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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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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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Fecal incident draws attention to downtown woes

Businesses affected by out-of-control transients & others, residents say By DONNA BETH WEILENMAN Martinez Tribune MARTINEZ, Calif. – Residents who told the Martinez City Council how a partially-dressed woman smeared feces on vehicles and the window of a downtown bar said the incident is one of “a long line of ...

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Coastal Cleanup nets ton of trash

Coastal Cleanup volunteers dig in to the picnic-style food prepared by Lynne De Vaney. De Vaney barbecued at Waterfront Park to feed all those participating in the Martinez Coastal Cleanup, Saturday, Sept. 19, 2015. (EAST BAY REGIONAL PARK DISTRICT / Courtesy)

Local volunteers carry on decades- long tradition By DONNA BETH WEILENMAN Martinez Tribune MARTINEZ, Calif. – A crew of about 250 volunteers, from adults to scouting organizations and local school children, have hauled 2,700 pounds of trash from the Martinez shoreline. They filled 370 large garbage bags with fast food ...

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Longtime local lawman Ed Duncan remembered

By DONNA BETH WEILENMAN Martinez Tribune MARTINEZ, Calif. – Before the newly-sworn Martinez Police Chief Manjit Sappal took his oath and received his badge, he had a talk with Edward R. Duncan, the longtime Martinez resident whose law enforcement career brought him to Richmond where Sappal also had been employed. ...

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