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Business Buzz: FNBR has been renamed Bank of the San Juans

Craig Daily Press Staff Report

One of the oldest banks in northwest Colorado rebranded its business with 10 First National Bank of the Rockies branches — including one in Craig — being renamed Bank of the San Juans following an acquisition by Montana-based Glacier Bancorp Inc., according to a news release.

Customers will notice few changes at the Grand Junction, Steamboat Springs, Craig, Hayden, Meeker, Rangely and Oak Creek banking offices where staff will remain unchanged.

A division of Glacier, Durango-based Bank of the San Juans was founded in 1998 and operated as an independent community bank until 2008, when it was bought by the Montana bank holding company.

Bank of the San Juans will support the same community programs as First National Bank of the Rockies, and local managers will still make local banking decisions.

Craig downtown facade meeting set for Tuesday

Businesses will have an opportunity to hear the final report Tuesday from Chris Endresen, UC Denver, who has been working on the Downtown Craig façade designs. The meeting is at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, in the Craig City Council chambers.

Design guidelines for downtown storefronts will be presented as well as some examples of designs of facade renovations of some downtown Craig businesses, according to an email from the community assessment team. Downtown stakeholders are encouraged to attend.

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Scammers using stolen celebrity photos as bait

Better Business Bureau Serving Northern Colorado and Wyoming warns that scammers may be taking advantage of the recent leak of nude celebrity photos to trick people into clicking on links to fraudulent websites as a means to spread malware that can lead to identity theft, according to a press release.

The celebrity photo leak claimed to offer hundreds of compromising photos of female celebrities, including Oscar-winning actress Jennifer Lawrence, Sports Illustrated model Kate Upton, pop singer Rihanna and others. News reports indicate the leak may have been the result of hacking into Apple iCloud or other "cloud" photo storage. The FBI is investigating.

"Clicking on these links or downloading photos can instead install malware on your computer or smartphone," Shelley Polansky, BBB vice president of communications, said in a statement. "Some sites may ask for personal information that can lead to identity theft or be used for additional spamming."

BBB urges consumers to take the following steps to avoid scams shared through email and social media:

Don't take the bait. Stay away from promotions of "exclusive," "shocking" or "sensational" video or photos.

When in doubt, throw it out. Delete unsolicited emails or social media messages that raise red flags.

Hover over a link to see its true destination. Before you click, mouse over the link to see where it will take you. Don't click on links leading to unfamiliar websites.

Organic certification assistance available

The United States Department of Agriculture has entered into a cooperative agreement with the Colorado Department of Agriculture, Division of Plant Industry, to distribute cost-share reimbursements to organic producers and handlers, according to a press release.

In order to qualify for this year's reimbursement, producers and handlers must have received certification or continuation of certification by a USDA accredited certifying agent commencing Oct. 1, 2013 through Sept. 30, 2014.

Under the Food, Conservation and Energy Act of 2013, cost share assistance payments are limited to 75 percent of an individual producer's or handler's certification costs up to a maximum of $750 per category of certification. These funds will be distributed until exhausted on a first-come, first-served basis. The deadline for submitting application is Nov. 15, 2014.

For copies of the cost assistance forms, visit http://www.colorado.gov/ag/dpi or call Barbara Rosenbach at 303-869-9051.