Craig briefs: City council moves meeting time to 6:30 p.m. |

Craig briefs: City council moves meeting time to 6:30 p.m.

After a few weeks experimenting with a 6 p.m. start time, Craig City Council decided to move its biweekly meeting to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday.

At the Oct. 13 meeting, councilor Joe Bird suggested moving the meeting's start from the original 7:30 p.m. time to 6 p.m.

The council voted on the issue, and it passed 6-1 with Kent Nielson voting in the minority.

On Dec. 8, the Craig City Council discussed the topic again after several councilors expressed concerns about having difficulty arriving at the new, earlier meeting on time.

The meeting time was brought to a vote again and the council settled on a 6:30 p.m. start time. Meetings will continue to be held every other week on Tuesday's at Craig City Hall.

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The Craig Daily Press is accepting Letters to Santa between now and Wednesday. From 3:30 to 6 p.m. on We-

dnesday, children will have an opportunity to meet Santa at the newspaper office, 466 Yampa Ave. Stop by to have kid's photo taken with Santa. Free hot chocolate and treats will be available. For more information, call 970-824-7031.

Bears Ears Tea Party Patriots schedule event

The Bears Ears Tea Party Patriots will hold a Colorado Constitution class from 6 to 10 p.m. Dec. 21 in Room 201 at the Bell Tower Building, 50 College Drive. There's no need to register for the class. Donations will be taken for Center for Self Governance.

Attend if you wan to learn the laws that govern Colorado.The website for this class is

Holiday scammers aim to deceive online usersHoliday scammers aim to deceive online users

Holiday scammers aim to deceive online users

Free shipping and two-day shipping are a boon for holiday shoppers wanting to avoid the hustle and bustle of in-store shopping. It's also a boon for scam artists who call or email to let you know you're receiving a package, or that a package can't be delivered, but who are really after your credit or debit card information, according to a news release from the Better Business Bureau.

In scenario No. 1 you get a phone call informing you a package is on the way. Later, a delivery person is at your door holding a gift basket. Although who sent the gift is unknown (there isn't a gift card attached), you decide to accept the gift. This is when the delivery person informs you that you need to pay a "verification fee." He slides your payment card through a hand-held scanner and off he goes — with your credit/debit card number, PIN and/or security code.

In scenario No. 2 you receive an email from a delivery company — FedEX, UPS, etc., — stating a package could not be delivered. You're asked to open an attachment in the email to obtain the airbill or invoice needed to pick up the package at a nearby distribution site. However, the attachment contains a virus that downloads onto your computer leaving you vulnerable for identity theft.

Better Business Bureau Serving Northern Colorado and Wyoming offer the following tips.

■ Be suspicious of a package from an unrecognized delivery service or source. If a friend or family member wants to surprise you, they will likely send a gift using an established service.

■ Do not give your credit or debit card to someone at your door. Unless you requested the package and expected to pay something, you shouldn't have a fee at delivery.

■ Asking for ID is OK, but not a credit card. It is not out of the ordinary to ask for identification when alcohol is delivered, but the receiver would not be required to pay a fee to receive a gift.

Colorado Gives Day 2015 raises $28.4 millionColorado Gives Day 2015 raises $28.4 million

Colorado Gives Day 2015 raises $28.4 million

Colorado donors opened their hearts again and donated $28.4 million to 1,884 nonprofits in only 24 hours on Colorado Gives Day, according to a news release. This record-breaking amount surpasses last year's $26.2 million total.

A record number of 123,999 donations have been recorded, a jump from last year's total of 107,862. Donations range from $10 to $1 million.

Colorado Gives Day is a statewide celebration to increase online giving. Colorado Gives Day is one the most successful events of its kind in the nation. Since its inception in 2010, the event has raised more than $111 million for Colorado nonprofits.

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Collisions up 15 percent through past year

Each fall, data shows an increase in wildlife-vehicle collisions on Colorado highways, according to a news release.

With the first few storms of the season, wildlife has moved down from the high country as they do each year, and they continue to move to food and water sources, crossing highways along their routes.

A majority of the collisions occur from dusk to dawn, during which time wildlife is more active and more difficult to see.

In Colorado, there were 3,960 wildlife-vehicle collisions reported to law enforcement in 2014 (the most recent data), increased from 3,437 in 2013 and higher than the 10-year average of 3,590 (the highest amount of hits reported in one year was 4,013 in 2012). Of the 3,960 WVCs in 2014, 3,667 involved vehicle damage, 287 involved injuries and 6 involved human fatalities, according to CDOT Traffic and Safety Division.

"While CDOT constructs and implements many wildlife mitigation features in known high-collision areas, there are things motorists can do to further reduce these incidents," CDOT Region 5 Traffic and Safety Engineer Mike McVaugh said in a statement. "Avoiding collisions with wildlife is not always possible, but we can all increase our reaction time by slowing down, especially at night, and being aware of animals near the roadsides."

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AAA offers tips to avoid expensive accidents

Collisions with animals can be both dangerous and costly.

According to the Insurance Information Institute, animal collisions result in about 200 human fatalities per year. Last year, AAA Insurance policyholders in Colorado involved in animal-related collisions had an average automobile insurance claim of $4,662.

October, November and December are the worst months for animal collisions.

October and November are especially dangerous during deer mating season.

As the days get shorter, drivers are more likely to be on the road at dawn and dusk, times of high animal activity.

Animals may be more difficult to see as it gets darker earlier.

Indoor pickleball space available to seniorsIndoor pickleball space available to seniors

Indoor pickleball space available to seniors

The Senior Social Center has an indoor place to play pickleball for the winter. Pickleball is being played indoors from 8 to 10 a.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at the Boys & Girls Club of Craig, located at 1324 E. U.S. Highway 40 in Craig. Inquire at the front desk. For more information, email Sue Eschen at