News briefs for July 9

A Boulder man died Thursday after crashing his paraglider in the Marolt Open Space.
Witnesses said Max Sullivan, 32, was preparing to land before 8 p.m. when his paraglider became locked in a spiral dive.
”I saw him spiraling around and around,” Aspen resident Jim Brasile said. ”I could tell from 200 yards away that he was too low to the ground to be doing that.”
Sullivan, who lived in Steamboat Springs for several years before moving to Boulder, fell 200 to 300 feet to the ground, suffering massive trauma, Pitkin County Coroner Steve Ayers said. Emergency workers tried to resuscitate the man, but he was pronounced dead at Aspen Valley Hospital.
No autopsy will be performed, but a drug and alcohol test will be done, Ayers said.

Buff Pass unreachable due to snow coverage
The hiking trails on the Continental Divide at Buffalo Pass are still unreachable because snow covering the road.
Hahn’s Peak Ranger District Wilderness Manager Jon Halverson reported that as of July 8, Forest Road 60 (County Road 38) leading to Buffalo Pass remains closed at the upper gate near “The Overlook.”
Elsewhere, Halverson said portions of the trails to Gilpin Lake and Mica Lake are snow-covered with dangerous creek crossings. Gilpin Lake was mostly frozen and Mica Lake was frozen over as of Friday.
One option for wilderness access is the North Lake Trail (No. 1164), which is mostly snow-free to the lake and on up to the Continental Divide.

Classicial station off the air temporarily
Northwest Colorado’s classical radio station, WWFM, is off the air for translator repair and installation of new antenna and cable.fficials hope to have the station back to broadcasting classical music by Thursday, if not sooner.

Craig fire district
taking applications
Craig Rural Fire Protection District is accepting applications for probationary firefighters. Successful applicants must be 18 or older, pass a medical physical, psychological evaluation, department physical agility test, drug screen, criminal background check, possess a valid Colorado driver’s license and have a good driving record.
Successful applicants will be required to become state certified Firefighter I and pass all other required fire department training within the first year. All needed training will be provided through Craig Fire/Rescue.
Positions are volunteer/paid-on-call with vested retirement after 10 years of service.
Applications are available at the Craig Fire Station, 419 Yampa Ave. Office hours are 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday. Completed applications must be returned to the fire station no later than 3 p.m. Sept. 1. Call the fire station with questions at 824-5914.

Hall of Education aims to helpd nonprofits
Nonprofit organizations that would like an opportunity to share information with the public, should sign up now for free space in the 2005 Moffat County Fair Hall of Education. The Hall of Education will be open from 9 to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Aug. 12-13. Call Elisa at the Moffat County Extension Office, 824-9182.

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.

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. Call Karen at 824-9619 or 824-7888.

Memorial fund set up in memory of Gotwald
A memorial fund has been established at Bank of the West in memory of Kenny Gotwald. Proceeds from the fund will benefit Gotwald’s children, Rachel and Mikie.

Library program
seeks volunteers
“The Library Is Your Castle” Literacy Festival — a medieval fair and the last Moffat County Libraries summer event — is from 1 to 4 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 11 at the Craig branch of the library.
Coordinators are seeking the following volunteers: bagpiper, harpist, strolling minstrel, jester, juggler, tumblers, dancers and a performing dog. Festival booths that need skilled volunteers include calligraphy and French-braiding hair.
Call Linda Putnam at the Moffat County Library, Craig Branch, at 824-5116 ext. 405.

Free training for English teachers
Comunidad Integrada is offering training for English teachers free of charge at 6 p.m. July 19 at Colorado Northwestern Community College’s Craig campus. No foreign language skills are necessary. Call Summer Laws at 846-5521.

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