Get ready to “Party Like It’s 1979,” as the Garlic Festival celebrates 40 years of family fun Friday, July 27 through Sunday, July 29. Genuine Iron Chef Michael Symon hosts the Garlic Showdown on Sunday, and there’s a new...
There is no evidence that Scottish-born 19th-century seaman John Gilroy ever tasted garlic. But today, especially in Northern California, his name (and his namesake city) is as deeply linked to the famously odiferous herb as peanut butter is to...
They love their colors in Hollister—the golden yellow of the Denver omelette at the Cozy Cup Café, the kelly green and candied orange of the Johnny’s mural at Wentz Alley, the red of the brake lights in morning traffic...
The costumes alone are a challenge—think of all those Edwardian hats for the Ascot horse race, and evening gowns for Eliza Doolittle’s debut—and then there are the voices required to effectively sing the show, from Henry Higgins’s “I’ve Grown...
From the high perch where the picnic tables sit under shade structures, you can’t see the gray goatees, the bow-legged gaits and the balky knees. In their helmets and goggles and brightly colored body armor—what’s the opposite of camouflage?—the...
Art, no matter the genre, provides a path of artistic expression. The path leading to Pinnacles Community School in Hollister, a multi-grade school for at-risk youth, is a lonely one, situated on the outskirts of the city and easily...
When one thinks of Pinnacles National Park, three special features come to mind: the park’s namesake rocky pinnacles, the unique talus caves, and the resident California condor. Years ago, Barry Breckling, the now retired ranger at Henry Coe State...

Spacious parcels, stunning views, fertile gardens and interiors adorned with items from around the world describe some of the finest sites in this year’s homes and gardens tours.It would be enough if it were one tour, but Mother’s Day...
Gavilan College Student Vets of America hit the streets in drag in downtown Hollister on Saturday, April 28 to benefit Emmaus House and Community Solutions Programs supporting victims of domestic violence.The students were among 175 volunteers and walkers to...
At the age of 64, when many people dread having to walk across a parking lot, Jim Ostdick walked across America.That bears repeating: Jim Ostdick. Walked. Across. America.Not metaphorically, not symbolically.Literally.He started on the Atlantic Ocean in Delaware in...

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When Clara Bisceglia Zanger inherited orchards along the Pacheco Valley in the 1940s, she encouraged her three sons—George, Joseph and Eugene—to use...

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EPA orders study of old mine site

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced today, Dec. 13, that it has reached a settlement with Buckhorn Inc., ordering the Ohio company...