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Letters to the Editor

Water Shortage 01/23/2014

Bob Petersen

Why is it that, given the lack of rain, those in charge are talking about all the things that citizens can do to save water ? I would like an explanation of why all the reservoirs in the area are empty. These lakes were semi full to full at the end of the summer in 2013.< more

County’s Pick & Choose Encroachment Enforcement Laws 10/06/2013

Donald E Mason

I’m a 90 year old USMC WWII 100% disabled purple heart w/ a bronze star veteran who owns a cabin that I built with my brother back in 1965. I have a steep asphalt driveway that is being destroyed by … more

Government Shut Down 10/01/2013

Eleanor Wittrup

As I understand it, in order to pass (or repeal) a law in the U.S.A. you have to pass it by majority vote in the House AND the Senate and then the President has to sign the bill into law. … more

Recent Blogs

Cyber Safety 12/06/2016


The internet is the identity thief’s playground. Some have gone to great links to set up programs to scam you or obtain valuable information from you. Some of these hackers even invade your personal computer with what appears to be … more

FAQ About Our Dead and Dying Trees 12/05/2016


A dying tree is a normal occurrence in the natural ecosystem. The difference now however is that the extended drought has caused an abnormally high number—102 million trees and counting in California’s forests and wildland-urban interface areas to weaken and become susceptible to native bark beetle infestation. Once a tree is successfully invaded by bark beetles, there is no recovery for the tree and to date there is no known cure. more

Safeguard Your Identity 11/28/2016


Before we start discussing how to help safeguard your identity while on vacation, I received an interesting question, which some other people might have, so I’m going to share it.

What is a Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) blocking card carrier, plus does it actually work? Let’s start with RFID. This is new technology that allows digital information to be stored on payment cards and other transaction items. Tiny radio frequency tags hold information, just like a bar code and magnetic strips do. more

Protecting Bank Card Info 11/26/2016


The IRS scam made it’s way through the Mother Lode in March/April 2016 once again. I personally received a phone call and, because I don’t answer calls from phone numbers I don’t recognize, they left a message. The message is … more