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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On a recent Saturday, a dozen or so people gathered at the Glenwood Springs Library to learn how to agree to disagree. The training, called “Crossing the Divide,” was put on by Indivisible Roaring Fork, the local chapter of a national political group, formed in opposition to the Trump administration.

Colorado Mountain College

Last week, Colorado Mountain College announced plans to change tuition costs next year. The majority of students will pay more, but some will pay less.

The Roaring Fork Valley Regional Planning Commission is reviewing the plan guiding land-use decisions in the parts of Eagle County over here. On Thursday, they are looking at Missouri Heights.

Basalt Police Department

Last week, Basalt Police found a collection of bottles in the Roaring Fork River, wrapped in duct tape, with a mysterious liquid inside. Authorities are advising the public to please not open them.


Verizon needs to fix its "very unreliable” service, Basalt’s mayor Jacque Whitsitt wrote recently in a letter to the company.

Colorado Mountain College

Colorado Mountain College (CMC) is lowering tuition for students pursuing a bachelor’s degree, but is raising it for students in associate-level courses.


The Roaring Fork Transportation Authority (RFTA) is thinking of asking voters for a new property tax this November.

Carbondale & Rural Fire Protection District

On Dec. 28, 2017, the police and EMTs in Carbondale responded to two calls within 90 minutes of each other.

City of Glenwood Springs

Glenwood Springs is currently taking applications to fill the vacant city council seat left by Kathryn Trauger, who recently resigned due to conflicts she had with her new job with Pitkin County.

Merritt+Grace LLC

Colorado’s Department of Public Health and Environment wants to raise awareness about the depression and anxiety that can accompany pregnancy and new motherhood.

On Monday, the Glenwood Springs Historical Society is asking Garfield County’s commissioners for money to buy gravestones for veterans buried at Glenwood Springs' Rosebud and Rifle's Rosehill cemeteries.

Dr. Temple Grandin is an expert on animal behavior and also an advocate for those with autism. She’s this year’s keynote speaker at Garfield County’s Ag Expo.

Valley View Hospital

Hospitals are scientific places. Doctors order tests, do exams and use machines. At Valley View Hospital in Glenwood Springs, however, there’s a team of chaplains also ready, at a moment’s notice, to tend to any patient’s spiritual needs.

Eagle County

The Roaring Fork Valley Regional Planning Commission (RFVRPC) is examining how land-use decisions are made in the mid-valley. The public is encouraged to weigh in at their meeting on Thursday.

Garfield County Assessor

Garfield County will see $7 million more in property taxes this year compared to last, the bulk of which is for a hospital.

This week on Valley Roundup, we discuss the political tug-of-war over the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program and touch base with local recipients of the program, otherwise known as DREAMers. Also, Aspen Valley Hospital is giving their terminally ill patients the option to end their own lives by opting in to a state law, passed last year. And, the X Games kicked off Thursday, as two local skiers had podium finishes in the superpipe.

Eric Lars Bakke / ESPN Images

On Thursday at Buttermilk, X Games hosts nearly 300 students for Shred Hate Kid’s Day. Shred Hate is an anti-bullying program launched by ESPN in 2017.

The flu is on the rise in Pitkin County; a sample of doctors and nurses reported 5.4 percent of their patients have had flu-like symptoms, which is a higher percentage than this time last year.

Progressive Promotions, CCHI

Fewer Coloradans enrolled in Obamacare this past year; it was to be expected, though, as they had less time to do it.

Courtesy of the town of Carbondale

At their Tuesday meeting, the Carbondale Board of Trustees will discuss if they’ll officially allow people to drink alcohol in the street during First Fridays this summer.