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Image caption: Former slave Scott Gilmore arrived in San Benito County in 1889, where he became part of the Gilmore Colony. BenitoLink.com explores the colony’s history in a three-part series.
The Rest of the Story
BenitoLink reporter Robert Eliason explores how former slaves from Arkansas came to form a colony in San Benito County.

Image caption: The schoolhouse was the biggest building in Allensworth, the town founded by Col. Allen Allensworth, which is now a state park.
Civil Rights, Historical Wrongs
Sacramento-based news outlet talks to Jonathan Burgess and L. Dee Slade, both testifying before the Reparations Task Force.

Image caption: Northern pintails and many other species of waterfowl depend on marshland in the Klamath Basin during migration.
Dying for Fresh Water
This year, an estimated 60,000 birds have been poisoned by botulism in one of the oldest waterfowl conservation reserves in the state.

Image caption: Matt Werner’s “Burning Man: The Musical” lampoons how moneyed visitors eschewed the festival’s original grassroots ethos.
The Playa’s the Thing
Palo Alto Weekly interviews Matt Werner, whose play ‘Burning Man: The Musical’ is available on Broadway On Demand and Streaming Musicals.

Image caption: Blue benitoite crystals on white natrolite, mined in San Benito County.
A Patch of Blue
BenitoLink.com explores the history of benitoite, California’s state gemstone, and offers tips for rockhounds in search of the ultra-rare crystal.

Image caption: PG&E now says it plans to place 10,000 miles of power lines underground.
After Dixie Fire, PG&E Announces Plan to Put 10,000 Miles of Wire Underground
After admitting a power line may have started the Dixie Megafire in Butte County, PG&E now says it will place 10,000 miles of power lines underground.

Image caption: California law requires counties to make data on workplace COVID outbreaks public, but only 20 counties do.
Counties Scoff at Workplace COVID Data Law
A new report reveals that only 20 counties have complied with a law requiring release of workplace COVID outbreak data.

Image caption: Laird defended the education budget process on the floor of the senate.
Schools Finally Get Needed Funding
EdSource spoke with Sen. John Laird Monday regarding the “historic” education funding contained in the budget the legislature had just sent to Gov. Gavin Newsom.

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