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John Muir National Historic Site to participate in ‘Helping Birds Along the Way’

MARTINEZ, Calif. – “Helping Birds Along the Way” is the theme for this year’s International Migratory Bird Day (IMBD), the only international education program that celebrates the migration of nearly 350 bird species.  John Muir National Historic Site will be celebrating IMBD with fun, family-friendly activities such as a Beginning …

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Part 4: Happy Birthday Martinez City Hall!

By KRISTIN HENDERSON Special to the Tribune NOTE: The following is Part 4 of several installments on Martinez City Hall. Many thanks to retired Deputy City Clerk Mercy Cabral for setting me up with these records and lazerfiche. In 1950, the City of Martinez sold its 1912 City Hall that …

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Collision on Alhambra Avenue causes power outage

MARTINEZ, Calif. – A vehicle collision on Alhambra Avenue led to a power outage Sunday. At about 3:17 p.m. on April 30, officers from the Martinez Police Department (MPD) responded to the 6700 block of Alhambra Avenue for a report of a vehicle colliding into a telephone/electrical pole.  Officers arrived …

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Patrick Vanier announces candidacy for Contra Costa DA

Patrick Vanier, Supervising Deputy District Attorney for the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office Narcotics Prosecution Team, was joined by more than 100 supporters as he kicked off his campaign for Contra Costa County District Attorney on Thursday. Vanier has been a prosecutor for almost 20 years and has prosecuted …

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Park It: May Day activities abound

By NED MacKAY Special to the Tribune The month of May will be welcomed with maypole dancing, giant bubble blowing, crafts for the whole family and other diversions during a May Day Celebration Open House from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday, May 7, at Tilden Nature Area near …

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Eighteen hour stand-off ends in arrest of homicide suspect

MARTINEZ, Calif. – A near nineteen-hour stand-off between law enforcement and a suspected homicide suspect ended in the arrest of a Martinez man last week. Thursday afternoon, April 27, Walnut Creek Police Department received several reports that a female had been shot in the street in the 1900 block of …

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Julie Quinn named Martinez’ Teacher of the Year

MARTINEZ, Calif. – This past Tuesday, April 25, Contra Costa County Office of Education (CCCOE) Superintendent of Schools Karen Sakata visited Julie Quinn’s classroom at Las Juntas Elementary School. Quinn, a 34-year instructor, was recently named Martinez School District’s Teacher of the Year (TOY). For the past 17 years, Quinn …

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Rotary Report: County ‘committed to Martinez’

By PAUL CRAIG Special to the Tribune Federal Glover represents Martinez on the Board of Supervisors. He’s currently the Chair of the Board. Glover explained to Martinez Rotary that the County budget is in good shape, but there is no shortage of issues. One big issue is that Washington, D.C., …

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Energy costs down at Martinez Unified

MARTINEZ, Calif. – Martinez Unified School District (MUSD) taxpayers may be happy to learn that the district’s investment in solar installations has lowered operating costs as expected. It is satisfying to see a new school building built with bond funds, but lower school PG&E bills are not that noticeable. Sage …

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Local Relay for Life now forming teams

MARTINEZ, Calif. – Relay for Life of Martinez is gearing up again and looking for teams to help join the fight against cancer. The Relay will take place July 22-23, from 9 a.m. to 9 a.m. at Martinez Junior High School, 1600 Court St., Martinez. It is a fundraising walk …

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