Craig briefs for Dec. 1

Police: Con artists trying to scam residents

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— Craig residents continue to receive calls and correspondence related to fraudulent activity through the mail, the Craig Police Department reported Thursday.

Two incidents are examples of the attempted scams that have occurred recently, police said.

In the first, a Craig resident received a telephone call indicating the resident would be receiving a new medical identification card. The resident "quickly realized that this was not a legitimate call," when the caller asked for personal information, such as a Social Security number and bank account information.

The resident hung up, police said.

In the second incident, a Craig resident received a letter from someone posing as an attorney in Spain. The letter indicated the correspondence was "utterly confidential and top secret."

The letter claimed a person with the same last name as the resident receiving the letter had died and left a considerable inheritance behind. The person posing as the attorney was "acting on behalf of the deceased to secure the funds before they are confiscated," police reported.

The attorney asked for a 20 percent fee - to be shared, the letter added, with charity organizations - to help transfer the money out of Spain.

Police warn residents not to give out personal information over the phone.

"Any unsolicited mail or e-mail asking for assistance in moving money out of another country is a scam," police said. "Notification of foreign lottery winnings or requests to be 'secret or mystery shoppers' with checks enclosed are fraudulent."

Any residents who believe he or she has been contacted by scam artists should contact the police department.

Christmas tree fundraiser begins

The Craig Lion's Club annual Christmas tree sale is from 3 to 8 p.m. each day in the parking lot of Kmart, west of McDonalds. Proceeds go toward scholarships. Prices range from $30 to $70, with three sizes ranging from 5- to 10-foot trees.

Tobacco-free quit kits available

Tobacco-free quit kits for smokers and chewers are available at the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association offices in Craig, 745 Russell St., and in Steamboat Springs, 940 Central Park Drive, Suite 101.

The kits promote the Colorado QuitLine and free support from a trained coach who guides and supports individuals through the quitting process. Research shows tobacco users are seven times more likely to end the tobacco habit with the QUITLINE than if they try to quit on their own.

Four weeks of free nicotine patches are available, a $100 value. Nicotine gum is also available.

Call 1-800-QUIT-NOW (784-8669). Call the VNA at 871-7664 for further assistance.

Youth Wellness meeting Tuesday

Several Northwest Colorado agencies are working together to create a campaign to prevent underage drinking. This campaign will focus on parent responsibility, community education and youth access to alcohol in our community.

The Youth Wellness Initiative is scheduled to meet from 5:45 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at Moffat County High School Room 308. Refreshments will be provided. For more information or to RSVP, call Diane Miller at the VNA 871-7609.

Moffat County named in disaster declaration

Moffat County has been named as a contiguous county to one or more counties in Wyoming in the Secretarial Natural Disaster Determination, the Moffat County USDA Farm Service Agency reported.

The disaster declaration was due to losses caused by drought that occurred from Jan. 1 and on.

As a result of the declaration, Moffat County is eligible for federal disaster assistance, which includes Farm Service Agency emergency loans for eligible family farmers. Family-sized farm operations in eligible counties may qualify for low-interest emergency loans from the FSA, provided certain requirements are met.

Emergency loan applications will be accepted through July 7, 2008. Applications may be picked up at the Farm Service Agency in Steamboat Springs, 1475 Pine Grove Road.

For more information, call 970-879-3225.

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