Motorists on Highway 156 crossing the intersection with Highway 25. Photo by Noe Magaña.

Transportation

COG proposes alternatives to Highway 25-156 roundabout

Caltrans not keen on overpass idea, citing safety and timetable concerns.

The Suncoast Organic Farm entrance. Planned expansion includes a beer garden, special events and a tasting room. Photo by Noe Magaña.

Business / Economy

County Planning Commission approves Suncoast Organic Farm expansion

New operations to include beer and wine tasting, beer garden and special events.

The Lazy Bumb Hare Scramble in 2019. Photo provided by Brian Garrahan.

Housing / Land Use

San Benito County Planning Commission approves off-road race

The Lazy Bumb Hare Scramble takes place near Panoche on March 7 and 8.

Marcus Edwards, general manager of Jardines, said changing to paper straws was a no brainer. Photo by Noe Magaña.

Environment / Nature

San Juan Bautista moves to ban single-use plastics

Businesses have until May 15 to comply.

Retired San Benito County employees at the Feb. 18 Board of Supervisors meeting stand to show support for a petition requesting full health benefits and reimbursement. Photo by Noe Magaña.

Health

Retired employees submit petition to supervisors demanding full health coverage

Seventy-two former county workers claim it was promised to them.

The interior of the Kmart building after it closed in February 2020. Photo by Noe Magaña.

Business

Former Kmart employee recalls four decades with Hollister retailer

Luzann Garcia forged relationships with families and the greater community.

Rocks Ranch. Photos by Robert Eliason.

Environment / Nature

Wildlife corridor under Highway 101 enters planning stage

Crossing at Rocks Ranch would connect the Santa Cruz and Gabilan mountains.

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Flying Colors members perform at the San Benito County Arts Showcase on Feb. 13. Photo by Noe Magaña.

Art & Culture

Thousands of San Benito students showcase their art

More than 1,200 works featured in mediums including pastel, poems and 3D printing.

Tetra Tech environmental scientist Maria Hassett Patrick collects water samples for testing. Photo by Noe Magaña.

Environment / Nature

Community Water Center tests water quality of private wells

Free program checks for nitrates, arsenic and other contaminants.

Two protestors walk toward the Highway 101 overpass during a July demonstration against the rezoning of four commercial nodes. Photo by Noe Magaña.

Housing / Land Use

Primary Election 2020: Measure K

FAQ about the controversial ballot measure on commercial zoning and development along Highway 101.

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The Clearist Industrial Park will be located in the areas marked in red. Image from the Jan. 23 Hollister Planning Commission meeting agenda.

Housing / Land Use

Hollister Planning Commission approves changes to projects near airport

Two warehouses that may be used as plane hangers also approved.

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Image from the Land Trust of Santa Cruz County.

Housing / Land Use

Land Trust of Santa Cruz acquires most of Rocks Ranch

Over 2,600 acres to be protected; development is still planned on 60 acres near Highway 101.

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A group of No on Measure K gather to give announce the submittal of an initiative to amend the General Plan to remove commercial nodes. Photo by Noe Magaña.

Government / Politics

PORC submits new initiative for November election

It would rescind numerous commercial node designations and require voter approval of zoning changes affecting ag or rural properties. Supervisor Anthony Botelho says the potential referendum would ‘hijack’ San Benito County’s General Plan.

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Inside the San Benito County Free Library, built in 1960. Photo by John Chadwell.

Government / Politics

Survey shows library bond measure lacks voter support

Proponents of new or expanded facility say that a 7% shortfall can be overcome with more community outreach.

Downtown San Juan Bautista. Photo by Leslie David.

Transportation

San Juan Bautista considers downtown parking system

While the city expects pushback, it aims to create partnerships benefitting all stakeholders.