Business Buzz: Locals Love You More contests kicks off again
The Downtown Business Association is running the Locals Love You More contest from Oct. 1 through Dec. 31. Any locally owned business with 15 or fewer employees is invited to participate. Each participating business pays $50 and donates a prize. The prize can be merchandise, gift certificates or Spree Bucks. The $50 goes for prize money and advertising. The DBA needs payment and needs to know what your prize is ASAP so that it can include your business in advertising. Call Karen Brown 970-824-7898 or Nadine Daszkiewicz at 970-824-8148 to sign up or for more information.
New French restaurant opens Monday
A real French chef and his wife will host a grand opening all day for their new restaurant called The French Bistro on Monday at 1740 E. U.S. Highway 40 in Craig in the former Mom and Pops BBQ space. The bistro will be open seven days a week, serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. It also will offer catering to the community. For more information, call 970-620-2500.
Former bank directors to serve on Bank of the San Juans Board of Directors
Tom Melchior, chairman of the board of Bank of the San Juans, announced that the former directors of First National Bank of the Rockies have been asked to join the board of directors of Bank of the San Juans, according to a news release.
FNBR was acquired by Glacier Bancorp Inc. on Aug. 31, and the 10 FNBR offices were merged into Glacier’s Colorado Division, Bank of the San Juans of Durango.
Directors Dr. Ronald J. Danner, of Craig, Frederick M. Brodie IV (Rick) and Angelo Theos (Butch) will assume positions as directors at the upcoming Oct. 21 meeting of the board of directors for Bank of the San Juans to be held at the Meeker office of Bank of the San Juans. Former FNBR director Joe Holeyfield retired from the FNBR board in August.
Danner resides in Craig, where he has practiced as an optometrist for many years. Rick Brodie is a retired construction company executive living in Steamboat Springs, and Butch Theos resides in Meeker, where he and his son operate a sheep ranching business.
About Bank of the San Juans
Bank of the San Juans, Division of Glacier Bank is a full-service community bank operating in 13 offices in Western Colorado. Glacier Bank, headquartered in Kalispell, Montana, with assets of over $8 billion, operates in the states of Montana, Washington, Idaho, Utah, Wyoming and Colorado.
BBB warns about phony IRS calls
If you receive a phone call from the Internal Revenue Service demanding payment, it’s OK to hang up, according to a press release from the Better Business Bureau Serving Northern Colorado and Wyoming.
BBB has seen a spike in calls and emails this fall from consumers reporting the fraudulent calls.
Potential phone scam victims may be told that they owe money that must be paid immediately to the IRS or they are entitled to big refunds. When unsuccessful the first time, sometimes phone scammers call back trying a new strategy.
The IRS does not call taxpayers out of the blue, but rather sends official correspondence through the mail. A red flag for the IRS scams are angry, threatening calls from people who say they are from the IRS and urging immediate payment.
Keep in mind that the IRS:
• Never asks for credit card, debit card or prepaid card information over the telephone.
• Never insists that taxpayers use a specific payment method to pay tax obligations
• Never requests immediate payment over the telephone and will not take enforcement action immediately following a phone conversation. Instead, taxpayers usually receive prior notification of IRS enforcement action involving IRS tax liens or levies.
Other characteristics of these scams include:
• Scammers use fake names and IRS badge numbers. They generally use common names and surnames to identify themselves.
• Scammers may be able to recite the last four digits of a victim’s Social Security number.
• Scammers spoof the IRS toll-free number on caller ID to make it appear that it’s the IRS calling.
• Scammers sometimes send bogus IRS emails to some victims to support their bogus calls.
• Victims hear background noise of other calls being conducted to mimic a call site.
• After threatening victims with jail time or driver’s license revocation, scammers hang up and others soon call back pretending to be from the local police or DMV, and the caller ID supports their claim.
If you get a phone call from someone claiming to be from the IRS, here’s what you should do:
• If you know you owe taxes or you think you might owe taxes, call the IRS at 1-800-829-1040.
• If you know you don’t owe taxes or have no reason to think that you owe any taxes (for example, you’ve never received a bill or the caller made some bogus threats as described above), then call and report the incident to the U.S. Inspector for General Tax Administration at 1-800-366-4484.
• You can file a complaint using the FTC Complaint Assistant; choose “Other” and then “Imposter Scams.” If the complaint involves someone impersonating the IRS, include the words “IRS Telephone Scam” in the notes.
For more consumer tips and information, visit bbb.org.
Colorado treats marijuana taxes like ‘a piggy bank,’ but top lawmakers want to limit spending to two areas
The complaints from constituents and policy advocates are aimed at the Marijuana Tax Cash Fund, a depository for about half of the $272 million the state is expected to generate this fiscal year from marijuana-related taxes. The legislature has guidelines for how the money should be spent, but lawmakers can use it for just about anything they want. And in practice, they do, splitting the money among dozens of different programs, across more than a dozen state agencies.