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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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Eagle County

Housing in the Roaring Fork and Colorado River Valleys is tight. Data is currently being collected to learn just how tight it truly is.

Friday is the 19th anniversary of the Columbine High School shooting in Littleton, Colorado. It was the deadliest in U.S. history, until 17 people were killed in Parkland, Fla. this February. Students at Aspen High School are joining walkouts around the country to protest continuing gun violence.

Eagle County

On Tuesday, the Eagle County Commissioners approved a two-month extension to the existing zone change moratorium.

Hundreds of teachers demonstrated at the state capitol Monday, urging lawmakers to adequately fund public education.

Hosts Christin Kay and Wyatt Orme bring you all the news from the week, here in the Roaring Fork Valley. 

Crown Mountain Park

On Monday, ballots go in the mail to voters in the Crown Mountain Park and Recreation district. By May 8, they need to decide if they’re OK with a property tax increase to fund park maintenance.

Glen X is a co-working space and business incubator in Carbondale. They’re hosting an event Friday with Roaring Fork Leadership where local entrepreneurs will make their cases to investors.

Town of Carbondale

Childcare is hard to find in the Roaring Fork Valley. In Carbondale, some say the town’s zoning isn’t making it any easier.

Facebook/RFTA

The Roaring Fork Transportation Agency (RFTA) begins its spring bus schedule Monday. It’s no different than previous years, despite the Castle Creek Bridge project.

Aspen Public Radio

Pitkin County Open Space and Trails and the Roaring Fork Transportation Authority (RFTA) are finishing up their public tutorials on e-bikes. On Wednesday, they’re in Glenwood Springs, and on Thursday, they will be in Basalt.

On Tuesday, Carbondale’s Board of Trustees will discuss how the town might regulate electronic smoking devices.

Sen. Cory Gardner

On Friday, Rep. Scott Tipton and Sen. Cory Gardner held a press conference in Grand Junction with David Bernhardt, the Deputy Secretary of the Interior.

The Roaring Fork Transportation System (RFTA) is taking the pulse of voters and governments up and down the valley for a possible mill levy. It would fund the bus system for the next 20 years.

Aspen Public Radio

Carbondale’s Mayor Dan Richardson will continue for four more years, as will current trustees Erica Sparhawk, Heather Henry and Luis Yllanes. Lani Kitching will join the town’s Board of Trustees for a two-year term.

Elise Thatcher

Voters in Basalt and Carbondale have until 7 p.m. to drop off their ballots.

Club 20 is an organization of counties, communities, tribes and businesses in Western Colorado. At their quarterly meeting in Grand Junction on Saturday, discussion will center on the Gallagher Amendment and the Taxpayers Bill of Rights (TABOR), and how these laws affect the Western Slope.

The Rotary Club of Aspen is sponsoring the third annual extemporaneous speech contest for high schoolers on April 18.

Courtesy of Stay Aspen Snowmass

Thanks to a strong February, overall winter occupancy in Aspen and Snowmass Village is pacing within one percentage point of last year.

The analysis includes an overview of the current housing market, and is meant to give commissioners a better sense for what kind of housing people want and how much they’re willing to pay for it.

Colorado Mountain College

Erik Weihenmayer is an author and an athlete, and is also blind. He speaks Friday at 7 p.m. at Colorado Mountain College in Glenwood Springs.

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