Crisis negotiators prevent Highway 101 suicide in Mountain View

Crisis negotiators prevent Highway 101 suicide in Mountain View

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Los Altos girls get by Mtn. View again on cross-country course

Los Altos girls get by Mtn. View again on cross-country course

The Los Altos High girls cross-country team is so ...

Keep these rules in mind when riding with traffic

Keep these rules in mind when riding with traffic

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Students build hand-sanitizing stations for local businesses

Students build hand-sanitizing stations for local businesses

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A hands-free hand-san...
Plant and pots store in downtown Los Altos chugs along

Plant and pots store in downtown Los Altos chugs along

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Chinelo D...

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Genesis GV80 is a stunner

Genesis GV80 is a stunner

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The Genesis GV80, the first SUV from Hyundai’s luxury brand, offers ample power, comfort and style – all for...

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Mary Ellen Kindt McKenzie

Mary Ellen Kindt McKenzie

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Mary Ellen Kindt McKenzie (Ellen), died peacefully in her sleep on Sunday, January 24, 2021, age 92, while in hospice in Chico, CA.

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Waste disposal events slated for Mountain View

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Mountain View residents can take advantage of two free waste disposal events this week, one for electronic items and the other for paper products.

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Indoor dining, gyms return as county moves to red tier

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Indoor dining, gyms return as county moves to red tier
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Diners eat outdoor in downtown Los Altos last June. Beginning today, indoor dining can resume in Santa Clara County.

A number of COVID-19 restrictions are loosening beginning today, including the return of indoor dining and the reopening of gyms, because Santa ...

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Los Altos teen co-stars in Netflix series, aims to be role model for others with disabilities

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Los Altos teen co-stars in Netflix series, aims to be role model for others with disabilities
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Sophie Kim, right, co-stars in the series “The Healing Powers of Dude,” directed by Richie Keen, left.

Co-starring in the Netflix series “The Healing Powers of Dude,” Los Altos High School freshman Sophie Kim aspires to be a role model for other young people with disabil...

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Students build hand-sanitizing stations for local businesses

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Students build hand-sanitizing stations for local businesses
Marie Godderis/Town Crier
A hands-free hand-sanitizing station stand built by the Mountain View High School Creator Club sits at the entrance to Cranberry Scoop in downtown Los Altos.

The pandemic didn’t put a halt to Creator Club leaders Marika Ragnartz and Josie Penix’s drive to creatively e...

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Bay Area native with Hills connection appears on ‘Jeopardy!’, finishes third

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Bay Area native with Hills connection appears on ‘Jeopardy!’, finishes third
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Natalie Tyson, daughter of Los Altos Hills Vice Mayor George Tyson and Stephanie Tyson, appears on a recent episode of the popular game show, “Jeopardy!”

When guest “Jeopardy!” host Mike Richards announced the categories for “Double Jeopardy,” Natalie Tyson was instantl...

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From the Mayor's Desk: Los Altos City Council adopts its goals for 2021

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The Los Altos City Council held its 2021 priority-setting retreat Jan. 30. Council members discussed the issues they would like to tackle over the next three to five years. From that discussion, the council adopted the following eight 2021 goals at its Feb. 23 meeting:

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Getting to the Point: MVHS 3-sport athlete bound for U.S. Military Academy

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Getting to the Point: MVHS 3-sport athlete bound for U.S. Military Academy
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Mountain View High’s Tai Nguyen grabs hold of a Los Altos High wrestler during a league match last season.

Mountain View High senior Tai Nguyen’s athletic background should serve him well in college, whether he joins a team or not. That’s because the three-sport athlete ...

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Los Altos girls get by Mtn. View again on cross-country course

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Los Altos girls get by Mtn. View again on cross-country course

The Los Altos High girls cross-country team is so far making the most of its shortened season, winning its first two league meets – both at the expense of rival Mountain View.

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Editorial: Lee Eng should reach out

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Los Altos City Councilmember Lynette Lee Eng may think silence is golden when it comes to her now very public dispute with local Black youth leader Kenan Moos. But for the rest of us, the silence is deafening.

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Letters to the Editor: Housing discussion, downtown litter

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Housing discussion should be transparent

The Feb. 17 Town Crier article “‘A lot of damage done’: Council members spar over dubious housing report” shows how little progress we are making in improving transparency in city government.

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Genesis GV80 is a stunner

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Genesis GV80 is a stunner
Mike Hagerty/Special to the Town Crier
The Genesis GV80, the first SUV from Hyundai’s luxury brand, offers ample power, comfort and style – all for approximately $70,000.

Three months after my review of the remarkable Genesis G90 sedan (Dec. 2 Town Crier), we now have more evidence that the lu...

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How to defrost an electric car

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As you walk to your car on a winter morning, you notice there is frost on the front windshield. This isn’t a big deal for most car owners – just start the car, let the engine heat up the coolant and turn on the defroster.

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New opportunity for small businesses to apply for PPP loans

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Small businesses in Los Altos have through March 10 to apply for additional Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans, U.S. Rep. Anna Eshoo’s office and the Los Altos Chamber of Commerce have announced. The new, limited application period applies to businesses of 20 employees or fewer.

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Plant and pots store in downtown Los Altos chugs along

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Plant and pots store in downtown Los Altos chugs along
Photos Courtesy of Raymundo Maldonado
Chinelo Design, a cozy shop full of plants, is located at the corner of State and Third streets in downtown Los Altos.

Tucked in a corner at State and Third streets, in between a law office and a skincare center, sits a cozy space full of plants.

“Not a l...

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Mary Ellen Kindt McKenzie

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Mary Ellen Kindt McKenzie

Mary Ellen Kindt McKenzie (Ellen), died peacefully in her sleep on Sunday, January 24, 2021, age 92, while in hospice in Chico, CA.

