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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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Recent storms have made the ski resorts’ low-snow problem less of a problem, and the hotels are filling up in Aspen and Snowmass.

checkthecharity.com

Colorado’s Secretary of State wants you to make sure the charity receiving your money this holiday season is, indeed, charitable.

Aspen Public Radio

Jeanette Vizguerra is an immigrants rights activist from Denver; Time Magazine named her one of 2017’s “Most Influential People.”

We-cycle

WE-Cycle, the bikeshare program in Aspen and Basalt, wrapped up its fifth year on Dec. 18. Nearly all 40,000 rides taken in 2017 were by 1,500 passholders, the majority of who don’t live in Aspen and use WE-Cycle to avoid traffic.

Aspen Public Radio

Should the most powerful e-bikes be allowed to travel as freely as a regular bike? Glenwood Springs City Council is mulling that question over Thursday morning.

www.medicaid.gov

In Eagle, Pitkin and Garfield counties, more than 2,000 children are on the Children’s Health Insurance Program, or CHIP.

Glenwood Springs Police Department

The Glenwood Springs Police Department has noted that shoplifting is on the rise, just in time for the holidays.

Garfield County

On Monday, Garfield County joined other valley governments in funding a housing study; it pledged $10,000, which is $5,000 less than what they were asked for.  

Wyatt Orme

Colorado’s Sens. Democrat Michael Bennet and Republican Cory Gardner co-sponsored the DREAM Act of 2017. It would grant residency to immigrants brought to the U.S. illegally as children, otherwise known as “Dreamers.”

This week, Basalt's Pan and Fork property is back in the news: The developer is out, the landowner is angry, and the town council is shaking its head. Latino families in the Roaring Fork Valley are discovering public education isn’t their only choice here. Also, Snowmass turns 50 this weekend.

Eagle County

In November's election, Eagle County voted overwhelmingly for a recreational pot tax. The revenue will be used for mental health services.

United Health Foundation

Colorado is the country’s seventh healthiest state, according to United Health Foundation. The state’s rates of obesity and diabetes are the nation’s lowest.

Garfield County Coroner

The Garfield County Coroner’s office wants more money for autopsies and for the forensic pathologists who do them.

It’s back to the drawing board for Basalt’s Pan and Fork property. The developer at the table, Lowe Enterprises, said Thursday it’s out after failing to see eye-to-eye with the town.

whitehouse.gov

Congress is currently ironing out their differences on a tax overhaul.

Stay Aspen Snowmass

Aspen Highlands won’t open this week as planned. Instead, it’ll open Dec. 16.

Bob Wick, BLM via Flickr

Local conservation watchdog group Wilderness Workshop will celebrate the Antiquities Act Wednesday night at the Third Street Center gym in Carbondale.

Colorado Immigrants Rights Coalition

Local immigrant rights activists are holding a rally at Glenwood Springs High School on Tuesday. They want Rep. Scott Tipton, a Republican, to commit to the undocumented people who were brought to the U.S. as children, otherwise known as DREAMers.

http://www.eaglevalleytu.org/

Eagle County’s Commissioners will review the proposed 2018 budget on Tuesday. The county said, in 2018, it’ll spend almost $40 million less than it did in 2017.  

Denver Channel

Republicans in Congress are closer than ever to passing a tax plan, but, as the debate rages in Washington D.C., it can be hard to imagine how our community could be reshaped by its passage.

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