Draco the "dragon." Photo courtesy of Pixabay.

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Searching the Sky: Reducing light pollution to make stars more visible

David Baumgartner advocates for efficient use of lighting and requests help finding Draco, the 'dragon.'

Irrigation check. Photo provided by Shawn Novack.

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COLUMN: Use water as efficiently as possible

Shawn Novack reminds residents of latest emergency regulations and provides tips for conserving water.

Poll workers Julissa Leggett and Kim Marquez pose for a photo. Photo by Francisco Diaz.

Commentary

COLUMN: Poll workers make a difference in your community

Francisco Diaz, Assistant County Clerk-Recorder, writes about how poll workers make a difference outside their normal duties.

Photo courtesy of Pixabay.

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Searching the Sky: A night for stargazing

David Baumgartner and a friend travel 30 miles to spend hours under the stars.

Blenheim apricots ripening in the orchard. Photo courtesy of B&R Farms.

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COLUMN: Timing is everything for fresh Blenheim apricots

The San Benito Agricultural Land Trust writes where residents can find this local 'delectable fruits.'

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COLUMN: Recap of June 28 county board meeting

San Benito County Supervisor Kollin Kosmicki writes about recent board actions such as roadwork, COVID-19, zoning and contracts.

Stan Pura explains new technologies and methodologies on his farmland. Photo courtesy of Shawn Novack.

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COLUMN: Technology and water use efficiency for agriculture

Shawn Novack writes that over the last two decades county farmers have been using new technologies and methodologies for efficient water use.

San Benito County Administration Building. BenitoLink file photo

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COLUMN: Recap of June 14 county board meeting

San Benito County Supervisor Kollin Kosmicki writes about recent board actions such as contracts, appointments, and residential and commercial projects.

Sirius. Photo by David Baumgartner.

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Searching the Sky: Which is the brightest of them all?

David Baumgartner writes about his first computer and how he came up with his version of the top 20 brightest stars.

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COLUMN: Water conservation is essential

State snowpack level sits at 12% of normal.

Dipper Constellation. Photo courtesy of Pixabay.

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Searching the Sky: circumpolar constellations

David Baumgartner writes about routes of constellations and how we can use them to navigate.

San Luis Reservoir in 2021. Photo courtesy of Shawn Novack.

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COLUMN: Stage II of the Water Shortage Contingency Plan to be implemented

All local water agencies will be implementing Stage II the Plan the first week in May.

Burning cut benches to convert into char. Photo by Kirti Bassendine.

Environment / Nature

COLUMN: Indian Canyon to host event on revitalizing oak woodlands

A series of hands-on workshops aim to teach participants to improve oak health, lower wildfire risk and restore cultural landscapes.

Moon walk on the De Anza Trail. Photo courtesy of David Baumgartner.

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Searching the Sky: 2024 total solar eclipse

David Baumgartner writes about his plan to go to Texas in 2024.

Photo courtesy of Shawn Novack.

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COLUMN: Update on the Groundwater Sustainability Plan

Shawn Novack writes that groundwater is a critical buffer against the impacts of drought and climate variability/change.