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Pitkin County Open Space and Trails officials have received a big boost — to the tune of $100,000 — in building a trail between Carbondale and Crested Butte.

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Without snowmaking to fill in nature’s gaps, the chairlifts wouldn’t be running right now. And as Aspen Skiing Company taps area creeks to make it possible, it’s not without concern that it’s depleting natural resources.

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Officials with the White River National Forest have proposed selling two pieces of land in El Jebel.

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Aspen mayor Steve Skadron is showing that all politics is local, particularly when it comes to climate change. He and many other mayors across the country are hoping the president-elect will listen. Aspen Public Radio’s Elizabeth Stewart-Severy sat down with Skadron last week to discuss the role that local governments will play in protecting the climate under the next administration.

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After the American wolf population was decimated to levels nearing extinction, there have been significant efforts in recent decades to help restore populations of both red and grey wolves. A lecture Tuesday looks at the future for wolves in Western Colorado.

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Pitkin County Open Space and Trails is investing millions of dollars in an effort to preserve St. Jude’s Ranch in Basalt.

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The immensely popular Sky Mountain Park trails close Thursday for the winter season. Pitkin County Open Space and Trails lead ranger Pryce Hadley said the closures are key to protecting wildlife, especially elk, during the most stressful season.

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As the national conversation about climate change heats up, the City of Aspen is turning its eye toward planning for a warmer, drier future. Aspen and other resort towns face a unique challenge in predicting just how many people might be living here in decades to come.

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Aspen Mayor Steve Skadron is joining leaders of cities across the United States in signing a letter urging President-elect Donald Trump to take action on climate change.

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The U.S. Forest Service will hold a public meeting tonight to gather feedback about a plan to cut back trees in the upper Fryingpan .

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Colorado state parks are again joining a national movement to get people outside on Black Friday. Entry to all 42 Colorado state parks is free today in a nod to what’s being called “Fresh Air Friday.”

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Backpackers looking to stay the night in the most popular areas of the Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness will soon need a permit to do so. The U.S. Forest Service recently released a plan to manage overnight visitors in the backcountry.

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The U.S. Forest Service has released a draft environmental impact statement for new recreation opportunities at Snowmass ski area. The proposed projects would significantly add to summer recreation on the mountain.

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Pete Maysmith was last in Aspen during the ski industry gathering “The Meeting” in October. He is the executive director of Conservation Colorado, an organization that works to elect preservation-minded policymakers. Environment reporter Elizabeth Stewart-Severy talked with Maysmith about the group’s successes in this year’s election and some major challenges on the national level.

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U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell joined Gov. John Hickenlooper at the state capitol Thursday to announce a decision that protects the Thompson Divide, but leaves other areas open to drilling.

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Pitkin County commissioners approved spending an additional $85,000 on preservation efforts in Thompson Divide on Tuesday.

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Pitkin County’s Healthy Rivers board has drafted a letter asking commissioners to oppose the city of Aspen’s conditional water rights on Maroon and Castle creeks. Aspen Public Radio environment reporter Elizabeth Stewart-Severy sat down with commissioner Rachel Richards, who is heavily involved in local and statewide water issues.

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Thrift store rejects may yet see another life. The Pitkin County landfill has started a textile recycling program.

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It’s been weeks since it has snowed, and hikers are wearing shorts and t-shirts. In the middle of this unusually warm November, environment reporter Elizabeth Stewart-Severy sat down in the sunshine at the base of the gondola with Aspen Skiing Company’s Jeff Hanle, longtime weather-watcher Jim Markalunas and meteorologist Cory Gates.

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The Colorado Public Utilities Commission approved policies this week that supporters say advance clean energy for Xcel customers.

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