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 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’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.

On Tuesday night, Basalt's Town Council reviewed a new development proposal for the Pan and Fork property from Willits developer Tim Belinski.   


At its meeting Tuesday night, Basalt’s Town Council unanimously rejected Whole Foods’ application for a fermented malt liquor license. This would have allowed the grocery store to sell low-alcohol beer -- beer that contains less than 3.2 percent alcohol -- and alcoholic kombucha.

Pitkin and Garfield counties will share broadband equipment to get Internet to their rural areas.

Gina McCarthy is the director of the Center For Climate, Heath and the Global Environment at Harvard. She was the former administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency under President Obama.

Roaring Fork Transportation Authority/Instagram

The Roaring Fork Transportation Authority (RFTA) might ask voters for a property tax this fall. There’s a hearing on Thursday in Carbondale for the public to weigh in.

Eagle County

A group of mid-valley residents has had it with Eagle County. Our Valley Our Voice wants Basalt, Willits and El Jebel to join neighboring Pitkin County. Leaving one county to join another, it turns out, is no easy task.

Lake Christine Fire Updates

Jul 27, 2018

Update: July 29, 10:22 a.m.: All pre-evacuation notices have been lifted, due to an increase in containment--now at 72%--along with Saturday's rain. Residents are encouraged to register with both Eagle and Pitkin Counties' emergency alerts for flash-flood warnings.