DUI Checkpoint Tonight: Free Ride With Uber


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There will be a DUI checkpoint tonight in Pittsburg & other areas of Contra Costa! The checkpoint will be held from 7pm to 1:30pm. We will be announcing the locations as they come available. If you see one, let us know!

If you would like to be updated on DUI checkpoints and other police activity in Contra Costa, it’s HIGHLY recommended that you joining our email list, Facebook page, twitter feed or bookmark us and check back often!  We will continue to make people of Contra Costa County aware of DUI Checkpoints, Smog Checkpoints, Saturation Patrols, and other travel related events. As far as we know, DiabloReporter.com is the ONLY site that gives out specific times and locations of checkpoints in the County.

To report a checkpoints or for more information on the legalities concerning checkpoints, please visit our DUI page.

If you happen to drive through any checkpoints, send us your pictures or videos to diabloreporter@hush.com or submit the info here and we would be happy to share them with the rest of our community!

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Want to drink and get around safe? Ride free with Uber tonight!

Concord Carnival This Weekend – $1 Rides!


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Where: Concord High School 4200 Concord Blvd, Concord, CA 94521

When: April 21-23, 2017

Carnival Hours: 

  • Fri: 3:30-11pm
  • Sat: 11am-11pm
  • Sun: 12-9pm

Carnival Rid Ticket Prices: $1.00 / Person With Donation of Canned Food Item, $2.00 / Person Without Food Donation, FREE ADMISSION for Children (Ages 5 & Under)

Admission Fees Benefit Mt. Diablo Music Education Foundation. All Food Items Benefit Food Bank of Contra Costa & Solano. Ride Proceeds Benefit Shared Safe & Sober Grad Night Activities.

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  • FUN FOR ALL AGES!!!
  • Kiddie Rides, Adult Rides, Games & Prizes, and Food & Drinks!
  • A Concord Area Tradition Since the Mid-1970’s with Carnival Rides Provided by Butler Amusements!
  • Individual Carnival Ride Tickets or Full Day Unlimited Ride Tickets Available for Sale!
  • The ANNUAL CONCORD FAMILY CARNIVAL is sponsored by the Concord High Grad Night Committee of the Parent Faculty Club. This program is not sponsored by Mt. Diablo Unified School District and opinions are not necessarily those of the school district or school personnel.
  • Musical Entertainment Provided by Various MDUSD Middle and High Schools as Part of the Mt. Diablo Music Education Foundation’s Carnival Concert Series!

Free Admission to National Parks – April 22-23


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The National Park Service just turned 100 years old! Celebrate the start of our second century by visiting a park in 2017. During ten days of the year, all National Park Service sites that charge an entrance fee will offer free admission to everyone.

Mark your calendar for these entrance fee–free dates in 2017:

  • April 15-16 and 22-23: Weekends of National Park Week
  • August 25: National Park Service Birthday
  • September 30: National Public Lands Day
  • November 11-12: Veterans Day Weekend

National parks are America’s Best Idea, and there are more than 400 parks available to everyone, every day. The fee-free days provide a great opportunity to visit a new place or an old favorite, especially one of the 124 national parks that normally charge an entrance fee. The others are free all of the time. Plan your visit and enjoy our country’s history and nature.

The fee waiver includes entrance fees, commercial tour fees, and transportation entrance fees. Other fees such as reservation, camping, tours, concession and fees collected by third parties are not included unless stated otherwise.

Fee-free days make parks accessible to more people. However, national parks are always economical, with entrance fees that range from $3 to $30. In addition, any fourth grade student can get a free annual pass through the Every Kid in a Park program, and active duty military and citizens with a permanent disability can also get free passes. For more information about the variety of discounted passes available, please visit the America the Beautiful National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass page.

