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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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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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The Roaring Fork Transportation Authority (RFTA) begins its summer schedule Saturday, as well as its ban on open containers on its buses.

The Glenwood Springs City Council will decide Thursday if they’ll change the Ride Glenwood Springs bus service dramatically over the next few years.

Arn Menconi is a Democrat who hopes to be facing Scott Tipton for the District 3 House seat this November.

Diane Mitsch Bush is a Democrat who hopes to be facing Scott Tipton for the District 3 House Seat this November.

Karl Hanlon is a Democrat who hopes to be opposing Scott Tipton for the District 3 House seat this November. He recently sat down with Aspen Public Radio's Wyatt Orme.

The Arts Campus at Willits (TACAW) brings performing arts to the mid-valley. Their current venue on Market Street is aptly named "The Temporary." On Tuesday, Basalt’s Planning and Zoning Commission will visit the site of their permanent location.

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Rep. Scott Tipton will be in Grand Junction on Friday, along with Rep. Rob Bishop of Utah. The two are attending a hearing for the House Natural Resources Committee, examining natural gas and oil shale opporunties in Western Colorado.

This week, hosts Zoe Rom and Wyatt Orme bring you the week’s news from the Roaring Fork Valley.

Colorado Mountain College

Last week, Governor Hickenlooper signed a bill into law, allowing places like Colorado Mountain College (CMC) to sell or lease their property to pay for things like new buildings, or student housing.

Governor Hickenlooper signed a bill last week in Glenwood Springs, creating paid teaching fellowships in rural schools that most need teachers.

Roger Adams

If an oil and gas company pays too much in tax, it can get a refund, called an “abatement.” Garfield County might see one or two of these each year, and it’s the libraries, hospitals and school districts, among others, who refund the money.

This week, a judge in Glenwood Springs decided there’s enough evidence to try the couple accused of stealing more than $1 million from the ranch they managed for more than three decades. In Aspen, the interested parties seem to agree on where a new Lift 1 on Aspen Mountain should go and some of the arts events coming up this summer will focus on social issues, like the refugee crisis.

Eagle County

Thursday could be one of the last times the public can weigh in on how land-use decisions are made in Eagle County’s portion of the mid-valley.  

U.S. Navy

Four Navy crew members from the nuclear submarine the USS Colorado will talk to students at Glenwood Springs High School about the value of STEM courses in their work.

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