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Dressing Up Your 4X4 Truck
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Oct 19, 2013 | 2307 views | 0 0 comments | 980 980 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink

Once you have purchased the truck of your dreams, the time has come to add some off-road accessories. With so many to choose from, you will quickly find that you can have the ultimate vehicle in no time at all. There are accessories designed for the interior of your truck as well as the exterior. It's all a matter of what you want when it comes to personalization. When you are done, you will have a truck that you love and can't wait to show off to others.

Start with the exterior of your truck as this is what others will see. Keep in mind that accessories should be as well made as high-grade medical equipment like contour test strips. Something as simple as a new spare tire cover can make a huge difference. Why not have one that is custom designed or one that sports your college or favorite football team? Lighting 4x4 accessories are also popular. Fog and driving lights can dramatically change the way your ride looks at very little cost. Don't forget window tinting or fender flares. Many of the modifications can be done right at home. If you are going for something more dramatic, such as racing stripes, you may wish to hire a professional to do the work.

If you want to drastically change the appearance of your 4x4 truck, consider swapping the wheels and tires. When you go to a bigger size of tires, not only will your truck look better, you will also have more clearance. This allows you to go more places. Choose knobby tires for more grip on mud, sand and snow. Be aware that this will affect your gas mileage and increase road noise. Go with off-road tires and you will find that the channels are widely spaced as are the side lugs. This makes the tires easier to clean after an off-road adventure.

Don't neglect the interior of your truck either. Add some new seat covers or install a dash kit. To really personalize the interior of the car, add a new gear shift knob. Rock knobs are popular, but you can find one to fit any personality. A steering wheel cover would be nice with the other stuff you purchase too. Make your 4x4 truck one of a kind. When you add 4x4 accessories, this is easy to do.

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Halloween Night: Bring a Light
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Oct 18, 2013 | 2293 views | 0 0 comments | 969 969 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink

It will be Halloween in a little over a week. Parents are rushing to buy pumpkins and costumes for their kids, decorations, and making last-minute party plans. Amidst all of this, it is easy to forget about safety on Halloween. So, here are some things to remember while out having fun:

 

  1. Bring a light. Visibility is vital on Halloween night. Not only does one need to be able to properly see out of their costume, but one also needs to keep an eye out for cars and other people. Using a flashlight would greatly increase the ability to see and be seen during the busy and dark night. Some kind of tactical flashlight is especially recommended, as they are durable and have long battery life.

  2. Dress warmly. It is going to get cold very quickly once the sun goes down, so it is important to dress accordingly. Use gloves, hats, extra socks, and long underwear in order to stay warm and keep one’s costume visible. Furthermore, hand warmers are very useful, and are inexpensive, disposable, and easy to carry. Walking will help to keep the body warm, but these extra clothes will help even more.

  3. Use the buddy system. Not only is it less fun to be out alone, but the buddy system is especially important for children out trick-or-treating. Staying together helps insure that none of them will get lost, helps prevent injury, and helps them be more visible to passing cars. Make sure to have children go out in groups if they are old enough to trick-or-treat without parents, and it will help them stay safe.

 

With these tips, staying safe on Halloween will be easy, and parents can rest assured that their children will not be in danger.

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Sports and Changes in Moab
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Oct 18, 2013 | 1912 views | 0 0 comments | 967 967 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink

Many of the outdoors sports are going to be held off until winter, but there will still be many sports events in the meantime. Indoor soccer will start soon, as will basketball and wrestling, while roller derby is going strong within the community. Citizens of all ages enjoy watching these events, and all of them have a loyal following. When the spring hits again, the community can look forward to boy’s soccer, track and field events, baseball and softball, tennis, and golf. For a small town, we have a large amount of sports events, and the audience for it is part of what helps to keep many of those sports afloat. Moab is changing, however. Construction on a college is expected to start as early as next year, and that venture is expected to grow the population. It is also possible that the new college will bring new sports teams with it.

The college will just be an extension of USU, but it is estimated to hold quite a number of students from both Moab and the surrounding areas. Students from Blanding, Green River, Monticello, and even Grand Junction are expected to attend, and the strong student attendance could increase a need for college sports. It is possible that soon the students around town will have a need to keep their old sports gear, or even buy new ones, such as lacrosse equipment. The increase in population could even bring new sports to the high school, and all of these changes would bring in more revenue for the town. Moab exists very much for the tourist season, and a larger population could help to keep the town going through the difficult winter months, and a larger population could even help drive down prices in housing.

Either way, it seems clear that the college is going to change things around here, and hopefully for the better.

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Smart IT Investment for Small Businesses
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Oct 18, 2013 | 1807 views | 0 0 comments | 959 959 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink

The Government shutdown has adversely affected businesses and towns alike. Many people are wondering what they can do to protect their small business despite the shutdown, and one of the best options is to invest in IT. There are some small businesses that think IT is unimportant, but it is in fact the opposite.

All businesses rely on IT to store customer information, repairs, protect from viruses, and to run basic computer equipment. Therefore, it is better to think of IT as an investment, rather than a cost. Money spent on IT will help computers and business in the long run. Even running simple programs such as application whitelisting will help computers stay running longer. Spending money on IT now can help to prevent more crippling problems later on.

