Rob Reed (left) readies his RC plane for flight. Photo by John Chadwell.

San Benito Lifestyle

Piloting planes on a smaller scale

Academy of Model Aeronautics flies remote control aircraft in San Benito skies.

Image courtesy of Pixabay.


Constellations of the Month: Gemini, Cancer and Leo

David Baumgartner writes about changes in the sky and the upcoming Autumn Equinox.

No comments yet
Early photo of McKinnon Lumber Company. Photo courtesy of John Barrett.


McKinnon Lumberyard dates back to early Hollister

San Benito County’s oldest retail business going strong during pandemic.

James Owen Welch holding a copy of debut book, 'Steven Black and the Tales from Beyond: The Orb of Possibility.' Photo courtesy of Ryan Welch.

Art & Culture

Hollister teen self-publishes first book

James Owen Welch blends sci-fi and fantasy in ‘Steven Black and the Tales from Beyond: The Orb of Possibility.’

Ginger Russo, Mary Regalo, and bakery owner Dianne Hampton. Photo by Robert Eliason.

Food / Dining

San Juan Bakery overwhelmed by customers and love

Third Street staple reopens after nearly six-month hiatus.

Open Studios artist Michaela Graves, Hollister home studio. Photo provided by SBC Arts Council.

Art & Culture

Arts Council takes annual Open Studios Tour online

Community invited to explore the 2020 Virtual Open Studios Tour and Arts Marketplace from Sept. 12-26.

Chamberlain's kids making a recipe by California Giant. Photo provided by Chamberlain's Youth Services.


California Giant launches ‘Spreading Smiles’

Chamberlain's Youth Services featured in campaign.

Members of Pack 444 of Hollister. Photo courtesy of Bryan Feci.

San Benito Lifestyle

Cub Scouts gather around the virtual campfire

Pack 444 of Hollister keeps together during pandemic with online games and movie nights.

Tyler Bennedetti, a Cal Poly SLO student from Hollister. Photo courtesy of Tyler Bennedetti.

Schools & Education

Pandemic grounds college students in San Benito County

Despite feeling bored and distracted, they would rather stay home for classes than attend in person.

Local author Terry Butler. Photo courtesy of Terry Butler.

Art & Culture

Terry Butler and his Crooked Ladder

Hollister author publishes a first volume of collected stories.

Image courtesy of Pixabay.


Searching the Sky: Uranus and Neptune at their best in autumn sky

David Baumgartner writes that each planet has a greenish tint, making it somewhat easer to distinguish from the stars.

Andre, Mike, Priscilla, Mia, and Makai Jones of Mmm Churros! Photo courtesy of Priscilla Jones.

Business / Economy

New Hollister company incentivizes customers to send churros to first responders with discounts

Priscilla and Mike Jones spent two years coming up with their vegan churro recipe.

Horses at Dreamweaver Ranch. Photo courtesy of Shelby Martin.


Local horse ranch opens its doors to evacuated animals

An ewe gives birth to three lambs during its stay.

The National Hotel, site of the first case. Photo courtesy of the San Juan Historical Society

History & Profiles

BL Longform: San Juan Bautista and the great smallpox epidemic

The struggle to survive a deadly disease in 1868.

Skylar Subia holds her first booze basket ready to deliver. Photo by Patty Lopez Day.

San Benito Lifestyle

Boozy Door Dash: a different kind of delivery service

SBC Facebook group inspires members to pay it forward.

West Cost Hollister black belt testers. Standing: Zander Brister, Pamela Brister, Noah Fort, Lisa Fort, Nathan Fort, Aidan Fort, Julia Hicks, Miles Gamble. Kneeling: Ashley Cisneros-Avila, Sadel LoCascio, Jarrod LaFavre, Kyle Salazar. Photo courtesy of Nathan Fort.

Sports & Recreation

Local martial arts studio victorious in virtual competition

Twelve students graduate to higher honors.

The grave of B. B. Barker, San Juan Bautista. Photo by Robert Eliason.

History & Profiles

BL Longform: Burwell Barker, William McGarvey and the missing buried gold

The conclusion of a tragic tale of Old San Juan Bautista.

Sagittarius. Image provided by David Baumgartner.


Constellation of the Month: Sagittarius

David Baumgartner writes that near the tip of the constellation's arrow is the point thought to be the center of the Milky Way.

Photo courtesy of Pixabay.

Schools & Education

Gavilan College President to hold virtual Coffee and Conversations

In previous years, meetings were held at local cafes in each city in the district, but have now moved online due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Kenneth Moore (#902) prepares for the gates to open and the bull to be released. Photo courtesy of Kenneth Moore.

Sports & Recreation

Three Hollister teens represent California at national rodeo finals

Kenneth Moore and Tucker and Jake Bourdet reflect on their time in Guthrie, Oklahoma.

Most Read

Highway 156. File photo.


Property acquisition and utilities continue to delay Highway 156 expansion

If Caltrans can’t reach agreements with landowners, they’ll be settled in court.

Map of proposed alignments for the New Trade Corridor. Image courtesy of Mobility Partnership.


Mobility Partnership narrows down route options for new trade corridor

Project would replace Highway 152 as the main route for trucks and connect it to Highway 25.

Photo courtesy of Pixabay.

News Release

Pavement rehabilitation project in Salinas to result in full closures of US 101

Northbound single lane closures begin at 8 p.m. and full closures between 10 p.m. and 4 a.m.. Weekday closures to start one hour earlier.

Our Sponsors

Mike and Frank O'Connell of Ranchers Feed & Western Wear have been a part of the Hollister business community since 1976, and have been at their First Street location for 20 years. Read more about Ranchers Feed click…