News briefs for July 1

Protect yourself from scams

According to the Craig Police Department, scams are here to stay and are becoming increasingly common.

Some of the most active scams today:

  • Foreign lotteries: Resident receives a notice that he or she has won a lottery outside the United States. It is against Federal law to operate foreign lotteries in the United States through the use of phone or mail contact.
  • Phishing: Legitimate mail or e-mail is sent asking victims to confirm or verify sensitive account information. The message says that failure to correct this information will result in severe consequences to accounts and credit ratings.
  • Nigerian letters: Letter or e-mail is sent asking for the victim's assistance in removing large sums of money from a foreign country. It says that victims will receive a portion of the money in return.
  • Federal grant money: Victim receives a phone call saying that he or she has been chosen to receive a federal grant. Victims are asked to send money to cover certain costs, but they never receive the grants.
  • Internet sales: Residents have placed items for sale, via the internet. They receive contact from possible buyers who indicate they want to buy the items but will send a third party check for more than the item's asking price. They then ask the seller to wire the extra money to them.

The Craig Police Department advises residents to never give out personal information over the phone or pay upfront fees if they have won something in a contest. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

Those who think they are the victims of a scam should contact their local law enforcement agency.

Two cases of West Nile reported in Colorado

The Colorado Department of Health announced this week Colorado's first two cases of West Nile virus in 2005.

The first West Nile victim was a 50-year-old Weld County woman. She was not hospitalized for the virus and is now recovering, according to the Department of Public Health and Environment.

The second person to contract the virus was a 17-year-old from Fort Collins. A Department of Health news release reported he was hospitalized briefly and is recovering.

Colorado is the third state to report cases of West Nile this year. Kansas and South Dakota had cases earlier in June.

In 2004, 291 Coloradoans contracted West Nile, none of them in Moffat County.

Assembly of God hosts Celebrate America

Craig Assembly of God will host the sixth annual Celebrate America at 10 a.m. Sunday. There will be a free barbecue, balloons and other surprises. This year, the church is teaming up with Sweet Adelines and the Veterans of Foreign Wars to make it a memorable celebration.

Those who have served in the military or have a family member who has served, or anyone who would like to honor those who have served are welcome.

For more information, call 824-8224.

DOW asking people to report animal sightings

Wildlife watchers in the western half of the state can help the Colorado Division of Wildlife track moose and river otters by reporting any sightings to a local DOW office.

Moose were transplanted in Northern Colorado in the 1970s and in southwest Colorado in 1992. Since then, the population has increased steadily. But because the moose are solitary animals and spread out over wide areas, it is difficult for wildlife managers to track their progress.

If you spot a moose or river otter while you are out hiking, fishing or sightseeing, please make some notes if possible. Wildlife managers need location, GPS coordinates if possible, type of terrain, number of animals, color, sex, and if animals are adults or juveniles.

To report a sighting, call (970) 255-6100; Monte Vista, (719) 587-6900; Gunnison, (970) 641-7060; Montrose, (970) 252-6000; Durango, (970) 247-0855.

Craig fire district

taking applications

Craig Rural Fire Protection District is accepting applications for probationary firefighters. Successful applicants must be 18 or older, pass a medical physical, psychological evaluation, department physical agility test, drug screen, criminal background check, possess a valid Colorado driver's license and have a good driving record.

Successful applicants will be required to become state certified Firefighter I and pass all other required fire department training within the first year. All needed training will be provided through Craig Fire/Rescue.

Positions are volunteer/paid-on-call with vested retirement after 10 years of service.

Applications are available at the Craig Fire Station, 419 Yampa Ave. Office hours are 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday. Completed applications must be returned to the fire station no later than 3 p.m. Sept. 1. Call the fire station with questions at 824-5914.

Memorial fund set up in memory of Gotwald

A memorial fund has been established at Bank of the West in memory of Kenny Gotwald. Proceeds from the fund will benefit Gotwald's children, Rachel and Mikie.

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