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This Week's Facts:

  1. State Launches Campaign Targeting Prescription Drug Abuse

  2. Local Government Resources Abundant & Available Online

  3. Online Advice for Identifying & Fixing Hacked Email

Grant-Kohrs National Historic Site

National Parks Offer
Affordable Family Fun

Summer is a great time to take advantage of our national parks and monuments. Many offer free or low-cost admissions and programs perfect for families. So this summer we will be featuring one of our country’s public lands every week and highlighting things you and your family can do there.

Once an open cattle range, Grant-Kohrs National Historic Site is a great place to learn how cowboys once lived. During the summer this working ranch is bustling with activity. There are a couple of different ways to enjoy the park; you have your choice of self-guided tours or ranger-led tours. No matter which you choose, both types of tours give you incredible insight on how the iconic American cowboys tried to make a living on Montana’s open-range.

On self-guided tours, you can walk along the historic buildings such as the granary and the ice house and look through the thoroughbred barn where old wagons and buggies that ranchers once used are now stored. Guided tours can be arranged through the visitor’s center. You can take a wagon tour where you’ll experience the feeling of traveling by horse-drawn wagon. A park ranger will explain the history of open-range cattle farming and its impact on U.S. history. You can also try the Main Ranch House tour to see the beautifully decorated house that once served as a trading post in early American history. And stop to talk to a cowboy and blacksmith that can explain what life was really like in Montana.

There are also a few easy walking trails that will take you to different parts of the ranch. Trails can lead you to a great grassland habitat, or you can decide to follow the old Milwaukee Railroad, which will lead you to a place great for spotting aquatic birds. You can also head out to the pasture to take a look at the vast cattle spread across Montana landscape Kids have the great chance to experience life as a Montana cowboy. Children can try on cowboy clothes, try to rope Woody the wood steer, as well as play games similar to the ones children played when they lived on the ranch.

This information is brought to you as a courtesy of the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) via the USA.gov blog.


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State Launches Campaign Targeting Prescription Drug Abuse

BitterPill.in.govIndiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller and the Indiana Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention Task Force  teamed up to launch BitterPill.IN.gov. This website armed with a toolkit of resources for Hoosiers is part of a comprehensive statewide public awareness campaign targeting Indiana’s prescription drug abuse epidemic. 

According to the Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH), 718 Hoosiers died from accidental drug overdoses in 2011, compared to 654 deaths the year before. More people abuse prescription drugs in the U.S. than cocaine, heroin, hallucinogens and inhalants combined, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse.

Also the public awareness campaign includes a series of online, print, television and radio service announcements. Hoosiers can watch the TV spots before they officially air on Sept. 2 by visiting the Attorney General’s YouTube channel.

The top five features of www.BitterPill.IN.gov include:

  • Knowing the dangers: Learn about the consequences of misuse and abuse of prescription drugs and what impact this epidemic has had on Indiana;
  • Dealing with addiction: Familiarize yourself with the signs and symptoms of prescription drug abuse in all ages. Access talking points to use when speaking with family or friends when you suspect a problem, and obtain information about treatment resources and referrals;
  • Proper prescription disposal: Learn how to dispose of your unwanted or expired medications in way that protects the environment and ensures they don’t wind up in the wrong hands;
  • Clinical resources: Access information written by Hoosier physicians which can help ensure optimal treatment with regards to commonly misused and abuse medications; and
  • Reporting illegal activities: Learn how to report illegal activities whether it involves a physician, friend or someone else you know.

Receive updates on the efforts to fight prescription drug abuse by “liking” Zoeller’s Facebook page or by following him on Twitter @INATTYGENERAL. 

On the federal level, the Office of National Drug Control Policy and the Centers for Disease Control have recognized prescription drug abuse as an epidemic.  This fact sheet has more information about measures being taken to combat the problem.

This is taken from an August 26, 2013 Press Release from the Office of the Indiana Attorney General.

Local Government Resources Abundant & Available Online

2012 Indiana Mobility Report Everyone can be a Government Information Librarian! There are several useful resources from federal, state, and local government websites which help patrons and data users find materials – both in print and online. The USA.gov website provides a comprehensive A-Z index of U.S. Government Departments and Agencies. This lists thousands of websites associated with the federal government. Most state governments in the U.S. serve the public online by providing a portal to state services. Here in Indiana, we’re familiar with IN.gov. In the surrounding states, you’ll find Illinois.gov, Ohio.gov, the State of Michigan website, and Kentucky.gov – all available 24/7 to meet the needs of the public. Don’t forget Wisconsin! On a local level, many municipalities offer online services and information. The Indianapolis portal is at www.indy.gov and Evansville/Vanderburgh County has a useful website here.  Some township governments also have online services. You can use Google to search the name of the township and state.

Online Advice for Identifying & Fixing Hacked Email

Hacked EmailsYou get a flood of messages from friends and family. They’re getting emails from you with seemingly random links, or messages with urgent pleas to wire you money. It looks like your email or social media account might have been taken over. What do you do? For starters, make sure your security protections are up-to-date, reset your password, and warn your friends.

How You Know You’ve Been Hacked:

  • friends and family are getting emails or messages you didn’t send
  • your Sent messages folder has messages you didn’t send, or it has been emptied
  • your social media accounts have posts you didn’t make
  • you can’t log into your email or social media account

In the case of emails with random links, it’s possible your email address was “spoofed,” or faked, and hackers don’t actually have access to your account. But you’ll want to take action, just in case.

What To Do When You’ve Been Hacked

1. Update your system and delete any malware
Make sure your security software is up-to-date: If you don’t have security software, get it. But install security software only from reputable, well-known companies. Then, run it to scan your computer for viruses and spyware (aka malware). Delete any suspicious software and restart your computer.

Set your security software, internet browser, and operating system (like Windows or Mac OS) to update automatically: Software developers often release updates to patch security vulnerabilities.
Keep your security software, your internet browser, and your operating system up-to-date to help your computer keep pace with the latest hack attacks.

2. Change your passwords
That’s IF you’re able to log into your email or social networking account. Someone may have gotten your old password and changed it. If you use similar passwords for other accounts, change them, too. Make sure you create strong passwords that will be hard to guess.

3. Check the advice your email provider or social networking site has about restoring your account
You can find helpful advice specific to the service. If your account has been taken over, you might need to fill out forms to prove it’s really you trying to get back into your account.

4. Check your account settings
Once you’re back in your account, make sure your signature and "away" message don’t contain unfamiliar links, and that messages aren’t being forwarded to someone else’s address. On your social networking service, look for changes to the account since you last logged in — say, a new “friend.”

5. Tell your friends
A quick email letting your friends know they might have gotten a malicious link or a fake plea for help can keep them from sending money they won’t get back or installing malware on their computers. Put your friends’ email addresses in the Bcc line to keep them confidential. You could copy and send this article, too.            

This information is brought to you as a courtesy of the U.S. Federal Trade Commission’s Consumer Information blog.

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