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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Tuesday is Election Day in Glenwood Springs.

Elise Thatcher

Does Basalt owe property owners a refund? Residents have until March 29th to complete a survey, which the council will consider in addressing a possible violation of state law.

Garfield County Housing Authority

A regional housing study for the area from Aspen to Glenwood Springs and Edwards to Parachute is complete.


The City of Glenwood Springs is appealing to federal agencies and state politicians to prevent the expansion of a nearby limestone mine.

Carbondale wants one waste hauler to take out the trash and recycling. At its meeting last night, the board of trustees awarded a five-year contract to Mountain Waste, which most people in town already use.

Two mini-storage facilities want to open near Carbondale, one near Catherine’s Store Road, the other, closer to town. On Tuesday, the Garfield County Commissioners heard from the applicants and from dozens of community members opposed to the projects.

Marci Krivonen

Colorado’s legislature is considering a Red Flag Bill, which aims to remove guns from people who pose an extreme threat to themselves or others. If it passes, police, family members could petition a judge to have someone’s guns removed for up to one year.

Mike McMillan / Lake Christine Fire PIO

On Tuesday, Basalt approved state and federal grants that will help with flood prevention work in the wake of the Lake Christine Fire.

On a recent afternoon, Jeff Blevins left Sopris Liquor and Wine in Carbondale with a bottle of vodka in a brown paper bag.

Patrick Fort / Aspen Public Radio News

At their meeting tonight, Basalt’s Town Council is expected to stop collecting taxes on cigarettes and other tobacco and nicotine products. The tax was raising too much money.

Ballots for Glenwood Springs’ April election are in the mail Monday. Nearly half the seats on City Council are up for grabs, including the mayor’s seat.

The 1A development was approved by a narrow margin; 26 votes decided the fate of the new chairlift and plaza.

Gail Schwartz

Governor Jared Polis has appointed Basalt resident and former state senator Gail Schwartz to the state’s Water Conservation Board.

Two blocks of 7th Street in Glenwood Springs close to traffic on Monday for construction and won’t reopen until July 4. The area, however, will remain open to pedestrians. It’s part of an effort to spruce up downtown.

Vintage Ski World

From the outside, the storage unit near Carbondale that houses Vintage Ski World looks the same as the others. The space inside, which is roughly the size of a tennis court, is packed full of antique ski gear.

Basalt has hired a consultant to analyze the financials of a potential development on the controversial Pan and Fork property.

The City of Glenwood Springs and the Forest Service have chosen H20 Ventures to run a new shuttle system for Hanging Lake.

The state legislators representing Eagle and Pitkin Counties are holding a town hall at the Basalt Regional Library this Saturday from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.


On Thursday, big energy consumers in the Roaring Fork Valley, like the Aspen Skiing Company, meet in Glenwood Springs with governments and energy providers to discuss how to boost solar energy production

Carbondale’s Board of Trustees discusses the future of the town’s transportation Tuesday evening. They want to make it easier for people to get around without their cars.