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Herman Garcia pulling illegal traps out of the Pajaro River. Photo by Robert Eliason.

Environment / Nature

Herman Garcia pushes for watershed restoration through two controversial projects

CHEER's efforts have cleared out tons of trash and enabled steelhead trout to return to the San Benito River after 75 years.

SBHS world history instructor Frank Perez teaching in the classroom pre-pandemic. Photo courtesy of Frank Perez.

Schools & Education

SBHS teacher contributes to genocide guidebook

Frank Perez’s approach helps other instructors explore a difficult subject.

Jim Ostdick at Crater Lake Rim. Photo courtesy of Jim Ostdick.

Art & Culture

Q&A: Jim Ostdick’s 2,650-mile hike from Mexico to Canada

Local adventurer publishes his story of the journey.

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The homes decorated for Halloween on Severinsen Street in Hollister look great day or night. Photo by Patty Lopez Day.

San Benito Lifestyle

Halloween on horizon for San Benito County

While the pandemic has changed how the spooky holiday will be celebrated this year, there are still several events planned in the coming days.

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San Benito Lifestyle

Final evenings set for Hollister drive-in movies

‘Goosebumps’ and ‘Hocus Pocus’ screenings slated before Halloween.

Ashley Neuman helps daughter Addyson, a second grader at Cerra Vista, with distance learning while her other children look on. Photo courtesy of Ashley Neuman.

Education / Schools

Parents want input on when to reopen Hollister schools

Mothers share how distance learning has impacted their children.

Scout Cody Silveira with door hangers. Photo courtesy of Bryan Feci.

Children and Youth

Scout-O-Rama goes virtual to gather hundreds for fun and games

A new approach brings three weeks of activities for scout troops and guests.

Amalia Ellis (right) and her mother Kerry. Photo courtesy of Amalia Ellis.

BL Special Report

BL Special Report: The heartbreaking complexities of in-home caregiving

Caring for a parent with Alzheimer’s is an act of love and patience. One local woman shares her story.

Arts Council 2020 Arts Express! Grantee El Teatro Campesino. Photo provided by SBC Arts Council.

Art & Culture

Applications open for COVID-19 Art Relief Grant programs

San Benito Arts Council offers two grant programs designed to aid and support local arts organizations and cultural groups that have been negatively impacted by COVID-19.

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Science

Constellation of the Month: Aquarius the Water Carrier

David Baumgartner writes about the constellation he calls Aqua-Man and about hosting a Tres Pinos School class to view Saturn.

A 2019 workshop on making ofrendas (altars) for Dia de los Muertos. Photo courtesy of El Teatro Campesino.

Art & Culture

El Teatro Campesino hosts online workshops for Dia de los Muertos

Participants learn how to design ofrendas for deceased loved ones.

Former Hollister city manager Bill Avera shows a map of the earthquake zone that runs down San Benito Street. Photo by John Chadwell.

San Benito Lifestyle

Is Hollister ready for the next big one?

With the 31st anniversary of the Loma Prieta Earthquake on Oct. 17, former city manager Bill Avera takes BenitoLink on a downtown walking tour to discuss retrofitting.

Ridgemark resident Lionel Brooks teaches his grandson Zaden how to play golf. Photo by Julia Hicks.

Sports & Recreation

Golfers teeing up at local courses during pandemic

San Juan Oaks and Ridgemark see more players as people look for outdoor activity.

Alexa Gomez with a large sunflower at Swank Farms. Photo by Robert Eliason.

Agriculture

Swank Farms opens for fall fun

A local tradition refreshes their approach in light of COVID-19.

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Science

Searching the Sky: Pluto, are you still there?

David Baumgartner writes that everything that revolves around the sun should be considered a planet.

Ann-Marie Sayers. Photo by Kirti Bassendine.

San Benito Lifestyle

BL Longform: Mutsun people dream of returning to their ancestral land

Few indigenous families still live in San Benito County.

Sunnyslope Elementary School’s Library Media Specialist Stephanie Aguilar distributing books. Photo provided by Joseph Rivas Jr.

Schools & Education

Books getting distributed at Sunnyslope Elementary School

Stephanie Aguilar, the school's library media specialist, is getting books into the hands of students.

Aiden Castaneda. Photo by Robert Eliason.

Sports & Recreation

Racing to build a running track at San Juan School

Students and community team up to raise funds.

San Benito County Fair. File photo.

San Benito Lifestyle

Modified San Benito County Fair set for October

This year’s festivities will take place online and in person.

R.R. Conkin's Auto Bus

San Benito Lifestyle

RV living: more drawn to mobile lifestyle

Full-timers discuss how the lifestyle works for them. Increase in remote workers and distance learning families.

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Transportation

Work on San Benito Street begins Oct. 26

All outdoor dining furniture must be removed from San Benito Street prior to Oct. 26 at 5 a.m.

Businesses on San Benito Street will be refunded up to $15,000 for constructing parklets. Photo courtesy of city of Hollister.

Business / Economy

Hollister approves downtown parklet program

Portion of San Benito Street to be transformed into one-way thoroughfare.

Hollister City Manager Brett Miller, COG Executive Director Mary Gilbert, Supervisor Peter Hernandez, Supervisor Jaime De La Cruz, Hollister Mayor Ignacio Velazquez, County Administrative Officer Ray Espinosa and Capt. Chris Armstrong at an Oct. 7 ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Highway 25 expansion project. Photo by Noe Magaña.

Transportation

COG holds ribbon-cutting ceremony for Hwy 25 widening project

$241 million project will occur in phases, with construction not expected to begin for several years.

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