NEWS BREIFS

Fraud calls are on the rise

Have you received a call from someone saying they are with the IRS? If so, you aren’t alone.

The Libby Police Department would like to let locals know that they’ve been seeing a large number of fraud calls. Fraud can also come in the form to texts, emails and mail, so residents are encouraged to stay alert.

“Don’t be taken advantage of. We have been seeing lots and lots of scam phone calls lately,” said officer Johnathan Graham of the Libby Police Department.

Police and the FBI are offering some tips to avoid becoming a victim of fraud:

  • Never send money to someone you have never met face-to-face.
  • Don’t click on links or open attachments in unsolicited emails.
  • Don’t believe everything you see or hear.
  • Don’t buy online unless the transaction is secure.
  • Be extremely cautious when dealing with anyone you’ve met online.
  • Never share personally identifiable information with someone who has contacted you unsolicited, whether it’s over the phone, by email, on social media, or even at your front door.
  • Don’t be pressured into acting immediately.
  • Use secure, traceable transactions when making payments for goods, services, taxes, and debts.
  • Whenever possible, work with local businesses that have proper identification, licensing, and insurance, especially contractors who will be coming into your home or anyone dealing with your money or sensitive information.
  • Be cautious about what you share on social media and consider only connecting with people you already know.

If you feel like you have been a victim of fraud, report it. You can report fraud online at www.IC3.gov.

When dealing with potential scammers, it’s a good idea get as much information as possible, said Graham, this makes it easier to follow-up on.  “Get their name, remember the phone number, or save a copy of emails,” said Graham. Doing this will make it easier to report the scammer.

 

5th Annual Lincoln County Photo Contest

The Yaak Valley Forest Council and Real Art Works are hosting the 5th Annual Lincoln County photo contest. There is a $300 grand prize for the contest and all photos must have been taken in Lincoln County. One photo per person can be submitted in each of four categories: 1. wildlife, 2. people in nature, 3. landscape, and 4. black and white.

The deadline is October 31.

To submit photos and request contest rules email lincophotocon@gmail.com

An awards ceremony will be held in November at the Silver Spur in Troy.

 

Money awarded to CHCs to combat drug abuse

Last week legislation was passed to provide $4.3 million in federal funds to help community health centers in Montana combat drug abuse and addiction.

The funding is intended to support implementation and advance evidence-based strategies to meet the needs of these vulnerable populations.

Libby’s Northwest CHC is one of 16 across the state that will receive funds, their share of which will be $285,000.

According to Senator Tester, “Overcoming addiction is a huge challenge in the State of Montana, and if we don’t address the issue, it’s not going to get any better. We’ve got to figure out ways to help people get back on their feet and that’s what the money is for.”

Senator Daines said, “CHCs are on the front line of providing health care in Montana. They do vital work in keeping Montanans healthy. I will continue to fight to keep these CHC’s funded to help Montana families and communities overcome substance abuse.”

 

Libby Dam to receive $2.6 million appropriation

The 2019 Energy and Water Development Appropriations Act, passed on Sept. 12, which, according to Senator Tester, “includes much-needed investments to help deliver clean water to communities across Montana” includes $2.6 million for the Libby Dam.

The bill also included $142.5 million for funding three Montana rural water projects, $100 million for Indian Water Rights Settlements, and watercraft inspection stations.