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  • 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


    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


    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


    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?

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