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Business Buzz: Craig cinema offering ticket deal for October

Craig Daily Press Staff Report

At midweek, grab your sweetheart and head for the movies, because the West Theatre is trying something new.

For the remainder of October, Wednesday night is Date Night at West Theatre, 29 E. Victory Way. Couples attending the 7 p.m. show will get a buy-one-get-one-free deal for their admission.

Manager Debbie Winder said this will hopefully be the first in a series of special monthly offers for moviegoers, depending on how well the initial promotion works.

The establishment is currently screening the romance "The Best of Me" and the animated "The Boxtrolls."

For more information, call 970-824-2000.

Supply company expands inventory

Severson Supply & Rental, 2453 W. First St., recently became an official dealer of Bobcat products.

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North Dakota-based Bobcat Company manufactures a number of heavy-duty farm and construction machinery. Severson has been selling Bobcat parts for about the past month.

Severson General Manager Todd Jourgensen said the process to become a dealer began earlier this year and has worked well thus far. The business is expected to revitalize a special building on its property specifically for the items in the Bobcat line.

"We're not totally organized just yet, but we'll be there in about a month," he said. "There's quite a few Bobcats in the area, so it's going to increase our business quite a bit."

For more information on Severson Supply & Rental, call 970-824-9481.

Moffat County retail sales dip in early 2014

Last week, the Craig Daily Press reported on Yampa Valley Data Partners' Fast Facts that outline economic indicators in the Yampa Valley. The newspaper left out the retail sector of the report, which shows a slump in Moffat County retail sales.

Moffat County retail sales over the first four months of 2014 lagged 10 percent behind sales for the same period in 2013, with the lodging sector showing the most severe decline, according to YVDP. Yet, Routt County retail sales over the first four months of 2014 were 6.1 percent ahead of the previous year.

BBB warns about Ebola scams and schemes

Better Business Bureau is warning consumers about a variety of Ebola-related scams and problematic fundraisers that have emerged recently, according to a news release from the organization.

BBB Wise Giving Alliance is working with BBB Serving Dallas and Northeast Texas, where the first victim died and two nurses became infected; BBB Serving Greater Cleveland, where one of the nurses traveled before getting sick; and several other local BBBs to investigate some of the Ebola-related efforts.

A fundraising page on GoFundMe was created Wednesday to raise donations for Amber Joy Vinson, the nurse who traveled from Dallas to Cleveland and is currently being treated in Atlanta for Ebola. The site may have been the work of a well-intentioned individual, but members of Vinson's family tell BBB they did not authorize the effort. Although that page has since been shut down, there are more than 100 GoFundMe pages raising money for various Ebola campaigns.

Several BBBs have also reported on phone solicitation from an organization supposedly raising money to help with Ebola. When pressed, the caller says he is from a famous charity's chapter in the Bronx, New York. BBB Metro New York confirmed that no such branch exists and that the solicitation is likely a scam.

BBB warns donors to carefully research any charitable efforts — especially those that surface following an event that gains media attention.

Be sure and check out charities at give.org, the charity reporting arm of BBB. Confirm that the group is actually a charity; charitable organizations that have received tax-exempt status provide more opportunities for verification.