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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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Residents of Battlement Mesa, outside Parachute, are suing the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (COGCC) because of the agency’s approval of a controversial well pad.

Pitkin County and its broadband partner, Mammoth Networks, want to connect residents in the far-reaches of the Roaring Fork and Crystal River Valleys to to high-speed internet.

At their meeting Tuesday night, the Carbondale Board of Trustees discussed how the town is preparing for a changing climate.

Colorado River Water Conservation District

The Roaring Fork Conservancy in Basalt hosts a talk Tuesday night about managing the Colorado River in a hotter, drier world.

Since 2010, Basalt may have raised property taxes illegally by not asking voters’ permission. Wednesday night was the second community meeting about the possible violation.

Art Riddile

New Castle is interested in having a driverless bus get people get around town.

On Tuesday, Perry Will was chosen to replace Bob Rankin as the representative for House District 57.

On early Tuesday morning, rocks fell on I-70 in Glenwood Canyon, stopping traffic in both ways.

The Eagle County Democrats are replacing current county commissioner Jill Ryan, who's leaving to steer the state’s Department of Public Health and Environment.

There was an earthquake in Glenwood Springs early Friday morning. It measured 3.1 on the Richter scale. Experts say this is nothing out of the ordinary.

Colorado Mountain College

Renowned local philanthropist Jim Calaway died in December. His memorial service is scheduled for 10 a.m. this Saturday at the Orchard in Carbondale.

 

During his life, Calaway supported many local non-profits, including the Colorado Animal Rescue animal shelter and Habitat for Humanity.

Bureau of Land Management, White River Office

Hundreds of thousands of federal employees returned to work on Monday after the longest government shutdown in U.S. history. Most hadn’t worked in 35 days, and, if they did, they weren’t paid. There were a few exceptions; a handful kept working and were paid, too. They were processing oil and gas drilling permits.

Elise Thatcher

Basalt recently discovered it has been erroneously collecting property taxes from its residents. The town might need to refund its residents around $2 million it shouldn’t have collected.

Garfield County is giving YouthZone $350,000 for the local non profit’s new facilities in Glenwood Springs.

People who receive food stamps are being given all of their February funds in January. The Colorado Department of Human Services is urging people to plan carefully so they don’t run out.

basaltchamber.org

Basalt wants to sell a handful of its affordable housing units in Old Snowmass.

Basalt Police Department

Basalt’s police officers will start carrying naloxone, or NARCAN, which is used to counteract opioid overdoses.

Courtesy of Glenwood Springs Chamber Resort Association

There are four seats on the Glenwood Springs City Council up for re-election at the beginning of April.

Some federal workers are still working in Colorado, despite the government shutdown. The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is still overseeing oil and gas operations in the state.

CoVenture is a new business incubator in Carbondale; the town and Garfield County have promised $25,000 to help it get off its feet. They hope CoVenture can catalyze economic diversification.

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