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California Highway Patrol investigating fatal traffic collision on HWY156

The collision resulted in one fatality and three hospitalizations.

Photo courtesy of California Department of Fish and Wildlife.


County planners approve lifting ban on cannabis retail

Outdoor cultivation remains a possibility in unincorporated areas of the county.

Hollister Fire Department responding to the Fairview Road fire. Photo by John Chadwell.


Seven small blazes keep local and state firefighters busy

Fairview Road fire could have been ‘substantially bigger’ under different weather conditions, battalion chief says.

Novel Coronavirus. Photo courtesy of Centers for Disease Control.


Week of July 23 coronavirus roundup for San Benito County

6,229 people tested positive, 34 are active patients, 6,132 have recovered and 63 have died; the county's 7-day positive rate is 2.8%.

Adult mountain lion. Photo courtesy of Mountain Lion Foundation.


Hollister park closes indefinitely after mountain lion sighting

An adult with a cub was seen at Brigantino Park on July 19, the park’s Facebook page says.

Sunnyslope County Water District General Manager Drew Lander said the district can't forgive past due bills. Photo by John Chadwell.


Past-due water bills in Hollister must be paid after Sept. 30

Governor’s 2020 executive order allowed Sunnyslope County Water District customers to keep their taps on despite non-payments during the pandemic.

Image from video released by Hollister Police Department of an officer involved shooting on Dec. 8.


Hollister police officer completes training to avoid conflicts involving the mentally ill

Officer Staci Esqueda will work with the Behavioral Health Department on 911 calls.

San Benito High School. File photo by Jake Medina.


San Benito High School projects costing $102 million near completion

Voters rejected a $30 million bond in 2020 and two measures with total funding of $62.5 million were not enough to pay for construction, forcing the district to secure a bridge loan to keep construction moving forward.

Superior Court Judge Omar Rodriguez agreed to give attorney Brad Sullivan a 90-day continuance for medical reasons. Photo by John Chadwell.


UPDATE: Tentative ruling in Hollister Mayor and council member lawsuit extended 90 days

Judge orders special motion to strike case brought by Irma Gonzalez and Elia Salinas against Mayor Velazquez and Councilman Resendiz but allows plaintiffs to make new claims within 90 days.

Hollister Police Department vehicle. BenitoLink photo

News Release

HPD responds to several calls involving guns and juveniles over weekend

The ages of the juveniles range from 12 to 16 years old.

San Juan Bautista City Manager Don Reynolds said the city may have to put up another flag pole next year during the May 29 ceremony. Photo by John Chadwell.


SJB city flag-flying policy allows LGBTQ, bans religion and politics

The policy allows the city to display a commemorative flag only if requested by a council member and cleared by majority council vote.

Image from the National Weather Service.


Lightning alert issued for parts of San Benito County

Erratic winds and any cloud-to-ground lighting strikes have the potential of starting new wildfires. 

Novel Coronavirus. Photo courtesy of Centers for Disease Control.


Week of July 16 coronavirus roundup for San Benito County

6,204 people tested positive, 47 are active patients, 6,094 have recovered and 63 have died; the county's 7-day positive rate is 4.1%.

John Smith Road Landfill. Photo by Noe Magaña.


Public comment period begins for permit to expand landfill capacity

Waste Solutions seeks to increase capacity by 444,000 cubic yards.

San Benito County interim Public Health Officer Dr. David Ghilarducci. Photo provided.


Q&A: San Benito County Health Officer David Ghilarducci

He shares views on a rise in COVID cases, the rise of the Delta variant and the importance of getting vaccinated.

Hollister City Clerk Christine Black receives the Notice of Intention from Suzanne Garcia, Celeste Toledo-Bocanegra and Andrew Russo (not pictured). Photo by Noe Magaña.


Effort to recall Hollister mayor crosses first hurdle

Next steps: getting petition form approved and collecting signatures.

Ali Dorri of Microvi and City Manager Don Reynolds. Photo by Robert Eliason.


San Juan Bautista City Council visits new water treatment plant

Microvi Biotech demonstrates its system for breaking down nitrates in well water.

Dr. Benedict Carota. Photo by Leslie David


Dr. Benedict Carota to retire in October

In letter to his patients he introduces his replacement.

Photo of gray wolf OR-93 taken in Oregon after waking up from sedation. Photo courtesy of Austin Smith, Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs.


Lone wolf goes radio silent

OR-93’s signal was last transmitted from San Luis Obispo County in April.

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Tayler Schmitt sits where his fiancee Sarah Villar died on June 20. Photo by John Chadwell.


Driver in Hollister pedestrian’s death booked for murder

Sarah Villar was killed as she walked with her fiance and dog along Sunnyslope Road.

Sarah Villar, 32, was a pediatric therapist who told a friend that helping children was her greatest accomplishment. Photo courtesy of Dave Villar.


Vigil held for Sarah Villar

Neighbors, friends and strangers came together to pay tribute to a young woman who cared for children.

Mike, Elin, and Frank O'Connell. Photo by Corissa King.

Business / Economy

Hollister says farewell to Ranchers Feed after nearly 45 years

Owner Mike O’Connell set to retire following sale.