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.

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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.

Irrigation check. Photo provided by Shawn Novack.

Environment / Nature

Water Resources Association provides water-wise landscape tips

Shawn Novack writes that to have enough water in the future, we must avoid wasting water in our homes and gardens today. 

San Benito evening primrose. Photos courtesy of the Bureau of Land Management.

Environment / Nature

Fish and Wildlife Service proposes removing San Benito evening primrose from endangered species list

Plant blooms bright yellow flowers that open at night.

Pinnacles National Park. File photo by John Chadwell.

Environment / Nature

Pinnacles National Park increasing recreational access to east side of park

Campground remains open for visitors with existing reservations.

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Irrigation check. Photo provided by Shawn Novack.

Environment / Nature

Water Resources Association provides irrigation and landscaping tips

Conservation Program Manager Shawn Novack writes about drought tolerant plants and water efficiency.

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Environment / Nature

MBCP and SVCE sign contract for solar and battery storage

Monterey Bay Community Power and Silicon Valley Clean Energy say contract will help meet local and state clean energy goals.

Novel Coronavirus. Photo courtesy of Centers for Disease Control.

Health

May 26 coronavirus roundup for San Benito County

Seventy-six people have tested positive since February, 12 active, 62 recovered; Pinnacles open to foot traffic and bicycles, vehicles not allowed except for campers with reservations; Chamber of Commerce to host May 28 business webinar.

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.

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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.

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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.