So This Happened...Week of Aug. 15 through 21

So This Happened…Week of Aug. 15 through 21

So This Happened...Week of Aug. 15 through 21
Clockwise from Left: Clayton Valley Charter High grad get college degrees before high school diploma. Blue Devils win their 20th Championship. Concord declared the most smiling city in America.

CONTRA COSTA COUNTY, CA (August 22, 2022) — To thine own selfie be true: Based on Instagram selfies, turns out Concord is the happiest place in the nation. To test that theory, the Pioneer invites residents to send in a short description of what makes them happy about living in Concord. Include a selfie, if you’d like.

Drum roll, please: The Blue Devils wrapped up an undefeated season by winning the 20th Drum Corps International World Championship. The victory was especially rewarding after the lack of competition in 2020 and 2021 due to the pandemic.

Guardians of democracy: Vicki Gordon and Kristin Connelly are facing off in the November race for clerk-recorder-registrar of voters for Contra Costa County. Both candidates say voter transparency if their No. 1 priority.

Do the math: Clayton Valley Charter High grad Eli Vu also received four associate degrees from Diablo Valley College this spring. Vu, who says mathematics has always been his favorite subject, is now off to UC Davis to continue his education.

The land of plenty: The Miwok groups who lived around Mount Diablo thrived due to plentiful resources – from plants to deer and streams filled with fish. They lived in harmony with nature, only taking what they needed and respecting traditional beliefs.

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Here are some other stories the Pioneer covered recently:

New hope for exoneration of Port Chicago 50.

Students get to snooze later due to state law in effect this fall.

Bigger, better Pleasant Hill library cuts the ribbon.

Stop by The Grove in Clayton for tree inspiration.

While not as deadly as COVID-19, monkeypox is still serious. And, monkeypox vaccine appointments now available in Contra Costa County.

Contra Costa nonprofit Opportunity Junction opens recruitment for job-training programs.

It’s (still) fire season. Are you prepared? Go-bag packed?

New state program would help the most vulnerable homeless in Concord.

Compassionate community rallies to support family in time of loss.

So much live music; so little weekend time.

The tricky pairing of the ad hoc committee and your Brownie.

Sports roundup: Pioneer Athlete Spotlights on Ella Habermeyer of Clayton Valley Charter and  De La Salle’s Hugh Conrad. And, Concord’s Aaliyah Campos selected for USA Gymnastics for monthly training in Texas.

We all deserve to get home safe.

Comedy and mystery merge in “Corpse!”

Your new BFF is waiting for you at ARF.

Concord Police report.

If you would like to check out past weekly roundups, click here.

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.