It is not unusual for my nine-year-old daughter and I to talk politics.Even so, I was surprised when last Sunday, while sitting at the kitchen table, Lola asked, “So, what is going on with immigration?”The NPR evening news program...
My favorite event of the year is fast approaching – the county fair.Before settling in the wooded surround of north Monterey County, I pounded the pavement in some of the world’s grandest metropolitan cities and yet the county fair...
Hollister City Council recently approved an ABC liquor license for a new wine room downtown. What other types of businesses would you like to see open in the downtown district? Charlene Hernandez: I think approving this type of establishment is...
Like the rising floods ravaging parts of Texas and Louisiana, this week ended in a deluge of breaking news.San Juan Bautista City Manager Roger Grimsley, who also doubled as the small town’s city engineer, abruptly resigned Tuesday during...
While my school days are well behind me, this time of the year always leaves me with feelings of hope and trepidation.As the Free Lance took a tour of San Benito High School with Superintendent Shawn Tennenbaum earlier this...
The Hollister City Council should go back to the drawing board on the 400 block. Dueling petition drives in a divided community are not a good way to make strategic planning decisions and revitalize a downtown.To make downtown the...
Last Friday while deciding on this issue’s Question of the Week, I ran into a bit of difficulty. I wanted to ask our readers how cancer impacted them to coincide with reporter Nick Preciado’s coverage of the Relay for...
This week’s reporting by Nick Preciado brought to mind the passage by Samuel Taylor Coleridge in The Rime of the Ancient Mariner, “Water, water, everywhere, and all the boards did shrink; Water, water, everywhere, nor any drop to drink.”...
I must have clocked nearly two hundred miles this week driving between my home in north Monterey County and the expansive roads of San Benito County.I don't mind usually, the passing scenery of golden hills and agricultural fields that...
We like the idea for reduction of impact fees on any decent hotel proposals coming the way of Hollister officials. Hollister council members earlier this month authorized deferment of impact fees on a new Marriott Hotel until the end of...

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Color blast in Hollister

The streets of Hollister were alive with blooms of color Saturday, July 28, when more than 400 participants gathered for the first Hollister Wild...

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Former Hollister cop charged in Gilroy incident

Former Hollister Police Officer Chad Browning has been charged with four crimes in relation to an alleged Sept. 9 crime spree that...

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