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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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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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Logan's run of records may not be over yet


Courtesy of Mark Logan
Los Altos High graduate Paige Logan, left, is closing in on Caltech’s record for career kills in volleyball. She holds two school records in track and field, shot put and hammer.

Paige Logan’s days of being a three-sport athlete are over, so the Los Altos native intends to make the most of the two she will play in her upcoming senior year at Caltech.

Logan, who had to give up basketball last year due to concussions, aims to add to her list of school records in track and field and leave her mark in volleyball as well.

The Los Altos High graduate said she is “close to breaking a couple of career records in volleyball” at Caltech, an NCAA Division III college in Pasadena. Ranked second all-time in kills and blocks, Logan is optimistic about reaching the top spot in the former.

“I’ve been playing middle blocker and some back row,” she said. “Next year I may play outside hitter and get a few more kills.”

The team captain led Caltech in kills (159) and blocks (53) last fall and finished fifth in digs (33). Logan was one of the few bright spots on a squad that had little to cheer about last season. The Beavers went 0-17 in the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference and 1-21 overall.

“Winning one (match) was actually good,” she said. “We didn’t win any my sophomore year.”

Logan’s spring track season proved more fruitful as far as wins go, though most of them came individually in the shot put, discus and hammer events.

That success hasn’t swayed her to favor track over volleyball.

“They’re pretty even – I like doing both,” Logan said. “Volleyball is great – I like the team aspect. Track is a team sport, too, but it’s nice to have results depend on you.”

Logan holds two of Caltech’s throwing records and is closing in on another. She reset her shot put record four times last season – it now stands at 41 feet, 9 inches – and heaved the hammer a school-best 138 feet. Logan is within 2 feet of her goal to set the school record in the discus and wants to shatter her hammer mark.

“I want to break 150 in the hammer,” she said. “I’m trying to go from two to three spins, which should add considerable distance to my throws.”

Free throws, however, are something Logan no longer has to concentrate on. She was forced to give up basketball her junior year after suffering a fourth concussion.

“Four is more than enough,” said Logan, concussed three times on the basketball court and once while snowboarding with the basketball team. “But it’s hard to give it up, because I’ve played basketball a really long time.”

Logan added that she began wearing a padded headband for volleyball last season to help prevent further concussions.

“It’s not too bad,” she said of the headgear.

Logan will need that noggin to fulfill her academic goals. A double major (geophysics, environmental science and engineering) on track to graduate next spring, Logan said she wants to pursue a doctorate in physical oceanography or a related field.

Boasting a 3.6 GPA, Logan earned SCIAC scholar-athlete awards for volleyball and track her junior year.

“That was cool,” she said. “I won it last year as well and forgot about it.”

Logan is spending the summer as an intern at a marine science institution in Massachusetts. There will be no time to return home – her fellowship ends Aug. 23 and volleyball practice starts three days later.

But that’s OK with Logan, who doesn’t care much for downtime.

“I get antsy,” she said.

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