Craig briefs: Injured worker flown to Grand Junction hospital

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A man working at The Memorial Hospital construction site was injured Tuesday afternoon in "some type of industrial accident," a Craig Police Department representative said.

The man was treated at TMH and then transported by air at about 4:30 p.m. to St. Mary's Hospital in Grand Junction once he was in stable condition, said Beka Warren, TMH chief quality officer.

St. Mary's will provide specialized physical trauma care.

Warren described the person's injuries as "not life-threatening, but serious."

The man was the only person brought to the hospital from the TMH construction site that day, she added.

Neither Warren, Craig Fire/Rescue nor Police Department officials knew what caused the man's injuries.

Colorado Lottery warns about mailing scam

The Colorado Lottery is warning consumers to steer clear of a new Lottery scam that promises $85,000 in easy cash.

The scammers (using Colorado Lottery logos and a Denver mailing address) are contacting consumers through the mail, informing them that they've won an unclaimed prize and asking them to call a number in Montreal to claim the winnings.

Their names, the letter claims, were drawn from databases culled from Reader's Digest, Publishers Clearinghouse, and Computer Games and Sweepstakes. The letters also include a check for $2,150, which is meant to cover processing fees and will be deducted from an individual's winnings.

"Don't cash that check. It is not an official Colorado Lottery check, and cashing it may give a scam artist access to your personal bank account information," warned Colorado Lottery Director Jack Boehm. "Consumers should always be suspicious for offers of quick money, particularly if the deal requires a 'winner' to pay fees in order to collect a prize. The Colorado Lottery never requires 'good faith' money from its players."

Consumers who receive the letter should disregard the check (and any associated offers) and report the scam to the proper authorities.

Questions or concerns about the scam should be reported to Lottery security at 1-800-999-2959 or the Federal Trade Commission at www.ftc.gov or 1-877-FTC-HELP.

The following tips should help consumers avoid falling prey to lottery scams:

• Never reveal your credit card and bank account numbers to anyone unless you are certain the contact is legitimate, from a reputable company with whom you have a long-term relationship.

• It is illegal for U.S. citizens to participate in foreign lotteries through the mail, so throw away any letters claiming you've won a large prize.

• Be suspicious if you receive a winning notice for a drawing you never entered or purchased a ticket.

• Never give money or valuables to a stranger to redeem a lottery prize.

"It's tragic when our security team talks to someone who has lost money to these thieves," Boehm said. "That's why we want to equip our consumers with as much knowledge as possible about identifying scams."

The Colorado Lottery will contact winners directly only when an individual wins a second-chance drawing. The agency has no knowledge of winners of Lottery games - Scratch, Powerball, Lotto and Cash 5 - until those individuals claim their prizes. For more information about claiming Colorado Lottery prizes, visit the Winners section at www.coloradolottery.com

Poetry contest winners to read entries Friday

The winners for the Third Annual Eighth-Grade Poetry Contest, sponsored by Carol Jacobson and Caroline Dotson, of Downtown Books, are as follows:

• Dawn Balstad Writing Classes

First place: "Life," by Zach Booco

Second place: "Mexico in My Mind," by Alexander Perez

Third place: "I'll Love You Forever," by Kylee Gorringe

Honorable mentions: "Rifle Falls," by Erica Dilldine; "Power Plant," by Nicole Sollenberger

• David Morris Writing Classes

First place: "The Ride," by Garrett Buckley

Second place: "Technology," by Mitch Romney

Third place: "Storm," by Matt Hulstine

Honorable mentions: "Basketball," by Lisa Camilletti; "Mother Tree," by Jaycee McCoy

Students, friends and families are invited to listen to the winners read their poems at 5 p.m. Friday in Alice Pleasant Park in downtown Craig. For more information, call 824-5343.

'The Little Princess' to show at 2 p.m. Sunday

The Wyman Museum, 94350 E. Highway 40, will be hosting a matinee at 2 p.m. Sunday. The feature is "The Little Princess," starring Shirley Temple and Richard Greene. Admission is $5 for adults and $2.50 for children 12 and younger. For more information, call 824-6346.

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