Photo courtesy of Pixabay.

Agriculture

Community Water Center offering free well testing

Available to anyone with a private domestic well which provides water to 1-14 households living in San Benito County.

Photo courtesy of Pixabay.

Agriculture

Ranching for Profit workshop happening Sept. 25

Topics to include transforming a ranch into a sustainable business, cell grazing, and soil improvement and carbon sequestration through conservation practices.

State Assemblyman Robert Rivas. Photo provided by the Office of Robert Rivas.

Government / Politics

State legislature approves farmworker housing bill

AB 1783, introduced by Assemblyman Robert Rivas, will head to Governor Gavin Newsom for consideration.

Joseph and John Wynn sat through discussion of their cannabis project at the Sept. 3 Hollister City Council meeting. They were ready to show a slide presentation for the project, but were not asked to do so. Photo by John Chadwell.

Business / Economy

Cannabis and smart glass projects moving forward

John Wynn’s 200-acre cannabis campus would be complemented by a 40-acre electromagnetic glass manufacturing operation.

Backed by community members, Mark Gibson cuts the ribbon at the Aug. 28 ceremony celebrating Gibson Farms' newly solar-powered facility. Photos by Carmel de Bertaut.

Agriculture

Gibson Farms moves to renewable energy

Ribbon-cutting introduces community to solar-powered facility.

San Benito County Fair. File photo.

San Benito Lifestyle

Deadline approaches for San Benito County Fair entries

Online entries close at midnight on Sept. 5, paper entries close on Sept. 6.

Katherine and Phil Foster, owners of Phil Foster Ranch (Pinnacle Organically Grown). Photo provided by SBALT.

Agriculture

San Benito Agricultural Land Trust protects 27 acres of Phil Foster Ranch

Mitigation funds protect prime soil for Pinnacle Organically Grown.

Lilla Bell weaves through a series of poles on her horse in the 14-18 year old pole bending division at San Benito County Fair's Junior Rodeo in 2017. Bell will compete at the Gilroy Rodeo this weekend. Photo by Joshua Miller.

Agriculture

SBC locals gearing up for Gilroy Rodeo

Numerous county residents are competing.

Groundwater profile. Image provided by Shawn Novack.

Housing / Land Use

Groundwater plan is moving along

The North San Benito Basin has been classified as a medium-priority basin.

Photo courtesy of Pixabay.

Agriculture

No bird shows at San Benito County Fair after disease outbreak

After Virulent Newcastle disease appears in several Southern California counties, poultry will be missing from Northern California fairs this year.

McKenna Wood, CHSRA District 4 Queen Karly Camozzi and Jake Bourdet. Wood and Bourdet, both from Hollister, qualified for the NHSRA finals in Rock Springs, Wyoming. Photo provided.

Sports & Recreation

Hollister teens punch ticket to rodeo nationals

Two will represent San Benito County in Rock Springs, Wyoming.

Corissa King (far left) and Kelsee French (far right) are competing for the title Miss California Rodeo Salinas. Photo courtesy of California Rodeo Salinas.

Agriculture

Two San Benito County women compete for Miss California Rodeo Salinas

Winner will be announced at the July 18 opening performance.

Families enjoying their time together at B&R Farms' U-Pick event on July 13. Photo by Becky Bonner.

Agriculture

B&R Farms opens its gates to the public

Guests come from near and far to pick their own apricots.

Local rancher Bryan Granger assisting Cal Fire with the Trail Fire on July 16. Photos provided by Lacey Bourdet.

Agriculture

Trail Fire contained near Thousand Trails campground

Local rancher initiated fire suppression.

Blane Strohn and Craig Slibsager pose with Miss San Benito Rodeo 2019 Bonnie Mansmith, along with their team roping buckles. Photo by Blaire Strohn.

Agriculture

86th annual Saddle Horse Show and Rodeo a family affair

Cousins Blane Strohn and Craig Slibsager take home top honors in team roping.