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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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Mtn. View girls fall at home to Wilcox


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Mountain View High’s Jayme Hughes, looking to shoot, scored a team-high 10 points in Friday’s league loss to visiting Wilcox.

Her team lost its league opener 57-41, yet Mountain View High girls basketball coach Judy Auclair wasn’t discouraged by the way the Spartans played Friday against visiting Wilcox.

“I thought we did a pretty good job tonight,” said Auclair, who expects the Chargers (11-1 overall) to go undefeated in the SCVAL De Anza Division. “Our girls are feeling really good about this game and what they’ve done. Everyone else is getting beat by 30 points against them. That’s a great compliment to these young ladies – that they stuck with it.”

Wilcox’s superior size bothered the Spartans (7-5 overall) on both ends of the court. Led by imposing 6-foot-4 senior Joesetta Fatuesi, who recently committed to the University of Utah, the Chargers scored several times inside and made Mountain View think twice about venturing into the paint.

“It was tough covering all those tall girls,” Auclair said, “and we were a little afraid of driving in on them.”

The Spartans got off to a sluggish start – down 12-4 midway through the first quarter – but showed signs of life late in the second period. They turned a 26-12 deficit into a nine-point game with 1:48 remaining in the half. Sophomore guard Jayme Hughes scored half of her team-high 10 points during the run.

“Jayme has been sick/tired and made only two practices this week, but she did the best she could,” Auclair said.

Wilcox regained control in the third quarter, scoring the first eight points.

Forward Karen Kauffman broke the streak by making a flip shot on a drive down the middle for Mountain View. The sophomore totaled seven points.

The Chargers countered with a trey by Fatuesi – her second of the night – for a 42-22 advantage with 4:49 left in the period.

Mountain View responded with a 7-0 run highlighted by Hughes’ second 3-pointer of the game.

The Spartans wouldn’t get closer than 14 points the rest of the way and found themselves down 55-34 after Fatuesi scored inside with 4:50 left to play. She finished with 12 points.

Mountain View made 14 of 46 shots from the field Friday.

“Our shots just didn’t fall,” said Auclair, whose squad committed 21 turnovers.

The Chargers turned the ball over 20 times and connected on 22 of 49 shots. They nailed eight treys, three courtesy of guard Caitlin Brown (11 points total).

The Spartans are slated to host Milpitas 6:15 p.m. Friday.


2013 girls basketball: Mountain View High School - Photos by Ellie Van  Houtte/Town Crier

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