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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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Former camper laments loss of nature program: Guest Opinion


Close your eyes and think back to that one remarkable camp experience you wished could last forever, where you met new people and discovered things you didn’t know about yourself. How quickly would you decide to relive it?

I remember my camp experience 10 years ago at Redwood Grove Nature Camp as if it were yesterday. Keith Gutierrez led the camp, enlightening campers about the towering redwoods and the ways the Ohlone Indians survived off the land in years past.

“Ranger Keith” had an enthusiasm for nature that cannot be replicated. Once he left Redwood Grove in 2008, the camp lacked the magic he brought to it.

Gutierrez has worked as a nature guide, teacher and enthusiast for more than 34 years, showing children all over the Bay Area how to stay in touch with and appreciate nature and past cultures. In addition to his time at Redwood Grove, he has worked at Hidden Villa and Deer Hollow Farm, sharing his passion for nature with tens of thousands of children.

Gutierrez now organizes school presentations and oversees summer camps. For the past five years, I have been a camp counselor at his A Touch of the Earth Summer Day Camps, where I have been able to relive and replay my childhood memories.

In recent years, attendance at the camps has declined, and there is now a possibility that this institution of learning could disappear and the experience I had when I was young could end.

Please join me in the fight to help save Gutierrez’ nature camps. As we become a more technologically crazed society, we begin to lose touch with nature and all it has to offer.

A former camper recently wrote to Gutierrez about how his experiences at nature camps shaped who he is today:

“... Thank you for giving me such an amazing opportunity to attend camp at Redwood Grove. You provided me with my favorite camp experience of my childhood, and I have not and will never forget the joy of running free through the creek and eating the succulent blackberries.

“My last year as a camper also turned out to be your last year as caretaker, and now that I’m working for the city as a counselor, I see just how much has changed ... Even though the kids I see every week will never be as lucky to be shown nature through your eyes, I was lucky enough to be given that privilege, and for that I cannot thank you enough.”

Nico Noriega attends Archbishop Mitty High School.

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