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Martinez author’s second train book released

By DONNA BETH WEILENMAN Martinez Tribune MARTINEZ, Calif. – As soon as he could drive, Martinez author Ed Mackinson started exploring railroads, and soon bought a 35mm Nikkormat and a used Nikon F camera to start shooting pictures of locomotives and the cars they pulled. Last year, Morning Sun Books …

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Fate of old county jail in limbo

County considers demolition By DONNA BETH WEILENMAN Martinez Tribune MARTINEZ, Calif. – In 1901, the pride of Contra Costa County was its new courthouse and jail, built in Martinez of Vermont granite in an “imposing” classic style that was described as “worthy of the county,” designed “to express Contra Costa’s …

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Car show draws crowds, entries

By DONNA BETH WEILENMAN Martinez Tribune MARTINEZ, Calif. – “Madness on Main Street” Car Show drew larger crowds and more vehicles than in recent years, said Leanne Peterson, Main Street Martinez executive director. And Will Thomas of San Ramon drove off with Best of Show for his 1960 Impala convertible …

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Alhambra football bests Armijo

After last week’s fiasco at Rancho Cotate, Coach Alan Hern had what he called “a page and a half of corrections” he felt the varsity Bulldog football team needed to make, and that was just offensively. After Friday night’s 57-10 battering of the Armijo-Fairfield Indians on the road, he said …

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Pausing to remember 9/11

By DONNA BETH WEILENMAN Martinez Tribune Martinez officials, residents and visitors paused Friday morning to remember the nearly 3,000 people who died 14 years ago when hijackers commandeered four planes and launched the first major foreign terrorist attack upon United States soil since Pearl Harbor. In a brief but poignant …

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Councilmember recalls search for 9/11 memorial

By DONNA BETH WEILENMAN Martinez Tribune Those who lost their lives during the terrorist attacks 14 years ago will be remembered at 8 a.m. today in a flag-raising ceremony at Martinez’s own 9/11 Memorial that contains steel girders from the World Trade Center. Mayor Rob Schroder and Martinez Police Chief …

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Lady Dogs stay perfect, beat Concord in straight sets

The Alhambra varsity volleyball team will have a nice solid week to fondly look back and reflect on their first eight games of the season after their most recent win. A three-games-to-nothing victory over the Concord Minutemen on Thursday night sees the Bulldogs improve to a perfect 8-0 in their …

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Bulldog varsity volleyball gets to perfect 7-0

By GERARDO RECINOS Martinez Tribune For most of the offseason, Coach Willie Marchesano has been trying to track down the answer to a simple question: when was the last time a girl’s volleyball team from Alhambra made it to the playoffs. The seemingly simple question has yet to be answered. …

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