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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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Public invited to Campfire Night at John Muir Historic Site

By DONNA BETH WEILENMAN Martinez Tribune MARTINEZ, Calif. – Residents, visitors and youngsters will get a chance to spend some time under the stars, roasting marshmallows and singing songs during a free campfire night Saturday at the John Muir National Historic Site. This has been an annual event at the …

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Car fire ignites brush, destroys several acres off Franklin Canyon Road

By DONNA BETH WEILENMAN Martinez Tribune A fast-moving blaze ignited when a car caught fire Sunday morning in the 2700 block of Franklin Canyon Road, destroying buildings and killing one dog and four birds that had been housed in the structures, Contra Costa County Fire Protection District Captain George Laing …

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City to host free Water Conservation Essentials workshop

The great California drought is here. In response to the serious water shortage, the State of California has mandated a 25 percent reduction in overall water consumption. The city of Martinez is following suit and asking residents to practice water conservation. To help residents do their best at saving water, the …

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What’s next for California’s contentious vaccine law

JULIA HOROWITZ Associated Press SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Gov. Jerry Brown has signed a hotly contested California bill to impose one of the strictest school vaccination laws in the country in the wake of an outbreak of measles at Disneyland late last year. The following is a look at what …

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Data registry helps Contra Costa emergency providers save cardiac arrest patients

A national data registry that helps Contra Costa emergency medical providers optimize the initial treatments that cardiac arrest patients receive in Contra Costa County should become standard across the country, according to a study issued by the Institute of Medicine. The Institute, a nonprofit that is part of the National …

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Thompson, Lake County Water Resources Department honored at Reduce Risks from Invasive Species Coalition Congressional Reception

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Mike Thompson (CA-5), co-chair of the Invasive Species Caucus, and Scott De Leon, Director of the Lake County Water Resources Department were honored last week in Washington, D.C. at the second annual Reduce Risks from Invasive Species Coalition (RRISC) Congressional Reception and Awards Program. Thompson, …

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Thompson, Lee express concerns over impact of Thunder Road closure

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Reps. Mike Thompson (CA-5) and Barbara Lee (CA-13) lead a letter to Sutter Health expressing their concerns over the impact of the potential closure of the Thunder Road Adolescent Treatment Center in Oakland, California. The letter was cosigned by 18 Members of Congress from Northern California …

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