So This Happened... Week of Dec. 13 through 19, 2021

So This Happened… Week of Dec. 13 through 19, 2021

So This Happened... Week of Dec. 13 through 19, 2021
Clockwise from left: Monumental Toy Drive; A concord returns to Mt. Diablo; Concord 5000 marathon winners.

CONTRA COSTA COUNTY, CA (Dec. 19, 2021) — Condor No. 828, a 6-year-old female, made history as she left Pinnacles National Park, flew around the Livermore Valley and explored Morgan Territory earlier this year.

“I’ve been waiting my whole life for this,” said Seth Adams of Save Mount Diablo. “And I’m convinced this wouldn’t be happening if we and our allies – state parks, etc. – hadn’t protected a big strip of open space down the Diablo Range to Henry Coe and Pinnacles.”

Border patrol: Contra Costa County Supervisor Karen Mitchoff details the results of the board’s redistricting plan, based on updated Census data. Take a look at our detailed map of the new borders to see if you are now in a new supervisorial district.

Nurture in nature: The East Bay Regional Park District offers a variety of outdoor activities, from a bird-watching walk in Alameda on Dec. 23 to a guided nature hike at Castle Rock on Dec. 31. Besides the naturalist programs, the regional parks and trails are all open during daylight hours for hikers, bicyclers and equestrians.

Holiday wrap-up: As we enter the final week before Christmas, take a moment to check out these bright stories: Ruth Bancroft Garden staff shows off their favorite holiday gift picks. Concord Police fill up four cruisers with toy donations. Global food traditions brighten the holiday table. Tips to help keep your holidays safe. Monumental Toy Drive brings Christmas miracle to underprivileged families in Concord. The best gift you can give your kid is acceptance.

More stories

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

With 5th highest vaccination rate in state, Contra Costa mask orders unchanged.

2021 school year in review – empty classrooms filled up again.

Concord’s annual 5K run returns; proceeds benefit Blue Star Moms.

Small-town feel draws homeowners to Clayton.

New laws to help students and prevent wildfires.

La Clínica de La Raza named 2021 Nonprofit of the Year in Concord.

Concord hires William Tarbox as Public Works director.

Particle accelerators are tools for science and society.

“Circle Way” details a poignant family history.

Decoding your cat’s behavior.

Meet ARF’s adoption stars Stella and Kia.

Concord Police report for Dec. 8-14.

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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.