Land Use

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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New visual and performing arts building debuts

Bond measure-funded project adds new classroom space for dance, visual arts and ceramics classes, along with social science

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SBHS accepting feedback from public on facility needs analysis

Members of the public are invited to comment in writing, on or before Jan. 4, 2018 or appear in person at the hearing on Jan. 9, 2018

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Hollister city council moves forward on growth management plan

In a surprising move Hollister council proposed 244-unit cap for single-family homes rather than 165 units, and no limits for affordable housing and other categories.

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San Juan Bautista residents speak out on proposed cannabis ordinance

San Juan Bautista residents speak out on cannabis

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Update on Transportation Planning in the San Benito Region

Draft long-range regional transportation plan now available for comment. Meetings allowing public comment are scheduled for January.

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The dog park is in need of a new irrigation system and a means for getting rid of gophers and squirrels. Photos by John Chadwell.

Hollister Council News Roundup: $150k for Dog Park, Bonnie View Road Protest, Interactive Art Parks

Hollister City Council balks at $150,000 for dog park. Residents along Bonnie View Road voice opposition to road opening, and street artist asks city to consider interactive art parks.

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When and if it is re-opened, Clear Creek National Recreation Area will provide over 75k of recreation area. Photo courtesy of Google Earth.

Opening of Clear Creek remains distant possibility

The congressional bill to reopen Clear Creek Management Area after being closed nearly 10 years still has a year before having to be resubmitted.

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Work in repairing two breaks in the levees will take about two weeks. Photos by John Chadwell

Levee repairs begin; will take two weeks to complete

Almost 11 months after January floods, work begins repairing two breaks in levees at a cost of over $500,000 from General Fund.

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 Jim Ostdick shoveling holes for trees being planted at the Historical Park in spring 2017. Photo by Anita Kane

Local author Jim Ostdick to speak at SBC Historical Society

Ostdick's writing provides geologic history and tells stories of the many "trail angels" he met on his cross-county trek.

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If the new Century Communities development moves forward, an 1,100-home senior development will rise up near San Juan Oaks. Photo courtesy of Google Earth.

San Juan Oaks senior home development back on track

The once defunct Del Webb senior home project by San Juan Oaks Golf Club is being resurrected as a Century Communities development.

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Judge Thomas Wills' ruling is expected to have an impact on other California counties, including San Benito.

Decision on Monterey Co. Fracking Initiative Lawsuit Expected

A Monterey County judge is considering a ruling on an oil industry legal challenge to Measure Z, the Monterey County anti-fracking initiative.

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Construction has begun on the site development for the Rancho Vista project in San Juan Bautista. An old barn borders the property. Photo by Leslie David

Growth Comes to San Juan Bautista

Meritage Homes' Rancho Vista fits in with the company's strategy

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Mike Chambless said the master agreement is for 14 years, with two automatic extensions. Photos by John Chadwell

Hollister council approves master agreement with school district

After nearly a year of negotiations between Hollister and the Hollister School District a master agreement on the use of school facilities was adopted and will extend partnership over 20 years.

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Abraham Prado explained the nuances of the growth management program to the council. Photos by John Chadwell

Hollister city council delays decision, again, on growth management program

In what could be called a sequel of the Oct. 24 meeting, Hollister City Council delays making a decision on the Growth Management Program until December as three home development projects wait in the wings.

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