If you encounter problems trying to view some of the forms or documents on this site,
you may be trying to access information in a format which your computer does not currently
understand how to use. Although most of the information on this site is published in the
standard format supported by all modern web browsers, some forms or documents are provided
in alternate formats.
Two common formats for documents that you may encounter are known as
PDF, a document format from Adobe Systems that is commonly used for publishing documents on the web,
and Microsoft Word, the widely used word processor in the Microsoft Office software.
Free software is available from both of these vendors which you can download and install
on your computer to enable you to read documents in these formats.
Various forms posted on our site are provided in PDF format,
a standard document format that is widely used on the internet for distributing printable material.
If you have problems accessing these forms, such as a message indicating that your computer system
does not know how to read this document format, you may not have Adobe's Reader installed
on your system.
Tip: links to PDF documents are frequently shown
with the image
to indicate the format. Links that take you to a standard web page sometimes use the
||Click the icon to the left to download a free copy of Adobe Reader from Adobe's web site.
For more information about Adobe's Reader, visit the
Adobe Reader information site.
Note: In general we do not publish content on this web site
in the form of Microsoft Word documents, as these files are a proprietary format that requires
a Microsoft application to view and may not be be supported on all platforms.
The material on this site is always published as standard HTML web pages or as PDF documents,
both of which can be accessed on virtually any computer.
If you are unable to access a document in Microsoft Word format,
usually indicated by by a .doc file name extension,
you most likely do not have the Microsoft Word or Office software installed
on your computer (e.g., you may not have a Windows computer or you have
an alternate word processor installed such as the Microsoft Works software
installed on many home computer systems).
A free download which will allow you to view Word documents
is available on the Microsoft web site at the
Word Viewer downloads
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We strongly recommend using a modern web browser.
This site is built to conform to modern web standards in order to provide the best experience
on all commonly used computers (Windows XP/Vista/7, Mac OSX, Linux)
You should be using a browser such
Microsoft Internet Explorer (IE) 7 or 8,
or Firefox 3.x.
If you're using an older version of any of these browsers,
please consider upgrading to a current release to take advantage of all of this site's features.
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Performance problems with slow page display response can have a number of causes:
- the web site may be experiencing a lot of traffic
- your ISP may be experiencing a lot of traffic
- slow dialup connection speed through a modem
- insufficient memory on your computer
Our recommendation: Please be patient and allow complete pages to download
before you try clicking any of the links.
Most web browsers display an indication of page loading progress,
typically in the "status bar" strip at the very bottom of the window.
Performance problems due to traffic loads on the web site, the internet, or at your ISP
are often transitory. If you have persistent problems, you may need to review
the connection speeds supported by your ISP and modem.
If you connect to the internet with a dialup connection to your ISP,
your modem may be too slow to download our Web pages, causing the page to timeout
before it's completely loaded. The problem may also be with the connection
speeds supported by your ISP's communication equipment.
If the difficulty is caused by a slow modem on your computer,
you may wish to consider upgrading it.
Slow modem speeds affect your computer's ability to access
the Web in general.
Although our Web pages aren't overly large, some do include graphical elements.
Your computer may not have enough memory to handle them.
If so, you may wish to consider a memory upgrade, if possible.
In most cases, memory upgrades improve your PC's performance in general.
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If you still need assistance after checking for solutions
in the information provided here,
contact the Far West Webmaster.