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Martinez rancher recalls days with ‘The Striking Sixth’

By DONNA BETH WEILENMAN Martinez Tribune When Joe Matta was 18, he already had a job with the California and Hawaiian Sugar Company, a place he started working before he graduated from John Swett High School in his native Crockett. He had never fired a gun – his father had …

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School district eyes Muth successor

Superintendent Rami Muth to retire in 2016 By DONNA BETH WEILENMAN Martinez Tribune MARTINEZ, Calif. – If negotiations go as expected, Deputy Superintendent C.J. Cammack will succeed Rami Muth as superintendent of Martinez Unified School District (MUSD). The decision to offer Cammack the job came during a closed session of …

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Martinez’s own town crier places 11th in world competition

By DONNA BETH WEILENMAN Martinez Tribune MARTINEZ, Calif. – Redmond O’Connell cried in New Zealand. But the Martinez resident shed no tears. Instead, his “cries” were eloquent and at times witty elocutions as part of a town crier competition. O’Connell, who sometimes uses the performance name Redmond O’Colonies, has been …

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New police chief available on matters of public safety

Dear Community Members, Over the last two months as the police chief I have been honored to be among a group of dedicated and committed employees that work hard to keep our community safe. I have also been very impressed with the level of support and engagement from the community. …

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Resident witnesses missile launch, helicopter over city

Dear Editor, Saturday night, many of us here in the Bay Area and beyond were puzzled by a strange light in the sky. As it turned out, of course, this was the unarmed Trident II D5 missile, launched by the U.S. Navy from the Pacific Test Range north of Los …

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Survey results show voters in favor of school bond

By DONNA BETH WEILENMAN Martinez Tribune MARTINEZ, Calif. – Martinez voters would approve a new bond measure to modernize classrooms and repair or erect schools, a community survey indicates. A poll of 400 voters Oct. 12-28 also showed that the more residents know about the school district’s needs, the more …

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Martinez youth help residents save water, energy

City also participates in ‘Cool California Challenge’ By DONNA BETH WEILENMAN Martinez Tribune A program that began in 2000 as an energy efficiency workshop at Berkeley High School has spread throughout the San Francisco Bay Area, including Martinez, where nine youth spent the past summer showing households how they can …

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Bulldog football flattens Las Lomas

By GERARDO RECINOS Martinez Tribune Alan Hern had a checklist of things he wanted his team to get done at Friday night’s game, and the Bulldogs delivered – and then some. First, he wanted to win. That was taken care of by the first unit in the first half. In …

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Hospice Tree of Lights to be lit in ceremony Saturday

By DONNA BETH WEILENMAN Martinez Tribune MARTINEZ, Calif. – The broad canopy of limbs of a tall oak that stands in the median of Morello Avenue north of Arnold Drive will sparkle in tiny lights Saturday night, the first of a series of Tree of Lights celebrations. This is the …

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Winter ‘Spare the Air’ season in effect

By DONNA BETH WEILENMAN Martinez Tribune The Winter Spare the Air season started Sunday, November 1, Tom Flannigan, spokesperson for the Bay Area Air Quality Management District, said. The season lasts until Feb. 29, 2016. Martinez residents should watch for the district’s declaration of Spare the Air alerts, especially if …

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