San Justo Reservoir August 2021. Photo by Robert Eliason.

Sports & Recreation

Fishermen losing hope of fishing at San Justo Reservoir again

Panetta is still working to secure federal funds to eradicate the invasive zebra mussel.

Heliena Walton receives three certificates presented by San Benito County Supervisor Bea Gonzales and Hollister City Council member Rick Perez. Seen here with Gonzales and Brooke Wright of Monterey Green Business Program. Photo Carmel de Bertaut.

Business

13 San Benito County businesses receive green business certification

31 businesses have now been certified.

Features

Barn owl boxes installed near San Benito River

Graniterock and two nonprofits partner to aid wildlife restoration in Hollister.

Photo of gray wolf OR-93 taken in Oregon after waking up from sedation. Photo courtesy of Austin Smith, Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs.

Environment / Nature

Radio-collared gray wolf spotted in Kern County

California Department of Fish and Wildlife suspect the wolf is OR-93, the wolf who came through San Benito County in March.

Light morph Swainson’s Hawk. Photo courtesy of Steve Rottenborn.

Environment / Nature

Large communal roost of Swainson’s hawks discovered in Panoche Valley

At least 143 individuals are documented.

Jupiter and Saturn. File photo

Column

Searching the Sky: Time for the planets to shine

Once again, David Baumgartner time travels as he reminds us of how much fun you can have stargazing.

Adult mountain lion. Photo courtesy of Mountain Lion Foundation.

Environment / Nature

Mountain lions among us

There are several signs a mountain lion is close by.

Benitoite. Photo by Robert Eliason.

Features

How San Benito County became ground zero for a rare gemstone

A chance discovery in 1907 yielded a unique precious mineral; now the public can go look for samples on Saturdays.

Photo courtesy of David Baumgartner.

Column

Searching the sky: It’s the same sky anywhere in the world

David Baumgartner writes about how his younger thoughts about astronomy still remain today.

ashurst-ranch. Photo courtesy of Cushman & Wakefield marketing brochure.

Features

53,000-acre ranch in south San Benito County sold

Central Valley farmer Scott Raven purchased the Ashurst Ranch which extends into Fresno County.

Striped racer preying on Western fence lizard at Pinnacles National Park. National Park Service Photo courtesy of Gavin Emmons.

Features

BL Longform: Snakes of San Benito County

18 snake species call San Benito County home.

Commentary

Constellation of the Month: A Maiden in the Sky

David Baumgartner writes about Virgo.

Dan Kerbs collecting bees. Photo courtesy of Iraida Pisano.

Features

Spring brings flowers and swarms of bees to San Benito County

Treated with care, they present no threat and can be preserved.

The Cub Scouts and adult Den Leaders of Pack 455 clean the corner of San Benito and Sixth Streets. Photo by Andrew Pearson.

Nonprofits

Community-led spring cleaning beautifies downtown Hollister

Organizations and families pitch in at the “spring cleaning”

Commentary

Searching the sky: The moon is submerged by a shadow

David Baumgartner writes about the lunar eclipse happening this month.