For some real world examples, take the fact that many hackers are targeting small businesses with lax security, resulting in stolen information and negative publicity and customer feedback. The IT service provider would then install a new firewall and new security that protects against viruses. In addition, they offer off-site monitoring that can catch potential threats before they appear.

Or, in another example, let’s say that a storm passes trough, causing snow or rainwater to break through and destroy all of the computers. One then has to rely on IT to fix the them, a process simplified if the IT company has all the needed information about files and security.

Consider the alternative. If one is not willing to spend money on IT, then problems will be worsened and it is likely one will have to replace their computers more quickly.

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Camping in the Desert
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Oct 18, 2013 | 1706 views | 0 0 comments | 521 521 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink

Camping in the desert is not your normal camping experience. The deserts of North America offer some of the most varied climates and terrain in the world. These wonderful deserts are not always accessible by paved roads but don’t let that discourage you. Bring your 4X4 or rent a fully equipped 4X4 with a tire carrier heavy duty tires, and a strong frame. 

The big thing to always think about before you leave is food and water. You need to always be equipped with lots of water. The desert can dehydrate you quickly and if you end up stranded you will need fresh water. Not only should you bring extra water you need to be drinking extra water. You may not notice but you will be losing a lot more water than usual. Make sure you are not dehydrating yourself.

The great thing about a lot of desert locations is the isolation. Many sites require a 4X4 with a tire carrier and heavy-duty tires. Make sure your equipment is well-made, and bring special medical equipment like One Touch Ultra Test Strips , if anyone in your party requires it. You have a good chance of never running into anyone on your trip. It can be a very serene trip where you can just forget about the rest of the world and relax.

So where should you go? The Mojave Desert can be a great time but it is often too hot to even spend an hour in. Instead I suggest heading a bit north. The desert surrounding Great Basin National park is beautiful and isolated. There you can find the beautiful and majestic Bristlecone Pine. These trees are the oldest in the world and can live upwards of 2,000 years. The deserts surrounding Moab are also a great choice. Moab is often pretty busy so make sure you research what trails and areas are less tourist packed. The Needles District in Canyonlands National Park is a great choice because of how remote it is.

No matter where you choose to go you will likely find a peaceful and isolated camping experience. The landscapes of these sprawling deserts can be otherworldly and a great sight to behold. Just make sure you have plenty of food and water as well as a fully equipped 4X4 with a tire carrier, heavy frame, and strong tires.

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Surgery Simulator to Improve Patient Care
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Oct 13, 2013 | 943 views | 0 0 comments | 148 148 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink

A brand-new surgery technology only approved by the FDA this year is already making its way into top hospitals around the country. Brain surgeons at New York’s Mt. Sinai hospital are among the first to use this technology through the company Surgical Theater. Surgical Theater is an Israeli-American establishment founded by Air Force veterans that has created a computerized surgery rehearsal system.

Right now, surgeons look at CT scans before an operation, and have to transform the flat, static, black-and-white image into a realistic copy in their head. It is time consuming and leaves room for error, no matter how experienced the surgeon. Thankfully, the Surgery Rehearsal Platform is helping to change things.



The technology is said to resemble a flight simulator, and allows surgeons to practice difficult procedures. It transforms MRIs and CT scans into immersive simulations, and the surgeons use scalpel-like controllers to prepare for brain surgery. It helps to reduce both the cost and time, which in turn helps to improve patient outcome. The product also employs telesurgery technology that allows surgeons to guide medical staff through surgeries from a distance. 

This is a very important step in the medical community, and it helps to reassure patients. Brain surgery is a complex process, and it is seen as a comfort to many patients to know that their doctors will have had quite a bit of practice before they are put under the knife. The rehearsal technology will reduce risk and guarantee improved patient care, which neurosurgery chair Joshua B. Bederson says has been a long-time mission.

Though it is only used by a few hospitals right now, the Surgery Rehearsal Platform is catching on, and as it does it serves as an improvement to dangerous medical procedures, and the lives of patients.

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Beware of the Cold and Blackouts
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Oct 12, 2013 | 899 views | 0 0 comments | 57 57 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink

The tourist season has ended, and winter is coming in place of it. Restaurants will close, snow will fall, and there’s the possibility of multiple power outages as well. Citizens are encouraged to prepare their homes for winter and such possibilities.

Many will take opportunities now to stock up on non-perishables for days when snow or ice makes going shopping near impossible. In addition, getting non-perishable food right now can be a big help during November, December, and January, when many people are out of work and unable to afford more groceries. Hopefully the shutdown will end soon, and the employees that have been furloughed will be working (and getting paid) again.

While out buying perishables, it might also be a good idea to look into buying some flashlights and batteries. Blackouts during winter are fairly common, and flashlights are easier and safer than candles or matches. A tactical flashlight in particular (as sold at the local outdoor store, GearHeads) is helpful due to long lasting battery life and overall brightness.

