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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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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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