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Beaver deaths still a mystery

This year’s litter of Martinez beaver kits, like these two photographed near Alhambra Creek in 2010, have died from unknown causes in recent months. One kit hasn’t been spotted in some time, but the bodies of several others have been recovered. Certain poisons and environmental causes have been ruled out. (CHERYL REYNOLDS / Worth a Dam)

By DONNA BETH WEILENMAN Martinez Tribune MARTINEZ, Calif. – The family of beavers that live in Alhambra Creek apparently has lost this year’s litter as well as one born last year, but the cause of the deaths remain a mystery, said Heidi Perryman, president of Worth a Dam, and Conrad ...

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Government offices closed Monday

By DONNA BETH WEILENMAN Martinez Tribune Labor Day is a federal holiday, and most government buildings will be closed Monday in its observance. All Contra Costa County offices will be closed Monday, as will most Martinez government and other municipal offices. The Martinez Treatment Plant, 3003 Pacheco Blvd., will be ...

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Marina Vista exit work nears completion

Work on the southbound offramp that curves over Marina Vista Avenue and Waterfront Road is expected to be complete by next month. Once re-opened, the exit will feature an emergency connector lane. (DONNA BETH WEILENMAN / Martinez Tribune)

By DONNA BETH WEILENMAN Martinez Tribune MARTINEZ, Calif. – After months of construction that led to the closure in April of the southbound exit ramp from Interstate-680 to Marina Vista and Waterfront Road, the new off ramp should be finished some time next month, Allyn Amsk, Caltrans District 4 public ...

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Bonilla proposes tax on cocktails to aide disabled

By DONNA BETH WEILENMAN Martinez Tribune A bill introduced by Assemblymember Susan A. Bonilla (D-Concord) would increase funding to help California’s developmentally disabled residents through a nickel a drink charge for mixed cocktails and liquor shots. Bonilla, Martinez’s representative in the Assembly, introduced Assembly Bill 18 at the Second Extraordinary ...

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Martinez Community Foundation accepting grant applications

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MARTINEZ, Calif. – Those managing projects or programs that are located in, or which primarily serve Martinez and its residents are encouraged to submit grant applications for the fall 2015 grant review by the Martinez Community Foundation (MCF) Board of Directors. Applications must be received by Sept. 15, 2015. Established ...

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Fire destroys parking garage

By DONNA BETH WEILENMAN Martinez Tribune MARTINEZ, Calif. – Fire destroyed a parking garage Monday night, but was halted before it reached nearby apartments, according to the Contra Costa County Fire District. Dispatchers were notified of the fire in the 200 block of Oak Manor Plaza about 8:17 p.m. Monday, ...

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