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Meet the Mountain View City Council candidates

Meet the Mountain View City Council candidates


Nine candidates have filed to run for three open seats on the Mountain View City Council in the Nov. 4 election – none of them incumbents. The Town Crier asked them to introduce themselves to readers in the following Q&A format. We knew the...

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Schools

LASD committee looks to rank campus improvement projects

LASD committee looks to rank campus improvement projects


Traci Newell/Town Crier
The Los Altos School District’s newly expanded Facilities Advisory Committee met for the first time last week. The 28-member committee’s first task is to prioritize campus improvement projects.

The Los Altos Scho...

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Sports

New-look Lancers find their footing

New-look Lancers find their footing


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
St. Francis High’s Jenna Adams, left, and Carly Deale attempt to bump the ball Friday night. The juniors combined for 28 kills.

This year’s St. Francis High girls volleyball team faintly resembles last season’s squad ...

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MV Whisman teachers cite low pay

MV Whisman teachers cite low pay


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
An estimated 75 supporters of higher teacher pay turned out for the Sept. 4 Mountain View Whisman School District board meeting.

Teachers, trustees and administrators are recovering from a dramatic Mountain View Whism...

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Business

Skin rejuvenation studio joins Rancho

Skin rejuvenation studio joins Rancho


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Esthetician Marjan Kashi showcases one of the treatment rooms at her new studio, Pure Serenity Skincare at Rancho Shopping Center. Kashi provides services including microdermabrasion and various light and heat energy the...

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Books

A woman's perspective on the Greatest Generation

A woman's perspective on the Greatest Generation


During World War II, Virgilia Short Witzel, a young mother and U.S. Navy officer’s wife, grappled on the home front in Menlo Park with wartime rationing, shortages and loneliness. During the ensuing Cold War, she experienced adventure and misadventur...

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People

JERALD (JERRY) NELSON CHRISTIANSEN

JERALD (JERRY) NELSON CHRISTIANSEN

Resident of San Jose and Los Altos, California

July 21, 1931 to August 4, 2014

Born in Arimo, Idaho, to Jerald Emmett and Rebecca Henderson Nelson Christiansen. Raised in Davis and Riverside, California, with summers in Downey, Idaho, and in Loga...

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Travel

LA photographer spends a night with cranes – and moose – in Alaska

LA photographer spends a night with cranes – and moose – in Alaska


Sandy Powell/Special to the Town Crier
Los Altos resident and bird photographer Sandy Powell recently visited Homer, Alaska, to photograph Sandhill cranes, below. While there, Powell also encountered moose, left.

Los Altos resident Sandy Powell, a...

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Stepping Out

Pear puts on a pair of plays

Pear puts on a pair of plays


J. Smith/Special to the Town Crier
Dan Kapler (as Teddy) and Betsy Kruse Craig (Trish) star in Pear Avenue Theatre’s “House.”

The Pear Avenue Theatre production of two interlocking comedies by Alan Ayckbourn – “House&...

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Spiritual Life

Back to Church Sunday offers opportunity to recommit

The children in Los Altos are back to school, and I can still hear parents cheering. Summer is officially over, even if the calendar doesn’t quite think so.

Parents have attended Back to School nights to meet their children’s teachers. B...

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Magazine

Los Altos Hills home showcases resort-inspired living

Los Altos Hills home showcases resort-inspired living


Courtesy of Spectrum Interior Design
In place of a more traditional fireplace, this modern living room features a linear-flame firebox that emits heat while offering a sculpturelike design element.

After traveling the world and visiting a host...

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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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