USGS Map of March 18 earthquake.

News

A 3.4 magnitude earthquake hits San Benito County

Three other earthquakes recorded near Pinnacles this week.

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

Environment / Nature

Q&A: San Benito evening primrose removed from endangered plant list

Since it was listed in 1985, the plant’s range has expanded from nine locations to more than 100 in San Benito, Monterey and Fresno counties.

Prairie Falcon nestling. File image.

News Release

Pinnacles National Park reinstates hiking measures

The action aims to protect nesting raptors.

Dedication of Vasquez marker. Courtesy of E Clampus Vitus.

BL Special Report

BL Longform: Snyder’s General Store and the downfall of Tiburcio Vasquez 

The raid that led to the capture and execution of an outlaw.

John Chadwell's book is in development to run as a TV series. Netflix is one of the production companies considering the project. Photo courtesy of John Chadwell.

Features

BenitoLink reporter shifts from journalism to screenwriting  

John Chadwell chases his dream. He has been writing novels and screenplays since the late 1980s. 

New Idria Road washout following the January 2021 winter storm. Photo courtesy of Matt Kelley of Kelley Engineering & Surveying.

Transportation

Repairs to New Idria Road after 2021 washout estimated at $3.9 million

San Benito County is seeking 75% reimbursement from the California Office of Emergency Services.

Ishmael Williams riding his donkey. Photo courtesy of the San Benito County Historical Society.

Features

Juneteenth: Ishmael Williams

A teamster, a singer and town friend.

ashurst-ranch. Photo courtesy of Cushman & Wakefield marketing brochure.

Features

53,000-acre ranch in south San Benito County sold

Central Valley farmer Scott Raven purchased the Ashurst Ranch which extends into Fresno County.

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

News Release

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.

Panoche Hills Recreation Area. Photo courtesy of Bureau of Land Management.

News Release

Bureau of Land Management closes Panoche Hills to vehicle access early due to dry conditions 

Vehicle access remains open at Tumey Hills until April 15.

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

Environment / Nature

Lone gray wolf enters San Benito County

OR-93 has traveled south from Oregon over the last three months.

News

Paicines Post Office provides after-hours lobby services

Customers have access through an app that uses Bluetooth technology to open the door during off hours.

File photo.

Police / Fire

Salinas resident dies following dirt bike accident near New Idria

Law enforcement said accident may have been caused by a medical emergency.

San Benito County Official Seal. Courtesy of San Benito County

Transportation

Several San Benito County roads closed due to recent storm events

County road crews are removing debris from roadways.

Photo courtesy of Pixabay.

Agriculture

San Benito Resource Conservation District Board of Director openings

Organization seeking directors and associate directors to oversee programs that promote erosion control, water quality protection and more.