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News

Campaign finance reports show lots of loans, few outliers

Campaign finance reports show lots of loans, few outliers


Ellie Van Houtte/ Town Crier
Campaign yard signs are just one expenditure for candidates during election season.

Election finance filings are in, and Los Altos appears to be hosting a few financially lopsided races.

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Schools

Three Los Altos schools earn National Blue Ribbon designation

Three Los Altos schools earn National Blue Ribbon designation


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Bullis Charter School students wear their school spirit clothing to greet their mascot Oct. 3 in celebration of being named a National Blue Ribbon School.

Blach Intermediate, Egan Junior High and Bullis Charter schools ea...

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Community

Sports

Spartans run wild(cat) on Eagles

Spartans run wild(cat) on Eagles


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Mountain View High running back Austin Johnson goes for a big gain after evading Los Altos High defensive tackle Phil Alameda in Friday’s game. Johnson scored two touchdowns for the Spartans.

After unveiling its wildc...

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Comment

Logan, McClatchie, Peruri for LASD board: Editorial

This is a crucial time for the Los Altos School District. Its leadership faces the challenge of balancing enrollment growth versus maintaining the small, neighborhood schools that make it a very popular district to attend. The district must also adap...

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Special Sections

City's minimum-wage hike earns mixed reviews: Raise to $10.30 an hour meets with approval – and concern

City's minimum-wage hike earns mixed reviews: Raise to $10.30 an hour meets with approval – and concern


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Tandava Waldon, left, manager of East West Bookstore on Castro Street in Mountain View, works with a customer. Waldon said the recently approved minimum-wage hike will have little impact on his business. “It’s not such a...

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Business

Delay Social Security? An easy way to decide

One of the most heatedly debated questions regarding Social Security is when to start.

You have the option of initiating benefits as early as age 62 or as late as age 70. The longer you wait, the larger the monthly payment you will receive over your...

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Books

Helping kids catch a few Zs: Local dental hygienist pens meditative bedtime book

Helping kids catch a few Zs: Local dental hygienist pens meditative bedtime book


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Mimi Sommers, who works at a Los Altos dentist’s office, recently wrote a children’s book.

A local dental hygienist recently published a book that aims to ease parents and children during a sometimes anxious e...

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People

SUZANNE MONICA DIMM SPECHT

SUZANNE MONICA DIMM SPECHT

Suzanne Monica Dimm Specht passed Tuesday, Sept. 9th at the age of 84. Sue was born on April 21, 1930 in Portland, Oregon. After graduating from the University of Oregon in with a degree in Music, Sue taught in a little town called Clatskanie, Oreg...

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Travel

Los Altos resident's visit to North Korea proves enlightening

Los Altos resident's visit to North Korea proves enlightening


Courtesy of Sally Brew
North Korea is home to many monuments honoring its “Dear Leaders,” left.

In August, I traveled for 11 days with MIR Corp. to North Korea, a fascinating country that is almost completely cut off from the rest of the world. ...

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Stepping Out

'Trovatore' takes the stage in Palo Alto

'Trovatore' takes the stage in Palo Alto


Courtesy of José Luis Moscovich
West Bay Opera’s production of “Il Trovatore” is slated to open Friday night in Palo Alto and run through Oct. 26.

West Bay Opera’s production of “Il Trovatore” (“The Troubadour”) is scheduled to open this weekend...

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Spiritual Life

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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Foothill vet tech program offers practical training with small pets


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A Foothill College veterinary tech student handles a recently treated rat at a previous small-pet surgical session.

More than 40 Foothill College students, one instructor and six Bay Area veterinarians are scheduled to perform small-animal surgeries on pets Sunday.

The surgeries will include spay and neuter procedures on rabbits, hamsters, guinea pigs, rats and mice, as well as teeth trimming on rabbits and a chinchilla. The animals are all clients of the Bay Area-based North Star Rescue and the Cavy Care Guinea Pig Shelter & Sanctuary of Sacramento, both nonprofit organizations. The surgical services are not available to the public, nor can the college accept walk-in animal patients.

The team donates its services and expertise to help the more than 20 small animals become more adoptable.

The animals do not have owners. Event organizers hope that after the surgical procedures, people will adopt them. Many of the patients are rats discovered in the home of a hoarder.

“Veterinary technology is a hands-on job, and students must receive hands-on training to fully master the concepts we teach in the classroom,” said Foothill College Veterinary Technology instructor Sandra Gregory, R.V.T., M.Ed., who graduated from the Foothill Veterinary Technology program in 2001. “The more hands-on training they receive, the more qualified and confident professionals they’ll be when you and your sick or injured pet arrive at the veterinarian’s office.”

Under Gregory’s supervision and working with local veterinarians, the Foothill students from beginning to advanced levels will oversee numerous tasks at the event. Working as two-member teams, each pair will care for two to three animals during pre-op, operation and post-op phases.

“There are no other places that do what we do for small animals,” Gregory said. “There are many spay and neuter events for dogs and cats, but there is nothing like this for small animals at any other vet-tech school or university – nor is there a shelter that does surgeries on this level.”

The small-animal surgery experience is a unique learning opportunity for Foothill students. Participating in multiple surgical procedures is a rare experience that students can add to their professional resumes. In addition, the time students devote to the surgeries can be applied to the program’s required internship hours.

“Everyone benefits from this event – the rescue groups, the students, the animals and the veterinarians,” Gregory said.

If the animals were to undergo the operations at a shelter or private animal hospital, the costs could range from $100 to $300 per animal per procedure.

A combination of classroom lecture, lab assignments and on-site clinical experiences, the Foothill College Veterinary Technology program is one of seven such programs in California and the only one accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association Committee on Veterinary Technician Education & Activities.

Students who complete the 93-unit program earn an associate in science degree and are eligible for state licensing as a registered veterinary technician.

To be eligible for the two-year program’s admission process, students must complete general education and prerequisite courses.

For more information, visit foothill.edu/bio/programs/vettech.

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