San Justo Reservoir August 2021. Photo by Robert Eliason.

Sports & Recreation

Fishermen losing hope of fishing at San Justo Reservoir again

Panetta is still working to secure federal funds to eradicate the invasive zebra mussel.

Photo courtesy of Pixabay.

News Release

Hollister to close roads for annual race

The races start between 6-10 a.m. The start and finish line is at the Veterans Memorial Building.

Joseph Elmhorst and his food truck. Photo by Robert Eliason.

Food / Dining

The Steak Stop Food Truck opens a permanent location

Joseph Elmhorst is aiming to start a trend in Hollister dining options.


Sofia Abonce. Photo by Robert Eliason.

Sports & Recreation

San Benito High field hockey on track to be champions

Games against rivals Christopher and Gilroy high schools will decide the winner.

Photo courtesy of HSD.

Commentary

COMMENTARY: HSD statement on Rancho San Justo lockdown

Hollister School District Superintendent Erika Sanchez writes that Rancho San Justo students were not in any danger during the Oct. 15 lockdown.

Antonia Martin, Scott Gilmore's great granddaughter, at the former Gilmore property. Photo by Robert Eliason.

History & Profiles

BL Longform: The exodus of former slaves from Arkansas to Cienega Valley

The Gilmore Colony settles briefly in the Hollister Hills.

Inside of AJ Sushi. Photo by Juliana Luna.

Business

AJ Sushi owner talks about understaffing

Downtown sushi eatery has been offering take-out only.

Rain dance ceremony in San Juan Bautista on Oct. 10. Photo by Jonathan Crowther.

Art & Culture

Locals celebrate Indigenous People’s Day

People speak about their sacred site known as Juristac.

Ray Solnik. Photo by Juliana Luna.

Business

Hair salon franchise opens in Hollister

Great Clips offers haircuts and introductory discounted prices.

Connie Lopez and Lele doll. Photo by Robert Eliason.

Business

Folk art from Guatemala and Mexico finds a home in San Juan Bautista

Claudia Lopez returns to her roots to stock her Guatemala Boutique.

Rebecca and Jose Salinas. Photo by Robert Eliason.

BL Special Report

BL Special Report: Loneliness among seniors during COVID

Isolating to stay safe makes a difficult problem worse.

Reproductive Rights-Women’s’ Rally. Photo courtesy of Lauretta Avina.

Features

Residents participate in reproductive rights rally

Event held in response to Texas law.

U.S. Army Veteran, Michael C. Wilson. Photo by Jenny Mendolla Arbizu.

Nonprofits

Honoring San Benito County heroes

Quilts of Honor ceremony celebrates hometown leaders as well as U.S. veterans

Blake (left) and Tyler Abercrombie with Decimal the pig. Photo by Robert Eliason.

Children and Youth

Tyler Abercrombie and a pricey pig

Members of the local agriculture community give a big send-off to a 4-H youth at the San Benito County Fair.

"I will be after you in January if you want to come" - Daniel Gilmore to Scott Gilmore. Courtesy of Antonia Martin

History & Profiles

BL Longform: The untold history of Hollister’s Gilmore Colony

County records, newspaper articles and letters describe the formation of an early Black community in San Benito County.

Dylan Perry (white tshirt) and Brendan Sigourney (black t-shirt). Photo by Robert Eliason.

Sports & Recreation

San Benito High Water Polo staying afloat post-COVID restrictions

The team is working to find its rhythm in the water.

Street Festival and Car Show. Photos by Juliana Luna.

Art & Culture

Car show features over 200 vehicles

Hollister Downtown Association’s Street Festival hosts car show, performances and raffles.

Image courtesy of Pixabay.

Nonprofits

Benitolink Readers: Tell us what you like and what you want more of!

In order to improve, we are asking our readers to take a few minutes and give us a little constructive feedback.

Hollister native, Les Pierce (and former student of Mr. O's), performing a saxophone solo with the Pacific Pop 'n' Jazz Band. Photo by Jenny Mendolla Arbizu.

Art & Culture

Pacific Pop ‘n’ Jazz Band honors former director Mr. O

Now 17 strong, the group is looking to fill vacancies.

Heliena Walton receives three certificates presented by San Benito County Supervisor Bea Gonzales and Hollister City Council member Rick Perez. Seen here with Gonzales and Brooke Wright of Monterey Green Business Program. Photo Carmel de Bertaut.

Business

13 San Benito County businesses receive green business certification

31 businesses have now been certified.

Most Read

San Benito County Fair. Photo by Robert Eliason.

Nonprofits

San Benito County Fair plans a three-day run- with a few restrictions

The deadline for competition entries is coming up on Sept 9.

Raul Escareno at Mangia. Photo by Robert Eliason.

Business

The Baler Bar is set to bring a new dining experience to Hollister

Mangia owner Raul Escareno’s steakhouse aims for November opening.

Blake (left) and Tyler Abercrombie with Decimal the pig. Photo by Robert Eliason.

Children and Youth

Tyler Abercrombie and a pricey pig

Members of the local agriculture community give a big send-off to a 4-H youth at the San Benito County Fair.