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Articles from the July 1, 2020 edition

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  • Nelson's Camp Became Camp Nelson

    Terry Ommen, Dusting Off History|Updated Jul 24, 2020

    The Sierra Nevada has provided people with beauty and escape for hundreds, if not thousands of years. John Muir called the 400-mile-long, 70-mile-wide mountain chain the "Range of Light" and once proclaimed, "The mountains are calling and I must go." And many have felt the same magnetic attraction. Some mountain lovers are lucky enough to live in the high country, but the rest of us must be content with periodic incursions. Fortunately for us living in Tulare County, we have...

  • Reconsider Your 2020 Summer (and Fall) Vacation Plans

    Updated Jul 24, 2020

    Now that summer is here, consumers wonder when they will be able to "get away" or take another family vacation. went one-on-one with several travel industry experts to get their thoughts and advice on summer and fall travel options this year and create a roadmap to help consumers determine when and where to travel over the next 12-18 months. In addition, experts offered tips on a number of topics, including how travelers can protect themselves against ongoing...

  • Kaweah Delta Joins Mayo Clinic, Others in COVID-19 Study

    Updated Jul 24, 2020

    Kaweah Delta has joined the Mayo Clinic and hospitals across the country in a study to determine whether plasma from people who have recovered from COVID-19 can effectively help others recover from the virus. As part of the study, a small number of COVID-19 patients at Kaweah Delta have received blood plasma, rich with antibodies to fight the illness, donated by those who have recovered from the disease. Kaweah Delta has partnered with the Central California Blood Bank and other hospitals around the...

  • 10 Technologies to Keep You Healthy During a Quarantine

    Updated Jul 24, 2020

    Over a million people in the U.S. live in nursing homes and assisted living facilities. With stay at home recommendations continuing around the country, it is more important than ever that aging Americans maintain social connections, keep good health with exercise, manage medicine and persevere through this difficult time with high spirits. "Studies show social isolation and loneliness are linked to higher risk of cardiovascular disease, anxiety, depression and a variety of...

  • Six Things to Do before Your Next Outpatient Procedure

    Updated Jul 24, 2020

    To ensure a successful outpatient procedure and smooth recovery: • Check qualifications. Before you schedule a procedure, be sure your anesthesia care will be led by a physician anesthesiologist, and that the other physicians and providers involved in your outpatient procedure are qualified. • Stop smoking. The healthier you are, the faster you recover. • Learn about your anesthesia options. Before your procedure, talk with your physician anesthesiologist about some of the newer techniques. • Ask what you can eat and drink,...

  • The 'New' Retirement Shows How to Profit from Gig Economy

    Updated Jul 24, 2020

    In an era when so few people believe they'll be able to retire comfortably (or at all) - and the statistics bear that out - author Winton Churchill argues in his just-released book, The "New" Retirement: The Rise of the Gig Economy and How You Can Profit From It, that retirees can, in fact, wield more control over their situations than most realize. "Lots of people believe they will simply have to take the retirement the world hands them (if they get one at all). But that's...

  • Norma Lovelace Named Barbershopper of the Year

    Updated Jul 24, 2020

    Norma Lovelace has been named the Mighty Oak Chorus "Barbershopper of the Year." Last year, she joined the chorus when it welcomed female singers for the first time in its 38-year history. In that short time, she served as program vice president, created the script for the 38th annual two-hour musical "Rock 'N Roll is Here to Stay," and organized and sang in the chorus' first-ever female quartet. Lovelace was inspired to join the chorus by her father, Wayne Snell, who...

  • Redesigned Retirement Benefits Portal at

    Updated Jul 24, 2020

    The Social Security Administration announced the first of several steps the agency is taking to improve the public’s experience on its website. The newly redesigned retirement benefits portal at will help millions of people prepare for and apply for retirement. “We are working hard to continue improving our website to provide people with clear, helpful information and easy access to our online services,” said Andrew Saul, commissioner of Social Security. “Our new retirement portal...

  • Joan Lunden Informs, Entertains in New Book about Aging

    Steve Pastis|Updated Jul 24, 2020

    "I'm too old for Snapchat, but too young for Life Alert." – Joan Lunden Age seems to be on Joan Lunden's mind a lot these days. The journalist, author, motivational speaker, spokesperson, health-and-wellness advocate and mother of seven, who hosted "Good Morning America" for almost 20 years, recently turned her attention to writing about how life changes for women as they become senior citizens. Her new book, Why Did I Come into this Room? A Candid Conversation about Aging, i...

  • Benefits for Former POWs

    Ken Cruickshank, Veterans Service Office|Updated Jul 24, 2020

    Before I get into this column’s topic, I would like to let everyone know that the Veterans Services Office is still closed to the public due to COVID-19. We are unsure when exactly we will reopen to the public, but we are available to answer your questions and in some cases may be able to complete your claim over the phone. Please call us at (559) 713-2880 for the latest services we are currently able to provide. The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has benefits available f...

  • 'Vintage Visalia' Gated Neighborhood Now Open

    Updated Jul 24, 2020

    The developers of the Montecito Luxury Apartments in Visalia have unveiled Vintage Visalia, their new 55-plus rental community. The gated neighborhood in northwest Visalia offers granite countertops, energy-efficient stainless steel appliances, washer and dryer, vinyl hardwood flooring and a private patio. The community offers the choice of a three-bedroom/two-bath duplex or a two-bedroom/one-and-a-half-bath option. Residents can enjoy a well-equipped clubhouse featuring a...

  • 'New' Valley Radio Station to Play 'Oldies'

    Steve Pastis|Updated Jul 24, 2020

    South Valley fans of singers such as Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Elvis Presley will soon have a "new" station to turn to on their radios, "It isn't new, it's been on the air," said Fritz Ashauer, the owner of the station, KZKC 89.9FM in Kettleman City. The station, which was known as K-Wave, had been featuring Biblical teaching programs and religious music. The new format won't really be a "new" one, Ashauer explained. The station will be known as "Kings Radio" and play...

  • Beware of Local COVID-19 Scams

    Phil Esbenshade, Executive Assistant District Attorney Kings County|Updated Jul 24, 2020

    Numerous new and creative frauds and scams have emerged amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Fraudsters feed off the of the concern and uneasiness of the disease due to the current absence of a cure or vaccine. Unfortunately, it is all too common for scammers to take advantage of the anxiety associated with emergency situations, such as the current COVID-19 pandemic. Let’s take a look at just some of the scams that have been hitting close to home in recent months. Central Valley COVID-19 Scams Recently, across the Central Valley a...

  • COVID-19 Still Impacts South Valley

    Updated Jul 24, 2020

    As of June 22, Tulare County has 3,172 reported cases of COVID-19, also known as coronavirus. The virus has killed 111 people in the county. Kings County has had 1,331 cases, with 12 deaths. Despite the current increase in cases, there is apparently some confusion about how safe it is to resume a normal life. "We are now in early Stage 2, where retail, related logistics and manufacturing, office workplaces, limited personal services, outdoor museums, child care and essential businesses can open with modifications," according...

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