Area briefs for June 1

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Police warn about puppy rescue scam

Residents should be skeptical about Web sites, MySpace postings and print advertisements asking people to help save puppies that are in desperate straits, the Craig Police Department warned Tuesday.

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The Council of Better Business Bureaus and the American Kennel Club also have issued warnings about fraudulent Web sites, police said.

The sites and ads typically show puppies that somehow have become stuck in Nigeria or other countries and are offered free to new owners. A variation is to offer the puppies, such as purebred English bulldogs, a particularly expensive breed, at discounted prices.

People who have responded to the ads eventually were asked to send hundreds of dollars to cover costs such as shipping, customs, taxes, and inoculations.

No matter how much was paid, no puppies ever arrived, police said.

Police said the scam is a version of an "advance fee" con out of Nigeria, Cameroon and similar areas. The scams are designed to draw unsuspecting victims into deals that seem promising, but end up fraudulent.

"In the end," police Lt. John Forgay wrote in a press release, "the transactions are never completed, and the victim is out the money."

For more information, call Forgay at 826-2367.


Pankey/Miller family reunion set for June 30

The Pankey/Miller family reunion is scheduled for June 30 at the Moffat County Fairgrounds Pavilion. It is an all-day event.

A potluck dinner is scheduled for 2 p.m., and entertainment will be in the evening. Participants are encouraged to bring family photos and memories to share.

For information and/or to get on the mailing list and RSVP, contact LuAnn Kline at 970-824-4139 or at kluann@juno.com, or contact Jan Gerber at 824-3341 or at jangerber@yahoo.com.

Volunteers sought for Steamboat Marathon

Organizers of the 26th annual Steamboat Marathon seek volunteers for the marathon, half marathon, 10K and Fun Run.

The event is scheduled for June 2 and 3. Those who volunteer receive an official event T-shirt and lunch on race day.

Call Molly at 875-7009 or visit the Visitor's Center at 1255 S. Lincoln Ave., Steamboat Springs, to volunteer.

Sheriff's Office golf tournament June 2

The Moffat County Sheriff's Office is hosting the 20th annual Moffat County Sheriff's Office Scholarship Fund Golf Tournament to award scholarships to deserving Moffat County High School graduates.

The tournament is June 2, at Yampa Valley Golf Course, and is a four-man scramble format team event. Contests will be held for long drive, closest to the pin and at a chipping pond.

Anyone interested is invited to attend and continue the tradition of awarding scholarships, of which $50,000 have been awarded during the years. Entry forms can be picked up at the golf course or at the Sheriff's Office.

For more information, call Rick Holford at 826-2308 or K.C. Hume at 826-2310.

Huck Finn Fun Day scheduled for June 2

The Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4265 and Ladies Auxiliary, co-sponsored by the Department of Wildlife, host the Craig Huck Finn Fun Day from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. June 2 at Loudy-Simpson Park.

There are three age groups for youth fishing: 1 to 5, 6 to 10 and 11 to 15. Homemade fishing poles and costume judging contest is from 9 to 9:50 a.m., safety and rules are from 9:50 to 10 a.m., and prize fishing will be from 10 to 11:30 a.m.

No fishing licenses are required; it is Colorado Free Fishing Day.

For more information, contact Johnny Garcia at 620-4120.

Registration day for SHARE Craig is June 6

SHARE Craig, which offers low-cost groceries to residents, has registration day from 5 to 7 p.m. June 6 at St. Michael Catholic Church 768 School St.

Every package customers purchase also helps to put food on the table for another family in the community.

To order from SHARE, visit Craig SHARE at St. Michaels Catholic Church, 678 School St., on June 6 from 5 to 7 p.m. or more information, call 1-800-933-7427, or you can order online at www.sharecolorado.com

Police warn about

telephone scams

Residents have reported to the Craig Police Department and the Moffat County Sheriff's Office that they have received phone calls designed to elicit personal information, the law enforcement agencies reported Tuesday.

The calls originate from Michigan, and callers have indicated they are representing a company called Bay Health Syst-M about lab tests. Should they be speaking with a person who has recently had lab work completed, the callers then begin asking questions to verify records and obtain information such as a Social Security number, the Police Department reported.

The caller, who has most often been described as "foreign sounding," also asked about personal mortgage information, police said.

Police reiterated Tuesday that residents should never give out personal information on the telephone, specifically during "cold calls" from companies or organizations that they have never heard of, recall doing any business with or requested a phone call from.

Police advise residents to hang up during a suspicious telephone call and notify local law enforcement so they can check out the validity of the call.

For more information, call Lt. John Forgay, of the Police Department, at 826-2367.

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