From left: Betsy Dirks, Kim Hawk, Sandy Patterson-Jamarck, Mark Starritt, Dom Zanger and Elizabeth Zepeda Gonzalez. Photos provided by candidates. Infographic by Alex Esquivel.

Government / Politics

Primary Election 2022: San Benito County Board of Supervisors District 1

Six candidates are running for a half-term seat.

Santa Cruz Land Trust Executive Director Sarah Newkirk, California Secretary of Natural Resources Wade Crowfoot and Santa Cruz County Supervisor Bruce McPherson. Photo courtesy of Caltrans District 5.

Environment / Nature

Wildlife crossings at highways bringing safer travels for all in San Benito County

Projects in Santa Cruz and Pacheco Pass reconnect habitats and reduce animal-vehicle collisions.

Smoke covers Hollister in August 2020 as a result of several active fires in Santa Clara, Santa Cruz and Monterey counties. Photo by Noe Magaña.


San Benito County air quality gets passing grade from Lung Association

Ozone levels began to drop in 2006, says the group’s State of the Air report.

Strada Verde Land Use Plan. Image from the Initiative.


San Benito County to hold two Strada Verde EIR scoping meetings

Sessions set for April 27 and 28.

Fledgling Nothern mockingbird. Photo by Carmel de Bertaut.


Earth Day: What to do when you find young wildlife

Many young animals picked up by people are over-rescued.


Member of San Juan Bautista family bears witness to the Ukraine war

Britta Ellwanger volunteers at the Polish border and houses a family of Ukrainian refugees.

California Office of Emergency Services picking up vests and helmets from the San Benito County Sheriff's Office on March 16. Photo by Leila Sadeghian.


San Benito County agencies sending relief to Ukraine

The Community Foundation, Health Foundation and Sheriff's Office raising funds and sending medical kits and tactical gear.

Art & Culture

The myths of St. Patrick

Many parts of the story of the Irish saint have been questioned over the years.

Concept drawing of the high-speed rail. Image courtesy of California High-Speed Rail Authority.


High-Speed Rail Authority releases EIR for San Jose-to-Merced section

Document will be reviewed on April 20 and 21.

Rocks Ranch. Photo courtesy of Paul Zaretsky.

Environment / Nature

Rocks Ranch property benefits from $4 million grant

Funds will help the Land Trust of Santa Cruz County buy the land to protect wildlife.

Highway 25 between East Street and Tres Pinos Road. Photo by Noe Magaña.


Two San Benito County areas among state highway beautification projects

Caltrans gives $312 million to improve 126 public spaces across California.

San Benito evening primrose. Photo courtesy of the Bureau of Land Management.

Environment / Nature

Q&A: San Benito evening primrose removed from endangered plant list

Since it was listed in 1985, the plant’s range has expanded from nine locations to more than 100 in San Benito, Monterey and Fresno counties.

Riding bicycles. Photo courtesy of COG.


Caltrans District 5 releases Active Transportation Plan for the Central Coast

Several highway segments in San Benito County earmarked for improvement for cycling and walking.

Around 20 people waiting in line on Jan. 6, 2022 outside the Hazel Hawkins Community Health Center where the county conducts COVID-19 tests. Photo by Noe Magaña.


SBC Public Health speaks to COVID-19 numbers

Dr. George Gellert explains why the figures are so confusing.

New Year fireworks. Photo courtesy of Pixabay.

Art & Culture

Chinese welcome the Year of the Tiger

This time around the new year begins Feb. 1.