So This Happened…Week of March 15-21

So This Happened...Week of March 15-21CONTRA COSTA COUNTY — Looking ahead to better days for air travel, the Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors voted to help fund a 20,000 sq. ft. airport terminal at Buchanan Field in Concord.

The new building will house administrative offices, fire/emergency facilities and terminal space for JSX (JetSuiteX). Keith Freitas, director of airports, also hopes the new digs will entice other airlines to launch service from Concord. Read the full story.

Slow return to sports: As many local athletes continue to struggle during the COVID shutdown, the area marked some bright spots: De La Salle and Clayton Valley Charter high schools faced off on the football field, Clayton’s Kara Kohler earned her second spot on the U.S. Olympic Rowing Team and Liberty Gymnastics returned to in-person competition.

More reopenings on the horizon: The Mt. Diablo Unified School District plans a hybrid return to campuses March 25, while county libraries are scheduled to reopen April 26.

Open space advocates: June Bulman, Concord’s first female mayor, helped pass a bond to create Lime Ridge Open Space. Why not enjoy one of these nice spring days by taking a hike there. Or, check out Pioneer columnist Kevin Parker’s trail option on Shell Ridge.

Ready for new challenges: New Clayton city manager Reina Schwartz says she was drawn to the town by the “beauty of the natural environment and strong community spirit.” One of the first items on her agenda will be how to meet California’s Regional Housing Needs Allocation while preserving Clayton’s small-town feel. Meanwhile, the Clayton City Council has joined the drive to amend SB9, a state housing bill.

More stories

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

Retired Concord professor teaches Chicano culture beyond the classroom.

Rolling up our sleeves: Bay Area adventures in vaccination.

Contra Costa County confirms first cases of U.K. COVID variant.

As county moves to Red Tier, Concord mayor optimistic about year ahead.

East County Fire moves to phase two of consolidation study.

Concord council focuses on Measure V ­funding, mental health and economic recovery.

Contra Costa celebrates today’s youth along with César Chávez.

New license plate would fund youth mental health services.

Artists help Concord restaurant get creative.

It’s essential to protect the California environment – and jobs.

Vasquez Strawberry Farm grows with the land.

Concord Police Department will always pursue justice.

“Malcolm & Marie” leaves viewers feeling trapped.

Pioneer Athlete Spotlight on Hanna Catalano.

Be vigilant to maintain a solid home foundation.

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