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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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Community

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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Special Sections

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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Golfer Buchanan bound for state tourney


Photo By: Courtesy of David Buchanan
Photo Courtesy Of David Buchanan

Andrew Buchanan of Los Altos Hills tied for fourth at last week’s Northern California boys golf championships in Patterson.

There are days when an even-par round leaves a competitive golfer feeling less than satisfied. May 20 wasn’t one of those days for Andrew Buchanan.

“I was happy to get even par,” said the Los Altos Hills resident, who shot a 72 to finish tied for fourth at last week’s Northern California Boys Golf Championships in Patterson. “It was really windy.”

Those winds – which Buchanan estimated at 20-25 mph – made the rigorous Ranch Course at Diablo Grande Golf & Country Club even more challenging.

Soon after teeing off, Buchanan realized it wasn’t going to be a day of record-low rounds for those in the 96-player field, and the Menlo School senior adjusted his expectations accordingly.

“I just tried to keep it around par for most of the day to move on (to state),” he said. “I thought that making par in those windy conditions would probably do it.”

Buchanan was right. He finished only four shots behind winner Ryan Maund of Foothill High and easily advanced to the state championships. The top nine individuals – along with the first-, second- and third-place teams – qualified for state, scheduled June 5 at Quail Lodge & Golf Club in Carmel.

“I don’t know the course, but I know the field will be really strong,” said Buchanan, bound for Southern Methodist University in the fall. “It will be a fun day.”

The Quail course is significantly shorter than the one Buchanan played at Diablo Grande, which he described as “short and skinny off the tee.” Tee shots that strayed too far left or right often landed in high weeds.

“I lost two balls in the hazards, which led to bogeys,” said Buchanan, who had as many bogeys (four) as birdies and made par on the other 10 holes. “It was tough off the tee, but the rest of the course was pretty manageable.”

The winds were not, however, making drives more of an adventure. Putting proved crucial, and Buchanan sank some long ones early. He drained a 15-foot birdie putt and a 12-footer for par.

“It was nice to putt well early on,” said Buchanan, who birdied two of his first three holes and was 1-under par at the turn. “It gives you confidence and you don’t second-guess yourself later on.”

Buchanan, who had one of the earliest tee times, capped his round by draining a 10-foot putt for par.

“Not making worse than par was really big,” he said. “By staying even, I knew I would make it to state without worrying. It was really comforting and I got to enjoy my lunch.”

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