The crowd at the Veterans Memorial Building on March 2, 2019 during a self-awareness, safety and anti-bullying event organized by SBHS student Samantha Slykas. Photo by Carmel de Bertaut.


San Benito High student is all about safety

17-year-old Samantha Slykas wants conversations about violence to continue.

Congressional District proposed final map. Image courtesy of the California Citizens Redistricting Commission.


New state districts take effect after primary and general elections

Elections to fill vacancies required to use district maps adopted after the 2010 census.

Jose Antonio Barajas at the Sept. 16 hearing. File photo by John Chadwell.

Police / Fire

Second jury finds Barajas guilty of murder, kidnapping

Sentencing is scheduled for March 4.

Parents held a protest the afternoon of Jan. 7 in response to unvaccinated sixth graders being sent home on Jan. 6. Photo by Leila Sadeghian.


Rancho San Justo sends about 40 unvaccinated students home

A parent claims the school breached student confidentiality and did not follow district COVID policy.


Arts Council to receive $150,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts

The Arts Council plans to release the first round of grant applications in early 2022.

Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King


A look at free speech in 2022

Results from this recent national survey of 4,000 participants was shared with BenitoLink from the Knight Foundation.

Image courtesy of Pixabay.


Public meetings for the week of Jan. 17

Government and transportation agencies to meet.

Christina Askar plays at a post-competition festival. Photo courtesy of Ludmila Rivkin.

News Release

Gavilan opens registration for youth piano competition and music festival

The winner will receive a prize and be given the opportunity to perform at the Gavilan College Bach to Blues Concert.

Novel Coronavirus. Photo courtesy of Centers for Disease Control.


Week of Jan.14 coronavirus roundup for San Benito County

10,145 people tested positive, 394 are active patients, 9,662 have recovered and 89 have died.

Ruth Orta (Ohlone, Bay Miwok, Plains Miwok) shares stories of her family history and gives instructions on the traditional methods of acorn processing. Photo by Kirti Bassendine


Enduring Relationships with the Land project funded by $20,000 Cal Humanities Grant

The project weaves together still photography, storyboards and video interviews with demonstrations and discussion.

Juan Guevara. Photo courtesy of Juan Guevara.


Officer Juan Guevara enters race for San Benito County Sheriff

Longtime Hollister resident says improvements in engagement are needed.

KN95 masks are considered more effective than cloth masks, according to the CDC. Photo provided by HSD.


Hollister School District provides KN95 masks to staff

The Hollister School District this week distributed nearly 3,700 KN95 masks to staff members as an additional safety measure during the current surge in COVID-19 cases. Additional masks are on the way for staff and students as well.

Many rural roads have become party meccas that draw heavy drinking and driving, fire danger and other safety risks. Photo by Leslie David


San Benito Sheriff’s Office has plan to build connections with residents

Responsibility Area Program breaks the unincorporated portions of the county into 19 zones.

San Benito County official seal. Image courtesy San Benito Co.

News Release

San Benito County issues COVID-19 pop-up testing site advisory

Most COVID testing is free to the public and there are several legitimate sites in the county.

California still needs about another foot of snow water content. Photo provided by the Dept of Water Resources website.


COLUMN: Drought! It ain’t over until it’s over!

The State Water Resources Control Board approved emergency water conservation regulations will stay in place for a year and would empower cities, counties and other local jurisdictions to fine violators as much as $500.

Hollister School District offices on Cienega Road. File photo.


Hollister School District faces COVID surge

Board of Trustees takes action to deal with teacher shortages and expand communication with parents.

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

News Release

No walk-in COVID-19 OptumServe testing until further notice

You can still test with an appointment and other local testing locations are available.

Gavilan College campus in Gilroy. Photo by Robert Eliason.


Gavilan trustees approve COVID protocols for spring semester

College President Kathleen Rose says more classes will be conducted remotely.

News Release

Governor Newsom releases proposed budget for 2022-2023

Budget intends to address COVID-19, climate change, homelessness, inequality and keep streets safe.

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Tiny houses at the Migrant Center. Photo by Robert Eliason.

Housing / Land Use

Tiny House village for homeless families taking shape in Hollister

5 transitional housing units will soon be installed and a total 16 units are planned.

File photo.


CHP has two people of interest in Hollister resident’s traffic death

Devan Nicole Elayda, a Fresno State student, was struck and killed on State Route 180 on Nov. 27.

Roadway construction underway for the Promontory development. Photo by Noe Magaña.

Housing / Land Use

Promontory Development Begins Construction

90 units underway between Southside Road and Ridgemark.