Land Use

Panoche Valley Solar Project money begins to reach county

It has taken eight years, and the PV2 solar project is nearly a third of original design, but tax monies are finally beginning to come to San Benito County.

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The will be a full moon on April 28.

Moonlight walk on De Anza Trail

The public is invited out for a special family friendly evening walk on De Anza Trail Saturday, April 28.

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Hollister Council approves first phase of $2.4 million McCarthy Park renovation

After choosing from an á la carte menu of options for the renovation of long-neglected McCarthy Park, the total came to almost $2.4 million.

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Pinnacles Gateway Partners meeting held at Eden Rift Vineyards. Photo courtesy Jim Gillio.

Pinnacles Gateway Partners discuss overcrowding and the park's future

Pinnacles Gateway Partners meeting discussed ways to promote gateway communities surrounding the park.

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The old Hollister Depot last served passenger service in 1955. Photos by John Chadwell.

Commuter trains coming to Hollister. Really?

School district superintendent's idea for bus yard on Leatherback site is derailed because city is entertaining the idea of commuter train service downtown.

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New housing units are still within the growth rate under the city's growth management plan. Photos by John Chadwell.

What is smart growth?

Local politicians and county residents explain what smart growth means to them

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The $250,000 cost to renovate the Briggs building is so high, according to Adam Goldstone, because no one needs the work and they can bid whatever they want.. Photos by John Chadwell.

County Parks & Recreation Commission sends $600k in restoration projects to supervisors for approval

Costs to renovate county properties skyrockets because skilled workers are in short supply as County Parks & Recreation Commission approves $600,000 in renovations to supervisors for consideration.

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Bear Valley Schoolhouse today. Photo courtesy Timothy Babalis.

Pinnacles plans to preserve schoolhouse traditions

Pinnacles National Park purchases Bear Valley Schoolhouse to preserve it's historical significance and support community traditions.

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Governments and developers keep talking about smart growth, but is what is happening in the county smart? Photo by John Chadwell.

What is "smart growth" and how do you accomplish it?

BenitoLink wants to know how you define "smart growth," and how you would accomplish and pay for it.

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Speaking to a somewhat empty room, Elizabeth Matz of BFS Landscape Architects explains plans for changing McCarthy Park. Photo by John Chadwell.

Hollister to consider possible $2.4 million renovation of McCarthy Park

With a $700,000 grant already secured, plans move forward to design McCarthy Park as a green oasis in the community to offer a splash pad, skateboard zone and stage, along with other features for $2.4 million.

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Rancho Vista housing project

San Juan Bautista neighbors voice concern over Rancho Vista

Neighbors voice concern over Rancho Vista. The 85-unit development won't have homes until city's water situation resolved.

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Stacie McGrady, Nathanael Lierly and Jennifer Hersh unload trash from the river into a dumpster provided by RJR Recycling.

San Benito River gets big help from its friends

A small group decides to face the accumulation of trash along the San Benito River head-on.

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Peter Hellman said once LAFCO gives final approval for annexation, homes could be ready for sale by late 2019. Photos by John Chadwell.

Hollister City Council Approves Roberts Ranch Subdivision

After a four-year development journey the Roberts Ranch subdivision was approved and work could begin as soon as August. The project will eventually build out to over 192 single-family homes and 14 multiple-family units.

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UPDATED: Weather Service freeze warning starting Monday night

Freezing temperatures are expected in Hollister and inland areas of San Benito County Monday Feb. 19 and Tuesday Feb. 20

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Alba Coast Winery is in San Benito County and has a history of premium winemaking.

Alba Coast Winery is Dawning a New Name in Paicines

Alba Coast Winery located in Paicines provides Delicato with an additional four million cases of growth capacity.

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View of Bear Gulch Reservoir

Pinnacles seeks local youth for paid weekend positions

Pinnacles National Park is seeking local youth interns of ages 18 - 35 for a paid position on weekends/holidays this Spring!

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Bus tour members sample a variety of products made from raw goat milk at Evergreen Acres Dairy.

Busloads of tourists visit San Benito County organic ag operations

The tour of San Benito County organic farming operations was organized by EcoFarm, a conference held in Monterey every year.

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The show closer was a fun twist; a tasting display that raised perceptions about the brown substance from dirt to gorgeous soil. Photos by Will Schwabacher

EcoFarm kicks-off with San Benito County event

Paicines Ranch hosts an innovators-in-ag event that sells out to EcoFarm crowd.

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Jennifer Coulter walks through Jessie's campsite. Photos by John Chadwell

Homeless encampment evicted for new housing development

As new Allendale housing development moves forward near Vista Park Hill, a homeless encampment of nearly 60 people are evicted.

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The multi-use fields will benefit SBHS students and athletes, allowing for safe, state-of-the art surfaces for boys' and girls' teams and physical education classes. SBHS photo

SBHS breaks ground on multi-use fields

Bond-funded project kicks off multi-phase athletic field construction, including a planned aquatics complex and new stadium

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