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Holiday shopping tips for online shoppers

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Barbara Wallace, crime prevention specialist at the sheriff’s Ramona station, shares holiday shopping tips for online shoppers.
It’s true that shopping online can save a lot of time and trouble, but it comes with a new set of hazards, she said.

Manes and Trails: Help update Cuyamaca State Park plan

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Cuyamaca Rancho State Park is undergoing a transformation, and it’s not too late to get involved. The nearly 25,000-acre park has acquired more land and is adjacent to Anza Borrego State Park as well as other public lands and trails. The third and final public meeting was held on Nov. 12, but the public comment period is still open. Everyone with an interest in Cuyamaca Rancho State Park is invited to send comments and ideas for the General Plan process to State Parks at The website has

TimeOut with Tambo: Honor system and sportsmanship


There is a lot to be said for prep golf and tennis. In those two sports the players are in charge of policing the game and calling the infractions. In tennis it usually comes down to whether or not a serve or ball is in or out.

In high school golf the players count their own scores and if they break a rule it is up to them to make the call and take a penalty. It is the honor system. To too many, the honor system is interpreted as “You’ve got the honor and I’ve got the system.”

Ask Mr. Marketing: Buying Closer to Home

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I’m not generally a flag-waver, nor do I adhere to much of the flotsam floating around the Internet. However, this morning’s collection of junk email delivered a message that had some real merit.

As the holidays approach, the giant Asian factories are kicking into high gear to provide Americans with monstrous piles of cheap merchandise produced at American labor’s expense. Our economy isn’t expected to grow much, even as the Chinese economy takes off like a jackrabbit.

Ramona’s Trainer: Back to Basics


With so many exercise options, diet plans and fitness fads available to you, it can be confusing which route to take. From infomercials touting rock hard abs in just three minutes a day to CrossFit and Latin dance cardio like Zumba, or the traditional gym workout — the options are endless.

What works, what’s safe, and what’s effective? The answer is what’s the goal, and it depends.

TimeOut with Tambo: Friday Night Lights at Bulldog Stadium


Everybody knows how hard the players and coaches work to prepare for a varsity football game.Games are played on Friday nights in the fall but they are won in the weight room in the winter, spring and summer.

Some schools in the San Diego CIF Section and other areas around the country still play on Friday afternoons. There are several reasons for the afternoon games. I won’t go into

Ramona’s Trainer: Three doors to change


Door No. 1 — Accountability

No, we don’t always like being accountable to someone. We live in the land of independence and individualism. We strive to pull ourselves up from our bootstraps and be our own person.

Accountable to none, but one — yourself. Good, bad or indifferent, that is our cultural norm.

Ramona’s Trainer: Passion, Vision, Determination


What does it take to be successful? First of all one must define what success is. Is success making a ton of money, being famous, or living in a mansion and driving fancy cars?

Or is success doing what you love doing for work, being able to enjoy your kids and having the health to see them do the same with their kids 20 years from now? Is success having time freedom to do what you want, when you want to do it?

Flickers: What’s new at the movies?


Box Office Leaders

Gravity PG13 A spacewalk turns to disaster when the shuttle is destroyed leaving two astronauts tethered to each other in deep space.

Carrie R In this horror remake, a shy outcast girl is ridiculed by her high school peers causing Carrie to release her telekinetic powers.

Manes & Trails: Equine colic

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Colic is a scary word to horse owners. Although a common disorder of the digestive system, the term colic simply put means “abdominal pain.” The term in horses refers to a condition of severe abdominal discomfort characterized by pawing, rolling and sometimes the inability to defecate, and we all know horses poop a lot, a whole lot, 8 to 12 times a day, every day.