San Juan Bautista Waste Treatment Plant. Image from Draft Report.

Environment / Nature

BL Special Report: Solving San Juan Bautista’s water problems

City consultant comes up with solutions to address hard water, aging wastewater treatment plant and other problems.

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Business / Economy

Tri-County business webinar planned for August 12

'Operation Green during COVID-19' to offer strategies for a safe environment and increased profits during crisis.

Chris Heppe, new manager for the BLM Central California District. Photo provided by BLM.

Government / Politics

Chris Heppe named new Bureau of Land Management Central California District Manager 

Central California District encompasses roughly 2.2 million acres of public lands.

The beauty of San Benito County agriculture can be seen from above. Photo by Ryan Campbell..

News Release

Monterey Bay Community Power dedicates $160,000 to electrify local agricultural equipment

Ag Businesses Can Reduce Local GHG Emissions, Improve Air Quality and Operating Costs along the Central Coast.

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Environment / Nature

Hollister cleanup set for Aug. 1

Resident Ken Perez seeks volunteers to assist with picking up garbage in city parks and on sidewalks.

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Transportation

Monterey Bay Community Power offers electric car charging webinar

Free presentation to cover infrastructure, length of time to charge and more.

The city of Hollister says the San Benito Foods tomato cannery needs to install equipment to bring down levels of contaminants from its well and pay $2.5 million to remove sludge from holding pond. Photo by John Chadwell.

Justice

San Benito Foods sues Hollister over permit, claims extortion

Hearings delayed twice as Judge Steven Sanders steps aside over conflict; Judge Omar Rodriguez takes over the case Aug. 5.

Range Camp. Photo provided by Devii Rao.

Agriculture

UC Cooperative Extension offers virtual range camp

Video topics include rangeland ecology and management, botany, ranch economics, wildlife, and more.

San Juan Wastewater Treatment Plant Pond 1. Photo by Robert Eliason.

Environment / Nature

BL Special Report: San Juan’s wastewater treatment plant adds to city’s water woes

2019 EPA inspection identified 11 areas of concern and described the facility as ‘aging’ and in ‘significant noncompliance.’

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Environment / Nature

SBC Integrated Waste asks residents to Recycle Right

Program aims to help residents and businesses learn more about what not to put in the recycling cart.

Congressman Jimmy Panetta. File Photo.

Environment / Nature

Congressman Panetta votes for the Great American Outdoors Act

If signed into law, the act would work to ensure the protection and preservation of public lands.

Photo courtesy of California Department of Fish and Wildlife.

Police / Fire

CA Fish and Wildlife discovers illegal cannabis grows

Eight search warrants served spanning 12 parcels.

The pellet plant. Photo by Robert Eliason.

Environment / Nature

BL Special Report: Why San Juan Bautista’s ‘million-dollar’ water fix was never implemented

The ill-fated ‘pellet plant’ was supposed to provide the city with abundant soft water.

City Well #1. Photo by Robert Eliason.

Environment / Nature

BL Special Report: San Juan Bautista’s water problems reaching critical mass

City facing substantial fine for its continued inability to process large amounts of pollutants discharged into the Pajaro River, which then enter waterways that empty into Monterey Bay.

Photo provided by UCCE.

Agriculture

UC Cooperative Extension to host virtual meeting on grazing and prescribed burning for fire safety

One-hour workshop will also provide updates on two grants.