Briefs for Nov. 7

A telephone scam targeting elderly people has been occurring across the country, according to a press release from the Craig Police Department.

The scam works by getting the victim to give out his or her bank account information over the phone, according to the statement.

The caller says they work for the bank and need to verify account information, the statement reads.

Craig Police encourage people to be cautious of any phone solicitations and to never give personal information over the phone.

Wildlife commission sets lion hunting rules

At a meeting in Greeley last week, the Colorado Wildlife Commission approved new rules for mountain lion hunting.

Commissioners set the 2006 mountain lion quota statewide at 557. The lion season start date was set to the first day after the last combined big-game rifle season. The change in date will keep lion season from overlapping the busy big-game hunting seasons.

In response to petitions provided by the Colorado Outfitters Association, United Houndsmen and Sinapu, the Wildlife Commission instructed Division of Wildlife staff to prepare a mandatory training program for lion hunters. The training will be structured to assist lion hunters in distinguishing lion gender and also may address other lion hunting issues, such as trespass by hounds. Mandatory training could take effect Jan. 1, 2007, however additional regulatory action will be required by the commission when a draft of the training is developed.

State awards hospital $228,268 grant

The Memorial Hospital has been awarded a $228,268 grant from the state for the purchase radiology equipment.

The Governor's Rural Healthcare Initiative awarded the grant to the hospital.

Hospital officials said the funds would enable it to use its equipment to save data on patient diagnosis and reduce ongoing costs.

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