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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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Rolling on the river: Scenic Columbia tour offers history, hikes and waterfalls


Eren Göknar/Special to the Town Crier
The Columbia River’s Bonneville Lock and Dam, built circa 1933, attracts engineering enthusiasts.

The spectacular view from the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area will stay with you long after you’ve returned home.

If you’re anywhere near Portland, Ore., make time to travel along the grand waterway to see the amazing waterfalls from Troutdale to Dodson. Guided outfitters shepherd hikers through, or you can drive the historic Columbia River Highway, stopping at each of the parking areas to hike the trails up. Cute bed and breakfasts pop up along the route, and there’s plenty of antiquing as well.

Stop first at Crown Point’s Vista House, an art-deco building built circa 1917 as a “haven for travelers,” according to a plaque on the wall. The house also serves as a memorial to the Oregon pioneers who first saw the Cascade Range and majestic Mount Hood in the distance.

The Vista House is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is designated a National Natural Landmark. The structure’s floors are made of Alaskan marble. Friends of Vista House, a nonprofit organization, runs a gift shop that sells history books and souvenirs as well as an espresso bar for the caffeine-deprived.

Once you leave Crown Point, follow the greenery for the next five miles or so to several beautiful falls – Latourell, Shepperd’s Dell, Bridal Veil and Wahkeena.

Several picnic tables and state parks along the way invite visitors to take in the views and perhaps stop for a bite to eat.

Before long, you’ll reach the awe-inspiring, 620-foot Multnomah Falls. Trails lead from the Multnomah Falls Lodge to the lower falls, and from there to the summit. A 1914 footbridge spans both sides of the mountain. The signature waterfall attracts hordes of visitors in the summer, so be prepared to wait for parking.

Back on Highway 84, you’ll pass Horsetail Falls, which is so close to the highway that it might shower your car.

Engineering enthusiasts and children might appreciate a stop at Bonneville Lock and Dam, built in 1933 and run by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. A project of President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal, portions of the project were declared a National Historic Landmark in 1987.

Approximately 40 miles east of Portland, the area boasts a gift shop and an educational center. A fish-ladder viewing window enables visitors to watch the salmon, steelhead sturgeon and other species. The ladder allows adult fish to return to spawning grounds beyond the dam.

For more information, visit the Columbia River Gorge Visitors Association at crgva.org.

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