News briefs for July 2 |

News briefs for July 2

Church invites children to Serengeti Trek

The Ridgeview Church of God’s Serengeti Trek program will provide fun, memorable Bible-learning activities for children ages 4 to sixth-grade. Each day, children will sing songs, play teamwork-building games, nibble watering hole snacks, take on a daily challenge, experience Bible adventures, collect Bible memory buddies, and create Bible point crafts to take home.

“Serengeti Trek is an exciting way for kids to learn more about God’s love,” said Vacation Bible School Director Karen Snavley.

“We’ll be studying stories about Bible characters who were wild about God. Plus, kids will join nearly a million children in North America and take part in a hands-on mission project that will reach needy children in Africa.”

Serengeti Trek will be from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. July 11 to 15 at Ridgeview Church of God, 690 Riford Road, in the Ridgeview Subdivision. For more information, call Karen at 824-9619 or 824-7888.

Two cases of West Nile reported in Colorado

The Colorado Department of Health announced this week Colorado’s first two cases of West Nile virus in 2005.

The first West Nile victim was a 50-year-old Weld County woman. She was not hospitalized for the virus and is now recovering, according to the Department of Public Health and Environment.

The second person to contract the virus was a 17-year-old from Fort Collins. A Department of Health news release reported he was hospitalized briefly and is recovering.

Colorado is the third state to report cases of West Nile this year. Kansas and South Dakota had cases earlier in June.

In 2004, 291 Coloradoans contracted West Nile, none of them in Moffat County.

Protect yourself

from recent scams

According to the Craig Police Department, scams are here to stay and are becoming increasingly common.

Some of the most active scams today:

  • Foreign lotteries: Resident receives a notice that he or she has won a lottery outside the United States. It is against Federal law to operate foreign lotteries in the United States through the use of phone or mail contact.
  • Phishing: Legitimate mail or e-mail is sent asking victims to confirm or verify sensitive account information. The message says that failure to correct this information will result in severe consequences to accounts and credit ratings.
  • Nigerian letters: Letter or e-mail is sent asking for the victim’s assistance in removing large sums of money from a foreign country. It says that victims will receive a portion of the money in return.
  • Federal grant money: Victim receives a phone call saying that he or she has been chosen to receive a federal grant. Victims are asked to send money to cover certain costs, but they never receive the grants.
  • Internet sales: Residents have placed items for sale, via the internet. They receive contact from possible buyers who indicate they want to buy the items but will send a third party check for more than the item’s asking price. They then ask the seller to wire the extra money to them.

The Craig Police Department advises residents to never give out personal information over the phone or pay upfront fees if they have won something in a contest. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

Those who think they are the victims of a scam should contact their local law enforcement agency.

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