Citizens will also be stocking up on blankets and warm clothes as much as possible. To save money, many households may not use heating systems (if they even have them) so warm clothes and blankets are invaluable right now. For those that are lucky enough to afford to keep the heat on or who have extra blankets or coats feel free to donate them to Wabi-Sabi or one of the other thrift stores. Buying for quality is all well and good, but there are plenty of people who cannot afford hundred-dollar winter coats.

In the meantime, citizens will stock up on food, firewood, and wait out the winter months until spring comes, and the town can breathe again.

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How Your Business can Avoid Check Fraud
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Oct 09, 2013 | 1072 views | 0 0 comments | 63 63 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink

There is no shortage of challenges for small businesses and unfortunately one of those challenges that can be very detrimental and frustrating is small business checks being used in check fraud. Large businesses and corporations have people to handle these situations and with deep pockets and a room full of attorneys, check fraud is a mere blip on their radar. However, for the small business owner, check fraud is just one more headache than most of them don’t need. While there are processes that lending institutions have to deal with checks that have been mishandled, one way to eliminate this is through software to print checks on demand.

The best way to deal with check fraud is to avoid third party check processing entirely. By having software dedicated for printing checks, you are greatly reducing the likelihood that one of your businesses checks will be duplicated. This will prevent your checks from being used fraudulently, which unfortunately is a growing problem in America today.

The first thing to remember is that accounts payable automation through a software program typically offer digitally encrypted signatures as well as logos that can’t be duplicated unless the person is printing the check from the actual software. This prevents anyone trying to reproduce a check from any place other than the software to have that check passed off as valid.

Fortunately, most check printing software applications have high levels of encryption and security as well as password protections that make it virtually impossible for someone to access your check writing software without your knowledge. This is perhaps one of the best ways a small business can avoid the financial entanglements of check fraud.

You may not think much of check fraud unless it happens to you. Unfortunately, with how rampant this problem is, there is a strong likelihood that your business could be subjected to this type of fraudulent activity. The best way to avoid it is to safeguard your check writing and the best way to do this is use dedicated software. It's convenient, it can save you money and most importantly it will keep your check safe and keep you free from any fraudulent activity from a check bearing your company’s name.

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Education, Sports, and the Government Shutdown
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Oct 07, 2013 | 981 views | 0 0 comments | 65 65 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink

Over a month into the school year, and many eyes have turned to the local sports teams. Football games bring full stadiums, the track team wins medals at meets, and the wrestling team has done well over the years. This is considered especially impressive due to the financial constraints that Grand County High has been facing. Budget cuts have done its damage to the sports department alongside the school curriculum. With the government shutdown, many can’t help but wonder what effect this will have on everyday life, as well as the schools.

Some are less concerned. The slashing of activity budget, and possibly sports teams in the process, is thought to be necessary in order to focus on protecting classes. Over the years Grand County High has already lost some of its Honors programs and a good portion of its teachers, not to mention language and art programs. Though recent construction has given the district a new K-6 school, a new tech center at the high school, and plans for a university, those construction ventures have had little effect on the actual curriculum thus far. It is entirely possible that more classes will be lost due to lack of money.

Still, others are of the opinion that sports are important to the community and the school. Athletics have also been shown to help the development of children and teenagers by teaching teamwork, social skills, and honesty. Education has been benefited by sports as well, encouraging the students to have better grades and attendance. Before classes, sports teams are the most likely to be cut. As of right now the sports teams rely somewhat on donations and fundraisers to stay afloat. This is sad news to those that fill those football stadiums, or those who wish to start new teams at the school, such as lacrosse. Right now, the school could hardly afford a lacrosse helmet, let alone a whole team.

The preferable notion would be to not lose anything, but that seems increasingly less likely. A choice has to be made, and the citizens of Moab may lose either way.  

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Closing of National Parks Hurts Businesses
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Oct 04, 2013 | 1112 views | 0 0 comments | 77 77 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink

Moab is on the tail end of tourist season, but it seems to have ended more early than expected. The government shutdown has forced the closure of National Parks, and it is making business all around the world, and in Moab, hurt badly. Many tourists who had made reservations with Moab lodging were forced to essentially turn around and go home. As there is no word yet on how long the shutdown will last, getting more revenue from tourists seems increasingly unlikely. 

A vast majority of businesses rely on revenue from October to help get through the slow winter months, which will be more difficult this year without said revenue. It is possible that some restaurants will have to close earlier than normal, and many hotels may get no business at all until spring comes. Unfortunately, the shutdown also results in a loss of jobs with those working at local restaurants and hotels, and those with government jobs.

Many Moab condo rentals and hotels were asked to give refunds to frustrated tourists, and the locals share in their frustration. Not only are the National Parks blocked to visitors from Europe, but they also block people who have lived here their whole lives. Aside from a loss of money, many love to hike in Arches and other National Parks, and taking that away will make the winter harder to bear.

Thankfully, there are other things to do. Deadhorse point of course offers tourists a beautiful overlook, and the LaSal Mountains have camping and opportunities for scenic drives, even – or perhaps especially – in the winter. Still, there is no doubt that businesses all across the board will hurt from this shutdown, and the citizens can only hope that Congress reaches an agreement soon.

 

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