Craig briefs for Jan. 14

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The High Plains Mustang Club is scheduled to unveil a diorama depicting statues planned for its proposed Colorado Wild Horse Monument and Interpretive Center at 2:30 p.m. Jan. 27 at Yampa Valley National Bank, 435 Mack Lane.

The Mustang Club plans to install the park near U.S. Highway 40 west of Craig. The diorama shows a scaled-down version of eight life-size bronze statues of wild horses included in park plans.

Local artist Curtis Zabel will complete the statues.

The Mustang Club also plans to install a handicap-accessible trail on the site, as well as picnic tables and kiosks with photographs of wild horse herds in Northwest Colorado and a map for visitors who would like to see them.

The Mustang Club plans to complete the park within two years.

The project is estimated to cost about $1.5 million. For more information, visit www.highplainsmustangs.com or call 824-0105.

Post office: Clear snow, ice from mailboxes

With the arrival of snow, ice and difficult weather conditions, the Craig post office is asking postal customers to always clear a safe, accessible path to mailboxes.

Post office requests include:

• Make sure the mailbox is visible and free of snow and ice.

• Make sure mailboxes are safely accessible for letter carriers.

• Clear the mailbox area of snow, sleet, slush, ice and debris.

If mailboxes are blocked off and conditions are too difficult, letter carriers must consider safety and accessibility first and are instructed not to deliver to mailboxes and locations considered too difficult or unsafe to access.

For more information, call the Craig post office at 824-8506.

Police: Beware of foreign fraud schemes

A new twist on the "Nigerian" scam entails attempting to legitimize mailings to people by appearing to be from the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Craig Police Department reported in a news release.

The mailings indicate the FBI is collaborating with other "international crime agencies" to stop fraud incidents occurring with the Central Bank of Nigeria. The letter purports to involve a claim for millions of dollars that requires contact for documentation on the claim in order to wire funds to the receiver of this letter.

"However," police report in the release, "reading the letter, it becomes obvious that there are numerous grammatical errors and omissions in the wording, which are a clear indication that the letter is not authentic and certainly did not originate with a federal entity. In addition, no federal organization would advise a citizen to contact a foreign business office, as in this case, reportedly the Central Bank of Nigeria."

Any similar correspondence, either by mail or e-mail, which present information involving foreign governments or banking institutions, and originate out of Canada, Europe or Nigeria, should alert the receiver that he or she is receiving fraudulent correspondence, police said.

Suspicions should be verified with the receiver's local bank or law enforcement.

Suicide prevention presentation Thursday

Reaching Everyone Preventing Suicide sponsors a seminar at 6 p.m. Thursday in Conference Room 2 at Yampa Valley Medical Center, 1024 Central Park Drive, in Steamboat Springs.

Erika Schmitz, a certified addiction counselor, will speak about factors that contribute to the development of dependence or substance abuse. Schmitz also will discuss treatment options, how residents can help someone and available resources.

The presentation is the first in a series designed to help the community understand stressors that can lead to suicide. The meeting is free and open to the public.

For more information, call 879-2141, ext. 4166.

Nurturing Parent Class accepting applications

The Nurturing Parenting Class, a community parenting class sponsored by Moffat County School District, for parents with children as old as 5, is taking applications for classes beginning Jan. 20.

Classes focus on building a positive relationship with a child and developing skills for teaching and disciplining young children.

Classes will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday evening from Jan. 20 to April 21. Dinner is served for the whole family before children go to their own class, taught by district teachers, and parents go to their class. There are classes for children as old as 12.

Flyers about the class are available at all local preschools, the VNA and Social Services.

For more information about the class or for a registration form, call Lynae Ellgen at 826-6282 or 824-7457 or stop by the Early Childhood Center at 775 Yampa Ave.

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