Craig briefs: Police to train retailers to prevent shoplifting |

Craig briefs: Police to train retailers to prevent shoplifting

Craig Police Department will host a shoplifting and loss prevention class May 8 in response to a high rate of theft from retail stores in the area recently.

“This class is designed to provide retail employees, supervisors and managers some tools to prevent shoplifting and internal theft in retail stores,” according to a statement released by Craig Police Department.

Officer Grant Laehr will teach the course because before his work in law enforcement, he had 12 years of experience in retail sales.

The class is free, but those interested need to register with Dixie Beck at 970-826-2371.

Tipton lauds summer recreation at ski areas

On Wednesday, U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton, R-Colo., applauded the announcement that the U.S. Forest Service has finalized policy guidelines to allow year-round recreation opportunities in ski areas located on USFS lands. The policy is the result of the bipartisan Ski Area Recreational Opportunity Enhancement Act, which Tipton co-sponsored. After Tipton shepherded the legislation through committee, it was signed into law in late 2011.

“Colorado’s ski areas, many of which are located on public lands, provide significant economic benefits for the surrounding communities. Expanding opportunities for year-round outdoor recreation will maximize those economic benefits. The potential for new jobs and increased tourism as the result of the Ski Area Recreation Opportunity Enhancement Act is a boon for Colorado’s rural mountain communities,” Tipton said in a statement.

The USFS estimates that the expanded opportunities as the result of the Ski Area Opportunity Enhancement Act, which include trails, mountain bike, golf courses, zip lines and other activities, will increase visitation to ski areas on USFS lands by 600,000 annually, create as many as 600 new jobs and bring as much as $40 million to mountain communities. The final guidelines will be published in the Federal Register this week.

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