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Active Rancho puma population prompts Midpen panther primer

Courtesy of Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District
A Midpeninsula Regional Open Space trail cam shows a passing mountain lion along a Rancho San Antonio Open Space Preserve path in September. Midpen biologists believe at least one mountain lion calls Rancho home.

American lion. Catamount. Fire cat. Panther. Puma.

An impressive geographic range spanning from Southern Canada to the southernmost portions of Argentina and Chile has earned the mountain lion countless monikers throughout history. Regardless of name, however, local wildlife officials want Bay Area residents to respect this graceful predator and remain cognizant of the cats living within Rancho San Antonio Open Space Preserve, which borders Los Altos.

Region prepares for a wet January

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Umbrellas were the order of the day on Castro Street in downtown Mountain View Jan. 4, below. The National Weather Service announced a flood advisory for coastal communities and the greater Bay Area through noon Thursday. Megan V. Winslow/ Town Crier

A major rainstorm finally hit Los Altos and surrounding areas last week, replenishing water supplies after years of drought that led to dead grass and conservation mandates.

The storm, which the National Weather Service called a “once-in-10-year event,” drenched the Peninsula. Santa Clara Valley Water District officials, however, said they were prepared.

Claudia Coleman: Volunteer, philanthropist takes the 'LEAD'

Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier

When Claudia Coleman left Hewlett-Packard Co. in 1991, she was a highly successful sales and marketing executive. Her 20 years at HP included lots of strategic planning. But the Los Altos resident, ironically, had no plans for how to spend life after HP.

2016 Year in Review

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Surprise election results underlined the year’s news, not only at the presidential level, but also in both the Los Altos and Los Altos Hills City Council races.

County pursues federal National Heritage designation

With the number of audience members equaling the representatives behind the dais, Rod Diridon was reluctant to let a potential speaker slip away – even if he happened to be attending the wrong meeting Thursday night.

“That’s the Human Relations Commission, but you’re welcome to make a comment here before you leave,” Diridon said to the confused man behind the lectern. “How do you feel about the heritage in the area?”

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