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LA Council race adds 3 new faces to city politics

LA Council race adds 3 new faces to city politics


The Town Crier chronicled the first election of Los Altos City Council incumbent Jarrett Fishpaw in 2010 and documented the Los Altos candidacy of Jean Mordo, who volunteered as a longtime public servant in Los Altos Hills before moving to the flat...

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Schools

St. Simon launches web-based learning management system

St. Simon launches web-based learning management system


Courtesy of St. Simon Parish School
St. Simon fifth-grader Matthew Cummins uses a laptop in class last week. The school’s cloud-based Schoology system boosts organization and collaboration.

Families at St. Simon Parish School in Los Altos laun...

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Community

Los Altos to celebrate 100 years of library use with 'Centennial Faire'

Los Altos to celebrate 100 years of library use with 'Centennial Faire'


Town Crier File Photo
The Los Altos main library is among the more popular branches in the county library district system, set to celebrate 100 years.

In 1914, Babe Ruth made his debut with the Boston Red Sox, wages hit $5 per day, the first ste...

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Sports

Eagles eye another stellar season

Eagles eye another stellar season


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Los Altos High outside hitter Carmen Annevelink, right, goes for the kill Thursday against Palo Alto, as teammates Sarah Tritschler, left, and Lulu Kishton prepare to play defense. The Eagles won the match in straight ga...

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Comment

Torok, Walter, Dave for MVLA board: Editorial

There’s really nothing major you can criticize about the Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District. It offers a diverse array of effective programs for all types of students. Its instructors, with few exceptions, are outstanding.

Howe...

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Special Sections

'Funabout' Fiat

'Funabout' Fiat


Photos courtesy of Fiat
The 2014 Fiat 500e uses 29 kilowatt-hours per 100 miles, which the engineers claim is the equivalent of 116 mpg of gas use. It has a sticker price of $33,095.

If you believe in climate change, would love to see alternat...

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Business

App developer eyes First Friday as testing ground

App developer eyes First Friday as testing ground


Ted Fagenson

An East Bay app developer is testing his newest creation in downtown Los Altos.

Ted Fagenson, co-founder of Skrownge (pronounced “scrounge”), told the Town Crier that he’s beta testing his mobile gaming app this week ...

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Books

From story to bookstore: Local journey highlights Halloween

From story to bookstore: Local journey highlights Halloween


Courtesy of Dee Ellmann
Jenny Hurwick self-published her picture book last month after decades of storytelling.

During her years working as a teacher and a Los Altos mom, Jenny Hurwick loved to tell stories. One tale she crafted for her son just se...

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People

VINCENT (TIM) MURPHY JR.

VINCENT (TIM) MURPHY JR.

July 27, 1953 – August 12, 2014

Native Los Altan died Medford, OR. Graduated Bellarmine Prep. Married Josephine Domino, 1950. Licensed Auto Mechanic, Private Pilot, skilled Computer Scientist. Tim “could fix anything”. Afflicted with cancer 2001. ...

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Travel

Taking a Turkey trek: Winging it during the World Cup

Taking a Turkey trek: Winging it during the World Cup


Rich Robertson/Special to the Town Crier
The sun sets over the Aegean Sea in Bodrum, Turkey, left.

Tours that whisk you from Istanbul to Bodrum in 11 days are as plentiful as souvenir hawkers in Turkey, but traveling from the Blue Mosque to Topkapi ...

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Stepping Out

'Gypsy' on its way out

'Gypsy' on its way out


Chris Berger/Special to the Town Crier
Alison Koch of Los Altos plays Dainty June in “Gypsy.”

This is the final weekend to catch the Sunnyvale Community Players production of “Gypsy” at the Sunnyvale Theatre. The musical is slated to close Sund...

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Spiritual Life

Ugandan pastor visits U.S. to raise support for children's ministry

Ugandan pastor visits U.S. to raise support for children's ministry


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Herman Lukwago educates children in Uganda.

Imagine life if your father had 25 children and you were raised in poverty in rural Uganda.