Ellen was born on June 24, 1928 in Kenosha Wisconsin. She is predeceased by her parents, George Marcus (Mark) Kindt and Nettie Titania (Tanie) Hill Kindt, brother, Ori...

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Captain Edward D. Clark

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Captain Edward D. Clark

Captain Edward Donald Clark, age 86, passed peacefully in his Los Altos, California home on August, 22, 2020. He was proceeded to his heavenly estate by his devoted wife, Barbara Jean DuBois, and his parents, Edward Clark and Mary Boshek. With fondness, Edward, recalled his experiences during the wa...

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CSMA features family duets this weekend

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CSMA features family duets this weekend
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CSMA will livestream a free performance Saturday featuring duets by families in its merit scholars program.

Mountain View’s Community School of Music and Arts this weekend presents a free livestream concert featuring its merit scholars performing family duets.

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TheatreWorks teams with Getty for free online reading of ‘Pandora’

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TheatreWorks Silicon Valley and The Getty Villa Museum are co-producing a virtual play reading of Laurel Ollstein’s “Pandora,” the story of Pandora’s Box, that is scheduled to be streamed for free through March 19.

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Experiment in syncing lets worshippers sing together from isolation

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Experiment in syncing lets worshippers sing together from isolation
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David Ing, bottom left, joins other worship leaders from Mountain View and across the region in “The Bay Area Blessing” this month. He’s a worship leader at Mountain View’s Compass Church.

In the annals of holiday Zoom events, the 60-church “The Bay Area Blessing”...

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Divisiveness of political discourse makes unity seem utopian

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Baha’i writings offer the following reflection.

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What families should know before adopting a pet during the pandemic

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What families should know before adopting a pet during the pandemic
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Omar Jimenez of Pets In Need feeds Sadie while Buddy watches.

With the family working and studying at home, and vacations pretty much on hold, the pandemic-induced lockdown may seem like the perfect time for an addition – of the four-legged variety – to the household.

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Ways to support the community in the time of the coronavirus

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Ways to support the community in the time of the coronavirus
Courtesy of Habitat for Humanity
Volunteers build a home for Habitat for Humanity East Bay/Silicon Valley.

Volunteering is at the heart of many local nonprofit organizations, which often rely on those willing to give their time and resources back to the community. However, the coronavirus pand...

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El Monte firefighters rescue inverted equine from ditch

El Monte fire station
Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Santa Clara County Fire Department firefighter engineer Jeff Brown, left, and Capt. Matthew Maxson display some of the large-animal evacuation equipment they used to help liberate a 16-year-old Arabian horse from a Milpitas drainage ditch on Easter. Their tools include a yellow fire hose, center, which rescuers tied around the horse’s hindquarters.

In the seven years since the Santa Clara County Fire Department’s El Monte Fire Station crew first assembled its cache of large-animal rescue equipment, firefighters have employed it for jobs ranging from extracting a deer from a fence to helping an immobile horse with cancer access medical treatment. On Easter, however, firefighters faced their most challenging animal rescue operation to date: liberating an upside-down, 900-pound Arabian mare from a drainage ditch.

“For us to get this horse out alive with just a couple of scratches was truly amazing,” said firefighter engineer Jeff Brown.

Brown and Capt. Matthew Maxson are among the El Monte Fire Station firefighters credited with helping to save the horse. They related their experience in a Town Crier interview conducted last week.

The emergency call came at approximately 6:15 p.m. April 1: A 16-year-old horse missing from Indian Hills Ranch in Milpitas for eight hours had been located in a 5-foot-deep ditch at the bottom of a fenced-in pasture, the firefighters said. A recent rainstorm caused erosion around the hole, and the animal was pinned beneath a 300-pound cement ball that once anchored a fence post near the drain. CAL FIRE crews on scene requested mutual aid from partner agencies with large-animal rescue experience, and a five-person team from the El Monte station and representatives from Santa Clara County Animal Care & Control, the Santa Clara County Large Animal Evacuation Team and the Spring Valley Volunteer Fire Department responded.

Moving quickly but carefully was critical; rescuers were cognizant of both the dwindling sunlight and the horse’s labored breathing.

“The longer they’re upside down, their bowels stop moving and they start generating a lot of methane in their bowels,” Maxson said. “And if it gets to be too much, the weight of their organs on their aorta begins to slow their blood flow and then the gas expansion in their digestive track will actually compress their diaphragm and make it so they can’t breathe.”

After cutting and hinging the fence post to reposition the cement ball, the rescuers tied a fire hose with a 6,500-pound rating around the horse’s hindquarters. The wide diameter of the hose would keep it from digging into the animal’s body. Spreading the load would prevent torqueing and twisting of the spine.

An eight-person haul team led by rescue specialist Brown righted the horse, and then the group set about removing it from the hole. They covered exposed roots and debris to guard the horse from injury and chiseled away at the embankment to create a ramp intended to help it walk out. But after at least three hours spent upside down, the animal was exhausted; it couldn’t hold its head up and buried its nose into the soft earth. Rescuers positioned broad straps over the horse’s withers and through its front legs and used a mechanical advantage system and plastic, sheet-sized slides to ease it out of the ditch. Once a veterinarian administered a medical cocktail injection, the horse perked up and walked back to the stables. The rescue operation concluded at approximately 10 p.m.

Maxson described the reunion between horse and owner as tearful and emotional. The woman declined to speak to reporters but told Santa Clara County Fire Department representatives the next day that her pet was doing well.

“It was just absolutely amazing that the animal survived given the extent of the entrapment and the duration of the event,” Maxson said. “I attribute it to everyone working hard and working well together.”

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