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The Bureau of Land Management released environmental information this week about potential oil and gas development in northwest Colorado.

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Representatives from the Western Energy Alliance, which represents over 300 oil and gas companies in the western United States, are praising election victories by Republican candidates Donald Trump and Scott Tipton. Environmental groups fear impacts from expanded development. Aspen Public Radio’s Elizabeth Stewart-Severy spoke with the Western Energy Alliance’s Kathleen Sgamma about potential effects of this election on the oil and gas industry.

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Unofficial results indicate that Basalt voters narrowly rejected ballot questions related to buying the former Pan and Fork mobile home parcel. Tuesday night results show that about 52 percent of voters said “no” to the town buying the land to build a park, and about 55 percent voted against park-related improvements.

The City of Aspen released results from its 2016 citizen survey last week. River health ranked at the top of the list of issues of concern for respondents.

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Pitkin County is the only county in the state that has a fund dedicated to protecting the health of rivers. The Healthy Rivers and Streams board oversees a $1 million budget, including a couple high-profile projects in 2017.

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The Aspen Center for Environmental Studies (ACES) recently handed out hundreds of free National Parks passes to elementary students in Aspen, Basalt and Glenwood Springs.

Courtesy of Women for Wild Lands

Early in this politically charged election season, Aspen elementary school teacher Julie Wille decided to step into the arena — to protect public lands. Wille and her two daughters, who are both in college, started a letter-writing, social media-driven movement called Women for Wild Lands.

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The Pitkin County Open Space and Trails board voted Thursday to purchase 10 acres from a private landowner in the upper Hunter Creek Valley.

Courtesy of U.S. Forest Service

The U.S. Forest Service has released a draft management plan to address overcrowding in the Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness. Backpackers will likely see a permitting system in popular areas.

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A 14-mile stretch of Cattle Creek in Garfield County falls on Colorado’s list of impaired rivers. The Roaring Fork Conservancy has been monitoring this stream. Environment reporter Elizabeth Stewart-Severy recently joined the nonprofit to follow the creek from its headwaters on National Forest land to the confluence near Highway 82.

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Coloradoans have nine statewide ballot initiatives to decide on by Election Day. This fall, Aspen Public Radio is exploring how these measures affect area residents. Today, we look at Amendment U.

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Officials with the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) say Independence Pass is scheduled to close Monday, Nov. 7, but if weather permits, it may remain open until Nov. 14.

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Local governments are continuing a multi-year study of how to reduce trash headed to the landfill. Now, the City of Aspen is turning its attention to construction waste.

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Pitkin County voters are being asked to reauthorize the Open Space and Trails program. In the past, strong majorities of voters have supported this tax. This year, some residents have concerns about the program’s focus and direction.

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Basalt has three questions related to parks, open space and trails on November’s ballot, two of which are connected to each other and one that stands on its own.

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Aspen City Council is scheduled to discuss renewing its contract to monitor air quality today. As Elizabeth Stewart-Severy reports, this is part of an ongoing effort to reduce pollution.

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The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) will offer 31 oil and gas leases for sale this December, but these sales will happen online.

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Inmates from the Buena Vista Correctional Facility spent four weeks in September doing restoration and maintenance work in the wilderness on Independence Pass. Environment reporter Elizabeth Stewart-Severy spent a morning with the group and has details about Colorado’s inmate work program.

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The Roaring Fork Transportation Authority bought into a solar array last year, but the forecast doesn’t look so bright.

Courtesy of Colorado Parks and Wildlife

This fall, as thousands of hunters head into the Roaring Fork Valley’s backcountry, they may find more mountain lions, but fewer elk. Environment reporter Elizabeth Stewart-Severy has the details of this year’s hunting landscape.

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