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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Eagle County Regional Airport

The Eagle County Regional Airport held an emergency response drill on Wednesday. This happens once every three years. In a prepared scenario, 80 volunteers littered the runway, all with fake injuries. First responders then had to react.

Catherine Aeppel

Millennials aren’t skiing or snowboarding as much as their parents, which is a problem for many ski areas. The Aspen Skiing Company is trying to attract people in their twenties and thirties.

Colorado Mountain College (CMC) wants to make up for diminishing revenue by tinkering with property taxes. Voters have the final say this November.

Roaring Fork School District

The Roaring Fork School District got students' PSAT and SAT test results back from last spring. Math scores are keeping up with the state average. Reading and writing, however, are not, which concerns the district's superintendent, Rob Stein.

Aspen Public Radio

On Tuesday, construction workers outside Carbondale were digging a natural gas pipeline and accidentally chopped through a fiber optic cable.

Aspen Public Radio

When a CenturyLink fiber-optic cable was cut in Carbondale on Tuesday, many in the valley lost phone and Internet service.

Glenwood Springs Historical Society

In November, Garfield County will either make or break history, at least according to Bill Kight, the executive director of the Glenwood Springs Historical Society.

CDOT

Delays up to 30 minutes are expected Tuesday on I-70 through Glenwood Canyon. A helicopter will be helping to repair rockfall fences.

Garfield County

Garfield County just released its projected budget for 2018; it’s been described as “very fiscally conservative.”

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Suicide rates in Colorado are some of the highest in the country. In the state, men are four times as likely to die by suicide than women.

Elise Thatcher

As the Grand Avenue Bridge project nears its halfway point, Glenwood Springs is thinking about other bridges to build or repair.

Ridership on Glenwood Springs' bus system, Ride Glenwood Springs, has decreased over the past five years.

Garfield County

For the purposes of elections, counties are divided up into precincts and, on Monday, the Garfield County Board of Commissioners approved the redrawing of precinct lines in Carbondale and New Castle.

Bureau of Land Management

Fire officials hope the weather holds over the next few weeks so they can light five controlled burns, including on 1,200 acres on the Roan Plateau northwest of Rifle and on 1,200 acres north of El Jebel up Cattle Creek.

U.S. Forest Service

On Thursday morning, authorities busted a pot growing operation in the White River National Forest, 16 miles south of Carbondale. The five-acre site contained 2,700 plants; authorities made one arrest.

On Tuesday, Basalt Town Council approved the Stott's Mill development, which has been more than a decade in the making.

On Tuesday, Gov. Hickenlooper appointed Rep. Bob Rankin of Carbondale to the Education Leadership Council, which aims to improve the state’s education system. Rankin wants Colorado’s young people to be better suited for the workplace.

In the wake of several high-profile decisions on immigration by President Trump, residents packed a room at the Glenwood Springs Library on Tuesday night to hear local leaders debate the issue.

Garfield County Housing Authority

The Trump administration’s budget proposes deep cuts to the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Kate Gazunis, executive director of the Garfield County Housing Authority, has something to say about it.

At its meeting Tuesday, Basalt Town Council will consider the updated Stott's Mill application, a development proposal that’s been on their radar for many years.

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