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This includes some of the most stunning places on earth including:

  • FREE Admission to Denali National Park in Alaska
  • FREE Admission to Yellowstone National Park
  • FREE Admission to Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park
  • FREE Admission to Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona
  • FREE Admission to Yosemite National Park in California
  • FREE Admission to Olympic National Park in Washington
  • FREE Admission to Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming
  • FREE Admission to Zion National Park in Utah
  • FREE Admission to Acadia National park in Maine
  • FREE Admission to Dinosaur National Monument in Colorado

View list of participating National Parks HERE

*Fee waiver includes: entrance fees, commercial tour fees, and transportation entrance fees. Other fees such as reservation, camping, tours, concession and fees collected by third parties are not included unless stated otherwise.

For more information, visit www.nps.gov/findapark/feefreeparks.htm.

Free Entry to National Parks – April 15-16, 22-23


NPS

The National Park Service just turned 100 years old! Celebrate the start of our second century by visiting a park in 2017. During ten days of the year, all National Park Service sites that charge an entrance fee will offer free admission to everyone.

Mark your calendar for these entrance fee–free dates in 2017:

  • April 15-16 and 22-23: Weekends of National Park Week
  • August 25: National Park Service Birthday
  • September 30: National Public Lands Day
  • November 11-12: Veterans Day Weekend

National parks are America’s Best Idea, and there are more than 400 parks available to everyone, every day. The fee-free days provide a great opportunity to visit a new place or an old favorite, especially one of the 124 national parks that normally charge an entrance fee. The others are free all of the time. Plan your visit and enjoy our country’s history and nature.

The fee waiver includes entrance fees, commercial tour fees, and transportation entrance fees. Other fees such as reservation, camping, tours, concession and fees collected by third parties are not included unless stated otherwise.

Fee-free days make parks accessible to more people. However, national parks are always economical, with entrance fees that range from $3 to $30. In addition, any fourth grade student can get a free annual pass through the Every Kid in a Park program, and active duty military and citizens with a permanent disability can also get free passes. For more information about the variety of discounted passes available, please visit the America the Beautiful National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass page.

Yosemite Great Falls, US

This includes some of the most stunning places on earth including:

  • FREE Admission to Denali National Park in Alaska
  • FREE Admission to Yellowstone National Park
  • FREE Admission to Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park
  • FREE Admission to Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona
  • FREE Admission to Yosemite National Park in California
  • FREE Admission to Olympic National Park in Washington
  • FREE Admission to Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming
  • FREE Admission to Zion National Park in Utah
  • FREE Admission to Acadia National park in Maine
  • FREE Admission to Dinosaur National Monument in Colorado

View list of participating National Parks HERE

*Fee waiver includes: entrance fees, commercial tour fees, and transportation entrance fees. Other fees such as reservation, camping, tours, concession and fees collected by third parties are not included unless stated otherwise.

For more information, visit www.nps.gov/findapark/feefreeparks.htm.

Major Concord Power Outage – Gas Stations Shut Down


Concord is currently experiencing a major power outage. There’s up to 5,000 PG&E customers affected. Even though the PG&E map shows differently the outage starts at Clayton Rd & Ayers Rd. The Arco station on Ayers & Clayton is currently closed along with all gas stations from Ayers Rd to Treat Blvd along Clayton Road.

The outage was caused by damaged equipment. PG&E has assigned a crew to begin repairs. It’s estimated that power will be restored by 2pm. If you need gas, it’s best to choose another area of Concord to refill.

Concord Spring Brews Fest Wows Beer Enthusiasts


This last Saturday Todos Santos Plaza in downtown Concord was turned into a craft beer destination, if only for a day, thanks to The Brewing Network.

For the 8th year in a row The Brewing Network, a multimedia platform for everything beer and Brewing related, held their Spring Brews Fest on Saturday April 1, packing the downtown park with craft beer enthusiasts rocking their best brewery and beer attire and ready to see what the world of Craft Beer had to offer.  This years event was again a benefit for the TSBA Arts Foundation which funds the summer music program in Todos Santos Park as well as youth music programs around Concord.

Upon braving a line that wrapped down and around the downtown block, thousands of men and women walked through the temporarily erected gates and into a beer lovers paradise.  And with the sounds of live music and temperatures in the mid 70’s and plenty of sunshine those in attendance were treated to an all around sensory experience.

