Shelby O'Neil appeared on the May 11 episode of 'Sesame Street.' Photo courtesy of Shelby O'Neil.

Environment / Nature

Local environmental activist appears on ‘Sesame Street’

No Straw November founder Shelby O’Neil brings her message to national TV.

Paper straws. Photo by Noe Magaña.

Environment / Nature

San Juan Bautista moves to ban single-use plastics

Businesses have until May 15 to comply.

Members of Boy Scout Troop 436 receive their sustainability merit badges during San Benito County's first annual Earth Day celebration on April 20. Photos by Carmel de Bertaut.

Business / Economy

First annual Earth Day celebration sprouts in San Benito County

Local groups share a message of sustainability.

Jayleaf site visit for green business certification. Photo courtesy of Celina Stotler.

Business / Economy

15 San Benito County businesses seek green certification

Specialists say advantages include lower utility costs, healthier staff and new customers.

State Assemblyman Robert Rivas. File photo.

Government / Politics

Assemblyman Robert Rivas introduces environmental bill package

“Clean water is essential to our agricultural economy, so it’s critical we know what’s being sold to irrigate crops is safe,” said Rivas.

Robbie Brown at the Gavilan College pond on the Gilroy campus. Photo provided by Gavilan College.


Robbie Brown creates sustainability solutions at Gavilan College

New Energy, Education and Facilities Fellow working on water management and conservation.

Photo courtesy of Pixabay.

Government / Politics

New state laws taking effect in 2019

Legislation concerning cannabis, law enforcement, environment and more.

Hollister Boy Scout Troop 436 reaching into a pile of compost at Recology's South Valley Organics facility in Gilroy. Photo provided.

Children and Youth

Hollister Boy Scout Troop sees composting site up close

Troop learns compost can offer environmental benefits for San Benito County.

Tom Habashi, CEO of Monterey Bay Community Power, stands next to a poster about the agency in Watsonville.


Updated: Monterey Bay Community Power charges ahead

Monterey Bay Community Power will take over buying electricity from PG&E soon for the Tri-County area


Police / Fire

Joint law enforcement task force raids marijuana grow in Paicines area

A task force made up of agents from three different state and county agencies find illegal marijuana grow, arrest suspect and find loaded .45-caliber semi-automatic.

Carrie Schloss gives a presentation on the interactive tools now available on the Pajaro Compass website.


Pajaro Compass Network launches with community support

The Pajaro Compass Network launched this Thursday morning with a workshop aimed at connecting community members with like-minded peers and potential sources of funding. The PCN also debuted their new interactive web tools at the event.

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Children and Youth

Youth invited to SJB Youth Commission environmental awareness event

The San Juan Bautista Youth Commission will hold its inaugural Environmental Awareness Event on June 4 from 10 a.m. to noon

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Paicines Ranch and Mars Hill host readings by Didi Pershouse

Nationally recognized author to speak in San Benito County about sustainable medicine.

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Business / Economy

Do you Commute to or from San Benito County?

RideShare program leases vanpool vehicles to commuters

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An enriching environment

Enrichment camp in San Juan Bautista teaches children how to help the environment