Education / Schools

San Benito County Office of Education hosts STEM fair for teachers

The Aug. 20 event is limited to 100 participants.

Pedro Avila. Photo courtesy of Gavilan College.


Interview with Gavilan College’s new President-Superintendent Avila

Pedro Avila reimagines Gavilan College

News Release

Five people die on HWY 156 over the weekend

Four were Monterey County residents and another was a Santa Clara County resident.


Heat advisory issued for Aug. 16

Temperatures could reach 106 degrees.

Alana Castellanos. Photo by Robert Eliason.

Housing / Land Use

12 Riverview Estates families just a few months from moving in

Hollister self-housing project advancing at an impressive rate.

Weapons seized in Hollister area by Hollister Police Department. Photo published on Facebook by Hollister Police Department.


Illegal weapon stockpile found in Hollister

Police use Facebook to announce possible arrest made on the "southwest side of town" in Hollister.

Official Ballot Drop Box. File photo.


Candidates who have filed for Nov. Election

Several races have extended filing period of one week.

Hazel Hawkins Memorial Hospital in Hollister, Ca. Photo by John Chadwell

News Release

Hazel Hawkins Memorial Hospital, RNs approve contract

The four-year agreement includes a 12.5% wage increase.

TriCal has been at the same location over 40 years. Google Earth photo.

Government / Politics

San Benito County supervisors add Measure R to Nov. 8 ballot

Despite questions about motive behind it, if it passes, a 3.5-mile buffer zone will be placed around the TriCal property on Hwy 25.

Manuel Martinez Vazquez said he understood when Judge Breen told him he had given up his right to remain silent. Photo by John Chadwell.

Police / Fire

Manuel Martinez Vazquez pleads guilty to second-degree murder

He was charged with the 2021 DUI-related death of Sarah Villar and will be sentenced Oct. 6.

COVID-19 testing site set up inside the Veterans Memorial Building in Hollister. File photo by Robert Eliason.

News Release

OptumServe expands COVID-19 testing and treatment services sites

Sites to include Tres Pinos, Aromas and San Juan Bautista.

Betabel fruit stand. Photo by Robert Eliason.

Housing / Land Use

Betabel Road project continues to move forward

Once a commercial use permit is granted, the developer can begin to submit construction applications and plans.

kids reading in the library June 30, 2022. Photo by Juliana Luna.


San Benito County Library receives $11.8 million grant

The funds will increase internet connectivity for students.

Seal courtesy of San Benito County Sheriff's Office.

News Release

Spring Grove contracts for School Resource Officer

SRO to begin Aug. 11. 

A truck heads into the John Smith Road Landfill. Photo by Noe Magaña.

News Release

County to host John Smith Road Landfill Expansion town hall workshop

Meeting to take place on Aug. 22 at 6:30 p.m. at Veterans Memorial Building in Hollister.

From left: Gina Orozco, Ariana Barajas, Kenia Cejas and Monica Mancilla are concerned about how their children will get to school starting Aug. 11. Photo by Juliana Luna.

Education / Schools

Migrant school students left in limbo

About 30 families are scrambling to find a solution with only two days before school begins.

Investigation site. Photo courtesy of HPD.

News Release

Hollister Police Department investigating explosion

A juvenile victim in critical condition was flown to area trauma center.

As of 2018 California had 107 gun laws, the most of any state, according to a research project of State Firearm Laws. Photo courtesy of Pixabay.

Government / Politics

California’s latest gun laws

New legislation takes up advertising, ghost guns and liabilities.

Hazel Hawkins Memorial Hospital in Hollister, Ca. Photo by John Chadwell


Hazel Hawkins says negotiations for appropriate payment rate with Anthem not effective

"...our organization must advocate for the financial stability of our District," said HHMH CEO Steven Hannah.

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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.

Photo by Juliana Luna.

Police / Fire

FBI arrests man in Hollister on drug charges

William Hernandez Alnas Jr. faces five to 40 years in prison.

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.