Now imagine that you and your siblings were orphaned at an early age and you ass...

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Magazine

Local events add color to autumn calendar

Local events add color to autumn calendar


Van Houtte/town crier Visitors make their way through the Children’s Alley.

As Los Altos’ signature Chinese Pistache trees exchange their summer green for vibrant hues of yellow, orange and red in the fall, an abundance of local events also ad...

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Skiing in North Lake Tahoe: Snowy days are here again


Photo By: Jeff Engerbretson/ Special to the Town Crier
Photo Jeff Engerbretson/ Special To The Town Crier

Snow conditions are ideal after a series of storms blanketed the High Sierra last month.

With some Lake Tahoe ski and snowboard areas reporting up to 8 feet of new snow from a series of storms that plastered the High Sierra over the Christmas holiday, most resorts are now up and running at full speed. The massive dump of the fluffy white stuff produced the second snowiest Christmas on record, and the cheers from ski and boarding operators could be heard from Truckee to Los Altos.

Ski Tahoe North’s Interchangeable Lift Ticket is accepted nearly every day of the season at six alpine ski resorts: Squaw Valley, Alpine Meadows, Mount Rose, Diamond Peak, Homewood and Sugar Bowl. That’s a week’s worth of good fun in the snow right there. Here are some highlights.

• Alpine Meadows and Squaw Valley joined forces in November 2011, bringing the two ski resorts under common ownership. Combined they offer more than 6,000 acres of terrain, enough to bring tears of joy to everyone from beginners to blasters. Skiers and riders can access 43 lifts and 270 trails at Squaw and Alpine Meadows on one lift ticket or season pass. Outside Magazine named Squaw Valley the No. 1 Resort in North America.

Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows have brought back the Tahoe Super 4 Pack, offering four unrestricted days of skiing and riding for the winter season. Tickets are $329 for adults, $169 for kids 12 and under, and $279 for young adults and seniors. The package is good for any day of the season, with no blackout dates.

Alpine also has opened a new terrain park – Firing Line – the longest in the Lake Tahoe area. Squaw Valley, host of the 1960 Winter Olympics, has added a new six-passenger, high-speed lift rising to the Shirley Lake ridgeline with easy access to the Shirley Lake, Solitude and Granite Chief chairs.

Alpine Meadows, with its high average annual snowfall of 450 inches, boasts one of Lake Tahoe’s longest skiing and boarding seasons.

For more information, visit www.skialpine.com or www.squaw.com.

• Diamond Peak, the Incline Village favorite of families, has added a new children’s terrain area – Pete’s Playground – aimed at teaching youngsters about safety on the slopes. The resort also invested in 20 percent more snowmaking equipment to lengthen its season.

For more information, visit www.diamondpeak.com.

• Mount Rose expanded its teaching area. The resort offers special lift ticket rates for college students ($49 midweek) and military ($39). This is the nearest ski area to Reno.

For more information, visit www.mtrose.com.

• Northstar, long known as an outstanding intermediate ski and boarding area, now offers some advanced terrain for the adventurous.

Skiers and boarders have access to Sawtooth Ridge via snowcat. Guided backcountry will also tickle the fancy of those who want to get outside the resort boundary (off piste). On the other hand, children 3-6 can learn to snowboard at a park designed by Jake Burton.

For more information, visit www.northstarattahoe.com.

• For the luxury-minded, the mid-mountain Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe features ski-in, ski-out access, paired with exceptional lodging and cuisine for those ready to indulge in a sophisticated mountain retreat.

For more information, visit www.ritzcarlton.com/en/Properties/LakeTahoe.

• A longtime Bay Area favorite, Sugar Bowl, has agreed to assume management of the neighboring Royal Gorge cross-country area. The Donner Summit resort is old school, but it offers a high-tech, interactive website that enables guests to view various runs top to bottom before they take them down. Skiers and riders with helmet-mounted cameras provide a filmed preview.

For more information, visit www.sugarbowl.com.

For more information on North Lake Tahoe, visit gotahoenorth.com.

Los Altos resident Glen Putman is a freelance writer.

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