Illegal hemp cultivation in Hollister. Photo provided


Illegal hemp cultivation abated

Cultivator had previously been given a 10-day notice to cease operations. No arrests were made.

The San Benito County Sheriff's Office is working with a local contractor in an attempt to determine why the primary radio channel is experiencing interference. Photo courtesy of SBC Sheriff's Office.

Police / Fire

Law enforcement experiencing radio frequency interference

San Benito County Sheriff’s Office working to resolve it.

Government / Politics

State Senate Approves SB 230

Information provided by the Office of State Senator Anna Caballero. Senate Bill 230, introduced by State Senator Anna Caballero (D-Salinas), unanimously passed the State Senate on May 29 on a 38-0 vote. Co-authors of the bill include State Senators Bob Archuleta, Andreas Borgeas, Bill Dodd, Cathleen Galgiani, Steve Glazer, Jerry Hill, Brian Jones, Mike Morrell, and Jeff Stone, as well as State

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Government / Politics

New state laws taking effect in 2019

Legislation concerning cannabis, law enforcement, environment and more.

File photo by Joshua Miller.

Police / Fire

Local police take part in No-Shave November and December fundraisers

Fourth year running for Hollister Police Officer's Association and the Hollister Police Department.

Capt. Eric Taylor speaking to county supervisors about the training staff would receive. Photo by Noe Magaña.

Police / Fire

Sheriff’s Office to be trained by media company on communications

Supervisors approve one-year contract.


Schools & Education

Active-shooter drills at schools are about saving lives

Local law enforcement trains school administrators and teachers how to survive an active-shooter by emphasizing escaping, barricading and hiding, and if all else fails, fighting.

Only Marty Richman (at podium) and Zavan Quezada spoke to the council about the rally. Photos by John Chadwell.

Government / Politics

Hollister City Council Cancels Motorcycle Rally

Hollister City Council cites rally promoter is $50,000 short on covering city expenses and concerns over liability. Council canceled 2018 rally.


Government / Politics

County Supervisor News Roundup

Chamber produces promotional videos for county, White House designates county HIDTA area, new LBGT youth program, county to produce its own promotional video.

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Government / Politics

BenitoLink addresses big questions

Grappling with tense subjects is better than not communicating


Police / Fire

BenitoLink Connects: Perspectives on local policing

Hollister resident Luis Burguillo and Police Chief David Westrick share their thoughts about police practices

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Police / Fire

Sheriff’s department is hiring deputies

Candidates would enter the police academy in late April

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Business / Economy

COMMENTARY: ACLU promotes Mobile Justice CA app for the public’s safety

Mobile Justice CA app empowers the public to record police conduct and hold elected officials accountable

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Low turnout of locals for special meeting on medical marijuana cultivation

Many with ties to marijuana advocacy, cultivation voiced their opinions to county supervisors


Government / Politics

Jail expansion approved

Board of Supervisors approves nearly $16 million expansion project