Craig briefs for Nov. 15 | CraigDailyPress.com

Craig briefs for Nov. 15

Annual holiday bazaar Saturday

The St. Michael annual holiday craft bazaar is from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the church, 678 School St.

A drawing includes lamb with processing, a homemade quilt, golf lessons, a bicycle, chef for a night and gift certificates.

Free coffee and pastries are available from 9 to 11 a.m., followed by a homemade chicken and dumpling lunch from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Trash service changed for Thanksgiving week

The city of Craig Solid Waste Department is not providing residential trash service on Thursday, Nov. 22 and Friday, Nov. 23.

In order to accommodate residential customers during the Thanksgiving week, trash service is as follows:

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• Trash normally picked up on Monday and Tuesday will be picked up Monday.

• Trash normally picked up Wednesday and Thursday will be picked up Tuesday.

• Trash normally picked up Friday will be picked up Wednesday.

Questions and concerns can be directed to City Hall at 826-2005 or the Road and Bridge Department at 824-4463, or leave a message on the machine at 824-3278.

Sportsmen’s Advisory Group to meet

The Colorado Division of Wildlife is hosting a meeting of the northwest Sportsmen’s Advisory Group. The meeting is from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Nov. 26 at the DOW Northwest Region Service Center Hunter Education Building, 711 Independent Avenue in Grand Junction.

Sportsmen’s Advisory Group meetings are open to the public and provide an opportunity for attendees to bring up any issues that they want the DOW to address.

“We don’t head into these meetings with a set agenda,” said Ron Velarde, DOW Northwest Regional Manager, in a press release. “The goal is to let the public bring topics to us. We want to hear their concerns, comments and questions.”

Police warn about “secret shopper” scam

Area residents should avoid a “secret shopper” scam that has been reported in the community, the Craig Police Department reported Wednesday.

Some residents have answered advertisements in the newspaper, on the Internet and received unsolicited mail at their homes, police reported.

According to police, a company described as a “customer service evaluator” sends a letter indicating that the company is seeking “secret” or “mystery” shoppers to participate in “consumer research.” This involves shopping at popular businesses such as Walmart, Target, McDonalds and other recognizable companies to determine the level of customer service, the letter explains.

To this end, the person being scammed receives a check made out for thousands of dollars and is instructed to deposit or cash the check and then spend certain amounts at listed stores or restaurants.

“The largest amount you are asked to spend is normally through Western Union or MoneyGram wire services,” police wrote in a press release. “You are instructed to send the major portion of the check you received, using the wire services, to ‘evaluate’ their customer service.”

The result is the person has fell prey to the con.

“You have, in fact, send a large amount of money to the criminal or criminals perpetrating this scam and you soon find out that the check you received is actually a counterfeit, or worthless, check.”

Things to be on the lookout for are companies that list Canada as their addresses and unsolicited mail with large checks having similar instructions that police have described.

“Should you receive such solicitation, have your local bank check out the authenticity of the check before you act further, and then notify your local law enforcement agency,” police wrote.

Support group to host juicing program

Craig Cancer Support Group will meet at 7 p.m. today at the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association’s Craig office, 745 Russell Street. Irina Caras will present a program on juicing. Cancer survivors and their support people are invited to the tasting party. For more information, call 824-3990.