Briefs for Oct. 13

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After a debit card fraud incident that recently affected a Craig man, the bank that issued the card stresses that victims of debit/credit card fraud enjoy zero liability.

"These incidents tend to focus attention on the risk of becoming a victim of fraud," said Todd Young, manager of the Craig office of First National Bank of the Rockies. "While that risk is real and we encourage our customers to take the proper steps to minimize risk, we also want to make it clear that financially, their liability in cases of fraud is zero."

Young said the bank has several safeguards in place to protect their customers from fraud.

"Through a three-tiered system that includes Visa, the Star network which processes credit card transactions, and FNBR's internal network, every account is continually monitored to detect suspicious or unusual activity," he said.

Visa also protects online shoppers with the "Verified by Visa" program which requires a password during checkout before a transaction can be completed, Young said. When a red flag appears, the transaction is paused until the identity of the buyer is confirmed.


Power plant back on after train derailment

Power plant operations are back up and running after a train derailment Oct. 3 at Craig Station, said Tri-State Generation and Transmission spokesman Jim Van Someren.

According to an update Van Someren received late last week, all eight cars that derailed were back on the track. He said all the spilled coal should be picked up by now.

A report from an independent inspector is expected in the next week.

The cause of the incident and the cost to the power plant to clean it up have not been released.


VNA offers free flu

vaccinations Nov. 4

Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association (VNA) hosts a free mass flu vaccination clinic from 8 a.m. to noon Nov. 4 at Centennial Mall, 1111 W. Victory Way. Flu shots will be free for all who attend.

VNA has taken an active role in preparedness training and preparation in Northwest Colorado to prepare for disease outbreak. "This clinic is just one way to test VNA's plan and staff procedures while providing a valuable service to the community, said Steve Hilley, regional all hazards training coordinator for VNA, "We hope to vaccinate over 1,000 residents in four hours."

The clinic will serve as a kick off to flu season in Moffat County. Funding for flu vaccine is being provided by Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) on this day only as a part of the State of Colorado's Pandemic Flu Preparedness Planning. Residents of all ages in Moffat County are encouraged to get their flu shots on this day. Children under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian and should bring their immunization records.

The Center for Disease Control states, "October or November is the best time to get vaccinated, but you can still get vaccinated in December and later. Flu season can begin as early as October and last as late as May" (http://www.cdc.gov/flu/protect/keyfacts.htm). "This is a perfect time for Moffat County families to get vaccinated. It will keep them protected throughout the most significant portion of the upcoming flu season," said Jacque Malley, public health nurse at VNA.

For more information on the Nov. 4 event, call Carrie Godes, director of community care for VNA, at 824-8233, 745 Russell St. For more information on VNA's flu clinics and details on this year's flu season, visit www.nwcovna.info and click on "Flu Season 2006,"or call the VNA flu hotline at 871-7684.


Ski, sports swap set for Steamboat Springs

The annual Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club ski and sports swap is scheduled to take place from 8 p.m. until everyone goes home on Oct. 20 for the early birds, and from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. on Oct. 21.

Thousands of items including used summer and winter sports equipment will be sold on consignment at the sale.

The ski and sports swap is at the Steamboat Springs Middle School, 5100 Amethyst Drive, Steamboat Springs. Proceeds from the sale will benefit the Winter Sports Club.

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