News Release

SBC issues fire watch advisory

Advisory is in effect from 6 p.m. Monday evening through 3 p.m. Tuesday afternoon.


Wind advisory for Jan. 17-19

Offshore winds expected up to 15-30 mph with gusts of 35-50 mph.

12 of the 15 winners from the 2019 art poster contest. Photo courtesy of SBC Integrated Waste Management.

Art & Culture

Recology accepting submissions for 2021 art poster contest

Local students grades TK-12 can send in artwork until March 19; 15 winning posters will be enlarged and displayed on the side of collection trucks.

Members of Preserve Our Rural Communities and Protect San Benito held a mock funeral procession from San Benito County Superior Court to the county administration building on Jan. 5. Photo by John Chadwell.

Housing / Land Use

Environmentalists protest development moves

Land use group says supervisors and developers have eroded their success with the No on Measure K initiative from the March primary election.

New Year fireworks. Photo courtesy of Pixabay.


San Benito County’s top stories of 2020

BenitoLink covered the county’s struggles with COVID-19, but also stuck with its commitment to government reporting, education, health, housing, and transportation.

Condor #986 takes his first flight. Photo courtesy of NPS/Sarah Marquez.

Environment / Nature

Juvenile condors join the Central Coast flock

Helping to rebuild the population following devastating losses, biologists successfully release 11 as two wait in the wings for their turn.

Photo courtesy of Pixabay.

Police / Fire

Cal Fire to lift burn permit suspension in San Benito and Monterey counties 

Suspension lifted at 8 a.m. on Dec. 21.

Williams Hill Recreation Area in Bradley, California. Photo courtesy of Bureau of Land Management.

Environment / Nature

Bureau of Land Management Central Coast Field Office eases fire restrictions

Public land visitors can again use campfires outside of developed campgrounds and posted recreation sites, and target shooting is generally allowed if done in a safe manner and without damaging natural resources or improvements.

Photo courtesy of Pixabay.

Environment / Nature

Recology customers can recycle Christmas trees at the curb

Collection of Christmas trees will occur during the first three weeks in January. 

Photo courtesy of Marine Life Studies Whale Entanglement Team.

Environment / Nature

Congressman Panetta commends completion of Marine Debris Removal Project after helping to secure funding in 2019

Whale Entanglement Team received $91,000 in grant funding for its removal of abandoned fishing gear on the sea floor that posed a risk to the well-being of local marine life.

Recology truck. File photo by John Chadwell.

Business / Economy

Recology offers unadvertised low-income customer discount

Available to qualifying single-family households using 20- or 32-gallon garbage carts.

Congressman Jimmy Panetta. File Photo.

Government / Politics

Panetta and others introduce bipartisan bill to reauthorize WHIP program for 2020 wildfires

Legislation would support growers with crops impacted by smoke exposure.

San Benito Foods will be responsible for securing its own wastewater permit. Photo by John Chadwell.

Government / Politics

Hollister Council removes city from responsibility for tomato cannery wastewater

Members terminate industrial water discharge permit granted by regional water board.

Photo courtesy of Pixabay.

News Release

Tom Steyer to speak at Monterey Bay Economic Partnership State of the Region

Sixth annual meeting switches to virtual format on Dec. 2.

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

Environment / Nature

Dolan Fire devastates Central Coast condor population

Pinnacles National Park and Ventana Wildlife Society say it’s ‘the single biggest loss of condors from a wildfire since releases began in California in 1992.’