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Recent Pioneer stories:

Pleasant Hill installing new ballot drop box this month

PLEASANT HILL, CA (June 13, 2024) — The Contra Costa County Office of Elections has confirmed that a fourth ballot ...

Contra Costa Animal Services offers free adoptions in June as shelter reaches capacity

MARTINEZ, CA (June 13, 2024) — All animals at Contra Costa Animal Services (CCAS) will be free to adopt during ...

4DX a great addition to apes’ latest ‘Kingdom’

(June 13, 2024) — When I went to the Regal Fresno Riverpark for the first time in May 2023. I ...
Diablo Ballet teaches students coping skills through dance

Diablo Ballet teaches students coping skills through dance

WALNUT CREEK, CA (June 11, 2024) — When people think of a professional ballet company, they often visualize slender, muscular ...

Wrong turn leads to 20th Anniversary of Brentwood Teen Theater

CONCORD, CA (June 11, 2024) — Brentwood Teen Theater (BTT), is marking its 20th anniversary with an exciting new production ...

Oakland-based band Van Goat brings a whimsical musical journey to Pleasant Hill’s Sunset by the Lake

PLEASANT HILL, CA (June 10, 2024) —The season of free summer concerts in the suburbs has arrived. Folks in Pleasant ...

It’s essential to analyze anti-Israel protests on campuses

SANTA CRUZ, CA (June 10, 2024) — Eugene O’Neill claimed, “There is no present or future – only the past ...

Discover the charm of this updated 2-bedroom townhouse in Concord’s Roundtree Community

CONCORD, CA (June 10, 2024) — Introducing a two-story townhouse in Concord's Roundtree Community. This 2-bedroom, 1.5-bath property features new ...
The Pioneer's Spring 2024 calendar of events and activities, June 9 update

The Pioneer’s Spring 2024 calendar of events and activities, June 9 update

CONTRA COSTA COUNTY, CA, (June 10, 2024) — The Pioneer Calendar lists local events, performances and activities for the whole ...
So This Happened...Week of June 3 through June 9, 2024

So This Happened…Week of June 3 through June 9, 2024

CONTRA COSTA COUNTY, CA (June 10, 2024) — Pleasant Hill police arrested three people in connection with the Feb. 10 ...
Lovers’ tryst cited in arrests for janitor’s stabbing death in Pleasant Hill

Lovers’ tryst cited in arrests for janitor’s stabbing death in Pleasant Hill

PLEASANT HILL, CA (June 9, 2024) — A lover scorned led to three arrests in the violent stabbing death of ...

A hot night of Cajun/Zydeco kicked off Concord’s Music and Market

CONCORD, CA (June 9, 2024) — Concord's Music and Market summer concert series got off to a great start on ...
From the Desk of Steve Glazer, CA State Senator

Wraparound choices could ease California’s insurance woes, Ricardo Lara tells Senator Glazer

CONTRA COSTA COUNTY, CA (June 9, 2024) — Insurance companies could mimic State Farm’s new offer of providing wraparound choices ...

Concord Police arrest report for the week of May 29 through June 4, 2024

CONCORD, CA (June 7, 2024) — This week swing and overlap shifts from the Concord Police Dept. teamed up after ...

Vallejo man charged in injury hit and run DUI at Walnut Creek Farmers Market

CONTRA COSTA COUNTY, CA (June 6, 2024) — A Vallejo man faces multiple charges stemming from a collision that injured ...
Construction to begin on Willow Pass Road in Concord on June 10

Construction to begin on Willow Pass Road in Concord on June 10

CONCORD, CA (June 6, 2024) — Crews will begin construction on a major sewer project along Willow Pass Road next ...
Feel the beat – and the heat – with Concord’s summer of fun

Concord’s Music and Market concert series returns tonight

CONCORD, CA (June 6, 2024) — Music & Market returns tonight, Thursday, June 6. Get down to Todos Santos Plaza ...
Contra Costa Superior Court defendant portal for traffic arraignments now open

Contra Costa Superior Court defendant portal for traffic arraignments now open

CONTRA COSTA COUNTY, CA (June 5, 2024) — Beginning this week, individuals can use the Contra Costa Superior Court’s Traffic ...
Pleasant Hill Police

Three arrested for Feb. Pleasant Hill Park stabbing death

PLEASANT HILL, CA (June 5, 2024) — Pleasant Hill Police Investigators have arrested three people in connection with the February ...
‘Book of Illusions’ a masterful story about love and loss

‘Book of Illusions’ a masterful story about love and loss

(June 4, 2024) — Paul Auster’s death last month was the jolt I needed to go to my shelves and ...
‘Civil War’ is thought-provoking, but beware of ‘Abigail’ spoilers

‘Civil War’ is thought-provoking, but beware of ‘Abigail’ spoilers

(June 4, 2024) — Even though I saw previews for Alex Garland’s “Civil War,” I still did not know what ...
Fresh ingredients the stars at Walnut Creek’s Pizzalina

Fresh ingredients the stars at Pizzalina

WALNUT CREEK, CA (June 3, 2024) — Pizzalina Pizzeria Tap Room is that rare eatery finding instant success. Long-time Concord ...
Will Claney, Tech Talk

Setting the record straight on ­antivirus options

(June 3, 2024) — Does your antivirus software hold up to current stringent standards, or was it just a freebie ...
The Pioneer's Spring 2024 calendar of events and activities, June 2 update

The Pioneer’s Spring 2024 calendar of events and activities, June 2 update

CONTRA COSTA COUNTY, CA, (June 2, 2024) — The Pioneer Calendar lists local events, performances and activities for the whole ...
So This Happened...Week of May 28 through June 2, 2024

So This Happened…Week of May 28 through June 2, 2024

CONTRA COSTA COUNTY, CA (June 2, 2024) — With the theme “Marches with Pride and Stands with Love,” Clayton celebrated ...

Clayton Pride Parade: ‘Acceptance and inclusivity saves lives.’

CLAYTON, CA (June 2, 2024) — The smallest city in Contra Costa County once again hosted the largest Gay Pride ...

Clayton Police Report for May 2024

CLAYTON, CA (May 31, 2024) — This report details police activity for the Clayton Police Department during the month of ...
Concord Police arrests

Concord Police arrest report for the week of May 22 through 28, 2024

CONCORD, CA (May 31, 2024) — The report below shows arrests made by the Concord Police Department from May 22 ...
Buchanan Field flying high as public safety resource

Buchanan Field flying high as public safety resource

CONCORD, CA (May 31, 2024) — Located in Concord, Buchanan Field is a small but mighty airport that has a ...

Sunshine is nice, but it’s the people who really shine

CONCORD, CA (May 31, 2024) — It’s great to live in Concord for the beautiful weather, something my circle of ...