TriCal has been at the same location over 40 years. Google Earth photo.

Business / Economy

Strada Verde reaches safety agreement with TriCal

The company will pay to move part of TriCal’s chemical operation out of the county if the county approves its innovation park plan.

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COLUMN: Water conservation is essential

State snowpack level sits at 12% of normal.

A map is shown from the General Plan laying out the 16 nodes that are intended for commercial development. Photo provided.

Government / Politics

Elections Office unofficially verifies signatures for growth Initiative

The Board of Supervisors will consider June 14 whether to adopt the initiative or place it on the ballot of the November election.

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

Environment / Nature

California starts its third year of drought with a record dry spell

Water resources available to San Benito County are dwindling.

Three years after opening, Higher Level of Care pays the city over $500k in fees annually. Photo by John Chadwell.

Business / Economy

Cannabis failing to bring expected revenue to San Benito County

The county and San Juan Bautista have yet to see any returns, and Hollister has not seen more than $1 million annually.

Bob Tiffany. Photo provided.

Government / Politics

Bob Tiffany calls for more commercial revenue and opposes slow-growth initiative

The District 4 supervisor says understanding basic financial issues will help residents make good decisions about San Benito County’s financial future.

Photo courtesy of Paicines Ranch Learning Center.

News Release

Paicines Ranch to host workshop on regenerative agricultural practices

During the workshop John Kempf will describe the principles and science of regenerative farming ecosystems that optimize plant performance.

People walk around the 2021 Farmers' Market. Photo courtesy of Felicia Bisceglia, Farmers' Market manager.

News Release

Hollister Certified Farmers’ Market begins May 4

It is scheduled to run every Wednesday from 3 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. through Sept. 28.

Farmland outside of San Juan Bautista. Photo by Robert Eliason.

Government / Politics

San Juan Bautista declares state of emergency over water supply

Local water districts follow governor's call for water use reduction amid critical shortage results from lack of rain and rapid melting of snowpack.

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.

Government / Politics

Slow growth or no growth would be up to voters under proposed initiative

A citizens’ group returns with a new name but the same mission: to change the county’s General Plan by eliminating most commercial nodes and putting voters in charge of approving developments.

Photo courtesy of Pixabay.

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COLUMN: Bureau of Reclamation reduces water allocations

Shawn Novack writes that effective April 1, water supply for all Central Valley Project M&I water service contractors was be reduced to public health and safety only.

Produce from Taylor Farms. Photo provided by Dana Aviles.

News Release

Walmart recognizes Taylor Farms as the 2022 Food Supplier of the Year

Taylor Farms team was also acknowledged for their production shifts to ensure product availability.

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COLUMN: Water conservation is vital

Water agencies urge customers to have their irrigation system inspected by the Water Resources Association of San Benito County.

Blue valve water customers will not receive state water this year. Photo by John Chadwell.

Agriculture

San Benito County growers will not receive any state water this year

The water district says only a quarter of previous years’ allotments will go to small-parcel accounts.