KRAI News for Thursday, Feb. 7, 2019

A former employee of the Golden Leaf marijuana dispensary in Steamboat Springs has been arrested. Jeffrey Wanserski is charged with three felonies for computer crime, theft, and criminal impersonation. He allegedly inflated his hours for three years, and the owners of the business think it cost them over $62 thousand dollars.

The City Economic Development Committee in Craig has finalized a recommendation to spend about $133,000. The money will fund several initiatives that would improve and grow the local economy. The group will present to the Craig City Council later this month. Also at this week’s council meeting, an update was given on the status of Craig joining the Colorado Main Street program. Andrea Camp is following up on the process, the cost, and benefits of joining.

Craig City Council meets at 6 p.m. today. They’re looking to approve an emergency ordinance so they can hold a municipal election on April 2. They’ll also look to approve an intergovernmental agreement between the City of Craig and Moffat County for the April election.

Three new neighborhoods have been approved for west of Steamboat Springs. City Council voted 4-3 in favor Tuesday of the new area called West Steamboat Neighborhoods. Council also approved a plan to build a new Residence Inn at Marriott behind the Safeway in Steamboat. Construction could start in April.

Perry Will of New Castle has been chosen to fill the Colorado House District 57 seat, which was vacated by Bob Rankin, who is now a state senator. Will is a supervisor with Colorado Parks and Wildlife. He was appointed by a Republican Party vacancy panel. Will says he’ll retire from Parks and Wildlife to avoid a conflict of interest while he serves in the legislature.

The 106th Winter Carnival is underway. Opening Ceremonies were Wednesday night. Then John Banks, the famous Lighted Man, made an appearance. He’ll be at Howelsen Hill Saturday night for the Night Extravaganza. He was asked if he can hear the crowd.

Also Saturday night, the world’s biggest firework is set to go off at Howelsen Hill. It’s 62 inches in diameter, weighing in at 2,509 pounds. Steamboat’s Tim Borden built it.

Guinness Book of World Records will be in Steamboat to verify that it’s the biggest in the world. They’re also with a camera crew from CBS Sunday Morning. The world’s largest firework is part of the Night Extravaganza Saturday, during Winter Carnival.

In sports, the Moffat County girls swim team is off to the 3A CHSAA State Championships in Fort Collins Friday. Moffat County Varsity and JV basketball teams, boys and girls, are playing Middle Park in Granby Friday. The wrestling team is at home Friday against Palisade.

For the weather, don’t forget to call the KRAI Time, Temp, and Weather Hotline at 970-824-1918.

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