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.

(L-R) Steve Dunbar, Edie Matson, Terry Giannetto, and Connie Bishop (Vera's niece) plant a fig tree in Vera Bradley Frass's honor. Photo courtesy of Barbara Taddeo.

Features

Hollister resident continues 16-year Earth Day tradition

Barbara Taddeo plants trees to honor departed family and friends.

Michelle and Rick McCain by a Leucospermum. Photo by Robert Eliason.

Business

Exotic plants from around the world thrive in Aromas microclimate

Wild Ridge Organics specializes in rare and hard-to-grow natural wonders.

Pinnacles National Park has over 400 species of bees. Photo by Carmel de Bertaut.

Environment / Nature

Earth Day at Pinnacles

Over 65% of the national park is federal wilderness.

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News

UC Master Gardeners announces several upcoming classes and events 

Online classes are free or low-cost.

Image courtesy of Pixabay.

Features

Constellation of the Month: Cowboy up

David Baumgartner writes about how to find Arcturus.

Fremont Peak and the Gabilan Range. Photo courtesy of Jim Ostick.

San Benito Lifestyle

BL Longform: Fremont Peak reopens to camping and recreation

A home to foxes, bumblebees, sparrow hawks and early California soldiers.

A giant furnace used to extract mercury for over 100 years at New Idria. Photo by John Chadwell.

San Benito Lifestyle

Sunset Magazine writer ventures to New Idria

Road washout forces her to go off-roading to reach destination.

Rudy Picha, Jasmine Salazar and Victor Espinoza during the Hollister Litter Project street cleanup on March 20. Photo by Carmel de Bertaut.

San Benito Lifestyle

Hollister residents clean up the streets

32 locals participate in Hollister Litter Project’s first event.

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

Agriculture

Assemblymembers Robert Rivas and Rudy Salas introduce legislation to maximize benefits of Sustainable Groundwater Management requirements

If approved, AB 252 would create a pilot program to support repurposing formerly irrigated agricultural land for less water-intensive uses.

Before1907 owner Teré Aceves with some of her eco-friendly products. Photo by Carmel de Bertaut.

Environment / Nature

Before1907 offers eco-friendly solutions and refill options

Local business sells environmentally friendly personal hygiene and home cleaning products out of a pop-up store in Hollister.

Herman Garcia pulling illegal traps out of the Pajaro River. Photo by Robert Eliason.

Environment / Nature

Herman Garcia pushes for watershed restoration through two controversial projects

CHEER's efforts have cleared out tons of trash and enabled steelhead trout to return to the San Benito River after 75 years.