Business Briefs

4/18/2014

Social media seminar April 29

Social media seminar April 29

There will be a social media seminar at 7 p.m. April 29 at the Finnup Center, 312 Finnup Drive. Cost is free for members of Downtown Vision and $5 for the general public.

To register for the event, call 276-0891 or email vision@gcdowntown.com.

The seminar is sponsored by Downtown Vision and the organization's Economic Restructuring Committee. It will focus on making social media work for your business.

SWKROA 66th annual meeting

The Southwest Kansas Royalty Owners Association will have its 66th annual meeting beginning at 9 a.m. April 26 at the Hugoton Middle/High School Auditorium, 115 W. 11th St., Hugoton. Registration is 9 a.m., followed by the meeting a 10 a.m.

Dr. Jana Milford, professor and chair of the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Colorado at Boulder, will speak about what we do and don't know about air pollution from oil and gas production, as well as recent scientific studies to improve emissions estimates and impacts on air quality.

Other speakers include Roger L. Hamm, deputy director of Divison of Property Valuation, Kansas Department of Revenue, on trends affecting valuation trends for agricultural land and oil and gas bearing properties; Doug Smith, of Pinegar, Smith Associates, with legislative updates of interest to mineral and royalty owners; David G. Seely, SWKROA general counsel, on litigation actions and court decisions affecting mineral and royalty owners, including the recent prairie chicken listing; Arden Webb, certified general real property appraiser with insights on trends in mineral values in southwest Kansas.

Kasselman joins Sunflower Electric

Sunflower Electric Power Corp. has announced the hiring of Joel Kasselman as a CIP field services technician in Garden City. He was hired Wednesday and will administer the Critical Infrastructure Protection systems within his assigned area to ensure functionality, stability and security, as well as ensure timely, effective technical support is available to end users.

IRS warns of phone scams

Persistent and aggressive phone scams are targeting taxpayers, particularly vulnerable groups such as recent immigrants, according to the IRS, and the efforts haven't necessarily ended with the tax filing season. The con artists insist taxpayers still owe money and that if the target doesn't pay up immediately they'll be deported, arrested, have their utilities shut off and their driver's licenses revoked.

The scammers use fake names and IRS badge numbers with generally common names and surnames to identify themselves. They may be able to recite the last four digits of the target's Social Security number, making the con seem particularly realistic.

They also may send bogus IRS emails to support the hoax, and victims may hear background noise of other calls being conducted, mimicing a call site.

After threatening the victims with jail time or driver's license revocation, the con artists often hang up, but others soon call back pretending to be from the local police or Department of Motor Vehicles — and the caller ID often supports the claim.

You always can call the IRS directly at 1-800-829-1040 to verify if there is a real issue.

If you've been targeted by this, you can report it to the Tax Administration at 1 (800) 366-4484 and file it with the Federal Trade Commission at FTC.gov. Add IRS Telephone Scam to the comments of your complaint.

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