Rocks Ranch. Photos by Robert Eliason.

Environment / Nature

Wildlife corridor under Highway 101 enters planning stage

Crossing at Rocks Ranch would connect the Santa Cruz and Gabilan mountains.

Photo courtesy of Pixabay.

Police / Fire

Prescribed burns planned in Forest of Nisene Marks State Park

Though the burns will take place in Santa Cruz County, smoke may be visible in San Benito County.

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Tetra Tech environmental scientist Maria Hassett Patrick collects water samples for testing. Photo by Noe Magaña.

Environment / Nature

Community Water Center tests water quality of private wells

Free program checks for nitrates, arsenic and other contaminants.

Hollister Water Reclamation Facility Staff: Luis Vasquez, AJ Castaneda, safety coordinator Jeri Cramer and Adan Cervantes. Photo courtesy of Andy Hoglund.

Environment / Nature

Hollister wastewater plant receives safety award

Award part of the California Water Environment Association's annual effort to recognize public water and wastewater facilities for outstanding performance, with a special emphasis on safety.

Two protestors walk toward the Highway 101 overpass during a July demonstration against the rezoning of four commercial nodes. Photo by Noe Magaña.

Housing / Land Use

Primary Election 2020: Measure K

FAQ about the controversial ballot measure on commercial zoning and development along Highway 101.

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Congressman Jimmy Panetta. File Photo.

Government / Politics

Panetta amendment included in house-passed Protecting America’s Wilderness Act

"My amendment helps ensure that our federal land managers have the flexibility that they need to take any necessary actions to preemptively address fire, insects, and diseases in wilderness areas," Panetta said.

Image from the Land Trust of Santa Cruz County.

Housing / Land Use

Land Trust of Santa Cruz acquires most of Rocks Ranch

Over 2,600 acres to be protected; development is still planned on 60 acres near Highway 101.

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Environment / Nature

Freeze warning in San Benito County

Subfreezing temperatures are expected in areas of the county both Monday and Tuesday night, with overnight lows forecast in the mid-20s.

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Agriculture

Free well testing in February

Service available to anyone living in San Benito County with a private domestic well which provides water to 1-14 households.

Reservoir in Pinnacles National Park. Photo by Carmel de Bertaut.

Environment / Nature

Climbing advisories in effect at Pinnacles National Park

Part of annual measures to protect nesting raptors.

Photo courtesy of Pixabay.

Environment / Nature

San Benito County precipitation levels deemed satisfactory

Since the start of this Water Year, San Benito County has received close to five inches of precipitation as of Dec. 12.

Photo provided by Pinnacles National Park.

Environment / Nature

Pinnacles National Park seeks interns for habitat restoration

First consideration will be given to applications received by Jan. 11.

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Business / Economy

Monterey Bay Community Power board votes to expand service area

New additions include Arroyo Grande, Carpinteria, Del Rey Oaks, Goleta, Guadalupe, Grover Beach, Paso Robles, Pismo Beach, Santa Maria, Solvang, and Santa Barbara County.

Congressman Jimmy Panetta. File photo.

Environment / Nature

Congressman Panetta introduces bill to prohibit new drilling on Central Coast

California Central Coast Conservation Act to require BLM to assess impacts of oil and gas drilling.

Volunteers spent several hours cleaning up a portion of the San Benito River on Saturday, Nov. 9. Photos by Carmel de Bertaut.

Environment / Nature

Local groups clean portion of San Benito River

Graniterock employees, CHEER and volunteers remove a record 169 tires.