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Update on road closures

A tree fell across Marina Vista Avenue around noon on Sunday, Jan. 8 (pictured). Branches from a big tree in the 2500 block of Alhambra Avenue also fell just before 2 p.m. Jan. 11, with removal efforts blocking the roadway till after nightfall. Traffic from the high school and hospital was diverted to alternate routes. (MARK FIERNER / Martinez Tribune)

MARTINEZ, Calif. – The Contra Costa County Administrator’s Office provided an update on county-wide road closures Tuesday, after the effects of flooding led to several short and long-term closures. Alhambra Valley Road between Bear Creek Road and Castro Ranch Road remains closed indefinitely. Signs and message boards alert drivers of ...

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Wong makes Dean’s List

MARTINEZ, Calif. – Sarah Wong from Martinez has made the Dean’s List at Azusa Pacific University (APU). Wong, a Business Management major, is honored for a fall semester 2016 academic standing of a 3.5 or better grade-point average. Wong is joined by 2,175 other students receiving the honor. Azusa Pacific ...

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Vehicle strikes gas meter, prompts two-block evacuation

MARTINEZ, Calif. – A vehicle struck a gas meter near State’s Coffee Sunday afternoon, prompting police to evacuate two blocks in the downtown. At approximately 2 p.m. Jan. 29, a motorist was parked in the 600 block of Ward Street when the driver accidentally placed the vehicle in drive. The ...

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Parks Board announces new director

Colin Coffey, new Ward 7 Director of the East Bay Regional Park District. Ward 7 encompasses Martinez, as well as other areas in eastern Contra Costa County. (EBRPD / Courtesy)

The East Bay Regional Park District announced the appointment of Hercules resident Colin Coffey to the Ward 7 seat of the EBRPD Board of Directors. Ward 7 generally encompasses the Eastern Contra Costa County communities of Antioch, Bay Point, Bethel Island, Brentwood, Byron, Crockett, Discovery Bay, Hercules, Knightsen, Martinez, Mt. ...

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City moves forward with dredging plan


MARTINEZ, Calif. – City Council approved Wednesday a resolution to allocate funds to hire a consultant for a marina dredge design and study. A water depth survey of the marina was recently completed which defined the locations and amounts of siltation that has occurred in the marina since its last ...

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County’s Democratic Leadership elects new officers


The Democratic Leadership representing over 311,000 registered Democrats in Contra Costa County elected new officers by acclamation at its reorganization meeting on Jan. 19, the eve of Republican President Trump’s Inauguration. Also elected were members of the Executive Committee and California Democratic Party Convention delegates – these are two-year terms. ...

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Park It: Farewell to the Monarchs


By NED MacKAY Special to the Tribune The monarch butterfly winter convention at Ardenwood Historic Farm in Fremont is winding down, and the park naturalists have scheduled some farewell programs illustrating the beautiful insects’ life cycle. Hundreds of the butterflies have clustered in the park’s eucalyptus groves for the past ...

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Martinez Police Blotter: Jan. 23-31, 2017


By DANNY YOEONO Martinez Tribune The crime blotter is compiled from public record and is not confirmed by Martinez Police or any other party unless otherwise stated. Some accounts may be unfounded. Monday, Jan. 23 At 11 a.m., a man in an orange beanie threw an apple core at a ...

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