The official student news site of Dougherty Valley High School.

The Wildcat Tribune

The official student news site of Dougherty Valley High School.

The Wildcat Tribune

The official student news site of Dougherty Valley High School.

The Wildcat Tribune

Californias Coastal Cleanup Day unites volunteers against plastic pollution

California’s Coastal Cleanup Day unites volunteers against plastic pollution

Ella Shen, Managing Editor September 16, 2022

California’s 38th annual Coastal Cleanup Day takes place on Sept. 17 , 2022 from 9 a.m. to noon. An average of 70,000 volunteers from around the state participate in this global event, with over 50 countries...

Plastic lines many of Californias beaches, devastating both the land and seas around it.

The plastic pollution pandemic

Ella Shen, Managing Editor September 13, 2022

While the COVID-19 pandemic has taken over our lives, another more subtle pandemic is growing: the plastic pandemic. The pandemic has increased usage of sanitary plastic products, which are being washed...

Dougherty Valleys prospective bike co-op strive to allow students to use school owned bikes throughout the school year.

Dougherty Valley’s prospective bike co-op rides in a positive direction

Ananda Mayuri Chakkenchath and Jade Wang May 19, 2022

Late students are certainly not an anomaly at Dougherty Valley High School. Every morning, a handful of students rush through the front gates at the sound of the late bell, all with different excuses....

California condors at the Hopper Mountain NWR facility wait for medical evaluation.

California condor returns from the brink of extinction to grace Contra Costa County skies

Eva Shen, Editor in Chief May 16, 2022

In October 2021, for the first time in 100 years, a California condor – the largest flying bird in North America – graced Contra Costa County skies.  In 1987, there were only 27 condors remaining...

chevron sign with the label, prices for gas

Californians bear the financial brunt of skyrocketing gas prices

Shreyas Sambara and Nihal Singh April 25, 2022

As gas prices soar above $6 a gallon in the San Ramon Valley area, San Ramon residents and Californians statewide are perplexed by the cause of such outrageous prices.  “There’s been a huge increase...

The Board of Supervisors voted to build houses on the map shown.

Contra Costa County express their disapproval towards the Tassajara Parks Project

Ashley Lee, Staff Writer September 28, 2021

On July 6, 2021, the Contra Costa County Planning Commision voted 4-2 to reject 125 single-family homes from being built on the Tassajara Valley due to water issues, only to be overturned by the Board...

Tule Elk Population Distribution Maps of California, Past to Present

NPS threatens endangered tule elk at Point Reyes National Seashore: an exploration of sides and solutions

Eva Shen, Editor in Chief October 24, 2020

In the 1870s, there were ten tule elk left in the world.  These 10 individuals were leftovers, the ghosts of a species that had been hunted to near extinction by Europeans. Endemic to California, the...

As the SCU Complex fires are being contained, air quality in NorCal steadily declines

Ravaging SCU lightning complex fire almost contained

Megan Dhillon, PR Editor September 13, 2020

As of Sept. 11, the SCU lightning complex fire is now 98% contained, having affected 396,624 acres across multiple counties (Santa Clara County, Alameda County, Contra Costa County, San Joaquin County,...

Humans are the first creatures to have instigated a mass extinction. Perhaps well be the first to reverse one, too.

Climate change: what we need is shame

Eva Shen, Editor in Chief May 28, 2020

I used to drink giant bottles of water— the 32 ounce plastic ones you can buy at certain Costcos. As a disproportionately hydrated person, I would lug them to school every day. That was one giant plastic...

Carbon emissions have plummeted due to shelter-in-place orders, but we must enact change now, before they are lifted — before it is, once again, too late.

COVID-19 offers chance to revitalize the planet — or destroy it

Eva Shen, Editor in Chief May 3, 2020
As people retreat into their homes worldwide, the earth takes a huge sigh of relief.
New York institutes new ban on disposable plastic bags

New York institutes new ban on disposable plastic bags

Steven Deng, Copy Editor April 21, 2020

The state of New York’s plastic bag ban went into effect on March 1, 2020. Such a ban “prohibits the distribution of plastic carryout bags by any person required to collect New York State sales tax,”...

Male chickens produce neither eggs nor palatable meat, so they are not useful in the poultry industry.

France ban on chick culling takes step forward for animal rights

Aditi Lappathi and Eva Shen March 21, 2020

Countless chickens are hatched in order to produce the 65 billion chickens that are consumed each year. However, male chicks are deemed unpalatable, resulting in the deaths of seven billion chicks annually. This...

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