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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.  

Ways to Connect

Elizabeth Stewart-Severy / Aspen Public Radio

Two years ago, Colt Whitley qualified for his first cross-country skiing junior national championships in Cable, Wis. But there were some unexpected challenges.

Courtesy of Colorado Parks and Wildlife

Earlier this month, three conservation organizations sued the federal government over a plan to kill bears and mountain lions near Rifle.

Denver Channel

Colorado’s senators say Grand Junction is the ideal spot for Bureau of Land Management headquarters, and they’re urging the Secretary of the Interior to visit.

 

Elizabeth Stewart-Severy / Aspen Public Radio

Aspen Valley Land Trust (AVLT) announced Wednesday it has raised enough money to complete a major project at the base of Red Hill in Carbondale.

www.garfield-county.com

Garfield and Eagle are among five counties in northwest Colorado that are working together to reduce their trash, and the first step is learning what’s now in the garbage.

Elizabeth Stewart-Severy / Aspen Public Radio

Students in Aspen will be taking to the streets Wednesday afternoon to advocate for stricter gun control. They are joining a nationwide day of action, but instead of walking out of classes, they will host a march after school, and hope the whole community will join.

Denver Public Library and Dale Will

 

Pitkin County has released a draft plan for its proposed trail through the Crystal River Valley. It could eventually connect to Crested Butte.

Courtesy of Maureen Poschman

Two local middle school students are showing their passion for big cats by bringing Cheetah Night to the Aspen Center for Environmental Studies.

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As spring approaches and fire season returns, public lands managers have released plans for prescribed burns.

Roaring Fork Conservancy

Colorado’s snowpack is hovering at about three-quarters of average, which could mean low spring runoff.

 

Elizabeth Stewart-Severy/Aspen Public Radio News

Changes to the Basalt whitewater park are nearly complete, just in time to protect fish.

Last week, Aspen School District raised teacher salaries by more than 5 percent. The district said this is meant to improve teacher retention and, ultimately, students’ experience in the classroom.

Barbara Platts/Aspen Public Radio

At a meeting Tuesday, Pitkin County Commissioner Greg Poschman said he’d like to see real efforts to eliminate plastic.

Elizabeth Stewart-Severy / Aspen Public Radio

January marked a new era in recycling: China stopped accepting certain types of paper and plastics from abroad. This means companies like Roaring Fork Valley collector Waste Management have had to find new buyers. And they’ve had to adapt in other ways, too. In the second story in a series, we explore what this means for the industry — and what role consumers play.

Elizabeth Stewart-Severy / Aspen Public Radio

Before the first of the year, most of the recycling collected in the Roaring Fork Valley—and across the country—ultimately found its way to China. But China is no longer accepting items like paper and plastic from abroad. So what happens to your empty cans, bottles and boxes after you toss them in the bin?

The Aspen School District has announced a new salary structure for teachers that raises pay by more than 5 percent for the upcoming school year.

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Beginning next month, traffic in and out of Aspen will be delayed and detoured as the city works to improve a popular bike path.

Anne Marie Panetta

New research from the University of Colorado-Boulder has established a link between a warming climate and extinction of a common mountain wildflower.

Roger Adams

This week, Aspen Mayor Steve Skadron will meet with Canada’s Minister of Environment and Climate Change.

Ruthie Brown

Aspen native cross country skier Simi Hamilton recently took sixth in the Olympic team sprint. Just minutes before his race, the US women made history, winning the gold medal in that event.

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