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Opinion

A Warning to New Facebook Page Users

There are some potential issues that brands that are new to Facebook Pages aren’t thinking about. These include issues regarding security, privacy, moderation, and etiquette. Here are a few thoughts and observations I’ve made over the past few weeks.

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Opinion

Thoughts On Zoom

There are some big, scary headlines floating around in the news about Zoom. Some are worth paying attention to, and some aren’t that big a deal. Here are some basic thoughts on the topic.

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Social Documentary

New Mexican Architect Has Spent 55 Years Breaking the Rules

By Ron Stauffer ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — For five decades, architect Bart Prince has been told time and again, “You can’t do that.” This has never given him a moment’s pause. Prince is known internationally for designing large buildings with strange shapes, complex angles, and a disregard for the traditional Adobe style that has defined New […]

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About Me

The Dangers of Growing a Full Beard – A Social Experiment

For the past decade or so, my facial hair has fluctuated back and forth between neat and trim, and fully grown and bushy. As any man who’s taken the time to grow a full beard knows, the strangest part isn’t having a beard itself, but everything that goes along with it. I never really stopped […]

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Features

“Pops” Williams, Who Lives On The Streets

By Ron Stauffer LONGMONT, COLORADO – When Russ Williams’ family moved from Montana to Colorado in 1958, his first few days here were a shocking surprise. He woke up one morning, completely abandoned. “My parents left me in a motel room when I was five years old. I’ve been here ever since.” Learning that his […]

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Music

Wagner’s Ring Cycle: Impact on Culture and Modern Music

By Ron Stauffer Looney Toons. Star Wars. Jaws. Apocalypse Now. Here Comes the Bride. Ride of the Valkyries. The Lord of the Rings. Indiana Jones. “A little bird told me.” What do these movies, TV shows, melodies and idioms all have in common? They were all heavily influenced by the German Romantic-era opera composer Richard […]

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Social Documentary

Column: Names Changes and Stonewalling in Yosemite National Park

By Ron Stauffer YOSEMITE, Calif. — In January 2016, Yosemite National Park Superintendent Don Neubacher announced that a new organization had been hired to run the concessions inside the park. As part of the transition, a quirky change was also going to be made: five major landmarks in the park will have their names changed. […]

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Social Documentary

Yosemite National Park Draws Professionals and Volunteers

By Ron Stauffer YOSEMITE, Calif. — Judy Craig retired from teaching 18 years ago. But she’s spent a month each summer for the past eight years volunteering at Yosemite National Park. Sporting khaki shorts, a dark blue shirt and name tag, she spends each day volunteering at one of the many information booths located throughout […]

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Social Documentary

After Three Years and a $40 Million Renovation, Yosemite’s Mariposa Grove Reopens

By Ron Stauffer YOSEMITE, Calif. — Mariposa Grove in Yosemite National Park has reopened to the public after a renovation project that lasted three years and cost $40 million. Home to over 500 Giant Sequoias, Mariposa Grove is the biggest of Yosemite’s three groves where these trees, some of the largest in the world, grow. […]

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Music

Concert Review: Wagner’s Ring Cycle at San Francisco Opera 2018

By Ron Stauffer SAN FRANCISCO — Like many opera fans, I have spent years trying to attend as many live operatic performances as I can. This often requires traveling to different cities or states, either by plane or by taking a long road trip. So far, I’ve been able to see several operas by a […]