Landscape view from Hepsedam Peak looking east towards San Benito Mountain in southern San Benito County. Photo by Ryan O'Dell, courtesy of BLM.

Environment / Nature

BLM reminds visitors to recreate responsibly on public lands during Memorial Day weekend

Some areas remain closed; agency advises public to check webpage to determine status and condition before visiting.

Photo courtesy of Water Resources Association San Benito County.

Environment / Nature

Keeping an eye on the water supply

Shawn Novack with the Water Resources Association writes that the biggest water user in the residential sector for this time of year is landscape irrigation.

Photo courtesy of Pixabay.

Environment / Nature

Free bottled water for qualifying households

Community Water Center said qualifying households include residents of San Benito, Santa Cruz and Monterey Counties, people with contaminated drinking water wells, and low-income households.

Photo courtesy of Pixabay.

Police / Fire

Bureau of Land Management issues fire prevention order

Order serves as a reminder of basic precautions to reduce wildfires that apply to BLM-managed public lands, areas, roads, waterways and trails.

Wood going through the chipper. Photo provided by San Benito Fire Safe Council.

Police / Fire

Get prepared for fire season

While sheltering in place, take time to prepare for wildfire season. San Benito Fire Safe Council shares the details on Cal Fire's Ready, Set, Go program.

Photo courtesy of Shawn Novack.

Environment / Nature

Water Resources Association raises concerns about water levels

With precipitation at 55% of normal this rainy season, the community should prepare for this year to be dry.

Photo courtesy of Pixabay.

Environment / Nature

Q & A: Shelby O’Neil talks environmental advocacy for Earth Day

Former SBHS student founded the No Straw November movement.

Photo courtesy of Coso Geothermal.

Business / Economy

Community choice energy providers acquire long-term renewable resources

Monterey Bay Community Power and Silicon Valley Clean Energy sign contracts for 210MW of geothermal and solar energy in California.

Photos by Robert Eliason.

Environment / Nature

The mysteries of mushrooms

Wild or commercially cultivated, the spores are everywhere.

Jose Rodriguez, AJ Castaneda, Jeri Cramer, Luis Vasquez, Adan Cervantes. Photo provided.

Environment / Nature

Hollister Water Reclamation Facility wins Best Small Plant of the Year award

The plant has won numerous awards over the last five years, including CWEA Safety Plant of the Year.

Novel Coronavirus. Photo courtesy of Centers for Disease Control.

Health

March 24 coronavirus roundup for San Benito County

There are now seven total confirmed cases in the county, four of which are active; Small Business Association now accepting applications for loans for disaster and economic injury; library continues to issue cards to provide access to online resources.

Copper bullets are designed to mushroom, unlike lead bullets, which are designed to fragment into small pieces. Photo by Conservation Media and provided by Devii Rao.

Government / Politics

AB 711 and Prop 63 create new ammunition laws

AB 711 is a statewide bill that requires use of non-lead ammunition for hunting and depredation of wildlife, whereas Prop 63 requires background checks to buy ammunition of any kind in California.

Photo courtesy of Pixabay.

Health

San Benito County Water District issues safety statement

Groundwater sources (wells) would not be sources for COVID-19.

Shawn Novack (Water Resources Association of San Benito County), Celina Stotler (County Integrated Waste Management Division), and Lisa Jensema (Recology) pose with San Benito County’s 2020 Top Program Performer award. The county’s Green Business Program is made possible thanks to coordination by Integrated Waste Management and local partners like Recology, Water Resources Association of San Benito County, and more. Photo provided.

Environment / Nature

SBC Green Business Program receives award

Honored for being one of five top performing green business programs in California.

Photo courtesy of San Benito County Water District.

Government / Politics

Water Resources Association of San Benito County updates Groundwater Sustainability Plan

Public workshop planed for March 24 in Hollister.