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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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The Lake Christine Fire has threatened the safety of valley residents. It’s also threatened their health.

People who evacuated their homes last week because of the Lake Christine Fire are returning. Some have to pass through police checkpoints, which is how law enforcement is ensuring people are who they say they are, in order to cut down on crowds and to prevent looting.

Colorado Mountain College

Colorado Mountain College (CMC) is bracing for flat, or even declining enrollment this coming school year. A strong economy is to blame.

Eagle County

Save the Midvalley is a group in the Basalt area suing Eagle County for approving the Tree Farm development; they argue the approval violates Colorado’s constitution.   

The Turret Fire is burning 22 miles northeast of Glenwood Springs. As of Monday afternoon, crews had about a third of it contained.

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Starting July 1, you must be 21 or older to buy tobacco products in Basalt.

The Roaring Fork Valley Regional Planning Commission agreed to an updated version of the Mid-Valley Area Community Plan Thursday night. This is the document which guides land-use decisions in the part of Eagle County around Basalt.

 

Alpine Bank has awarded scholarships to 13 graduating high school seniors, headed to Colorado Mountain College in the fall.

For its annual, signature event in the Benedict Music Tent, the 2018 Aspen Ideas Festival hosts former secretary of state John Kerry in a candid conversation about geopolitics with Andrea Mitchell.

In the US marketplace, 11.6 million businesses are owned by women. Growth in this sector has increased by 114 percent since 1997 — 2.5 times the national average — but male-led firms are still more likely to get start-up funding. That’s not simply unfair, it’s stupid, because it turns out firms started by women regularly outperform those founded by men.

Garfield County Sheriff's Office

On Monday evening, a fire broke out on Iron Mountain, just north of Glenwood Springs. The Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park, which is on Iron Mountain, was evacuated.

Elise Thatcher

Tuesday is Colorado’s primary election, when Republicans and Democrats choose who will represent their party in November. Unaffiliated voters recieved ballots this year, too, but more ballots mailed doesn’t necessarily mean more votes cast.

Eagle County might ask voters this fall to approve a tax for childcare.

The states shoulder a significant amount of responsibility for tackling the opioid epidemic, reversing obesity trends, and reducing tobacco use within their borders. They also have policy decisions to make about expanding Medicaid, developing health exchanges under the Affordable Care Act, serving undocumented residents, and strengthening their public health systems.

Monday is the grand opening for Basalt’s Roaring Fork Apartments. There are 56 of them, brand new, next to the bus stop on Highway 82 by Stubbies.

More than 2,000 children have been separated from their parents at the Mexico-U.S. border in recent weeks. Housed in tent camps, converted warehouses, and other shelters, they have had no idea when they will see their parents again. The Trump Administration may end the enforced separation by indefinitely detaining families together, but that is unlikely to eliminate enduring health impacts.

An inmate at the Garfield County Jail was found dead in a cell early Thursday morning.

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At their meeting last week, the board of the Roaring Fork Transportation Authority (RFTA) heard from consultants about the appetite the Roaring Fork Valley has for a property tax to help the authority expand.

Roaring Fork Transit Authority

The union representing the drivers of the Roaring Fork Transportation Authority (RFTA) has negotiated a new three-year contract for its drivers. It goes to the board Thursday, and, if approved, will be effective beginning in 2019.

On Tuesday night, Basalt Town Council adopted changes to the town’s community housing guidelines.

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