Author with local roots talks latest mystery book, 'Snowed Under'


Author and former Los Altos resident Mary Feliz aims to transport readers away from the summer heat in her new book set in a Lake Tahoe ski cabin.

“Snowed Under” (Kensington’s Lyrical Press, 2020) is the sixth book in Feliz’s Maggie McDonald Mysteries series, which centers on professional-organizer-turned-amateur-detective Maggie McDonald. The stories in the series are all set in either the Bay Area or locations familiar to local residents, such as Monterey Bay and Lake Tahoe.

Pet Pause: How owners can recognize and treat anxiety in dogs


Anxiety and phobias are common in dogs and often result from not learning to habituate to novel environments and experiences during the first six to eight months of life.

Cornell Fowler: Longtime resident made connections

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Mr. Fowler

Whether it was the Kiwanis Club of Los Altos, the Day Worker Center of Mountain View or the Boss Barbell Club, Cornell Fowler seemed to make connections wherever he went.

Those who knew him are now mourning the loss of a man they say brought people together. Mr. Fowler, 64, died at El Camino Hospital May 12 after suffering multiple strokes.

Local photographer produces 'Postcards from the Porch' series

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Photographer Jennifer Townhill keeps her distance as she shoots a family portrait. She’s been taking photographs through windows and doorways during the pandemic.

Jennifer Townhill’s job as a photographer has been put on hold during the coronavirus pandemic, but it hasn’t stopped her from taking photos. She’s connecting with her subjects from a safe distance.

For more than two weeks, the Los Altos resident has been visiting the homes of local families and photographing them through their windows and doorways.

Making a difference: Los Altos foundation's Rapid Response Fund supports communities

This is the second in a two-part series highlighting the work of the Heising-Simons Foundation and its expanding focus amid the global health crisis.


Los Altos vet featured in Hormel film festival

Chuck Baker, second from right, leads a group of veterans in a weekly breakfast gathering that inspired a film.

World War II veteran pilot Chuck Baker of Los Altos is the subject of a short film that premiered last week as part of the Hormel Foods Film Festival, an online event featuring six profiles.

Baker, 101, whose adventures have been featured on occasion in the Town Crier, stars in the film “Chuck Baker’s Table of Honor.” He is interviewed with four other veterans – all serving in different branches of the military – who had been gathering every week at a local restaurant to share stories.

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