Albert Bracamonte and family dining outside Hollister House. Photos by Patty Lopez Day.

Business / Economy

Outdoor dining opens on San Benito Street

Several restaurants take part in weekend street closure. Check out photos from the first day.

Novel Coronavirus. Photo courtesy of Centers for Disease Control.


May 22 coronavirus roundup for San Benito County

Sixty-nine people have tested positive since February, nine currently active, 58 recovered; two farmworker relief drives to take place in Hollister and San Juan Bautista on May 23.

File photo by Joshua Miller.

Police / Fire

Police makes arrests in May 8 shooting

One adult and one juvenile booked on charges of attempted murder.

About 120 trucks make daily roundtrips from Gilroy to the Graniterock Southside Road quarry. Photo by Leslie David.

Housing / Land Use

Graniterock moving more than 300,000 cubic yards of dirt to Southside quarry

The company is infilling parts of the mined land as part of the reclamation project.

Landscape view from Hepsedam Peak looking east towards San Benito Mountain in southern San Benito County. Photo by Ryan O'Dell, courtesy of BLM.

Environment / Nature

BLM reminds visitors to recreate responsibly on public lands during Memorial Day weekend

Some areas remain closed; agency advises public to check webpage to determine status and condition before visiting.

Fresh Baked goods from Heavenly Bakery in Hollister. Photo provided by B&R Farms.


B & R Farms launches Better Together Market

Local vendors take part in three-day event during Memorial Day weekend. B&R has gathered up a collection of unique, locally produced San Benito foods and gifts

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Government / Politics

Hollsiter initiating major citywide planning effort with new committee and website

City actively seeking to involve community in steering General Plan update process. First General Plan Advisory Committee will meet June 4.

Theresa Kovacs, 63, and Rick Sicurella, 66, are in a limbo like thousands of other RV full-timers. Photo by Kirti Bassendine.

Housing / Land Use

RV dwellers find temporary haven in San Benito County

Campground reservations are hard to come by during lockdown. COVID-19 situation leaves many in the lurch.

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Novel Coronavirus. Photo courtesy of Centers for Disease Control.


May 21 coronavirus roundup for San Benito County

Sixty-six people have tested positive since February, eight active, 55 recovered; CDC says person-to-person is major mode of transmission; SBHS superintendent gives update on plans for next school year.

Housing being constructed in Hollister. Photo by John Chadwell.

Housing / Land Use

State says Hollister must void or suspend growth management program

Housing Crisis Act of 2019 does not allow jurisdictions to adopt new or enforce existing limits on the number of land-use approvals or permits.

"There are a lot of people I have talked to who are happy because they have been able to take the time to reconnect with their families and slow down to see the sky," said Robert Johnson, a practicing licensed marriage and family therapist in Hollister. Photo by Becky Bonner.


Taking time for mental wellness

Therapists share tools and strategies for coping with shelter-in-place.

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Novel Coronavirus. Photo courtesy of Centers for Disease Control.


May 20 coronavirus roundup for San Benito County

Sixty-four people have tested positive since February, seven active, 55 have recovered; Covered CA offering special enrollment period; Office of Emergency Services to distribute free masks to businesses; upcoming May 22 county webinar on entertainment and sports.

Downtown San Juan Bautista. Photo by Leslie David.

Business / Economy

San Juan Bautista council approves outdoor business operations on Third Street

Program will run at least six months to help local merchants.

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Education / Schools

Aromas-San Juan Unified School District rolls out WiFi-enabled school buses

Students can access remote learning content while maintaining social distancing.

JJ's Burgers owner Jesus Zavela. The burger joint is one of three San Juan Bautista restaurants participating in the Great Plates Delivered program. Photo by Robert Eliason.

Business / Economy

Great Plates Delivered lends a hand to seniors and restaurants

State-sponsored meal program runs through mid-June and aims to provide free breakfast, lunch and dinner.

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


785 county residents have tested for coronavirus since May 5

Site can test 132 individuals per day.

Novel Coronavirus. Photo courtesy of Centers for Disease Control.


May 19 coronavirus roundup for San Benito County

Sixty-three confirmed cases since February, seven of which are active, 54 recovered; agricultural businesses now eligible for Economic Injury Disaster Loans; HPD will continue with required registration of sex offenders with no changes despite executive order allowing agencies to register remotely.

A group called San Benito Citizens for Brighter Future Protested out in front of San Benito Superior Court during the May 19 hearing, demonstrating in favor of the Betabel development. Photo by Robert Eliason.

Housing / Land Use

Court stops Betabel rezoning until after state shelter order is lifted

Judge Breen gives PORC 30 additional days to pursue land use referendum.

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2019 Southside Migrant Health Fair. Photo provided.


Migrant Health Fair postponed due to pandemic

Program provides access to medical, dental, hearing and vision screenings for migrant children and their families.

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Road closures planned to begin April 26

Upcoming moving lane closure on Highway 101 from Boronda Road to the San Benito County line.

Photo courtesy of Pixabay.


Survey proposes crosswalk art at Central Avenue

Idea would involve west side Hollister community in a project to promote traffic-calming measures.

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