Craig Briefs: Beware of fraudulent flood relief collectors

The Craig Police Department is advising citizens to be cautious when donating money to organizations that claim to be collecting funds to help provide relief to the victims of the recent floods in Colorado, according to a press release.

A number of legitimate groups exist that easily can be checked out to insure that they are valid organizations. The Salvation Army and Red Cross are trusted names and the media groups in the Denver area are good sources for information.

One Craig business recently found that its business phone number had, for lack of a better explanation, been “hacked.” Customers calling the business were immediately transferred to someone in California who would answer and inform the caller that they were taking donations for Colorado flood victims.

The business notified the phone company, but no further information was obtained that would identify those involved in this activity.

In addition, be cautious of groups that solicit through phone calls and check them out thoroughly before giving any personal information or donations.

If you have any concerns about the group you might be donating to, you also can visit the Colorado Secretary of State’s website at www.sos.state.co.us/ccsa/CcsaInquiryMain.do to inquire.

Kinder Family Clinic welcomes new staffers at open house tonight

Kinder Family Clinic is hosting a welcome reception for Shannon Becker, MD and Lauri Morgan, DNP, from 4:30 to 6 p.m. tonight at the Kinder Family Clinic located at 595 Russell St. The clinic welcomes the public to stop in to meet their new family practice physician and nurse practitioner.

Opinions sought from residents on secession

An open meeting about Moffat County seceding from Colorado will be held at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 2 at the Moffat County Fairgrounds Pavilions.

The event offers an opportunity for Moffat County residents to talk about how they feel about secession. Guest speakers include Sen. Greg Brophy, R-Wray, Jeff Hare and Weld County Commissioner Sean Conway. A reception with refreshments will be held following the meeting. The local Farm Bureau and Bears Ears Tea Party Patriots are sponsoring the event. For more information, contact Rick Barnes at 970-629-1165.

County participating in Philanthropy Days

Online registration is open for the Northwest Colorado Rural Philanthropy Days conference slated for today through Friday at Winter Park Resort. The northwest region for RPD represents five counties: Grand, Jackson, Moffat, Rio Blanco and Routt. Event organizers are hoping to expand the turnout this year, hosted every four years in each region throughout the state, according to a press release.

The 2013 Rural Philanthropy Days theme is “Making Tracks: Connecting past and building a future.” The events provide trainings for staff and directors; forums with Front Range funders and government representatives about the region’s achievements and challenges; informal networking for face time with funders; capacity-building workshops; inspiring speakers; and a new youth track, the release said. Registration includes three days of meals, including a barbecue dinner at the Fraser Valley Sports Complex. To learn more, view a complete event agenda and register online, visit www.northwestrpd.org.

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