Dan Lynch. Photo courtesy of Dan Lynch.


Musician and well-digger tapped to open San Benito Rodeo

Local violinist Dan Lynch will be performing the national anthem to kick things off.

Sirius. Photo by David Baumgartner.


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.

San Juan School students pose with the lumber. Photo by Jayne Ferreira.

Schools & Education

San Juan Bautista students learning to save pollinators

By creating garden beds with native plants, they aim to boost the monarch butterfly population.

Dipper Constellation. Photo courtesy of Pixabay.


Searching the Sky: circumpolar constellations

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

Fledgling Nothern mockingbird. Photo by Carmel de Bertaut.


Earth Day: What to do when you find young wildlife

Many young animals picked up by people are over-rescued.

Even after the sun goes down, walkers can see their way with the help of the full moon. Photo by Rene Rodriguez

San Benito Lifestyle

Moonlight Walk April 15

Dress warm and hike with friends and family in the glow of the full moon.

A couple stands among the trees in Eden Rift's Gavilan Gale. Photos by JeLau Photography.


Eden Rift opens a new wedding and event center among the oaks and vines

Gavilan Vale offers an elegant alternative to Napa, Sonoma and Monterey venues.

The Pleiades. Photo courtesy of Pixabay.


Searching the Sky: The Pleiades

David Baumgartner writes on how to find the Seven Sisters.

San Benito evening primrose. Photo courtesy of the Bureau of Land Management.

Environment / Nature

Q&A: San Benito evening primrose removed from endangered plant list

Since it was listed in 1985, the plant’s range has expanded from nine locations to more than 100 in San Benito, Monterey and Fresno counties.


Looking back at San Benito County’s top stories of 2021

Year two of the pandemic brought vaccinations, the reopening of schools and a partial return to life before the coronavirus.

Jim Ostdick. Photo by Robert Eliason.


Ostdick’s 11-year litter cleanup effort reaches end of the road

As Highway 156 traffic increases, a new generation is being called upon to walk the walk and take on the responsibility Ostdick and others like him have carried.

Leo Vasquez and Shawn Novack. Photo by Juliana Luna.

Environment / Nature

Free landscaping plans available to San Benito residents

Water-efficient gardens, such as the one at Dunne Park, are encouraged during drought.

Annette Cain and Peter Anderson. Photo by Robert Eliason.

Environment / Nature

Volunteers work on new landscaping at Aromas Sports Park

Rotary Clubs provide money and labor to add beauty to the grounds.

Photo courtesy of Pixabay.


COMMUNITY OPINION: Our landfill is a vital community asset

Former County Supervisor and Business Council President Jim Gillo writes that the John Smith Road Landfill positive impacts substantially outweigh any negative impacts.

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.