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West Nile fogging commences Sept. 2

West Nile fogging commences Sept. 2


Courtesy of the Santa Clara County Vector Control District
Fogging commences Wednesday within the highlighted area.

The detection of West Nile Virus-infected mosquitos means that Santa Clara County officials will begin mosquito fogging operations...

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Schools

LASD trustees reopen negotiations with Los Altos Teachers Association

The Los Altos School District Board of Trustees last week directed staff to reopen negotiations with the Los Altos Teachers Association, a move intended to shore up the district’s financial picture.

According to the district’s current co...

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Community

LA teenager crowned Miss Golden State, advances to national pageant in Florida

LA teenager crowned Miss Golden State, advances to national pageant in Florida


Alicia Castro/Town Crier
Alexandra McCarthy, crowned Miss Golden State Teen in July, earned “Ms. Personality” honors from her peers.

Alexandra McCarthy has a ways to go before reaching her coveted role as a U.S. Supreme Court justice. Bu...

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Sports

After rough year, Eagles aim to soar once more

After rough year, Eagles aim to soar once more


Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Los Altos High senior running back Patrick Vargas snares a pass in practice last week.

Don’t dismiss the Eagles. Coach Trevor Pruitt is adamant that his Los Altos High football team will be better than expected.

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Car spotting 2015: A Piece of My Mind

When I was a kid, September was exciting, almost like Christmas, because that was when the Big Three automakers would reveal the new models for the upcoming year.

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Loving on the Edge

Loving on the Edge


Courtesy of Ford
The Ford Edge has been redesigned for 2015. Ford lengthened the wheel base and added cargo space, among other things. The Titanium model sells for approximately $42,000.

Once in a while, a vehicle we test-drive is just right for our...

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Business

Wine bar aims for October opening

Wine bar aims for October opening


Rendering courtesy of Honcho
Honcho, the wine and beer lounge on First Street, expects an October launch. A rendering of the space reveals the interior layout, which includes bar and lounge-style seating.

A downtown libations lounge that anticip...

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People

LOIS CAROLINE WALLES

LOIS CAROLINE WALLES

November, 1928

Lois lost a long and courageous battle with a prolonged illness on July 14th, 2015. She passed away knowing how well she was loved. She was always the life of the party and loved bringing everyone to her home for dinner or an event,...

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Travel

Carmel Valley Ranch unveils upgrades

Carmel Valley Ranch unveils upgrades


Courtesy of Carmel Valley Ranch
Carmel Valley Ranch recently upgraded its Vineyard Oak suites, which feature sweeping views, rocking chairs and private outdoor tubs for soaking under the stars.

Things are heating up at Carmel Valley Ranch, with 30 n...

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Stepping Out

'Dead Man' comes alive at Bus Barn

'Dead Man' comes alive at Bus Barn


Richard Mayer/Special to the Town Crier
The cast of Los Altos Stage Company’s “Dead Man’s Cell Phone” includes, from left, Marjorie Hazeltine (as Hermia), Kristin Walter (Jean) and Adrienne Walters (Carlotta).

Los Altos Stage Company opens its ...

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Spiritual Life

Inside Mountain View

MV actress/playwright Garvin wins NY festival award for

MV actress/playwright Garvin wins NY festival award for "Corners Grove"


Courtesy of Undiscovered Countries
Kaela Mei-Shing Garvin received a New York arts festival award for a featured role in “Corners Grove,” a play she wrote.

New York recognized that one of Mountain View’s own can “make it there” when the Planet C...

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Morning Forum speaker addresses Lewis and Clark misconceptions


Photo By: Kathryn A. Tomaino/Special to the Town Crier
Photo Kathryn A. Tomaino/Special To The Town Crier

Author Rex Ziak discusses Lewis and Clark at Morning Forum June 4.

An author and amateur historian corrected a 200-year-old error through his intimate knowledge of the weather, tides and terrain of the Columbia River basin.

In a June 4 Morning Forum of Los Altos presentation, “In Full View: The True Story of Lewis and Clark,” Rex Ziak explained how he discovered the true location of the final stop on Meriwether Lewis and William Clark’s epic Corps of Discovery trek in 1805.

Ziak’s book, “In Full View: A True and Accurate Account of Lewis and Clark’s Arrival at the Pacific Ocean, and Their Search for a Winter Camp Along the Lower Columbia River” (Moffitt House Press, 2002), chronicles his journey into the past.

His knowledge, curiosity and persistence led him to question long-established facts held by historians and uncover a missing chapter in American history.

President Thomas Jefferson inspired Lewis and Clark’s expedition, an effort to uncover the shortest and most convenient route across the Western U.S. to the Pacific Ocean. Their journey began in 1804 at the mouth of the Missouri River, lasted 28 months and covered 8,000 miles.

Ziak told the audience that it is not what you know that matters, it is the questions you ask.

“History repeats itself, and the historians repeat each other,” he said.

Curiosity led Ziak to question the experts and separate conventional wisdom from the facts recorded in Lewis and Clark’s journals.

Ziak, a native of Washington, searches for driftwood along the Columbia River to heat his home. While waiting for several hours for a log to break loose, he considered why the explorers took a full month to travel less than 20 miles. Knowledge of the terrain and tides informed his examination of the journals in a way that historians who read them from afar lacked and prompted him to travel the expedition’s exact route.

Lewis and Clark thought they were in sight of their goal Nov. 7, 1805: “Great joy in camp, we are in view of the ocean.” Ziak discovered that between Nov. 7 and Dec. 6 that year, the group stayed on Long Beach Peninsula in Pacific County, Wash., and not in Oregon, which historians had incorrectly identified as the end of the duo’s expedition. Treacherous ocean tides and river currents and a big storm resulted in the monthlong journey.

The explorers needed to establish a winter camp and learned from Clatsop Indians that elk had been spotted on the south side of the Columbia River, Ziak said. Although Lewis and Clark selected the camp’s location, each member of the expedition voted, including the lone woman, Sacajawea, and Clark’s slave, York. They voted to cross to the south side in search of meat, firewood and elk skins to replace their tattered clothes, he added, and subsequently built Camp Clatsop there.

Ziak’s discoveries led to his testimonies before Congress in 2004 in support of the formation of the Lewis and Clark National and State Historic Park, which now spans Oregon and Washington.

The Morning Forum of Los Altos is a members-only lecture series that meets at Los Altos United Methodist Church. For membership details and more information, visit www.morningforum.org.

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