Assemblyman Robert Rivas (left), Supervisor Bea Gonzales and County Administrative Officer Ray Espinosa. Photo by Noe Magaña.

Housing / Land Use

Rivas brings $750k for regional park

Local advocates hope this ‘seed money’ will attract more funding.

Jose Barajas is facing six felony counts, including murder, and possibly a second trial for two more felonies allegedly committed while in jail. Photo by John Chadwell.

Police / Fire

Judge sets dates in two SBC murder cases

Jose Antonio Barajas’ trial begins Oct. 4; Manuel Martinez Vasquez comes back to court Oct. 28.

County staff at the Vaccination site at 351 Tres Pinos Road. Photo by Noe Magaña.


Cash incentive leads to 6.3% COVID vaccination rate increase

Since the program began last month, 2,325 residents have received at least one dose.

Ballots being checked for errors. Photo by Robert Eliason.

Government / Politics

Observing the ballot count for the recall election

It’s a transparent process, open to the public.

Ballots being checked for errors. Photo by Robert Eliason.

Government / Politics

Recall election 2021: Updated results

According to the Secretary of State, all 18,185 precincts have been partially reported.

Administration of a COVID-19 vaccine. Photo by Leslie David.


FDA mulls approval of COVID vaccine booster shots

The agency could decide Sept. 17 to make the Pfizer version available for adults.

John Smith Road Landfill. Photo by Noe Magaña.

Housing / Land Use

State department approves modified landfill permit

The landfill capacity will increase by 443,000 cubic yards.

Photo courtesy of Shawn Novack.


COMMENTARY: California drought update

Shawn Novack writes that it is time for residents to conserve water voluntarily. San Luis Reservoir is at 30% of its average storage level.

Novel Coronavirus. Photo courtesy of Centers for Disease Control.


Week of Sept. 10 coronavirus roundup for San Benito County

6,861 people tested positive, 92 are active patients, 6,704 have recovered and 65 have died; the county's 7-day positive rate is 4.6%.

Hikers and bike riders can use the trails at the future site of the Regional Park near San Benito High School. Photo by John Chadwell.

Housing / Land Use

Regional Park concept design would serve an array of interests

Amenities include a nine-hole disc golf course, fitness area and bicycle track.

Jose Barajas has been held without bail for three years and may go to trial Oct. 4, if he is not offered and accepts a plea bargain. Photo by John Chadwell.

Police / Fire

Jose Barajas murder trial set for Oct. 4, pending possible plea deal

He is charged with eight felonies and has been held without bail for three years.

Police stay on scene after the 44-year-old man was taken into custody on Sept. 9. Photo by Noe Magaña.

News Release

Hollister Police arrest man after standoff

The S.A.F.E. team responded to the scene and Officer Esqueda talked to individual into putting his weapons down. 

Hollister City Manager Brett Miller walks near the three unity flag poles at City Hall on Aug. 19, 2021. File Photo by Noe Magaña.

Government / Politics

Hollister council approves flying Thin Blue Line and LGBTQ Pride flags

Members will vote Oct. 4 on repealing the city’s flag policy.

Panda Express, at 1740 Airline Hwy, saves a dining table for job interview sign-ups. Photo by Jenny Mendolla Arbizu.

Business / Economy

Hiring on all cylinders

Lots of Hollister and San Juan Bautista eateries are seeking workers.

Hollister Police Department. BenitoLink photo


Hollister Police arrest man on gun charges after car chase

The Hollister Police Department arrested a man Sept. 7, on gun & other charges after a vehicle pursuit.

The board of directors approved the resolution to spend up to $2 million to replace Hazel Hawkins Memorial Hospital's roof. Google Earth photo.


Hazel Hawkins seeks $2 million loan to replace roof

The hospital board opts for replacement rather than repair in order to get a new warranty.

VFW Honor Guard member lays wreath during the 2020 Wreaths Across America ceremony. Photo by John Chadwell.

News Release

Wreaths Across America to host event for 20th anniversary of 9/11

This LIVE event will include stories from Gold Star families, veterans, first responders and their families, whose service, courage, and sacrifice will be honored.

Emergency drills involving multiple city and county agencies are held at least once a year. Photo by John Chadwell.

BL Special Report

BL Special Report: County prepares for disasters, from earthquakes to power grid failure

The San Benito County’s Office of Emergency Services has plans for most emergencies, but says residents also need to have plans to survive the initial days or weeks following a disaster.

First Labor Day Parade published on the U.S. Department of Labor website. Original art came from Frank Leslie's Weekly Illustrated Newspaper.


Labor Day is more than just a three day weekend

The holiday has honored American workers and American unions for 139 years.

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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.

The new Hollister Amazon facility is due to open Sept. 28 and will initially employ at least 300. Photo by John Chadwell.


Amazon opening Hollister delivery facility Sept. 28

The company will have 300 jobs at its new $50 million warehouse.

At a stay at home order protest in 2020, Courtney Evans said more than 4,000 people have come to her yoga studio during the pandemic.

Government / Politics

Hollister resident sues former supervisor, sheriff’s deputies for false arrest

Courtney Evans alleges she was sexually assaulted in the Board of Supervisors chambers in December.