State Treasurer Fiona Ma Announces $73.7 Million Green Bond Sale for Rice Waste Recycling Plant

California State Treasurer Fiona Ma today announced that $73.7 million in tax-exempt green bond financing has been issued for CalPlant I, LLC, a company that will turn rice straw into medium density fiberboard at its Willows plant in the Sacramento Valley. The fiberboard can be used in manufacturing flooring, furniture, doors, shelves and other products. […]

Exciting Times for Science Education

Students and their parents may find themselves discovering a new source of interest and motivation in the classroom in the form of science class. There are reasons for this – primarily, science class being a place where kids can indulge their curiosity about the natural world, and also the recent innovations that are making science much more hands-on.

Exciting Times for Science Education

By Carolyn Alverson-Thornton At the time of year when parents and students alike are busily preparing to go back to school – scrambling to get the supplies they will need, possibly attending orientations or signing up for activities, and some students will be starting a new school or level. In addition to looking forward to […]

Contra Costa County’s school districts announce their 2019-2020 Teachers of the Year

Contra Costa County’s school districts announce their 2019-2020 Teachers of the Year

PLEASANT HILL, Calif., April 15, 2018 – Recently, the school districts in Contra Costa County proudly submitted their 2019-2010 Teacher of the Year (TOY) candidates to the Contra Costa County Office of Education (CCCOE). The newly honored teachers are not only recognized for their outstanding education achievements, but they also represent the approximately 8,637 teachers educating […]

New Exhibit Pays Homage to Old-Growth Redwoods through Conservation and Education

Bay Area’s Redwood Past: New Exhibit Pays Homage to Old-Growth Redwoods through Conservation and Education       Oakland, CA (December 17, 2018) – The East Bay Regional Park District and Save the Redwoods League unveiled an Old Growth Redwood Heritage Viewing Deck and Interpretive Exhibit at Roberts Regional Recreation Area this past Saturday, celebrating […]

The White Sturgeon

The White Sturgeon (Acipenser transmontanus) is the largest freshwater fish in North America, with the maximum recorded length of any age class at 20 feet. The maximum published weight known is 1,799 pounds, with a reported age of 104 years. White Sturgeon greater than 15 feet are suspected of reaching weights in excess of 3,000 pounds.

By James H. Hale The White Sturgeon (Acipenser transmontanus) is the largest freshwater fish in North America, with the maximum recorded length of any age class at 20 feet. The maximum published weight known is 1,799 pounds, with a reported age of 104 years. Those greater than 15 feet are suspected of reaching weights in […]

Butterflies Coming Back to Ardenwood

By Ned MacKay:                                     Large numbers of monarch butterflies usually spend the winter months in the eucalyptus groves at Ardenwood Historic Farm in Fremont, as part of their multi-generational migratory life cycle. So far this season only a few […]

Tree Lighting Tonight Rain Or Shine!

Moving forward with the Danville Tree Lighting, Rain Or Shine! As previously stated, the actual ‘Lighting of the Old Oak Tree’ featured chorus performances & dancers will be scaled back as the decision for them to perform is a fluid one, and will be determined by their directors, based upon weather conditions, closer to 5pm. The Snow Angel, […]

Alamo News Update

Ball property project is heard by the Alamo MAC The Ball Estates project has been in the planning stage for a long time. The project consists of 35 new single-family homes to be located at the western end of Camille Drive. The site consists of about 60 acres. 20 acres would be used for the […]

Public Health Home-Visiting Program Receives Grant

A state grant will enable county public health nurses to give free car seats to their low-income clients and provide education on how to use the safety seats properly to protect their children. The $75,000 “Child Passenger Safety” grant will fund activities to help prevent injuries and deaths to children receiving comprehensive home visits from […]