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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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Officials hope to improve water quality, fish habitat and a diversion structure along the Crystal River in Carbondale.

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Gov. John Hickenlooper signed a bill this week that provides funding for a state program to prevent the spread of invasive species into Colorado’s lakes and reservoirs. The pressure is still on local authorities to cover most of the cost of boat inspections.

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Pitkin County commissioners approved an update to the county’s hazard mitigation plan Wednesday. It comes as officials are preparing for a dry, hot summer and increased wildfire danger.

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At the end of this week, local energy groups will name one area high school the winner of the Changemakers Challenge. It’s a social media contest to award environmental engagement, and the kickoff featured its own teenage changemaker.

Courtesy of Colorado Parks and Wildlife

The state wildlife agency is reminding people to take steps to protect newborn animals this spring, and it starts with adhering to trail closures.

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5 Point Film Festival is underway in Carbondale, and the offerings go beyond adventure films.  On Saturday, 5 Point will co-host a discussion about the impacts of backcountry rescue missions.

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Earth Day is Sunday, April 22, but celebrations kick off in Aspen on Thursday.

Elizabeth Stewart-Severy / Aspen Public Radio

For the first time, backpackers headed to Conundrum Hot Springs this summer will need a permit to camp in the area. Those go on sale starting Wednesday morning.

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Pitkin County Open Space and Trails protects more than 20,000 acres of public land in the Roaring Fork Valley. These properties are used for recreation, to protect wildlife and for agriculture. The open space program leases out some of its properties to local farmers and ranchers. Two Roots Farm is the newest lessee at Emma Open Space.

Courtesy of Emily Hornback/Western Colorado Congress

Colorado is considering expanding pollution regulations across the state, and stakeholders can weigh in at a meeting in Rifle on Tuesday.

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Officials are preparing for a hot, dry summer, and with it, increased fire danger. Glenwood Springs is hosting an event Saturday to help residents prepare for wildfires.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife

There have been several reports of bear activity near Aspen early this spring. Officials with Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) want humans to step up their bear awareness.

 

Elizabeth Stewart-Severy / Aspen Public Radio

Pitkin County officials are working to connect Carbondale to Crested Butte with a multi-use trail that would run through the Crystal Valley. Open Space and Trails staff has a draft plan in the works, and it goes far beyond the trail route.

Courtesy of Amanda Boxtel

UPDATE: Tuesday, April 10, 10:07 a.m.

An 11-member rescue team successfully recovered the body of John Galvin, who was killed in an avalanche on Maroon Bowl on Sunday.

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A veteran member of Mountain Rescue Aspen was killed after being caught in an avalanche on Maroon Bowl yesterday. A release from the Pitkin County Sheriff’s office said it’s believed the skier hit a tree in the slide.

Alycin Bektesh / Aspen Public Radio

This week, Aspen City Council approved two additional electric-vehicle charging stations in the downtown core. It's part of efforts to encourage the switch to electric.

Hosts Elizabeth Stewart-Severy and Alycin Bektesh bring you all the news from the week here in the Roaring Fork Valley. 

University of Colorado Boulder

A team of researchers from the University of Colorado-Boulder has developed a new instrument to detect methane leaks.

 

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There are two major water projects underway in Aspen: A river management plan that is meant to improve the health of the Roaring Fork, and work to keep conditional water rights for storage.

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Pitkin County’s road and bridge crews keep the roads clear and open during even the nastiest of winter storms. While doing it, they often have to drive through areas that are prone to avalanches.

 

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