News briefs for July 20 |

News briefs for July 20

The Boys & Girls Club of Craig was awarded a $5,000 general operating grant from Yampa Valley Community Foundation’s Passport Club and Steamboat Ski & Resort Corp’s Charitable Fund.

Linda Haltom, Executive Director of the Community Foundation, emphasized the value of the Boys & Girls Club program to the residents of Moffat County, including those who work in Steamboat. She stated that residents of the valley are much more productive employees when they know their children are benefiting from programs such as the Boys & Girls Club. The Community Foundation supports many programs serving children and youths in the valley.

The Community Foundation allocates funds on a quarterly basis in the fields of Education, Health & Human Services, Arts & Culture, Environment and Recreation. Additionally the Community Foundation helps local nonprofits such as the Boys & Girls Club of Craig with fund administration, organizational development, advertising and building endowments. Started in 1979 to save what is now Colorado Mountain College – Alpine Campus, the Community Foundation has supported a multitude of events, nonprofit organizations, projects and programs dispersed throughout the Yampa Valley, including South Routt, Steamboat Springs, Hayden, Craig and Maybell. For more information on the Community Foundation, call Yampa Valley Community Foundation at (970) 879-8632 or log on to the Web site at

For more information about how to support or become a member of the Boys & Girls Club of Craig, call (970) 826-0411 or e-mail

Airline ticket Web sites found to be fraudulent

The FBI has identified the following Web sites as fraudulent scams: (recently shut down by the U.S. Secret Service)

They attract customers by undercutting airline ticket prices offered elsewhere. They capture your credit card information, including account number, expiration date and CVV code (security code on the back of the card).

They then send you a message telling you the credit card transaction has been declined, and they give you instructions for wiring funds for payment of the tickets.

The scam is clever because unlike the now-common phishing scams, they don’t initiate the contact — the customer does by searching for the lowest ticket fares. This creates a false perception of legitimacy in the customer.

If successful, the scammers obtain the customer’s credit card information (sufficient to do mail orders, phone orders or internet orders), the customer’s funds (if funds get wired to them), and the customer’s deposit account information (origination of the wire transfer — which they can then attempt to clean out). The U.S. Secret Service is investigating, but three of the four are still in operation.

Work continues on U.S. 40 from Craig to Hayden

Heater scarification work has been completed. Beginning Aug. 1, chip-and-seal work is scheduled to begin. This work will take four or five days to complete. During this work, one-way traffic will be necessary, and a pilot car will be used to protect the traveling public and the construction crews.

Final fog seal of the chipped roadway is scheduled to take place on Aug. 8 and 9. Final striping of the roadway is scheduled for Aug. 11 and 12.

Observe posted speed limits as they will help prevent cracked windshields. The Colorado State Patrol will have officers on duty to enforce doubled fines for violation of the posted speed limits.

A weekly update will be available at 824-5336.

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