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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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Garfield County

Xcel Energy has plans to build a new power plant, and Mesa County wants it built on the Western Slope. On Monday, Garfield County’s Commissioners will discuss if they want to jump on board.

Democracy Now!

Amy Goodman is the host of Democracy Now! and will be speaking Friday at The Temporary in Basalt.

Colorado Mountain College

Colorado Mountain College (CMC) is considering adopting a resolution in support of immigration reform. If all seven of the college's trustees sign on, it'll be official.

Patrick Fort / Aspen Public Radio News

This spring, Basalt might take a page from Aspen’s playbook and bring a tobacco tax before voters.

Eagle County

Eagle County’s Department of Public Health and Environment will ask for $600,000 during a work session on Monday.

Flickr user, Kent Kanouse

Websites like Airbnb have made recent gains in Glenwood Springs. Late last year, the city council allowed short-term vacation rentals in subdivisions. The council is discussing whether or not to let this trend continue.

Tracy Olson/Flickr

Colorado's new minimum wage, $10.20 per hour, went into effect Jan. 1. That's $0.90 higher than last year.

Elise Thatcher

Three seats on Basalt’s town council are up for grabs in April and interested candidates can sign up to run starting Jan. 2.

Jared Polis

Congressman Jared Polis is hoping to become Colorado’s next governor and will be in Aspen on Saturday at an event hosted by Pitkin County Democrats.

Eagle County

Eagle is one of seven counties in Colorado getting federal money to learn about trauma in abused children.

Town of Basalt

Starting in January, most of Basalt will see water rates 45 percent higher than current ones.

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.  

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