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Wyatt Orme

Downvalley reporter

As a multimedia journalist, Wyatt has spent the past year in Rwanda through a grant from the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, covering topics such as education and mental health. Previously, he has worked as a radio producer at NPR in Washington, D.C., reported for a variety of outlets including, WHYY, Al Jazeera, and Medium's pop-up publication, Bright, as well as worked in video production for National Geographic. No stranger to the west, Wyatt interned with High Country News, where he became familiar with issues such as rural unemployment, the Navajo presidential election and the dollar value of a healthy ecosystem. 

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On Tuesday, the Board of Trustees discussed where the town stands, financially speaking, and where it’s headed. In 2019, the town doesn’t expect any increase in marijuana sales and excise taxes, but does anticipate slight increases in sales and property tax revenue.

Elise Thatcher

Voters this November will decide whether or not to give private property owners in Colorado power they don’t have currently have.

Aspen Public Radio

Larry Forman lives in Battlement Mesa; sometimes, outside his house, he smells sulphur.

 

“[It’s] like rotten cabbage or something like that. It kind of reminds you of a wet dog, but it’s not exactly like a wet dog,” he said.

All residents of the Roaring Fork Apartments in Basalt were evacuated Tuesday. A water line broke and flooded the first floor of the building, according to Basalt Town Manager, Ryan Mahoney.

 

He reported seeing water damage to at least one apartment, but said no one was hurt.  

 

 

 On Tuesday, the Basalt Town Council sent developer Tim Belinski and his proposal for the Pan and Fork property back to the drawing board. The councilmembers at the meeting all disapproved of the plan, but for different, even contradictory, reasons.

Mountain Family Health Centers

The federal government recently recognized Mountain Family Health Centers for its services.

On Tuesday night, Basalt’s town council will pick up their discussion of the Pan and Fork property. Willits developer Tim Belinski has put forward a new proposal for the controversial piece of property downtown.

On Monday, a group of Battlement Mesa residents spoke against a possible well pad at a regular meeting for the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (COGCC) in Rifle.

Basalt Police Department

The Basalt Police Department is considering having officers wear body cameras, or "body cams." Police Chief Greg Knott said lots of departments around the country are starting to use them.

Carbondale

Carbondale’s Board of Trustees voted Tuesday to allow child care in parts of town zoned for “industrial uses.”

Roaring Fork Transit Authority

The Roaring Fork Transportation Authority (RFTA) is asking voters to approve a new property tax. Even if it passes, RFTA will have to make sacrifices.  

Secretary of State

Around Colorado, Democratic candidates for office have raised almost five times the amount Republicans have; it's true in some local races, as well.

The Castle Creek Bridge project resumed after Labor Day; commuters are facing another two months of detours after the project to improve the bridge and Hallam Street took a summer break.

The crowd in Carbondale waited for Sandra Lopez to emerge from the house she hadn’t left in almost a year.  

Colorado Secretary of State

On Thursday, hundreds of county election officials from across Colorado will learn how to respond to cybersecurity threats and other possible emergencies that could impact Election Day.

On Wednesday, Colorado Mountain College (CMC) is celebrating breaking ground on two new buildings at their Spring Valley campus, just outside of Glenwood Springs.

The town of Basalt and Eagle County have had a strained relationship at times, stemming from the county's approval of developments just outside the town limits.

On Tuesday, the Eagle County Commissioners approved the creation of the Tree Farm Metropolitan District.

Mike McMillan / Lake Christine Fire PIO

On Tuesday, Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) will hear from the community about their concerns regarding the shooting range where the Lake Christine fire began.

Garfield County’s overall property value is 9 percent higher than last year. Jim Yellico, the county assessor, said it’s all because of oil and gas.

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