Elizabeth Stewart-Severy

Environment Reporter

Aspen native Elizabeth Stewart-Severy is excited to be making a return to both the Red Brick, where she attended kindergarten, and the field of journalism. She has spent her entire life playing in the mountains and rivers around Aspen, and is thrilled to be reporting about all things environmental in this special place. 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 looking forward to combining 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.  

Ways to Connect

Courtesy of Wilderness Workshop

Aspen City Council approved requests Monday night to fund two studies that are designed to analyze the risks to the town’s future water supply.

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Jay Parker knows his way around Aspen’s mine tunnels. He’s spent about 40 years working at the Smuggler Mine. On a recent tour, he added consideration of water storage to the history and geology that he provides.

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The Aspen Center for Environmental Studies (ACES) beat out two other local organizations for a $3,000 grant from Aspen Trail Finder.

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The City of Aspen is working to retain conditional water rights to build reservoirs on Maroon and Castle Creeks, and the court battle could get expensive.

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Carbondale environmental and community groups are applauding a bill that would permanently protect Thompson Divide from oil and gas development.

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Recent genetic studies on native cutthroat trout in Colorado revealed a previously unrecognized subspecies in the Roaring Fork Valley — one that is so new it still doesn’t have a name. As part of the Naturalist Nights environmental speaker series, Kendall Bakich with Colorado Parks and Wildlife will discuss how understanding the history of these trout can help preserve species diversity.

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Roaring Fork Valley native and professional runner Rickey Gates begins a 5-month journey across America today — on foot. Gates has raced on the European mountain running circuit, but last week he slowed down for a walk along the Rio Grande Trail with Elizabeth Stewart-Severy to talk about his 3,500-mile run across the country.

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Local ski mountaineering racers are competing at the world championships in Italy and finishing with some of the strongest results for American skiers in the sport’s history.

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Pitkin County Open Space and Trails has started the intensive process to complete a trail that will span the Crystal River Valley.  

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Aspen Public Radio’s environment reporter Elizabeth Stewart-Severy explained why she’s so passionate about supporting public media.

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A researcher with the U.S. Forest Service will speak this week about the sociology and psychology of fire management.

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Immigrants who are new to Roaring Fork Valley schools often come from warm, tropical countries. A partnership between Basalt High School and the Roaring Fork Conservancy aims to help students understand their new environment.

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The Pitkin County Landfill is filling up, but officials hope to make it last an extra 10 years with an expansion.

Elizabeth Stewart-Severy/Aspen Public Radio News

Earlier this week, Colorado’s snowpack hit 100 percent of average. Experts think this bodes well for this summer’s water supply.

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Aspen City Councilman Bert Myrin wants to know why the new police department building is slated to run on natural gas.

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Energy development in northwest Colorado cuts roads and brings traffic into prime wildlife habitat. Researcher George Wittemyer studies how such development impacts deer populations and will speak about his work as part of the Naturalist Nights environmental speaker series this week.

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For the past 14 months, Pete McBride and Kevin Fedarko have been hiking through the Grand Canyon’s rugged terrain with few trails. The two National Geographic journalists recently completed an 800-mile trek on foot. They wanted to understand this most iconic of national parks — and the development that threatens it from all directions.

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Aspen’s environmental health department wants drivers to cut unnecessary emissions.

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The citizen group Colorado Wild and Public Lands has won a request to delay the closing of a controversial land exchange.

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Snowmobilers and backcountry skiers can no longer park along Woody Creek Road near Lenado, a Pitkin County District Judge ruled.

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