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  • Wednesday, Apr 02 2014 06:00 AM

    Now & Then: If it's springtime it must be snowing

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    As we go to press mid-day Monday, we have a blue sky but we're told that we may get snow at the pass level and the very welcome recent storm did bring snow to our higher elevations.

  • Wednesday, Mar 19 2014 06:00 AM

    Tech Wire: Protecting your online identity

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    We have all heard the stories about identity theft and how it has caused those affected by it to be set back, financially, for years. While we all take steps to protect ourselves against identity theft, while many are not even aware of their online identity. Your online identity, left unprotected, can be very damaging. It can cause you to lose or not get offered a job, lose your public confidence, lose business and have damaging gossip spread about you.

  • Wednesday, Mar 12 2014 06:00 AM

    Guest Commentary: Corrections: one of the toughest beats in America

    Throughout my law enforcement career, I have had countless people from all walks of life thank my partners and I for the job we do, for being cops, and for protecting their families. I have always tried to keep things in perspective and to remember that I am a public servant and that my badge represents the public's trust in me to do the right thing. Firefighters are thanked on a regular basis for their heroism, and the risks they take to protect lives and property throughout their careers as well. There are many facets to public service and for the most part, public servants serve with honor and integrity

  • Wednesday, Mar 12 2014 06:00 AM

    Public Safety Talk: How to protect yourself from counterfeiters

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    There have been recent occurrences of counterfeit money being used at local Tehachapi Businesses. The solution? Educate ourselves on how to detect a counterfeit bill and what to do if you receive one. Businesses and individuals are not reimbursed for counterfeits, so when they unknowingly accept one, they are forced to absorb the loss of that numeric amount, not to mention the overall negative affect it has on our nation's economy.

  • Wednesday, Mar 12 2014 06:00 AM

    Tech Wire: Cyber Bullying: approaches parents can take to prevent it

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    Part 2 of 2

    There are three different approaches that a parent can take when trying to prevent cyber bullying

  • Wednesday, Mar 12 2014 06:00 AM

    Guest Commentary: Dye Natatorium: one of Tehachapi's treasures

    Greetings Tehachapi, our New Year is well under way! Make any New Year's Resolutions? Exercise and diet are always chart toppers, they made mine in 2010. I needed to exercise my foot after a reconstructive surgery, to regain my strength and mobility. An article in the Tehachapi News announced the reopening of the Dye Natatorium, after completion of a major renovation. Perfect! I showed the article to my husband, and we went the next night.

  • Wednesday, Mar 05 2014 06:00 AM

    Tech Wire: Cyber Bullying: what it is and how to protect yourself

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    We live in a world where the Internet is all around us. Because everything nowadays is faster, more portable and accessible almost anywhere we go, many always have access to the Internet and, ultimately, the anonymity it provides. But what happens when those who wish to do wrong to others take advantage of the anonymity that the Internet provides in order to harass, belittle and literally "attack" others? This had lead to a behavior called "cyber bullying?"

  • Wednesday, Feb 26 2014 06:00 AM

    Tech Wire: Cutting the (TV) cord

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    In this day and age, the smaller, more portable, faster, convenient and "smarter" something is, the more attractive it is. It appears that the terminology of modern-day technology has evolved quicker than we can begin to understand it. There are ways we can improve on the smart technology our TV has, resulting in "cutting the cord." The term "cutting the cord" stems from those who have TVs that are so "smart," that the cable or satellite provider is no longer needed. With TVs providing Internet access and other devices available that offer streaming and apps, the Cable company or satellite provider may not be justified for its price.

  • Wednesday, Feb 26 2014 06:00 AM

    Guest Commentary: Discovering the Pacific Crest Trail

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    I did it! I finally did it. I hiked a portion of the Pacific Crest Trail and can now join the list of thousands of others who have stoically marched on this trail through heat and cold and pain and thirst, those looking for the meaning of life or just life's simple pleasures.

  • Wednesday, Feb 19 2014 06:00 AM

    The Human Scene: There's a price on practically everything

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    "They say" that "money can't buy happiness. but it can buy a much more pleasant grade of misery."

    The truth is, there is a price on just about everything. (Significant detail in this article is from a recent book by Michael Sandel, "What Money Can't Buy," Farrar, Strauss and Garaux, New York, 2012.)

  • Wednesday, Feb 19 2014 06:00 AM

    Tech Wire: How a 'server' can benefit your business

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    You might have heard the term "server" used in the past. Your experience with the term "server" may not be a pleasant one. When you think of "server", sentences such as "cannot connect to server" and "server timed out" may be the first thing you think of. However, servers are actually everywhere on the Internet, and we use them all of the time, whether we know it or not.

  • Wednesday, Feb 12 2014 06:00 AM

    Tech Wire: Is a Macintosh right for you?

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    In almost all walks of life, there are rivalries. In the MLB, it's the Yankees and Red Sox. In the NBA, it's the Lakers and Celtics. In the NFL, it's the 49ers and the Cowboys. In the world of computers, the long-time rivalry has always been Macintosh and Windows. Since Windows 8 has, so far, been a complete failure in winning over the public acceptance, is it time to jump ship to Macintosh?

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