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.

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.

New Year fireworks. Photo courtesy of Pixabay.

News

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.

South County residents Shelly Krieger, Barbara Hearne and JoAnne Falsey have voiced their opposition to the Highway 25 curve realignment since 2015. Photos by John Chadwell.

Transportation

Caltrans going forward with Hwy 25 realignment

Despite objections from longtime residents, work is slated to start in January 2023.

Photo courtesy of Pixabay.

Police / Fire

Coyote Fire burning on Panoche Road

Containment at 50%, 1,400 acres burned as of 7:01 a.m. on July 16.

Cattle are moved from one ranch to another along Highway 25 in South County. Photo by Shari Schmidt.

Agriculture

Moving cattle, Bitterwater style

South County resident Shari Schmidt writes about driving a herd of 120 stocker cattle in the southernmost part of San Benito County.

The Lazy Bumb Hare Scramble in 2019. Photo provided by Brian Garrahan.

Housing / Land Use

San Benito County Planning Commission approves off-road race

The Lazy Bumb Hare Scramble takes place near Panoche on March 7 and 8.

Amanda McCraw and family in front of their house. Photo by Kaitlyn Fontaine.

Schools & Education

Rural San Benito schools offer teacher housing

Instructors at Panoche and Jefferson elementary schools wear multiple hats and conduct their classes as a community.

High School Art Show Reception

Date/Time February 08, 2020 to February 08, 2020 05:00 PM until 07:00 PM Description Join the San Benito County Arts Council for an Exhibition Reception celebrating artworks created by local students from San Benito High School, San Andreas Continuation High and Pinnacles Community School. View the artwork, meet the artists and enjoy light refreshments. This

Panoche School students with their wall of postcards. Photo provided by Amanda McCraw.

Schools & Education

The world arrives at Panoche Elementary School

Students learn about geography, world history through postcards.

Bitterwater-Tully student cast performs as audience looks on. Photo by Shari Schmidt

Features

Community and students gather at Tully Hall

South county students of Bitterwater-Tully School put on a show for over 150 at the Tully Hall. Home baked goods sold at auction help fund a student trip.

Reporter Blaire Strohn wrote agriculture and South County stories for BenitoLink for over two years.

News

Celebration of Life for Blaire Strohn

Family and friends say farewell.

Caltrans attempted to deal with the South County curve on Highway 25 in 2015, but the rerouted portion of the road collapsed just a few months after opening. Now, repairs aren't expected to happen until at least 2022. Photo by John Chadwell.

Transportation

Hwy. 25 repairs near Pinnacles delayed until 2022

An indigenous site was found near the project in 2018.