Every inch of walkway through the park was lined with pop up tents under which over 50 breweries had jockey boxes yielding multiple tap handles, ready to pour tasters of their offerings for their eager fans.

Walking in, the well known brewery logos of 21st Ammendment, Sierra Nevada, Lagunitas, Drakes and many more catch your eye. But upon further investigation, dozens of not as well known breweries (in this area at least) creep into view.  San Diego’s Societe Brewing, Oceanside’s Bagby Brewing and Corvallis Oregon’s Flat Tail Brewing are just a few in a list that neared 60.

Of course, not every brewery needed their name and logo on the top of their pop up to be easily found. To find Russian River Brewing Company all one had to do was look for the first and longest line in the festival, as you would expect, since they were pouring the famous Pliney The Elder Double IPA.

If you think the number of breweries in one spot is mind blowing, the selection of beers was simply baffling. While almost every brewery had an IPA on tap, (craft beer enthusiasts do love their hops) many also brought some of their “weirder and funkier” brews, such as Moylan’s Brewing Companies Grape Escape (a sour beer made with grapes that looked like someone added some cream to a glass of grape juice but was surprising tart and drinkable in the warm sun) and Moonlight Brewing’s No Hop Special Ale (a beer that just like it advertises is made without the addition of hops).

The event also boasted a number of food trucks and stands that ranged from brick oven pizza to barbecued meats to Tasty Zombies’ signature hot bread rolls filled with cheeses and meats.  And while the food wasn’t unlimited like the beer tastes, it was reasonably priced and a necessity to make it through such a large, 4 hour beer festival.

Once again The Brewing Network hit a home run with their Spring Brews Festival, an event that has become one of the best and most popular beer festivals in the Bay Area.

For more information about The Brewing Network, click here.

~Article Written By Nick Jester

Free Entry to National Parks – April 15-16, 22-23


NPS

The National Park Service just turned 100 years old! Celebrate the start of our second century by visiting a park in 2017. During ten days of the year, all National Park Service sites that charge an entrance fee will offer free admission to everyone.

Mark your calendar for these entrance fee–free dates in 2017:

  • April 15-16 and 22-23: Weekends of National Park Week
  • August 25: National Park Service Birthday
  • September 30: National Public Lands Day
  • November 11-12: Veterans Day Weekend

National parks are America’s Best Idea, and there are more than 400 parks available to everyone, every day. The fee-free days provide a great opportunity to visit a new place or an old favorite, especially one of the 124 national parks that normally charge an entrance fee. The others are free all of the time. Plan your visit and enjoy our country’s history and nature.

The fee waiver includes entrance fees, commercial tour fees, and transportation entrance fees. Other fees such as reservation, camping, tours, concession and fees collected by third parties are not included unless stated otherwise.

Fee-free days make parks accessible to more people. However, national parks are always economical, with entrance fees that range from $3 to $30. In addition, any fourth grade student can get a free annual pass through the Every Kid in a Park program, and active duty military and citizens with a permanent disability can also get free passes. For more information about the variety of discounted passes available, please visit the America the Beautiful National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass page.

Yosemite Great Falls, US

This includes some of the most stunning places on earth including:

  • FREE Admission to Denali National Park in Alaska
  • FREE Admission to Yellowstone National Park
  • FREE Admission to Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park
  • FREE Admission to Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona
  • FREE Admission to Yosemite National Park in California
  • FREE Admission to Olympic National Park in Washington
  • FREE Admission to Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming
  • FREE Admission to Zion National Park in Utah
  • FREE Admission to Acadia National park in Maine
  • FREE Admission to Dinosaur National Monument in Colorado

View list of participating National Parks HERE

*Fee waiver includes: entrance fees, commercial tour fees, and transportation entrance fees. Other fees such as reservation, camping, tours, concession and fees collected by third parties are not included unless stated otherwise.

For more information, visit www.nps.gov/findapark/feefreeparks.htm.