Civic Academy grads recognized


Residents who took part in the recent Wheat Ridge Civic Academy were recognized during a Dec. 9 city council meeting.

Mayor Joyce Jay recognized the 18 participants who completed the October civic program, which encourages active participation in local government.

Jay presented the participants with certificates and “challenge coins,” which are intended to motivate the graduates to encourage others to sign up for future academies.

Joyce said that participation in this year’s academy resulted in “one of the highest turnouts” for the annual program.

“You coming to this academy really is a bonus to us,” Jay told the academy graduates.

Police warn of utility bill scam

The Wheat Ridge Police Department is urging public utility customers to be wary of bill-collecting scams.

Three local restaurants were recently contacted by a person purporting to be an Xcel Energy representative, who was demanding payment for past due bills, according to a police news release.

The scammer told the business owners that their bills — which were not past due — could be paid by purchasing prepaid credit cards.

The utility company has previously issued releases that warned customers of similar scams, according to the news release.