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

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Last month, the U.S. Forest Service released the environmental assessment of a new plan to manage visitors to Hanging Lake. It looks at the potential impacts of limiting use to the popular spot. Elizabeth Stewart-Severy discussed the findings with producer Christin Kay.

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Pitkin County has updated its plans to lessen the impacts of natural disasters, like floods and wildfires.

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Deep freezes in Western Colorado last spring damaged crops, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture is now offering some relief.

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Aspen Skiing Company canceled the Full Moon Dinner that was scheduled at Buttermilk’s Cliffhouse Restaurant on Tuesday, as safety concerns are growing on area mountains.

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Red Hill Recreation Area is popular, to say the least. Especially in a dry winter, when people are still hiking and biking instead of skiing.

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The City of Aspen first adopted a climate action plan in 2007, with a target of an 80 percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. City staff has promoted energy efficiency, increased mass transit and supported a bike share program. These actions have reduced emissions. But Aspen’s population has grown, and those reductions have been somewhat lackluster.

This week on Valley Roundup, we look back at some of the most interesting and important stories of the year. 2017 has been a politically charged year across America, and many national issues are very real on a local level in the Roaring Fork Valley too. Local “Dreamers” rallied in Glenwood Springs. The Aspen Film Fest Academy Screenings grapple with the #MeToo movement. Aspen City Council dealt with things like tobacco, chain stores and water rights.

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Aspen Skiing Company’s Environment Foundation announced yesterday that, in its 20th year, it’s giving out more than $90,000 in grants.

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City of Aspen residents have again identified the health of the Roaring Fork River as a top concern.


Carbondale-based Wilderness Workshop joined 15 other environmental watchdog groups to file a lawsuit against the federal government. The organizations want to see compliance with a rule to prevent the waste of methane.


Aspen Skiing Company vice president of sustainability Auden Schendler is getting recognition in the industry for his work on climate awareness.


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Aspen City Council and staff are doubling down on fundraising efforts for a major transportation study.

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The Open Space and Trails board met Thursday to discuss proposed trail alignments through the Crystal Valley.

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The Pitkin County Open Space and Trails board meets Thursday morning to talk about public feedback on proposed trail alignments through the Crystal River Valley.

Challenge America

 Last week, servicemen and women came to Aspen to participate in the first-ever Military Ski Week. The non-profit Challenge America offered discounts on lift tickets and lodging for the military community — and some time to heal and reconnect.

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The U.S. Forest Service released a draft decision yesterday to log up to 1,800 acres in the Upper Fryingpan Valley.


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December is ski season, with or without much natural snow. Aspen Skiing Company has relied on man-made snow to open local ski areas, but this comes with a cost.

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On Monday, Aspen City Council will consider funding a project to tell the story of the John Denver Sanctuary.

When Aspen Highlands opens Saturday, skiers and riders will have access to the most challenging in-bounds terrain in Aspen, thanks to the work of hard-core volunteers. These are the boot packers who help prepare the iconic Highland Bowl.

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This weekend, Aspen’s Rio Grande Park will host the World Snow Polo Championships, but nature hasn’t been cooperating.