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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In January of 2018, a woman we’ll call Kika went to Valley View Hospital’s emergency room in Glenwood Springs.

She had a sharp pain in her stomach and blood in her stool.

We’re not using Kika’s real name because she’s undocumented. 

Town of Carbondale

On Tuesday, Carbondale’s Board of Trustees got behind the effort to make Carbondale more livable for seniors.


The Carbondale Age-Friendly Communities Initiative (CAFCI) is made up of local seniors; members packed Town Hall earlier this week to encourage the town to join a network of communities through AARP.

City of Glenwood Springs

Sayre Park in Glenwood Springs is due for an upgrade; an online survey asks the community what changes they’d like to see.


The seven-acre park is in the heart of Glenwood Springs. It’s where Strawberry Days is hosted every June.

A representative from the Census Bureau will discuss the 2020 census with Basalt’s Town Council on Tuesday.


The bureau says local governments are key to a successful census.

Aspen Public Radio

Garfield County might not owe the oil and gas company Encana as much money as it thought it did.

In 2016, Encana claimed to have paid the county too much in tax. It wanted its money back.


At the beginning of 2019, the county hired an accounting firm to comb back through the numbers with Encana.


Aspen Public Radio

The bear that attacked a hiker near Aspen on Memorial Day was killed last week by wildlife officers.


According to Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW), the animal tested negative for rabies, and its stomach was almost entirely full of bird seed.

Morning newscast for Wednesday, June 5, 2019. 

Xcel Energy

Xcel Energy is replacing and repairing power poles between the Shoshone Hydroelectric Plant and Glenwood Springs this summer.


There will be periodic lane closures on I-70 through Glenwood Canyon.

Morning newscast for Tuesday, June 4, 2019. 

Basalt Chamber of Commerce

Basalt is updating its Master Plan, the document that guides land-use decisions.


On Tuesday, the town’s Planning and Zoning Commission will meet with the firm it hired to figure out what residents want the Master Plan to say.

Morning newscast for Monday, June 3, 2019. 

Phil Weiser

Colorado’s Attorney General, Phil Weiser, will be in Aspen on Friday to speak about the Mueller report with Neal Katyal, a lawyer who helped write the rules for special counsel investigations back in the 1990s.


Reporter Wyatt Orme spoke with Weiser about the significance of the Mueller report and what Colorado’s new Attorney General has been up to.

Glenwood Springs

Glenwood Springs says, starting Saturday, all the city’s electricity will come from wind turbines in Nebraska and South Dakota.


According to the mayor, Jonathan Godes, the move also saves money.

Jon Fredericks/LANDWEST

On Tuesday afternoon, Eagle County Commissioners gave the Tree Farm development in El Jebel the green light to build. This came with plenty of push-back from the public.


Woody Ventures, LLC can start building 340 residential units and over 134,000 square feet of commercial space across Highway 82 from Whole Foods.


Most of the public comment on Tuesday opposed the project.

Garfield County is getting over $7 million back from the federal government.


The money was collected from counties in Western Colorado to clean up an oil shale reserve, operated by the Navy.

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The Tom Blake Trail, Anaerobic Nightmare Trail and Government Trail 1980, all in the Snowmass area, are closed until June 21 to protect elk-calving habitat.


Cow elk are hungry after the long winter and need a quiet place to nurse their young.

Alex Sanchez

Valley Settlement is a Carbondale-based non-profit with a mission to help the immigrant community in the Roaring Fork Valley.


The organization recently hired a new executive director, Alex Sanchez.

Bureau of Land Management

Basalt’s fire department is getting an additional station.


It’ll be built on land owned by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM).


Earlier this month, the BLM granted the Basalt and Rural Fire Protection District a right-of-way to build a new station on a little over two acres on West Sopris Creek Road, southwest of Basalt, toward the base of Mount Sopris, near Prince Creek Road.  

Elise Thatcher

Nearly every year since 2010, Basalt’s town council raised the property tax rate without voter approval. This is, potentially, a violation of Colorado’s Taxpayers Bill of Rights (TABOR).


Some residents aren’t happy about it, and a Denver think tank is in town Tuesday to answer their questions.

Aspen Pitkin County Housing Authority

Two years ago, communities from Aspen to Glenwood Springs and Parachute to Eagle funded a regional housing study.


It was completed earlier this spring and argues that regional problems require regional solutions.