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  • Wednesday, Feb 26 2014 06:00 AM

    Guest Commentary: Discovering the Pacific Crest Trail


    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


    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?


    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?

  • Wednesday, Feb 05 2014 06:00 AM

    A Memo from the City Manager: City works hard to make best use of water

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    At a recent City Council meeting, I asked our Interim Public Works Director, Jon Curry, to briefly address the Council about the current drought conditions and what it may mean for the city's water supply. Jon is our former Utility Manager and is a board member of the California Rural Water Association and he was well prepared to summarize the current and future water issues facing our city. I will do my best to summarize his presentation but I also want to share some of the exciting initiatives underway at the city with respect to water conservation.

  • Wednesday, Feb 05 2014 06:00 AM

    Now & Then: Tehachapi and crime

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    Reports of crime -- and arrests -- seem to be a big part of local news lately.

    Waking to the noise of a helicopter searching the downtown area last Saturday night was a surprise, though.

  • Wednesday, Feb 05 2014 06:00 AM

    The Human Scene: An equal opportunity irritation

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    I don't want to live in a world governed by liberals (or Progressives, if you prefer.) Now that I have irritated some and made some smile and nod your heads, here's more. I don't want to live in a world governed by conservatives. That leaves only a small group that is not irritated. So here goes. I don't want to live in a world governed by moderates.

  • Wednesday, Feb 05 2014 06:00 AM

    Tech Wire: Alert: are you still running Windows XP?


    On August 24, 2001, Microsoft released the best version of Windows and the absolute best computing experience at that time. When Windows XP was introduced, it shaped the way we use our computers including the demand we never knew we would have in terms of the software and hardware in the home and business. However, Windows XP is now over 12 years old, and like any other piece of software, whether it is popular or not, its lifespan is running out.

  • Wednesday, Jan 29 2014 08:28 AM

    Now & Then: Time to think about water conservation

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    I happened to drive past the Holiday Inn on a recent weekend day and noticed a woman sitting by the pool in a swimsuit. In January. Who in Tehachapi would have ever imagined this would be possible?

  • Wednesday, Jan 29 2014 06:00 AM

    Tech Wire: How to 'theft proof' your smart device


    Our smartphones and tablets have become an important part of our lives. As we begin to add more apps that store more of our personal information and as we begin to dump our computers in favor of smart devices, it becomes an item that is almost as precious as our wallets, if not more so.

  • Wednesday, Jan 22 2014 06:00 AM

    Guest Commentary: Lessons learned from Golden Hills recall effort

    During the process of the Golden Hills Community Services District recall, several of us working on getting signatures and answering questions got quite an education and not the one you might think.

  • Wednesday, Jan 22 2014 06:00 AM

    Guest Commentary: Crime is down in Tehachapi, let's keep it that way!

    As the newly hired Crime Prevention Officer for the Tehachapi Police Department, I'd like to introduce myself to the community. My name is Teri Cryer and I am your community resource for education on crime prevention, neighborhood watch programs, community outreach programs and much more. I will be writing a monthly article on relevant crime prevention topics that affect our city.

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