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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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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.

U.S. Census Bureau

On Thursday, the U.S. Census Bureau released the 2017 population estimates for counties across the country. Pitkin, Eagle and Garfield keep growing, even though people keep leaving.

Garfield County

In 2017, Eagle, Garfield and Pitkin Counties all earned more than expected from their investment portfolios.

Flickr/Colorado Mountain College

Colorado Mountain College has to give money back to two oil and gas companies that overpaid their taxes.

Basalt Police Department

On Friday, Basalt Police arrested the man they suspect is responsible for dumping mysterious bottles in the Roaring Fork River. They initially reported his name to be Carlos Parras-Membreno. According to Basalt Police Chief Greg Knott, the correct name is Ricardo Membreno.

CDOT

Eighth St. in Glenwood Springs between Colorado and Grand Avenues will be closed every weekday night for the next two weeks for crews to put in new traffic signals.

Garfield County

Garfield County was expecting around $1 million in investment income in 2017, so the nearly $1.9 million came as a pleasant surprise.

Elizabeth Stewart-Severy and Wyatt Orme bring you all the news from the week here in the Roaring Fork Valley. 

Basalt’s attorney, Tom Smith, announced his resignation to the town council on Tuesday night during an executive session.

LANDWEST Planning & Design

At their meeting Tuesday, the Garfield County Commissioners approved a zone change for a new polo club outside Carbondale.

Aspen Public Radio

Garfield County Commissioners met with members of the Roaring Fork Transportation Authority (RFTA) on Tuesday to discuss a bus service to Parachute and Battlement Mesa.

Crown Mountain Park

The board and staff of Crown Mountain Park in El Jebel say the park is between a rock and a hard place, financially speaking.

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