Community briefsRefreshing new moniker
Welcome to Mountain Dew, California.
The folks at Weather.com have accidentally renamed our fine city after a soft drink.
When you type a Mountain View zip code into Weather.com, it lists "Mountain Dew Ames Resource Center" as the nearest weather station. They somehow managed to make two goof-ups in our neighboring NASA center's name, as NASA Ames is a research center, not a resource center.
Resident Bruce Karney was amused. About 10 years ago Karney wrote an April Fools story along these lines, in which the city gets paid to rename itself Mountain Dew, California, solving the city's budget problems.
"I haven't contacted Weather.com to ask them to change it. I'm sort of enjoying seeing it for now," Karney said.
The gaff has remained on the site over a week, although we expect it won't last after this is published. It can be seen at snipurl.com/15rbi.
Meals for hungry kids
Families who depend on free or reduced-price meals during the school year can get help feeding their children during the summer months, thanks to Second Harvest Food Bank.
The Mountain View feeding site is at Castro Elementary School and will serve breakfast and lunch to children under 18 through the end of July.
"We understand that many families who rely on these meals during the school year may be having a difficult time feeding their children right now," said Cindy McCown, senior director of Programs and Services at Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties. "We want to make sure everyone knows there are resources available."
There are a number of summer feeding programs for children in Santa Clara County. Call Second Harvest Food Bank's Food Connection hotline at 1-800-984-FOOD (3663) to find the nearest one, or get information on other food assistance programs. The hotline is available Monday through Friday, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., in English, Spanish, and Vietnamese.
Lost hiker rescued by local guardsmen
Moffett-based Air National Guardsmen spent their Fourth of July morning successfully rescuing a hiker who was lost for two days in the El Dorado National forest.
The hiker, 54-year-old Lauren Ellen DeLaTorre, became lost on July 2 near Pioneer, California and was without water, food and warm clothing for 32 hours, the National Guard reports. Shortly after 9 a.m., DeLaTorre was spotted in a remote area by guardsmen aboard a helicopter who then climbed "steep and rocky terrain" to rescue her. Suffering from "extreme fatigue" and dehydration, she was flown to a nearby command post where she was reunited with her family and treated for minor injuries.
The Moffett-based 129th Air Rescue Squadron happened to have its helicopters nearby after having participated in a Fourth of July celebration in Lake Tahoe earlier in the morning.
"With lost hiker searches, you hope for the best but prepare yourself for the worst," said aircraft commander Capt. Nathan Nowaski in a press release. "It was extremely gratifying to find the missing hiker and get her back to her family safely."
— Daniel DeBolt