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Elizabeth Stewart-Severy

Environment Reporter

Aspen native Elizabeth Stewart-Severy is excited to be back at the Red Brick, where she attended kindergarten, to report on all things environmental. She has spent her entire life playing in the mountains and rivers around Aspen. She attended the University of Colorado with a Boettcher Scholarship and graduated as the top student from the School of Journalism in 2006. Her lifelong love of hockey lead to a stint working for the Colorado Avalanche, and she still plays in local leagues and coaches the Aspen Junior Hockey U-19 girls.

Elizabeth received a Master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Colorado, and she returned home to teach journalism and English at her alma mater, Aspen High School, in 2009. As a teacher, she helped young people better understand their world and tell stories that matter. Under Elizabeth’s leadership, the AHS student newspaper, the Skier Scribbler, has expanded to win local, state and national awards and now also hosts a multimedia website.

Elizabeth is excited to combine her passions for understanding the natural environment and telling important stories; if you find her toppled off her mountain bike somewhere, please give her a hand.  

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Off-road vehicles like ATVs and dirt bikes have long been banned on public roads in Colorado, but Pitkin County is only starting to enforce the law this summer.

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Low river flows and hot weather could be particularly tough on area fish. A local organization is asking boaters and anglers to chip in on a science project aimed at protecting trout.

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In 2016, the world’s largest investment firm issued a report saying that climate change must be a factor in money management. On Wednesday, BlackRock Vice Chairman Philipp Hildebrand will discuss sustainable investing.

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Eight wildfires now burn in Colorado, and Roaring Fork Valley communities are under fire restrictions because of hot, dry, windy conditions.

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The 2018 AREDAY Summit kicks off today, and it includes conversations about setting aside half of the world for nature.

 

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A handful of middle and high school students from across the Roaring Fork Valley spent the week learning about climate change and making films.

 

At a meeting Thursday, elected officials will discuss two ways to improve alternative transportation near Aspen.

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Stage one fire restrictions went into effect Tuesday in Pitkin and Eagle Counties because of dry conditions and high temperatures.

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People, plants and animals all enjoy the nearly 5,000 acres of land owned by Pitkin County Open Space and Trails. To make sure the shared space remains a thriving ecosystem, Open Space and Trails is turning to data collected on site.

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Basalt is working on strengthening its requirements for sustainable building as part of efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

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An agreement has been reached to keep a popular trail open in the Hunter Creek Valley, resolving a years-long legal dispute.

Hosts Elizabeth Stewart-Severy and Zoe Rom bring you the week’s news from the Roaring Fork Valley.

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The City of Aspen has cut back on irrigation at most parks across town to meet a goal of reducing water consumption by 10 to 15 percent. But Wagner Park, in the city core, is managed pretty differently.

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The City of Aspen and Pitkin County have completed a plan for how to manage the upper Roaring Fork River; the goal is to keep more water flowing.

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Colorado’s top recycling experts are gathering in Snowmass Village this week to discuss solutions for Colorado’s recycling challenges.

Wilderness Workshop

 A local conservation organization wants to be sure that everyone in the Roaring Fork Valley has a voice in public lands issues. Wilderness Workshop has announced a new outreach program called “Defiende Nuestra Tierra,” which translates to Defend Our Land. It’s goal is to mobilize the Latino community around public lands advocacy. Elizabeth Stewart-Severy spoke with Alicia  Zeringue, community organizer for Wilderness Workshop.

The kickoff party for Defiende Nuestra Tierra is this Saturday from one to three at Sayre Park in Glenwood Springs.

Clean Energy Economy for the Region (CLEER)

The upcoming election for the Holy Cross Energy board of directors has two contested seats.  

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Dr. George Beck is a professor of Weed Science at Colorado State University. At a public event Wednesday, he’ll discuss how to manage invasive weeds.

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The City of Aspen has agreed to move water rights for storage out of Castle and Maroon Creeks.

 

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After nine deaths in the Elk Mountain backcountry last summer, Mountain Rescue Aspen wanted change. The organization has teamed up with the Pitkin County Sheriff’s office and the U.S. Forest Service on a new campaign aimed at helping prepare people for backcountry adventures.

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