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Recent Pioneer stories:

This delightful Rose Glen single-story home in Concord is well-loved and maintained

CONCORD, CA (Apr. 12, 2024) — Ready and waiting for you. This delightful, north-facing Rose Glen single-story has been well-loved ...

College Scholarship Award program announced by Concord Police Association

CONCORD, CA (Apr. 12, 2024) — The Concord Police Association has a strong commitment to the community youth. They have ...
Honks heard for rent control in Concord

Honks heard for rent control in Concord

CONCORD, CA (Apr. 12, 2024) — Beginning with a brief, 20-minute rally at Cambridge Park to kick off the Sunday, ...
Concord Police arrests

Suspect arrested in Concord sexual assault case

CONCORD, CA (Apr. 11, 2024) — On April 8, 2024, at 6:25 PM, Concord Police officers responded to a sexual ...
JOR Fine Art Gallery brings Tina Turner Tribute to Clayton art scene

JOR Fine Art Gallery brings Tina Turner Tribute to Clayton art scene

CLAYTON, CA (April 11, 2024) – JOR Fine Art Gallery, Clayton, is proud to announce ‘Tribute to Tina” as the ...
Ellen Herdegen Obituary

Obituary — Ellen Christine Findlay Herdegen,
August 15, 1951 – March 23, 2024

CONCORD, CA (Apr. 11, 2024) — Ellen lost her 21-year battle with cancer and passed peacefully at home surrounded by ...
Concord Police arrests

Concord Police arrest report for the week of April 3 through 9, 2024

CONCORD, CA (April 5, 2024) — The report below shows arrests made by the Concord Police Department from April 3 ...
Clayton rower Kara Kohler headed to her 3rd Olympics this summer in Paris

Clayton rower Kara Kohler headed to her 3rd Olympics this summer in Paris

CLAYTON, CA (Apr. 9, 2024) — Kara Kohler will head to Paris after qualifying for her third United States Olympic ...
‘Spring into Action’ with White Pony Express fundraiser

‘Spring into Action’ with White Pony Express fundraiser

PLEASANT HILL, CA (Apr. 9, 2024) — This spring is about new beginnings and transformation at White Pony Express (WPE), ...
Pliny pursuit pays off with hoppy memories

Pliny pursuit pays off with hoppy memories

SANTA ROSA, CA (April 8, 2024) – Three hours might seem a long drive for a beer, but it’s well ...
The Pioneer's Spring 2024 calendar of events and activities, April 7 update

The Pioneer’s Spring 2024 calendar of events and activities, April 7 update

CONTRA COSTA COUNTY, CA, (April 7, 2024) — The Pioneer Calendar lists local events, performances and activities for the whole ...
So This Happened...Week of April 3 through 7, 2024

So This Happened…Week of April 3 through 7, 2024

CONTRA COSTA COUNTY, CA (Apr. 7, 2024) — Using a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, the Concord ...
Volunteers plant 50 trees at Concord’s Newhall park for Earth Day

Embrace Earth Day with these Concord clean up and park maintenance events

CONCORD, CA (Apr. 7, 2024) — Volunteers in Concord will have many opportunities to celebrate Earth Day on April 20 ...
Concord feels pinch of closures of two 99 Cents Only Stores

Concord feels pinch of closures of two 99 Cents Only Stores

CONCORD, CA (Apr. 6, 2024) — 99 Cents Only Stores’ closures are the latest ripple effects to shake the local ...

Help tidy the town at the April 20 Clayton Cleans Up event

CLAYTON, CA (April 5, 2024) — Clayton Cleans Up returns to town on Sat., April 20. Grab your family and ...
Concord Police arrests

Concord Police arrest report for the week of March 27 through April 2, 2024

CONCORD, CA (April 5, 2024) — The report below shows arrests made by the Concord Police Department from March 27 ...
Contra Costa County Board of Education accepting applications for student member

Contra Costa County Board of Education accepting applications for student member

PLEASANT HILL, CA (Apr. 5, 2024) — The Contra Costa County Board of Education (CCCBOE) began accepting applications this week ...
Concord PD on the lookout for distracted drivers in April

Concord PD on the lookout for distracted drivers in April

CONCORD, CA (Apr. 4, 2024) — April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month and a time to put safety in the ...

Weigh form vs. function to create a space that’s all you

CLAYTON, CA (Apr. 4, 2024) — When working on a design project, my rule is to balance form and function ...
So This Happened...Week of March 25 through 31, 2024

So This Happened…Week of March 25 through April 2, 2024

CONTRA COSTA COUNTY, CA (Apr. 2, 2024) — If robots ever rule the world, some local students may be leading ...

Experience Elegance with this stunning 4-bedroom home in Brentwood’s Apple Hill Estates

BRENTWOOD, CA (Apr. 2, 2024) — Experience the blend of elegance and comfort in this 4-bedroom, 2-bathroom single story residence ...
CVCHS Robotics Team to compete in World Championship 

CVCHS Robotics Team to compete in World Championship 

CONCORD, CA (Apr. 2, 2024) — For the first time ever, Clayton Valley Charter High School is sending a robotics ...
The Pioneer's Spring 2024 calendar of events and activities, March 30 update

The Pioneer’s Spring 2024 calendar of events and activities, March 31 update

CONTRA COSTA COUNTY, CA, (Mar. 31, 2024) — The Pioneer Calendar lists local events, performances and activities for the whole ...
Concord City Council takes action to help residents get through COVID-19 pandemic

Concord emerges as potential host for historic 2024 presidential debate

CONCORD, CA (Apr. 1, 2024) — In a surprising turn of events, Concord has emerged as a strong contender to ...
An egg-citing springtime tradition in Pleasant Hill

An egg-citing springtime tradition in Pleasant Hill

PLEASANT HILL, CA (Mar. 31, 2024) — The weather gods again rained down sunshine for Pleasant Hill Park and Rec’s ...
Contra Costa County celebrates its first-ever Naturalization Ceremony

Contra Costa County celebrates its first-ever Naturalization Ceremony

CONTRA COSTA COUNTY, CA (Mar. 30, 2024) — The county marked a momentous occasion in March. Thirty-one individuals from 17 ...

Clayton Police Report for March 2024

CLAYTON, CA (March 30, 2024) — This report details police activity for the Clayton Police Department during the month of ...
CVCHS Robotics Club visits Diablo View Middle School

CVCHS Robotics Club visits Diablo View Middle School

CLAYTON, CA (Mar. 29, 2024) — Engineering Academy and Robotics Club students visited Diablo View Middle School to talk to ...
Concord Police arrests

Concord Police arrest report for the week of Mar. 20 through 26, 2024

CONCORD, CA (March 28, 2024) — The report below shows arrests made by the Concord Police Department from March 20 ...
‘Parnassus’ a loving tale about books – and romance

‘Parnassus’ a loving tale about books – and romance

(Mar. 28, 2024) — When I first worked at Bonanza Books in Clayton, two young coworkers gifted me a used ...