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Nov 10,2006
Whether you begin buying gifts after Thanksgiving on Black Friday or online on Cyber Monday, you're contributing to the busiest shopping season of the year. According to the National Retail Federation, Americans spent $438.6 billion during the 2005 holiday shopping season. This number is expected to increase by five percent this year to $457 billion. That's good news for retailers. It may also be good news for thieves. "Credit card fraud can affect anyone, at ... [full story]
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Nov 24,2006
Videoconferencing has worked its way into the everyday American business vernacular, making possible everything from run-of-the-mill weekly project reviews to virtual summits between heads-of-state. But, don’t despair if you lack the White House’s budget. It turns out that small companies seldom have an urgent business need for high quality videoconferencing, which takes expensive gear to give participants “a good look into the eyes” of one another. But many businesses, large and small, can benefit from ... [full story]
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Nov 03,2006
Whether using your laptop or cell phone, it is important for today’s travelers to stay connected while on the road. Chris McGinnis, noted business travel expert and author of “The Unofficial Business Traveler’s Pocket Guide: 165 Travel Tips Even the Best Business Travelers May Not Know,” offers useful high (and some low) tech tips on how to keep connected and stay secure while traveling. * Wi-fi: If you don’t have it, get it. Wireless Internet ... [full story]
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Nov 03,2006
Whether you’re a recent grad looking for your first full-time job or a seasoned professional ready to move on to a new career, if you are goal-oriented, persevering, self-motivated and like to work with people, a career in real estate may be the perfect match for you. But how can you tell for sure? Before you jump in, take a little time to become familiar with the realities of the profession. A good place to ... [full story]
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Nov 10,2006
Your cell phone is ringing…if you are job hunting, the person calling may be your future employer. If it is, you have obviously impressed them with your application or stellar resume -- you don’t want to ruin your chances by handling the call unprofessionally. Kelly Services has 60 years of experience recruiting and hiring the best qualified candidates for their customers. They contact millions of applicants annually to discuss available job opportunities. How an applicant ... [full story]
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Nov 10,2006
Despite the huge partisan shift in Washington, the Republicans in Deschutes County remain in power after setting a record high 70 percent voter turnout, a much higher percentage than surrounding counties. Republican Greg Walden, a strong advocate for farmers and ranchers, won the 2nd District seat in the U.S. House of Representatives with a hefty 66 percent vote over Democrat Carol Voisin. In the State House, Republican Gene Whisnant beat out Democrat Bill A. Smith ... [full story]
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Nov 03,2006
Lemony Snicket's name is on the spines, and the title pages list him as the author, but in a recent telephone interview novelist Daniel Handler explained, sort of, that he's not, really. Lemony Snicket is just the narrator, according to Handler, who cashes the royalty checks and thus, one can only assume, actually writes the books.  Handler also makes personal appearances on Snicket's behalf. But he remains cagey about exactly who, or what, Lemony Snicket ... [full story]
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Nov 17,2006
Oregon's effort to protect communities from a radiation incident is featured in a new national report as an example of how states are using federal preparedness dollars to strengthen their defenses against public health threats. The report describes an Oregon Department of Human Services (DHS) project that is distributing radiation monitoring equipment throughout the state, said Terry Lindsey, radiation protection manager in the DHS Public Health Division. "Rural areas will be better protected and better ... [full story]
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Nov 17,2006
The Bend-La Pine School District is looking for interested volunteers to fill two openings on the District Budget Committee.  The three-year terms would expire on June 30, 2009.  The Budget Committee works with the School Board to review and approve the budget for each school year.  Budget Committee members are asked to attend five to six evening meetings, mostly in the spring, to review the proposed budget. To apply for the volunteer positions, send a ... [full story]
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Dec 01,2006
Motorized vehicle use will be prohibited in parts of the McKay Creek watershed on the Lookout Mountain Ranger District of the Ochoco National Forest from December 1, 2006 to May 21, 2007, to protect natural resources. McKay Creek flows from the western edge of the national forest toward Prineville, along Forest Road 27.  Open routes in the closure area include Forest Roads 27, 2705, 2710, 33, 325, 350 and 3320.  Dispersed camping will be allowed ... [full story]
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