HICKENLOOPER TO VISIT CRAIG MONDAY
The venue has changed for Monday’s meeting with Governor John Hickenlooper in Craig Monday. In order to accommodate a larger seating area, the meeting has been moved to the Moffat County Fairgrounds Pavillion. If you’d like to attend, click here to reserve your spot. The governor is attempting to “lean in and listen” to rural Colorado concerns, after backlash over new gun and energy laws. He will meet with residents from 11:30 am to 12:15 pm. If you can’t make it to the meeting, you can listen in on 93-7/102-3 KRAI and 55 Country, on your PC, on your smart phone, or on Optimum Channel 17 in Craig and Hayden.
PARKS AND WILDLIFE OFFERING HUNTING AND FISHING GRANT
Colorado Parks and Wildlife is offering a one-time grant opportunity to agency partners that engage in hunting and angling outreach and education. The Partners in Outdoors Grants are available to non-profits, public shooting ranges, and local city and county governments in Colorado. With a total of $150,000 in funds available, eligible partners can apply for grants ranging from $10,000 to $25,000. The program has a relatively brief timeline. Grant applications are due by Dec. 31, 2013, and awards will be finalized by January 2014, with notification letters sent out in February. For more information about the program and application process, click here.
UNEMPLOYMENT RATE DECREASES IN COLORADO
According to the survey of households, the unemployment rate in Colorado decreased one tenth of a percentage point in October to 6.8 percent. This is the lowest unemployment rate since reaching 6.7 percent in January 2009. Of course part of the reason for the lower number is the lack of people now participating in the workforce. 13,400 stopped looking for work over the month. The larger decline in the labor force than in total employment caused the number of unemployed to decrease 6,100 and the unemployment rate to decrease to 6.8 percent. The national unemployment rate increased to 7.3 percent.
BLM’S NORTHWEST RAC WILL MEET NEXT MONTH
The Bureau of Land Management’s Northwest Resource Advisory Council will meet December 5th at the BLM’s Colorado River Valley Field Office in Silt. Agenda items include the Northwest Colorado Greater Sage-grouse EIS, air quality modeling and land use planning, data management system for the White River Field Office, and field manager updates. The Northwest Colorado RAC meets quarterly in northwestern Colorado. It is one of several citizen advisory councils to BLM Colorado. Its 15 members are appointed by the Secretary of the Interior and represent a broad range of public land interests, including environmental, local government, wild horse and burro, and commercial activity. The Northwest RAC advises the BLM Colorado Northwest District, which includes the Grand Junction, White River, Little Snake, Kremmling and Colorado River Valley BLM field offices. The meeting runs from 10 to 3 and is open to the public.
SWEETWATER COUNTY SHERIFF WARNS OF CHARITY SCAMS
In the aftermath of terrible disasters like Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines or the recent midwest tornadoes, many of us want to help with donations to help get aid to the victims. Unfortunately, con artists and crooks depend on that very sympathy, generosity, and willingness to donate to create victims of their own. Sweetwater County Sheriff Rich Haskell offers these basic tips to make sure your money finds its way into the right hands.
First, do a little research. Websites like Charity Navigator and Charity Watch, both of which come recommended by the Federal Trade Commission, provide a wealth of information on legitimate charities working to help disaster victims and even provide details of how donations are spent. Look into an organization before you send it your money; it may not even be genuine at all.
Second, avoid shortcuts. When you receive an email requesting a donation, don’t just reach for your credit card then click a link that’s been provided. Instead, go directly to the website of the organization (after you’ve checked it out) and make your donation directly. Con artists often fabricate emails, then help themselves to your donation and your credit card information, not to mention that you’re leaving yourself open to identity theft or downloading malware.
Third, be alert. Legitimate charities don’t need your Social Security number or bank account information and they won’t ask for it, either. Crooks will. If someone who says they represent a charity contacts you for a donation and begins asking such questions, it’s a red flag. Be the one asking for information, not the one who’s giving it. A bonafide organization will not mind answering questions about how donations are spent and won’t mind either if you wish to check them out first.
“Kindness and generosity shouldn’t result in becoming the victim of a con artist,” Haskell said. “A little caution will go a long way toward protecting yourself.”