Briefs: Sept. 22

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Fraud is a prevalent criminal act in today's society, police said, and examples of con artists attempting to bilk money from unsuspecting residents comes in a variety of forms.

On Thursday, the Craig Police Department released a warning of popular scams that are making their way across the country.

"Unfortunately, many people fall prey to these scams and find themselves in the middle of unexpected problems, as opposed to unexpected riches," police said in a press release.

The latest, popular scams include those involving the lottery, Internet shopping and offers for stay at home employment, police said.

"(Residents) must remain vigilant against offers that appear too good to be true, especially when they appear without notice," police said. "As always, law enforcement encourages citizens to call if they have questions about contacts that seem suspicious or unusual."

For more information, call Lt. John Forgay at 826-2367.

Environmental program applications accepted

The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is taking applications for the 2007 Environmental Quality Incentives Program, the voluntary conservation program for farmers and ranchers.

The program offers financial and technical help for practices including irrigation systems, livestock water developments and cross-fencing of pastures to control grazing on wildlife habitat.

Cost share payments generally cover 50 percent of the cost of installing conservation practices.

Persons engaged in livestock or agricultural production on eligible land should call the NRCS at the USDA Center in Craig at 824-3476.

2007 pet calendars orders accepted

The Humane Society of Moffat County is now accepting orders for its 2007 PetMates calendars.

The calendars feature color photos of the 12 local pets that were the winners of the Humane Society's annual PetMates contest. The cover will be a color collage of the 12 runners-up.

Calendars ordered before Oct. 13 will be $10 each. After Oct. 13, the cost will be $12 each. All proceeds benefit the Humane Society.

To place an order, call 870-7500 and leave a message, or call Sandy Feeney at 824-4360.

BLM to host

wild horse adoption

The Bureau of Land Management's White River Field Office hosts a wild horse and burro adoption at 9:30 a.m. Sept. 30 at the Yellow Creek Corrals, 30 miles west of Meeker.

About 25 animals, including studs, mares and yearlings recently gathered from the Piceance/East Douglas Herd Management Area, will be sold at a "silent-bid" adoption. The minimum bid is $125.

These horses include bay, black, sorrel and browns, but there is also a mixture of gray, buckskin, palomino and pintos. Their sizes range from 14 to 15 hands at maturity.

The corrals are 30 miles west of Meeker on Rio Blanco County Road 20.

For additional information, call the White River Field Office at (970) 878-3800.

Home School group hosts kick-off dinner

The Northwest Colorado Home School Association hosts a fall kick-off potluck dinner at 6 p.m. Saturday at Loudy-Simpson Park.

Anyone who is currently home schooling or interested in finding out more about home schooling is invited to attend.

Take one main dish and either a dessert or a side dish. Place settings and drinks provided.

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