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Coastal Voices: Computer scams and hackers on the rise recently

Scams are hitting the computer industry harder than ever before and things are about to get worse. Most of the time these scams hit the unsuspecting individuals with little or no computer savvy. But, anyone can be a victim of these scams. Being a business owner in Crescent City who specializes in computers, networks and telephone systems, I see this on the rise more than ever before. I have been in the computer industry since 1981.

The problems with these scams is we allow it to happen to us. Sure it sounds good, but most of the time it isn’t. Once a month I get a personal call from someone notifying me that they detected a problem on my computer and it needs to be fixed. Now and then I let them talk the talk and it ends up with them telling me that in order to fix my computer they need to get access to it. Never allow anyone that you don’t know to get access to your computer, ever. I will tell you more about this later.

Another scam is someone claiming to be from Microsoft and they inform you that they detected a problem with your operating system or you are running illegal software and they are about to inform the FBI. Right. First and foremost, Microsoft never calls an individual (unless you first called them and opened up an event ticket). Could you imagine the logistics that Microsoft would have if they tried to call everyone? Also Microsoft would contract the FBI if you were doing something illegal not the people calling you.


Pages of History: County is a $4,412,000 food market

Pages of History for November of 1955 from the Del Norte Triplicate:

With incomes of Del Norte residents running at a high level, the questions arise: How much of this money are they spending? Where are they spending it and for what?

Answers to the questions are contained in a copyrighted study made by Sales Management of the spending habits of people locally and in other parts of the country. Put under the spotlight are each community’s purchases of food, autos, general merchandise and the like.

In Del Norte County, most of the earnings in 1954 went into the cash registers of the local retail stores. These expenditures produced retail business in the amount of $15,796,000 for the year, an increase over the $11,491,000 recorded in 1953.


Coastal Voices: Caltrans too slow with Last Chance

Albert Einstein said it first but it is applicable to our current situation — the height of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result.

One of the most important issues that affects Del Norte is Last Chance Grade. We’ve known that this was a huge problem since Kurt Stremberg lost his family when this area of Highway 101 fell into the sea, 43 years ago in the middle of the last century.

At the recent town hall meeting, when Caltrans District Director Charlie Fielder was asked about the progress of a long term replacement of Last Chance Grade, he stumbled for the words and basically he just said a long term solution is necessary.


Letters to the Editor, Nov. 12, 2015

A quick reminder of the good in people in Crescent City

So many times, we read about horrible people and events in the paper. I would like to share my recent story of the good in people.

Last Thursday, Nov. 5, I was driving on Pebble Beach Drive. I had just been for a long walk with a friend. I began coughing furiously. When I pulled up to the stop sign at Pebble Beach and Washington Boulevard, I began to feel very dizzy. I remember thinking, “I have never felt this dizzy.” The next thing I saw was a big bush outside my front windshield.


Letters to the Editor, Nov. 10, 2015

Triplicate opinion page needs return to more, longer letters

I find myself yielding to an irresistible urge to confront your announced program of propagandizing Del Norte citizens through what I have dubbed Project Grow Del Norte. In introducing your new editorship — “Making room for more of your views,” — Aug. 11 — you announced your intent of cutting back on letters to the editor by reducing them to a single letter of 300 word capacity per month thus somehow increasing them to “lots of them” while increasing editorials from across the continent in an act of diversity so that we, the unwashed masses of Del Norte County, can be exposed to diverse views hopefully resulting in a maturing modality which you somehow perceived us as being in need of.


Yes We Can: Great work going on, Last Chance is still troubling

What brings people to an area like ours, a small county of 29,000 people and a city of about 8,000?

Some families here are generational and of course our Native American tribes go back many years.

My father brought me to the Klamath River 66 years ago, in 1949. It must have had an impact on both of us as we returned each summer, me as a dockboy at Shorty’s Camp and Dad to get away from big cities and his work as a structural steel worker and welder.


Letter to the Editor, Nov. 7, 2015

October Festival of Arts Auction a hit

Coast Redwoods Art Association wants to thank Crescent City for making our first October Festival of Arts Auction so successful. Most of our community doesn't recognize our legal name, but calls us by the name of our Gallery at the harbor, Crescent Harbor Gallery. We are a non-profit organization with no paid employees. Our volunteers do it all.

We have carried out our mission at the Harbor Gallery since 1984, but with limited wall space, we now are hanging artwork at the library, Department of Motor Vehicles, Wild River Foundation, Sutter Coast Hospital, the Del Norte County Courthouse, and the Harbor Master building. Painting class and art demonstrations are in tight quarters.

We continue to look for larger quarters and want our community to support us in our efforts.  We have free sponsored memberships for artists 80 years old and over. New and exciting events are happening at our Gallery. Come visit.

Maida Piotrowski, Past President


Letter to the Editor, Nov. 5, 2015

On behalf of Redwood School, I would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to everyone who made our annual carnival such a success this year.  So many volunteered their time, helped our school with donations and ticket purchases, and brought their families to enjoy the carnival, making this one of our biggest carnivals ever.  We are so grateful for that support, and for the funding that will go directly to student classrooms.  Thank you, and we hope to see you next year.

Krystol Berry, Carnival Coordinator, Redwood School


Pages of History: Army Jeeps on sale, but you won't get one!

From the pages of the Del Norte Triplicate, November 1945:

For the first time, new, rebuilt and used military “Jeeps” are being offered for sale on the west coast, but the public will still not stand a chance to buy one.

Reason: Federal agencies, state and local governments, political sub-divisions thereof and tax-supported institutions are being given first priority, and the number of “Jeeps” is limited.


Coastal Voices: Bar-O Boys volunteers ready to begin

It took a year and a half of red tape, but the idea of older adult volunteers mentoring the students at Bar-O Boys Ranch can finally become a reality.  Although it has been a long wait, volunteers who have been screened by the staff at the facility will be able to start sharing their knowledge and skills with boys in the program.

In April of 2014, Bar-O Boys staff contacted RSVP (Retired Senior Volunteer Program) in response to an article in the Daily Triplicate written by then RSVP Specialist Sharon Jourden. Kirk Taylor, senior counselor, liked the idea of tapping into the wealth of skills within the Del Norte older adult community.

RSVP helps community members aged 55 and up match their time and talents with opportunities for meaningful volunteerism in Humboldt and Del Norte counties.


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