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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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Los Altos High trio qualifies for national track meet


Photo By: Town Crier file photo
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Danny Yeager placed first in the decathlon at the Region 14 Junior Olympic Track & Field Championships, scoring a personal-best 6,113 points. He is headed to the national meet next month, along with his younger brother Brian and Kelly McConnell.

The track and field season came to an end nearly a month ago for most members of the Los Altos High team. Kelly McConnell and brothers Danny and Brian Yeager are still at it, though, and recently extended their seasons another month.

The trio has qualified in the decathlon for next month’s USATF National Junior Olympic Track & Field Championships in North Carolina. The decathlon comprises 10 events, including runs, jumps and throws.

The Yeagers and McConnell – representing Los Altos-based track club Fox Athletics – advanced by placing first or second in their age groups at the USATF Region 14 Junior Olympic Multi-Events meet held June 15 and 16 in Rocklin.

Danny, who graduated from Los Altos in May, won the Young Men Division (ages 17-18) and incoming senior McConnell finished second. Brian, entering his junior year, placed first in the Intermediate Boys Division (15-16).

Cal Poly San Luis Obispo-bound Danny scored a personal-best 6,113 points in the decathlon at the regional meet.

“Danny made nationals last year in the decathlon, but this year I hope he can get on the podium and earn All-American honors,” said Dave Barth, who coaches track for Fox Athletics and at Los Altos High. “I believe he is very capable.”

Brother Brian isn’t as experienced in the event, but he has proved to be a quick study.

“We had to twist Brian’s arm a bit to get him to try a decathlon, (and) sure enough he goes out there and he wins it,” Barth said. “Both Yeager boys are such incredible athletes with lots of raw talent. They will continue to get faster and stronger in future years.”

For McConnell, it took a second-day surge – the decathlon is a two-day event – to seize runner-up status at the regional.

“After Day 1, Kelly was in fifth place,” Barth said. “However, he took it one event at a time and we knew that he had a good shot of moving up in the rankings since Day 2 of the decathlon consists of hurdles, throwing and the 1,500, which are geared toward Kelly’s strengths.”

Next comes the national meet, slated July 22-28 in Greensboro N.C.

“We now have a month to work on some of the boys’ weaker events to get them prepared for North Carolina,” Barth said last week. “These guys probably practice four or five of the 10 events consistently, so with lots of focus on technique, they may be able to improve upon their marks quite a bit come mid-July.”

For more information on the upcoming national meet, visit usatf.org and click “Events/Calendar.”

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