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School board approves Project Pathways, reviews xeriscape

By DONNA BETH WEILENMAN Martinez Tribune MARTINEZ, Calif. – At one time, school districts had an overarching goal, to prepare every student for college. But the Martinez Unified School District (MUSD) Board of Education heard Monday night that has led to a mismatch. Graduates were prepared for jobs that weren’t ...

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Famed tall ship coming to Carquinez Strait

Lady Washington under sail at sea. The tall ship will pass through Martinez Oct. 14, on its way to Antioch were visitors can come aboard. (BOB HARBISON / On File)

By DONNA BETH WEILENMAN Martinez Tribune A week ago, the Hawaiian Chieftain that once called the San Francisco Bay Area home, passed by Martinez on its journey to Sacramento to offer maritime history lessons for several months. Those traveling to the state capital from Martinez will find the elegant vessel ...

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Residents continue quest for dog park

A group of dogs enjoying Paso Nogal Dog Park in Pleasant Hill. (LISA WHITTAKER / Courtesy)

By DONNA BETH WEILENMAN Martinez Tribune MARTINEZ, Calif. – A group of residents and their dogs who arrived Sept. 16 to tell the Martinez City Council about the need for a city dog park weren’t gathering spontaneously. They’ve been contemplating the need for some time, usually as they sit on ...

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Onramp work ahead of schedule

The Highway 4 onramp at Alhambra Avenue, Martinez, while construction was underway in September. The barriers have since been removed from the roadway, and the asphalt repaved and striped. (DONNA BETH WEILENMAN / Martinez)

By DONNA BETH WEILENMAN Martinez Tribune MARTINEZ, Calif. – Martinez motorists and others who travel California Highway 4 have been noticing barriers, signs, closures, detours and equipment along access and exit ramps. Some who are ready for the work to be done have been asking, “Are we there yet?” The ...

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Traffic stop nets theft suspect

(MARTINEZ POLICE DEPARTMENT / Courtesy)

By DONNA BETH WEILENMAN Martinez Tribune MARTINEZ, Calif. – A traffic stop by Martinez Police Wednesday at Amador Court and Tahoe Circle resulted in the arrest of a man suspected of multiple burglaries from Martinez to Berkeley, Lt. Aaron Roth said. An officer stopped a vehicle with an apparent code ...

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Oakland man accused in Martinez phone store burglary

(MARTINEZ POLICE DEPARTMENT / Courtesy)

By DONNA BETH WEILENMAN Martinez Tribune MARTINEZ, Calif. – A 38-year-old man from Oakland has been arrested and charged Monday in connection with the theft of 10 new Apple and Samsung smart phones that were taken earlier that morning from a Verizon Wireless retailer at 1055 Arnold Drive, Martinez Police ...

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Lieutenant describes ‘walls of fire’ in NorCal inferno

By DONNA BETH WEILENMAN Martinez Tribune When Sam Hoffman arrived at the Butte fire in Calaveras County earlier this month, he saw a tremendous blaze that had leaped across several highways, tearing up and down the hilly countryside. It reminded him of the Oakland Hills fire, the 1991 conflagration he ...

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