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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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KENNETH A. HAUKOM

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Kenneth A. Haukom passed away peacefully in Los Altos on November 7, 2013. He and his family and many friends celebrated his 100th birthday in July.

Born July 18, 1913, in Conrad, Montana, Ken was the third child of Edward and Clara Haukom. The family including sister, Evelyn, and brother, Jack, had moved to Conrad from their native Minnesota to homestead the land. Later the family ran the Conrad Mercantile Company. In 1921, after Ken’s mother became ill as a result of the influenza epidemic, the family returned to Hayfield, Minnesota. Following graduation from Hayfield High School in 1931, Ken attended Rochester Jr. College and the University of Minnesota.

Adventure called in 1936, and Ken set out to see the world on a Norwegian tanker. He photographed the coastline of Japan and the images were used by the U.S. War Department as war clouds were forming around the world. Ken returned from his travels and attended the University of California, Berkeley where he graduated in 1939. In 1940 he worked for Bethlehem Steel as an estimator and later became Chief Scheduling and Progress Engineer for Permanente Metals Corporation, which built 420 ships for the U.S. Maritime Commission.

On Christmas Day, 1940, Ken married Beverly, his longtime sweetheart from Minnesota. They settled in the East Bay where they had two children and were very active in the community, schools, and church. In 1997, Beverly passed away. They had been married nearly 57 years.

Ken joined Brown, Pacific, Maxon in 1946, a sub-contractor responsible for building the airport, hospital, roads, and housing on Guam after WWII. In 1956, Ken began working for Magna Engineering in Menlo Park, and he chose to move his young family to Los Altos. One more career move followed in 1958, when he joined Lockheed Missiles and Space in Sunnyvale where he worked for twenty years retiring in 1978.

Ken was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church, and active at the Los Altos Senior Center, and the Mid-Peninsula Widows and Widowers Association. At “WW” thirteen years ago Ken met Bess Whitaker and over the years Ken and Bess shared faith, family, friends, travel, sports, bridge, dining and dancing.

His advice was always to stay Involved and to keep your focus on Faith, Family, and Friends.

Ken is survived by son, Ken Haukom, Jr. (Vicki), daughter, Karen Reid (Kirk), grandchildren, Chris, Kevin, Kyla, and Kenneth and great-grandchildren, Hannah and Reid.

A memorial service will be held at Immanuel Lutheran Church, 1715 Grant Road, Los Altos on Friday, November 22, 2013, at 2:00 pm.

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Mission Endowment Fund of Immanuel Lutheran Church of Los Altos, California.

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