So This Happened...July 11 through 17, 2022

So This Happened…July 11 through 17, 2022

So This Happened...July 11 through 17, 2022
Clockwise from Left: Clayton’s Kara Kohler celebrates winning the Princess Royal Challenge cup with her coach, Peter Mansfeld. New mascot names selected for the Concord High Crocodiles and the Ygnacio Valley High Wolves. Crews set up pumps to flood the stubborn Marsh Fire near Pittsburg that has continued to smolder for 6 weeks.

CONTRA COSTA COUNTY, CA (July 17, 2022) — Despite the summer heat, sports enthusiasts are turning to thoughts of autumn – and the fall high school sports season.

Over at De La Salle High School in Concord, the football team is gearing up to regain its top NorCal spot. The Spartans are ranked No. 38, the fifth highest among California schools, in the pre-season Max Preps national poll.

Meanwhile, two other local schools will launch the fall season with new nicknames – the Concord High Crocodiles and the Ygnacio Valley Wolves.

And on the international sports scene, Clayton Olympian Kara Kohler won the Princess Royal Challenge cup in single sculls in England. She is also preparing for a team race in the World Rowing Championships in the Czech Republic.

Fire updates: To help contain a smoldering peat fire, Con Fire and the Contra Costa Water District began flooding the area on Friday. The effort came at the end of a week that brought hazy skies to the East Bay from various Northern California fires. Still, Con Fire found time for a ceremony to mark its annexation of the East Contra Costa Fire Protection District.

More stories

Here are some other stories the Pioneer covered in the last week:

1997 Waterworld tragedy shapes blues singer’s music.

Culinary masterpieces await at Tzunun in Pleasant Hill.

True to their name, Clayton’s Smarties thrive at Odyssey finals.

Concord adopts rules to protect tenants.

State Education Board rejects attempted breakaway Northgate District.

Concord mural project builds community through art.

Pride, July 4th events part of what makes Clayton great.

Concord working with MDRR to implement new recycling laws.

Contra Costa County reaffirms reproductive health rights.

Rea moves up chamber’s ranks as new president/CEO.

Forms for Concord council, treasurer election available July 18.

Works of Hope seeks handmade, donated art for elderly care patients’ bedsides.

Concord kid publishes books about big feelings – and bugs.

Mt. Diablo Unified School District hosting hiring fair July 21.

Lightyear” not a stellar addition to Pixar’s “Toy Story” universe.

Re-Education” an emotional journey at Town Hall.

It’s fresh tomato season and the livin’ is easy

Focus on interior repairs and beat the heat.

Avoiding a family feud over money

Don’t let summer heat harsh your garden’s buzz.

VoIP a huge advancement in phone calls – and it’s free.

Creating metaphysically mesmerizing mosaics.

Obituaries: Theresa Behdjet and Ronald Salvatore Cataldo.

Pioneer Athlete Spotlight and Sports Shorts.

Concord Police report.

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Bev Britton
Bev Britton
Copy Editor at The Concord Clayton Pioneer |

Bev Britton graduated with a degree in journalism from the University of North Dakota and moved to the Bay Area with her soon-to-be husband Jim in 1986. She was features editor at the Contra Costa Times in Walnut Creek before becoming managing editor of the Contra Costa Sun in Lafayette in 1995. She retired from newsrooms in 2001, but an ad for the Clayton Pioneer drew her back in. The family moved to Lake Wildwood in the Gold Country a few years ago - but working at the Pioneer keeps her in touch with her old neighborhoods in Concord and Clayton.