flor

She loves toys, treats, and the company of other dogs.

Ana Ramos-Aguilera with Cotton Candy ice cream. Photo by Robert Eliason.

Eat Drink Savor

Eat, Drink, Savor: La Michoacana Paleteria adds even more amazing flavors

The Hollister ice cream parlor innovates as it maintains its high quality and fresh ingredients.  

Dr. Jennifer Colby at Luna Gallery. Photo by Robert Eliason.


Luna Gallery and Eco Art Studio provide a new space for local artists 

First show "Dreamscapes" opens Sept 4 and a reception featuring artists from Mexico will be held on Oct. 1. 

Photo courtesy of Pixabay.

Schools & Education

Three events providing students with free school supplies

They’ll be distributed at San Andreas Continuation School, Target and Enterprise Martial Arts Studio.

Volunteers spent three hours removing the hemlock from the property's grassland. Photo by Jenny Mendolla Arbizu.

Environment / Nature

Volunteers remove toxic, invasive hemlock from Nyland Property

They aim to restore native plants and make the property fire-safe.

Lewis is available for adoption at the Hollister Animal Shelter. Photo Courtesy of the Hollister Animal Shelter.


Pet of the Week: Lewis

This adult English Bulldog loves squeaky toys, treats and meeting new people.

From left: Sgt. of Arms Angie Matas-Gay, Chaplain Lisa Casarez, 1st Vice Esther LePore, and 2nd Vice Desiree Osorio Allivato.


Hollister’s Veterans Auxiliary has been active for a decade

New district President Esther LePore plans to increase the organization’s visibility.

Luis Valdez directing Valley of the Heart. Photo by Robert Eliason.

Art & Culture

Playwright Luis Valdez discusses attracting farmworkers to theater

Interview Part Two: He also relates the properties of a sphere to acting and life.

Carlos Olivera (left) and Britt Bassoni at work on new meeting area. Photo by Robert Eliason.


Hollister Rec Center makes changes

The new areas will serve clients who are concerned about COVID and accessibility.

Art & Culture

Retired reporter launches career as novelist

Larry Slonaker paid his dues at the San Jose Mercury News and is now promoting his first novel, ‘Nothing Got Broke.’

Residents who took part of the program met for the first time in person during the graduation ceremony. Photo courtesy of Lizbeth Silva.


San Benito County families learn money management in 6-month program

A $500 stipend and education lead to significant life changes.

Frankie and Tish Munster. Photo by Robert Eliason.

San Benito History

The Munsters search for spirits in San Juan Bautista

Exploring town legends and history, ghost hunters leave with ‘significant results.’

Carlos Hernandez. Photo by Robert Eliason.

Eat Drink Savor

Eat, Drink, Savor: Heavenly Bakery lives up to its name with truly divine desserts

Trained in Mexico and South Carolina, Carlos Hernandez bakes with balance and sophistication.

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Ted Theony at San Justo School. Photo by Robert Eliason.

Housing / Land Use

Caltrans assists in preserving historic building

A San Benito County landmark—an old school building—is saved from destruction by help from Caltrans planners.

John Kouretas owned Paine's Restaurant and Bar for 42 years. Photo by John Chadwell.

Business / Economy

Paine’s Restaurant & Bar changing hands

Owner John Kouretas says the last 42 years were great, and now he’s ready to retire.

Sports & Recreation

County accepts new park from Anderson Homes

After months of delays while waiting for an electrical switcher, Anderson Homes transferred the new $3 million park to the county June 28.