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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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Courtesy of Colorado Avalanche Information Center

Dry weather statewide means many ski areas have limited terrain. Skiers and riders who want more might be looking into backcountry options. Right now, avalanche danger is low, but that could change with the next snowfall.

Elizabeth Stewart-Severy

The City of Aspen has plans to buy land in Woody Creek that could one day become a reservoir, and officials hope to fill that reservoir using water rights the city has owned on Castle and Maroon creeks since 1971. But major questions remain about if this is possible — or necessary.

Mike Miville

The Aspen Institute announced last week that Dan Porterfield will succeed Walter Isaacson as president and CEO of the think tank. Porterfield is currently the president of Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.

This week, we talk with Randy Essex, editor and publisher of the Glenwood Springs Post Independent, about some of the biggest stories he's covered in his time in the Roaring Fork Valley. Essex is leaving his post for the Motor City, where he will be senior content director for business and auto news at the Detriot Free Press. 

 

Michael Miville

The Aspen Institute’s next president and CEO will be Dan Porterfield.

Elizabeth Stewart-Severy / Aspen Public Radio

This was the first year that all boats using Ruedi Reservoir were screened for invasive species of mussels. Finding funding to continue the program will be no easy task.

Elizabeth Stewart-Severy / Aspen Public Radio

The U.S. Forest Service said more than 320,000 people biked, bussed or drove to the Maroon Bells Scenic Area this season. That’s another record-setting year.

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The City of Aspen will continue to get some of its renewable energy from a nonprofit based in Nebraska.

 

Courtesy of Jesse Wey

Earlier this year, the Town of Basalt signed on to Eagle County’s climate action plan. Tuesday, Town Council is expected to sign a letter of intent to work with other communities in the county to reduce greenhouse gases. But Basalt isn’t going to commit any money toward the collaborative.

 

Courtesy of Aspen Center for Environmental Studies/aspennature.org

The 2018 lineup for local speaker series Naturalist Nights includes regional experts on topics from the geology of Glenwood Canyon to the world’s finest guano.

U.S. Forest Service

Officials with Colorado Parks and Wildlife are urging people to skip the shopping and get outside today.

Courtesy of Noah Hoffman

Professional skiers in a warming world find themselves in an icy position. Their livelihood relies on snow and cold temperatures, but essentials like travel and snowmaking come with an environmental cost. So, how do athletes stand by their convictions and make a living?

U.S. Forest Service

Winter season for the U.S. Forest Service starts today — and that means many roads are now closed to all vehicles with wheels, including bicycles.

Courtesy of aspennature.org

Three local environmental groups are again teaming up to present a speaker series focused on public lands and wildlife conservation. The schedule for 2018 is out.

Elizabeth Stewart-Severy / Aspen Public Radio

Aspen Skiing Company plans to open Aspen Mountain and Snowmass for limited skiing on Thanksgiving Day, but there’s not much snow.

 

The Colorado Air Quality Control Commission voted last week to increase testing for methane emissions from oil and gas development.

This week, there have been more allegations of sexual harassment at the Colorado statehouse.

The City of Aspen has some work to do to prove that it should hold on to conditional water rights on Castle and Maroon Creeks, and is considering pulling funding from the Wheeler’s stockpile to buy land in Woody Creek. The school district is also interested in the Wheeler’s excess funds.

Aspen water customers can expect bigger bills next year as rates are rising for both residential and commercial users.  

Last month, students from across the Roaring Fork Valley gathered to discuss water. At the first-ever Youth Water Summit, teenagers presented their own white papers on everything from water rights to environmental activism.

Courtesy of Pitkin County Open Space and Trails

Wednesday is the last day for the public to submit comments on alignments for a proposed trail through the Crystal River Valley. If completed, that trail would eventually connect Carbondale with Crested Butte.

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