Pinnacles National Park. File photo by John Chadwell.

News Release

Pinnacles National Park resumes fee collection on May 1

Fee revenues at Pinnacles National Park fund a wide variety of projects that improve park facilities and visitor services including visitor safety.

A truck heads into the John Smith Road Landfill. Photo by Noe Magaña.


Hollister’s John Smith Landfill to stop accepting out-of-county waste in September

Waste Solutions Group is seeking a permit from the state to increase capacity.

Homeless encampment below 4th Street bridge. Photo by John Chadwell.


County set to remove homeless encampments, trash from San Benito River

Sheriff’s deputies give 72-hour notice to people living in the riverbed.

Panoche Hills Recreation Area. Photo courtesy of Bureau of Land Management.

News Release

Bureau of Land Management closes Panoche Hills to vehicle access early due to dry conditions 

Vehicle access remains open at Tumey Hills until April 15.

Photo of gray wolf OR-93 taken in Oregon after waking up from sedation. Photo courtesy of Austin Smith, Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs.

Environment / Nature

Lone gray wolf enters San Benito County

OR-93 has traveled south from Oregon over the last three months.

SBC Water District rain gauge. Photo by Andrew Pearson.

Environment / Nature

Rainfall declining in San Benito County

Water district officials discuss possible return to drought conditions.

Superior Court of San Benito County on Fourth Street in Hollister. Photo by Noe Magaña.

Housing / Land Use

Court blocks attempt to stop rezoning of Hwy 129 node

Judge Omar Rodriguez says PORC could have collected signatures for a referendum but chose to not do so.

San Juan Bautista City Well #6. Photo by Robert Eliason.

Environment / Nature

San Juan Bautista explores new solutions for water problems

City Council targets reducing chlorides with a potential ban on water softeners and technology to remove nitrates from well water.

A truck heads into the John Smith Road Landfill. Photo by Noe Magaña.

Environment / Nature

Public can still comment on draft environmental report for proposed landfill expansion

Deadline to submit comments is March 23.

Elkhorn Slough entering Monterey Bay. Photo by Robert Eliason.

Environment / Nature

Q&A: The Monterey oil refinery that never came to be

Authors Glenn Church and Kathy McKenzie speak about their new book, which chronicles the fight to keep Moss Landing from becoming a major West Coast port.

Adult condor in Pinnacles holding pen. Photo by Carmel de Bertaut.

Environment / Nature

Central Coast condors begin to nest

At least three eggs have been laid since mid-February.

Photo courtesy of Pixabay.

News Release

Seniors Council offers free tax preparation for older residents

Project SCOUT provides free tax assistance to seniors, individuals with a disability, low-income families and individuals in Santa Cruz and San Benito County.

A truck heads into the John Smith Road Landfill. Photo by Noe Magaña.

News Release

SBC RMA to host two virtual meetings on John Smith Road Landfill expansion project

The proposed project includes a 388.05-acre expansion of the existing 95.16-acre landfill located approximately two miles outside of Hollister.

Third Street in San Juan Bautista. Photo by Robert Eliason.

Government / Politics

San Juan Bautista moves ahead with water compliance projects

City Council addresses financing and formalizes project managers.

White bird flying over the Pajaro River lagoon. Photo by Noe Magaña.

Environment / Nature

Rivas co-introduces statewide Clean Water Act

If approved, the legislation would work to ensure all bodies of water in California are clean enough for drinking, swimming and fishing by 2050.