Craig Biz Buzz for Jan. 19, 2015: Parks and Wildlife buys wildlife area from ExxonMobile


Craig Biz Buzz for Jan. 19, 2015: Parks and Wildlife buys wildlife area from ExxonMobile

Craig Daily Press Staff Report

— Colorado Parks and Wildlife has completed the acquisition of 695 acres, most of which is adjacent to the Rio Blanco State Wildlife Area, located a few miles west of Meeker, according to a news release.

Purchased from ExxonMobile with funding from Great Outdoors Colorado and from the sale of Habitat Stamps, the $1.5 million addition increases the Rio Blanco SWA from 390 acres to nearly 1,000 acres of wildlife habitat.

“It took years of planning and negotiations, but it’s finally done and we are proud of this accomplishment,” Area Wildlife Manager Bill de Vergie, of Meeker, said in a statement. “Anytime we can preserve habitat, wildlife benefits and so do the people of Colorado.”

The parcel includes approximately 1 mile of access to the White River and several hay fields and wetlands. It will feature waterfowl, small game and some limited big game hunting opportunities. In addition, it will provide winter range for deer and elk, which is critical for their survival.

The negotiations for this property included a land swap completed in 2013. That exchange gave ExxonMobil more than 900 acres of Parks and Wildlife land located adjacent to Rio Blanco County Road 5, known as the Square S hayfields. In return, Parks and Wildlife received more than 1,500 acres that became the new Colorow SWA, located north of Colorado Highway 64.

For more information, call Parks and Wildlife’s Meeker office at 970-878-6090.

Resolve to find a business mentor in 2015

Finding a great mentor is one of the smartest moves an entrepreneur can make to boost their chances of success, according to the Small Business Association. The SBA and its partner organizations offer free and confidential one-on-one counseling, training and mentorship to entrepreneurs looking to start a new business or grow an existing one.

Last year, nationally, SBA and its partners helped small firms secure more than $4.7 billion in capital, start more than 13,500 new companies, and create and retain more than 70,000 American jobs.

SBA’s partner network includes SCORE, Small Business Development Centers, and Women Business Centers. Colorado is home to 14 SBDC centers, five SCORE offices and a WBC located at the Mi Casa Business Resource Center in Denver.

Together, the network serves and mentors individuals of all stripes, including women, entrepreneurs age 50 and older, veterans and millennial entrepreneurs. Connect with one of SBA’s resources partners or a local SBA office by visiting or calling 303-844-2607.

Businesses should beware of domain name registration emails

Better Business Bureau Serving Northern Colorado and Wyoming warns business owners to be wary of email messages from third parties recommending that their website domain names be renewed now to prevent cancellation later.

Local business owners report that the email indicates it is being sent as “courtesy to domain name holders” and subtlety suggests that renewing through a party other than the domain name company allows for “choice.”

The fraudulent emails often fool business owners who take a “buy it and forget it” approach to their website domain names, and scammers aren’t afraid to prey on that lack of knowledge.

BBB offers the following tips:

• Know your top-level domains. Scammers use scare tactics as a way to sell unpopular top level domains, such as “,” at inflated prices. If your company has interests in Asia, you may want to consider purchasing URLs that end in the country codes, such as .jp (Japan), .kr (South Korea) or .sg (Singapore).

• Check for high prices. Domain registration shouldn’t vary wildly between registrars.

• Select a single business to register all your domain names. Beware phony invoices for domains you never purchased by selecting a single provider to register your domains and maintain one account. Include more than one contact person on your registration.

• Watch for poor grammar and spelling. Scam emails often are rife with typos.

• Ignore calls for immediate action. Scammers try to get you to act before you think by creating a sense of urgency. Don’t fall for it.

For more consumer tips and information, visit

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