Adult mountain lion. Photo courtesy of Mountain Lion Foundation.


Hollister park closes indefinitely after mountain lion sighting

An adult with a cub was seen at Brigantino Park on July 19, the park’s Facebook page says.

Image from the National Weather Service.


Lightning alert issued for parts of San Benito County

Erratic winds and any cloud-to-ground lighting strikes have the potential of starting new wildfires. 

John Smith Road Landfill. Photo by Noe Magaña.


Public comment period begins for permit to expand landfill capacity

Waste Solutions seeks to increase capacity by 444,000 cubic yards.

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


Lone wolf goes radio silent

OR-93’s signal was last transmitted from San Luis Obispo County in April.

943 (right) spreads his wings before take off upon release at Pinnacles. Photo courtesy of Danae Mouton of the National park Service.


California Condor survives aluminum can obstruction and lead poisoning

Trash poses risks for wildlife.

It took over three years and more than $400,000 to bring back the Hollister Bark Park. Photo by John Chadwell.


Hollister Bark Park reopens after three-year wait

Dogs can be brought to all the city parks but the Hollister Bark Park is the only one where they can be off-leash.

Tule Elk in Clear Creek Management Area Photo by Jesse Pluim and courtesy of Bureau of land Management.

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Bureau of Land Management to conduct controlled burn along Clear Creek 

Prescribed burn will remove yellow star thistle, reduce wildland fire risk and improve wildlife habitat.


Water Resources Association of San Benito County recommendations to conserve water

City of Hollister and Sunnyslope County Water District customers will experience a temporary reduction in quality of water.

Michael Cox asked his friend Leon Mayou to install a sensor in his Ridgemark home to help predict exact locations of pending earthquakes. Photo by John Chadwell.


Hollister joins research network to detect earthquakes early

High school robotics students in Alaska designed a sensor that a Ridgemark couple installed in their home to warn of an earthquake hours or days before it strikes.

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

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San Benito Agricultural Land Trust applies for national accreditation

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

Hollister Super Market cashier places produce on plastic bag on May 25, 2021. Photo by Noe Magaña.


Hollister City Council considers single-use plastic ban

California was the first state to ban single-use plastic grocery bags in 2016, and levied a 10-center-per-bag fee. Now, Monica Abonce, a student intern, is proposing that Hollister enact its own ordinance to ban the same products and also add on fees.

In 2020, approximately 275 wildland fires burned nearly 200,000 acres of Bureau managed land in California. Photo courtesy of Cal Fire.

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Bureau of Land Management issues seasonal fire restrictions for most of central California 

Temporary fire restrictions will include target shooting limitations .

Photo courtesy of Water Resources Association San Benito County.

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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.

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SBC seeks input on Riverview Regional Park project

The public can submit comments by email, mail, in person or complete a survey.

Pinnacles National Park. File photo by John Chadwell.

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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.