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News

SPLAT targets data, outreach as airplane noise continues

SPLAT targets data, outreach as airplane noise continues


Graphic courtesy of Don Gardner
Activists claim that a new SFO flight path leaves a “sound shadow” that impacts Los Altos and Los Altos Hills.

Sky Posse Los Altos Team – more simply known as SPLAT – seeks to squelch the noise...

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Schools

Los Altos High student-run charity plans '5 Gallon Gala'

Los Altos High student-run charity plans '5 Gallon Gala'


Courtesy of Lia Evard
Water by Youth members gave Egan students a chance to carry a 40-pound Jerry can, to see how difficult it is to obtain water in developing nations.

Water by Youth, a club at Los Altos High School, is making a splash by pla...

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Community

What would you do with a box of cookies? Local Girls Scouts help Tanzanian orphanage

What would you do with a box of cookies? Local Girls Scouts help Tanzanian orphanage


Courtesy of Alicia Madden
Sales of local Girl Scout cookies support service projects, such as funding an orphanage in the village of Mto wa Mbu in Tanzania.

Girl Scout cookies – whether you think of them as a treat, a tradition or a diet comp...

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Sports

Scoreless spells sink LA boys

Scoreless spells sink LA boys


Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Los Altos High point guard Nolan Brennan attempts a shot in Friday’s game versus Palo Alto. He scored eight points in the loss.

There have been several games this season in which the Los Altos High boys basketball t...

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Comment

New 'York' values

New 'York' values


Hughes

 

As we have witnessed California suffer through one of its worst droughts in history over the past few years, all of us, I’m sure, have been keenly aware of our surroundings and have done a small part in trying to conserve wa...

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Special Sections

Getting a charge  out of the Volt

Getting a charge out of the Volt


Courtesy of Chevrolet
The 2016 Chevrolet Volt can be driven up to 50 miles on the power stored in its batteries.

Just five years ago, we wondered in this column what the power supply would be for the car of the future. Gasoline, diesel, electric ba...

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Business

Nearing V-Day: Shops stock sweets, treats

Nearing V-Day: Shops stock sweets, treats


Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Los Altos resident Ella Roosakos, 11, with her mother, Gail, puzzles over which Gourmet Works sweets to buy as a valentine for Ella’s friend.

The gift-buying rush isn’t exclusive to Christmas. It may jump over...

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People

ALAN RODNEY MILLS

ALAN RODNEY MILLS

Alan Rodney Mills, PhD, 83, of Los Altos passed away peacefully on Saturday, January 30th, 2016. He was born in Rochdale, England in 1933 and came to California in 1962. He was a proud alumni of Manchester Grammar in England, University of Liverpoo...

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Stepping Out

PYT 'Gets Famous'

PYT 'Gets Famous'


Lyn Flaim Healy/Spotlight Moments Photography
Renee Vetter of Palo Alto, left, and Megan Foreman of Los Altos star in Peninsula Youth Theatre’s “Judy Moody Gets Famous.” Performances are scheduled Friday and Saturday.

Peninsula...

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Spiritual Life

A time to prepare: Fasting for Lent isn't limited to food

 

Today is Ash Wednesday, which in the Christian calendar marks the beginning of Lent – the 40 days of preparation for Resurrection Sunday, otherwise known as Easter.

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Inside Mountain View

New right-to-lease ordinance promises relief for renters

New right-to-lease ordinance promises relief for renters


Mountain View Tenants Coalition/Facebook
Residents gather in the fall to protest Mountain View’s rising rents. Rent relief is on the way in the form of a new ordinance.

A controversial Mountain View law requiring landlords to provide lease opt...

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Aggressive coyotes concern longtime local hiker


Bruce Barton/Town Crier
Los Altos Hills resident Stephen Grant said he has been seeing coyotes out and acting more aggressively lately. He and his dog, Rocky, left, have encountered coyotes while hiking at Byrne Preserve three times in a two and a half week period.

Los Altos Hills resident Stephen Grant wants to spread the word that coyotes are acting more aggressively than he has ever experienced.

The avid trail walker has personal experience to prove his point. When approached by three coyotes on a Byrne Preserve trail behind Westwind Barn Oct. 21, it marked the third time in the past two and a half weeks he and his dog, Rocky, had been confronted by the animals at the same spot on the trail.

Neither Grant, a 19-year Los Altos Hills resident, nor his gentle Labrador Retriever have been harmed in the encounters, but he doesn’t want to press his luck nor does he want other hikers to press theirs.

“I’m not going to be going down there anytime soon,” said Grant, who had been walking the trail virtually every week since moving to the area. Although the town had posted two small signs on a fence at the preserve border along Altamont Road, Grant doesn’t think that’s sufficient warning. He also noted that the vagueness in the message leaves hikers with no idea when the signs were put up or when the danger might pass.

City Clerk Deborah Padovan said the town would add signs with more specific wording that discourage hiking with dogs on the trails for the months during coyote pup-rearing season – April through October.

Investigation of coyote sightings in nature preserves is the purview of the California Department of Fish & Game. Santa Clara County Vector Control handles sightings in urban environments. Padovan said she’s received additional recent calls about coyotes.

“We always want people to call 911 when it’s happening,” she said. “It’s hard to find the coyotes (after the fact).”

Jose Colome, a community resources specialist with vector control, said his records show one coyote sighting in the Bryne Preserve area reported last month. If requested, Colome said a vector control technician would inspect the area to confirm the number of animals and evaluate if they are behaving abnormally. His agency would then contact Fish & Game, which has jurisdiction.

Colome said coyotes, while normally shy, would act more aggressively to protect other pack members.

He advised hikers to be careful with trash, which attracts animals and to educate themselves about coyote hazing. Similar to run-ins with bears or cougars, hazing amounts to scaring the animals by making eye contact, loud noises and waving arms to convey a threat.

Grant said he did exactly that, in addition to blowing a whistle, but the coyotes were slow to move away. He added that he would like local authorities to take the issue more seriously.

For more information, visit sccvector.org.

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