Many rural roads have become party meccas that draw heavy drinking and driving, fire danger and other safety risks. Photo by Leslie David

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San Benito Sheriff’s Office has plan to build connections with residents

Responsibility Area Program breaks the unincorporated portions of the county into 19 zones.

2021 Scholarship recipients. Courtesy of Taylor Farms.

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Taylor Farms accepting applications for 30 college scholarships

Children of employees may qualify for $5,000 a year for continuing education.

Ivan Villa speaking to the Planning Commission on Dec. 15, 2021. Image from the Youtube video.

Agriculture

County approves its first cannabis cultivation facility

Construction is set to start April 15.

Paicines Ranch Farm and Livestock Manager, Martha Skelley, with her flock. Photo by Alicia Arcidiacono.

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San Benito Agricultural Land Trust encourages residents to support local farmers and ranchers

SBALT writes about options residents have to support local businesses for Thanksgiving.

Robin Bolster-Grant with the county Resource Management Agency presents the ordinance changes to the Board of Supervisors on Nov. 9, 2021. Photo by Noe Magaña.

Agriculture

San Benito supervisors change cannabis regulations

Outdoor grows will be allowed in areas where hemp is allowed.

Gustavo Velasquez. Photo by Robert Eliason.

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Hollister Migrant Housing Center receives $2.39 million grant

The funds will go to much-needed renovation work on the facility.

The Hollister City Council listened over an hour and a half to LLXP's lawyer argue for a repeal, then revoked all three of the company's cannabis permits. Pixabay photo.

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California offers free online commercial cannabis permitting workshop

Department of Cannabis Control will provide an overview of the state’s cannabis cultivation licensing program and review their requirements for commercial cannabis farming.

Paicines Ranch, Paicines, CA. Photo provided

Contributed Articles

Legislature Greenlights Skinner & Rivas’ Carbon Sequestration Bill, SB 27

Asm. Rivas applauds the passage of SB 27, which he says is a major step forward in harnessing our state’s natural and working lands in the fight against climate change.

Photo courtesy of San Benito County Water District.

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Water agency releases draft Groundwater Sustainability Plan for public review

The San Benito County Water District will accept public comments through Oct. 27.

Photo courtesy of California Department of Fish and Wildlife.

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County planners approve lifting ban on cannabis retail

Outdoor cultivation remains a possibility in unincorporated areas of the county.

File photo of Hollister City Hall. Photo by John Chadwell.

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Hollister revokes all three LLXP Corp. cannabis permits

City Council ignores company argument to repeal the revocation.

Farmworkers in San Benito County. File photo by John Chadwell.

News Release

Farmworker Wildfire Smoke Protections Act heads to Senate

AB 73 ensures the state’s stockpile of N95 masks will be utilized for farmworkers during a wildfire outbreak.

Charolais cattle grazing SBALT’s Rancho Larios Open Space. Photo provided.

News Release

San Benito Agricultural Land Trust applies for national accreditation

The public comment period regarding the application is open until July 9.

Photo courtesy of Water Resources Association San Benito County.

News Release

San Benito County included in drought state of emergency proclamation

41 counties now under drought state of emergency intended to protect communities and the environment, representing 30% of the state’s population.

People walk around the Farmer's Market. Photo courtesy of Felicia Bisceglia, Farmers' Market manager.

Agriculture

Thousands attend first Farmer’s Market of the season

Several vendors sell out their supply.