Nat Wong with 2021 Blade & Talon Falanghina. Photo by Robert Eliason.

Eat Drink Savor

Eat, Drink, Savor: Blade & Talon’s Nat Wong is quickly building a resume

He is also the general manager for Siletto Family Vineyards in Tres Pinos.

Joshua Org, Spencer Arrington and Carter Eggers. Photo by Mo Ismail.


Scouts BSA host ceremony for three members 

Three boys receive the Eagle Scout Charge of Honor.

Hollister HAWGS. Photo by Robert Eliason.


Hollister Hawgs play their final games of the season May 20

3 youth lacrosse teams have had an uneven but fun season.

Alejandro Ceja with El Guapo Bao Bun Taco. Photo by Robert Eliason.

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Eat, Drink, Savor: The Hollister Farmers’ Market is a foodie’s delight

The yearly event hosts almost 70 vendors and will run until Oct. 11.


Celebrating Mother’s Day

Local restaurants offer dining options for Moms and families.

Michael Koteles. Photo courtesy of CASC.


Hollister student named region leader 

Michael Koteles seeks to give teenagers in San Benito County and the Central Coast a voice as an officer with the California Association of Student Councils.

San Benito High School Superintendent Shawn Tennenbaum said he was proud of all the work by the district. Photo by Michael Koteles.

Schools & Education

San Benito High School District celebrates milestones

It’s among 14 schools in California to win the Green Ribbon Schools award.

Athletes competing in a race at the Annual Gifted Games. Photo by Adam Bell.

Sports & Recreation

Hundreds of athletes compete in Gifted Games

Hollister High School hosted the annual event May 5.

Daniel Ellsberg and Reality Winner were joined by Trevor Timm, executive director of Freedom of the Press Foundation to speak about challenges whistleblowers face in the United States. Photo by Noe Magaña.


BenitoLink attends journalism symposium

Journalists gather at UC Berkeley to participate in panels on whistleblowers, prison reporting and access to information. 

Julianna Figone and Erica Pirnik at BR Farms. Photo by Robert Eliason.

Eat Drink Savor

Eat, Drink, Savor: Small production beef distributor brings meat to Hollister Farmers’ Market 

BR Beef sources locally from ranches near Pinnacles National Park and Henry Coe Park.

San Benito County Historical Society President John Wrobel. Photo by Robert Eliason.


SBC Historical Society receives 13 vintage tractors

Collection includes John Deere Model Ds and model 40s.

Photo courtesy of Team 6884 Deep-Space Robotics.

Schools & Education

Hollister High Robotics team receives advanced 3D printer

Two foundations split the $20,000 cost. 

The American Legion Riders Chapter 31 honor Clemencia Torres. Photo by Michael Koteles.


Hollister resident presented with KIA flag

Clemencia Torres’s son Arcadio Torres Jr. was killed in action in Vietnam when he was 18 years old. 

Judge Omar Rodriguez and Chief Resource Officer Margaret Jones-Ryan said they hope the books lowers the stress to families who use the court services. Photo by Noe Magaña.

Children and Youth

San Benito County court library aims to minimize stress for families

Judge Omar Rodriguez hopes the effort helps improve access to court resources.

Students learn how to properly hold and handle ducklings. Photo by Jenna Fields.

Schools & Education

San Benito County Farm Day returns 

Third graders participate in activities introducing them to agriculture. 

Emmanuel Rodriquez, 11, celebrates Dia del Niño with an elote. Photo by Robert Eliason.

Children and Youth

Children take over Jacaranda Circle neighborhood 

Hollister resident Maria Lezama has been organizing the Dia Del Niño event for 30 years.

Flooded farmland on Lover's Lane. Photo by Robert Eliason.

News Release

USDA aid available to Central Coast farmers

Multiple programs are offered to restore land to a productive state and to help producers recover financially.

Tasting room pourer Nichole Nijmeh with 10 week old Everest and Kristen Damm. Photo by Robert Eliason.

Eat Drink Savor

Eat, Drink, Savor: Damm Vineyard tasting room to open May 7

Family wine and beer makers provide entryway to the Cienega Valley Wine Trail.

Mexican American Committee of Education (MACE) used the Elks Lodge as a venue for its Cinco De Mayo fundraising event in 2019. Photo by Noe Magaña.

News Release

Local Elks Club donates nearly $100K

Contributions include money for youth and veterans programs.

Jona St John and sons. Photo by Robert Eliason.


El Teatro Campesino’s fundraising event returns

Family Fun Day raises $7,500 toward free public programs in the arts. 

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Jarad Gallegher and the Texas-style smoker. Photo by Robert Eliason.

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Eat, Drink, Savor: Meats and sauces of Smoke Point BBQ

Owner Jarad Gallegher shifts focus to indoor dining. 

Robb Rodriguez, Tlaloc Zuniga and Mike Kirschmann. Photo by Robert Eliason.


Growing hearts and dreams at the San Benito County Jail 

A new program teaches practical gardening skills to inmates.

Connie Padron of Jovenes de Antaño. Photo by Robert Eliason.


Jovenes de Antaño reopens dining room service

The nonprofit continues to serve almost 300 people after the loss of their founder, Paulina Valdivia.