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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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Thousands of Colorado teachers rallied at the capitol last week, protesting what they see as inadequate school funding. Several districts canceled class for the day because they couldn’t find enough substitutes. The Roaring Fork School District remained open, but some of its teachers went to Denver.

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Basalt Mayor Jacque Whitsitt told Aspen Public Radio all three candidates are locals and could start immediately.

About a year ago, a home in Firestone, Colorado, blew up, killing two people and seriously injuring another. The cause was a severed flowline from a nearby gas well.

Students in Carbondale are rallying for school safety from 9:30 until 10 a.m. on Friday. The event was originally planned for last week, when students protested nationwide, but was rescheduled because of weather.

According to the Colorado Education Association, around 10,000 teachers are expected to rally at the capitol Thursday and Friday. They want more funding and better retirement benefits. Most teachers in the Roaring Fork Valley aren’t leaving their classes to attend, but a handful will, and many others still plan to show solidarity.

Guillermo Ceja

Guillermo Ceja of El Jebel ran the Boston Marathon earlier this month. His path there, arguably, was an unlikely one; he immigrated to the U.S. from Mexico, and struggled with alcohol for years before turning to competitive running. Boston was a victory for him, even though he didn’t set a personal record.

Activists are trying to get the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (COGCC) to prohibit drilling, unless companies can prove there’ll be no public health risk. On Tuesday night, both Carbondale and Basalt are considering formally supporting the effort.

Eagle County

Housing in the Roaring Fork and Colorado River Valleys is tight. Data is currently being collected to learn just how tight it truly is.

Friday is the 19th anniversary of the Columbine High School shooting in Littleton, Colorado. It was the deadliest in U.S. history, until 17 people were killed in Parkland, Fla. this February. Students at Aspen High School are joining walkouts around the country to protest continuing gun violence.

Eagle County

On Tuesday, the Eagle County Commissioners approved a two-month extension to the existing zone change moratorium.

Hundreds of teachers demonstrated at the state capitol Monday, urging lawmakers to adequately fund public education.

Hosts Christin Kay and Wyatt Orme bring you all the news from the week, here in the Roaring Fork Valley. 

Crown Mountain Park

On Monday, ballots go in the mail to voters in the Crown Mountain Park and Recreation district. By May 8, they need to decide if they’re OK with a property tax increase to fund park maintenance.

Glen X is a co-working space and business incubator in Carbondale. They’re hosting an event Friday with Roaring Fork Leadership where local entrepreneurs will make their cases to investors.

Town of Carbondale

Childcare is hard to find in the Roaring Fork Valley. In Carbondale, some say the town’s zoning isn’t making it any easier.

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The Roaring Fork Transportation Agency (RFTA) begins its spring bus schedule Monday. It’s no different than previous years, despite the Castle Creek Bridge project.

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Pitkin County Open Space and Trails and the Roaring Fork Transportation Authority (RFTA) are finishing up their public tutorials on e-bikes. On Wednesday, they’re in Glenwood Springs, and on Thursday, they will be in Basalt.

On Tuesday, Carbondale’s Board of Trustees will discuss how the town might regulate electronic smoking devices.

Sen. Cory Gardner

On Friday, Rep. Scott Tipton and Sen. Cory Gardner held a press conference in Grand Junction with David Bernhardt, the Deputy Secretary of the Interior.

The Roaring Fork Transportation System (RFTA) is taking the pulse of voters and governments up and down the valley for a possible mill levy. It would fund the bus system for the next 20 years.

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