Reservoir in Pinnacles National Park. Photo by Carmel de Bertaut.


Pinnacles National Park reopens

All trails open at this time, Balconies Cave closed due to a rockslide.

File photo by Joshua Miller.

Police & Fire

Police arrest Hollister man on gun charges

Arrest followed investigation of physical altercation in front of Hollister House Bar and Grill, police say.

Cheer shows their Baler Pride at the rally. Photo by Malia Chang.


SBHS Winter Homecoming Rally

Students show their Baler spirit with dancing and games.

Hollister School District offices on Cienega Road. File photo by Leslie David.


Principal chosen for Maze Middle School

The Hollister School District announces the appointment of Diana Herbst (Principal) and Emma Veltri (Assistant Principal) for Maze Middle School.

Blane Strohn and Craig Slibsager pose with Miss San Benito Rodeo 2019 Bonnie Mansmith, along with their team roping buckles. Photo by Blaire Strohn.


86th annual Saddle Horse Show and Rodeo a family affair

Cousins Blane Strohn and Craig Slibsager take home top honors in team roping.

Photo provided by the office of Assemblyman Robert Rivas.

Local Politics

Rivas speaks out on 2020 Census question

“The Census is not and must not be a political weapon that incites fear in our community," Rivas said.

Housing being constructed in Hollister. Photo by John Chadwell.

Land Use

San Benito County and cities proceed with housing element updates

Jurisdictions take action in response to governor’s call for more home building.

Development Services Director Bryan Swanson described the cell tower deal as exciting, with 50 years of revenue ahead. Photo by John Chadwell.

Land Use

Hollister signs cell tower lease

Operator pays the city $1.4 million upfront.

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New Resource Management Agency Director Harry Mavrogenes. Photo provided by San Benito County.

Local Politics

County hires new Resource Management Agency director

Supervisors favor succession plan for continuity.

Officer Melgoza stands with K-9 Freeze while Police Chief David Westrick speaks. Photos by John Chadwell.

Police & Fire

K-9 Officer Freeze retires

Hollister City Council approves request for replacement, handler training and vehicle conversion.

Battalion Chief Charlie Bedolla from Hollister Fire Department. Photo by Diana Lopez.


Summer months bring heat-related illnesses

Keep safe this summer with advice from Public Health Services and the Hollister Fire Department.

Jose Antonio Barajas enters San Benito County Superior Court for a hearing on June 13 to determine a trial date, which was delayed because his attorney Gregory LaForge was ill. Photo by John Chadwell.

Police & Fire

Barajas to appear in court June 27

Trial could begin in September or October.

Photos provided by the Hollister Police Department.

Police & Fire

Man arrested for possession of firearms

Police say a rifle was found concealed in the rear seat of the vehicle, and a loaded handgun with a large quantity of ammunition was found in the trunk.

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Police & Fire

Hollister doctor’s license is suspended, Hazel Hawkins revokes privileges

Anesthesiologist Annamalai Ashokan faces charge of misdemeanor sexual battery in Chico incident.

File photo by Joshua Miller.


HPD seeks man wanted for grand theft

Police say male entered the store twice in the same day and took merchandise each time.

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The San Juan Road overpass across Highway 101. The red circle is where a protest rally will take place on July 19 at 4:45 p.m. Image provided by PORC.

Land Use

Protest of commercial development on Highway 101 set for July 19

Demonstration related to zoning changes near Aromas and San Juan Bautista.

Diego Ochoa speaks to the public during a 2019 board meeting at which he was introduced as the new superintendent. Photo by John Chadwell.


BL Special Report: Ochoa makes progress on special ed program

Superintendent speaks on recent reorganization efforts.

A ticket booth is set between the aquatic center and football field. Photo by Diana Lopez.

Recreation & Sports

San Benito High gives sneak peek at aquatic center

Grand opening set for August 24.

Derek Lacasa and Pat Ricotti entertain the crowd on their bucking tractor. Photo by Blaire Strohn.


2019 Saddle Horse Show Downtown Parade winners revealed

Groups and individuals placed in categories like Best Commercial Float and Drill/Dance.

100 plus old sheepherder's wagon was restored by Dave Wright for the Downtown Parade. Photo courtesy of Blaire Strohn.

San Benito Lifestyle (Home, Garden, Food & Culture)

Parade kicks off San Benito County rodeo festivities

A herd of longhorns leads dozens of parade participants.

Paul Stephens, senior development partner at Hawkins Companies, said the buildings will continue to go up, but the parking lot can't be completed until PG&E finishes with electrical and gas installation.

Our Economy

PG&E problems will delay opening of Hollister shopping center

Aspen Dental, Smashburger, Hokulia Shave Ice and more are affected.


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