The U.S. Forest Service has a plan to clear cut some sections of the Upper Fryingpan Valley, beyond Ruedi Reservoir. The first round of public comment has ended, and some people are not happy about logging operations in this recreational area.
This holiday season, while trash cans across America overflow with packaging, wrapping paper and discarded gifts, the Pitkin County Landfill faces an even bigger issue: the by-products of luxury building.
Earlier this fall, Aspen City Council heard loud and clear that residents don’t want to see dams on Castle or Maroon creeks, and then filed to keep the rights to build reservoirs there anyway. Now the city is making good on its promise to explore other options.
Aspen natives Noah Hoffman and Simi Hamilton, members of the U.S. Nordic Ski Team, have been racing in Europe, but the snow conditions are strikingly bare. Environment reporter Elizabeth Stewart-Severy caught up with the skiers via Skype from their hotel in Switzerland.
As the Pitkin County Landfill heads toward capacity, the City of Aspen is turning its focus to the largest garbage producer in the valley: construction and demolition projects. But reducing the volume of this trash is no simple matter.
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.
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.
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.
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.