California Congressional District 20 encompasses all of San Benito and Monterey counties, and portions of Santa Clara and Santa Cruz counties. Map courtesy of public domain.

Government / Politics

Primary Election 2020: California 20th Congressional District

Two challenge incumbent Jimmy Panetta for a seat in the House of Representatives.

Rocks Ranch. Photos by Robert Eliason.

Environment / Nature

Wildlife corridor under Highway 101 enters planning stage

Crossing at Rocks Ranch would connect the Santa Cruz and Gabilan mountains.

Photo courtesy of Pixabay.

Education / Schools

Textbooks for Hollister Gavilan courses available at San Benito County Free Library

Available as part of a course reserves pilot project from the library aimed at eliminating barriers to equal access to information, pursuing higher education, and achieving academic success.

Photo courtesy of Pixabay.


Caltrans to perform work along Highways 101 and 156

Work expected to wrap up on Feb. 28.

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San Benito High School administration building. Photo provided by SBHS.

Education / Schools

SBHS named to 10th annual AP District Honor Roll

More than one in four SBHS students is enrolled in an AP course this year, and the school’s nearly 70% AP exam pass rate in 2018-19 outperformed both the state and global rates for the third consecutive year.

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Hollister Councilman Marty Richman said he wanted to testify under oath because his honor was important to him and said that he could be convicted for perjury if he lied. Photos by John Chadwell.

Government / Politics

Hollister council vote to censure members Richman and Spencer fails

Lenoir casts tiebreaker, saying ‘I just can’t see my way to do that.’

The Veterans Memorial Building. Photo by Heather Graham.


Task force highlights opioid crisis in San Benito County

A legislator, law enforcement and healthcare providers speak at town hall.

Danny Lucas pictured at his Watsonville home. Photo provided by Jim Burns.


Red Cross holds blood drive in honor of Watsonville Fire Captain

Feb. 21. drive honors Danny Lucas, who needed two dozen units of blood to survive a life-threatening gunshot wound he sustained in November.

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Police / Fire

Prescribed burns planned in Forest of Nisene Marks State Park

Though the burns will take place in Santa Cruz County, smoke may be visible in San Benito County.

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The Superior Court of California in San Benito County is located at 450 Fourth Street in Hollister. File photo.


2014 murder suspect appears in court

Christopher Larios’ next hearing is Feb. 21.

Tetra Tech environmental scientist Maria Hassett Patrick collects water samples for testing. Photo by Noe Magaña.

Environment / Nature

Community Water Center tests water quality of private wells

Free program checks for nitrates, arsenic and other contaminants.

The Jan. 30 ribbon cutting officially marked that the Twin Oaks active senior community was open for business. Photos by John Chadwell.

Housing / Land Use

Ribbon cutting held for Twin Oaks senior housing development

First active senior community in San Benito County offers open floor plans and a clubhouse.

San Benito County Free Library. File photo by John Chadwell.

Education / Schools

Library offers free online tutoring

BrainFuse has tutors for K-12, college, citizenship tests, high school proficiency tests, Microsoft Office, and even resume and cover letter help.

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Fairview Corners, the future site of a Gavilan College campus in San Benito County. Gavilan purchased an 80-acre plot of land near Ridgemark at Airline Highway and Fairview Road for $8 million in partnership with Morgan Hill-based developer Dividend Homes in June 2007. Photo by Carmel de Bertaut.

Education / Schools

Gavilan College hosts forum on San Benito campus

Residents discuss what they want to see at Fairview Corners.

Earth moving equipment lined up after clearing land for the West of Fairview project. Photo by John Chadwell.

Housing / Land Use

Development approved despite lack of Hollister City Council vote

California code says final maps can be approved without a vote when they conform ‘to all requirements and rulings.’

Hollister Water Reclamation Facility Staff: Luis Vasquez, AJ Castaneda, safety coordinator Jeri Cramer and Adan Cervantes. Photo courtesy of Andy Hoglund.

Environment / Nature

Hollister wastewater plant receives safety award

Award part of the California Water Environment Association's annual effort to recognize public water and wastewater facilities for outstanding performance, with a special emphasis on safety.

Hazel Hawkins Memorial Hospital. File photo.


Nursing facility visitor restrictions continue due to seasonal flu activity

There are nine confirmed seasonal flu cases among the skilled nursing residents and 12 cases among the employees.

Two protestors walk toward the Highway 101 overpass during a July demonstration against the rezoning of four commercial nodes. Photo by Noe Magaña.

Housing / Land Use

Primary Election 2020: Measure K

FAQ about the controversial ballot measure on commercial zoning and development along Highway 101.

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Downtown San Juan Bautista. Photo by Leslie David.


San Juan Bautista considers downtown parking system

While the city expects pushback, it aims to create partnerships benefitting all stakeholders.

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Caltrans to perform brush control and tree trimming on Hwy 156 in Prunedale

Work to affect both directions between Cathedral Oaks and North Prunedale Road in the Prunedale area.

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