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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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In the height of ski season this year, blades of grass and patches of dirt still dot cross country ski trails in Aspen, Colo. Conditions like this present a conundrum for professional skiers: Their livelihood relies on snow and cold temperatures, but essentials like travel and snow-making come with an environmental cost.

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Pitkin County adopted new regulations this week that allow residents to capture and reuse water from some kinds of indoor plumbing.

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Elected officials from Aspen, Snowmass Village and Pitkin County will discuss spending $40,000 to analyze the need for an improved pedestrian crossing at Buttermilk.

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Carbondale native Peter Olenick is a freestyle skiing pioneer and an 11-time X-Games competitor who won four medals in three different events. This winter, he’ll be at the 2018 Winter Olympics, representing the home team. Olenick is the coach of the South Korean freestyle ski team. Elizabeth Stewart-Severy caught up with him on a quick trip home before he took off for Pyeongchang and brings us this report.

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The City of Aspen says a natural filter at the Aspen Recreation Center pool has improved water quality.

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The U.S. Forest Service received 11 objections to a draft decision on a logging project in the Upper Fryingpan Valley. The objections come from home and property owners, environmental groups like Wilderness Workshop and the Roaring Fork Audubon Society, the Town of Basalt and a mill in Montrose that would receive some of the timber.

 

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The Colorado State Forest Service released the 2017 Report on the Health of Colorado’s Forests last week.

 

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The U.S. Forest Service has received 11 formal objections to its draft decision to log up to 1,800 acres in the Upper Fryingpan Valley.

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Campers headed to Conundrum Hot Springs will be able to purchase a permit beginning in mid-April.

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The U.S. Forest Service has released a proposal to mitigate wildfire hazards on nearly 300 acres of national forest land in the Crystal River Valley. The plan includes mechanical treatments, like hand-cutting vegetation, at five locations in the valley and using prescribed fire near Marble.

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A bill that would allow Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) to raise fees on hunting and fishing licenses was introduced in the state legislature last week. It would also increase state park entrance fees.

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Wilderness Workshop and Colorado Mountain Club are hosting a backcountry film festival tonight in Carbondale.

 

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Aspen's snowpack is about two thirds of average, and while skiers everywhere are hoping for more snow, those headed into the backcountry rely on the Colorado Avalanche Information Center (CAIC) for data about avalanche conditions.

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Six local skiers from three disciplines will represent the United States at the 2018 Olympics in South Korea. Freeskiers Alex Ferreira and Torin Yater-Wallace will compete in half-pipe; Wiley Maple and Alice McKinnis have qualified as alpine racers; and Simi Hamilton and Noah Hoffman will race in cross country events.

City of Aspen

Mayor Steve Skadron and the city’s climate action department launched the Compact of Colorado Communities last May. They are now partnering with the governor’s office to host a symposium on climate preparedness and clean energy. Governor John Hickenlooper has since recognized it as the leading network of local governments working on climate.

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The Town of Carbondale approved a contract last week to acquire land at the base of Red Hill from the Aspen Valley Land Trust (AVLT). AVLT purchased the property in January and has been raising money to build new trails and improve safety. The idea is to move the trailhead closer to the parking area.

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The group Battlement Concerned Citizens is opposing a proposal for a new well pad and wastewater injection well in their community. Colorado regulations require that oil and gas development is a minimum of 500 feet away from homes and buildings. This proposal has wells within 500 feet of several homes. Ursa Resources has asked the state for a variance.

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This week, Aspen City Council gave the go-ahead on two private leases on public land at Cozy Point Ranch. Aspen T.R.E.E., a local agriculture and education operation, will lease 14 acres, and Cozy Point equestrian facility will continue to operate on 27 acres. Elizabeth Stewart-Severy breaks down the details with Wyatt Orme.

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This week, Gov. Hickenlooper released his plan to encourage more Coloradans to drive electric.

 

Colorado senator Michael Bennet and representative Jared Polis introduced a bill yesterday that would designate new wilderness in the White River National Forest.

 

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