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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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All-American boy


courtesy of Katy Yeager
Los Altos residents Brian Yeager (left), Danny Yeager (right) and Kelly McConnell (top) competed in last month’s USATF National Junior Olympic Track & Field Championships in North Carolina. Brian earned All-America honors in the decathlon and high jump.

Reluctant decathlete Brian Yeager has no regrets about competing in the event at last month’s USATF National Junior Olympic Track & Field Championships in North Carolina. The Los Altos resident finished eighth in his division, earning All-America honors.

“I did well,” said Yeager, who went against 18 other decathletes in the Intermediate Boys division (ages 15-16). “I think I’ll stick with it.”

Yeager took up the decathlon – comprising 10 events, from running to throwing to jumping – in the spring with some prodding from coach Dave Barth and older brother Danny Yeager, who along with fellow Los Altos resident Kelly McConnell also participated in the national meet.

“Brian did not even want to compete in the decathlon this summer, so to finish as an All-American is tremendous,” said Barth, co-head coach of the Los Altos-based Fox Athletics track club.

That wasn’t the only medal Brian won at the meet, held July 22-28 at North Carolina A&T State University. He finished eighth in the high jump to notch the final All-America spot in that event as well.

“For Brian to earn All-American in the decathlon and then come back later in the week and do it again in high jump is an incredible accomplishment,” Barth said.

Brian cleared 6 feet, 1 inch in the high jump – an inch shy of his personal record.

“I was happy with that,” said Brian, entering his junior year at Los Altos High.

Brian added that he was proudest of his performance in the 110-meter hurdles as part of the decathlon, held over the first two days of the meet in hot and humid conditions. He finished first in the race with a personal-best time of 15.86 seconds.

“That was great,” said Brian, who beat his previous-best time by 1/500th of a second. “I hadn’t practiced (the 110 hurdles) in over a month.”

Brian notched two more top-five finishes in the decathlon – in the high jump (second) and long jump (fourth). He totaled 4,901 points.

Brother Danny and McConnell finished 14th (5,870 points) and 26th (5,038), respectively, in the Young Men division (17-18) decathlon.

“Making it to nationals is a great accomplishment,” Barth said. “The fact that Danny and Kelly both finished in the top 30 in the Young Men (division) makes our coaching staff very proud.”

Danny graduated from Los Altos High in May; McConnell is entering his senior year.

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