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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Aspen City Council hopes to get voter approval to buy land for municipal water storage, and they’ll discuss a ballot question Monday night.

 

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The U.S. Forest Service has received three objections to a plan that would limit overnight use of the Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness.

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Hanging Lake in Glenwood Canyon is one of Colorado’s most popular hikes, and overuse is causing degradation to the fragile ecosystem. The U.S. Forest Service released a plan yesterday for how to manage visitors at the trail. Elizabeth Stewart-Severy discusses details of the plan with producer Christin Kay.

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The Pitkin County Board of Commissioners heard an update Tuesday about the potential environmental impacts from a proposed expansion at the airport.

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Last week, Pitkin County public health officials warned of an increase in bat activity after 11 were found dead in Snowmass. Elizabeth Stewart-Severy reported on the story and talked with producer Christin Kay about why bats can pose a public health concern.

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More than 500 people lined up in front of the Pitkin County Library hours before the eclipse reached its peak at 11:43 a.m. Most were looking for the special glasses that filter out nearly all visible light, as well as the UV and infrared light that damages the eye. The Aspen Science Center handed out 500 pairs.

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Millions of Americans will see a rare solar eclipse today, and here's the scoop on what to expect in the Roaring Fork Valley.

Eclipse Soundscape app

On Monday, from coast to coast, people can watch what’s being called “The Great American Eclipse.” Scientists are calling on those millions of spectators to provide data and observations. Elizabeth Stewart-Severy checked in with researchers who are using the latest technology to learn about a full sensory experience, for all creatures on earth.  

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The U.S. Forest Service is partnering with local environmental groups to repair damage on the Capitol Creek Trail this weekend.

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Pitkin County public health officials are cautioning residents about an increase in bat activity after 11 of them were recently found dead along a trail in Snowmass Village.

Elizabeth Stewart-Severy / Aspen Public Radio

Across the west, noxious weeds damage ecosystems, and local governments are tasked with keeping them at bay. But the solution — chemical herbicides — doesn’t always sit well with residents.

Elizabeth Stewart-Severy / Aspen Public Radio

Officials say the Pitkin County Landfill only has about 14 years of space left. They’ve been working with consultants to minimize waste and extend its lifespan. Pitkin County Commissioners heard an update on this process last week, including recommended changes. Environment reporter Elizabeth Stewart-Severy has been covering the issue and talked with producer Christin Kay about possible solutions.

 

Roaring Fork Outdoor Volunteers Instagram account

Roaring Fork Valley outdoor enthusiasts have come together in record numbers to build two singletrack trails along Prince Creek Road in Carbondale.

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The U.S. Forest Service will be closing Difficult Campground on Tuesday, Aug. 15, for the remainder of the 2017 season.

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National Geographic photographer Ami Vitale started her career documenting war and conflict but has since shifted to covering wildlife and environmental issues. She has traveled to more than 90 countries and is in Aspen to share her photos and stories. Environment reporter Elizabeth Stewart-Severy talked with Vitale about her work.

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The Pitkin County Board of Commissioners will consider an emergency resolution today that confirms a ban on electric bikes.

 

State legislation goes into effect on Wednesday that will allow e-bikes on pedestrian paths — unless a local jurisdiction says otherwise. Pitkin County says otherwise, for now.

Carolyn Sackariason / Aspen Public Radio

This past spring, Aspen City Council approved a new ordinance that regulates outdoor water use. Elizabeth Stewart-Severy has been reporting on what this means for local homeowners and landscape architects. She discusses the water efficiency for landscaping ordinance with producer Christin Kay.

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After five months and over 3,000 miles, Roaring Fork Valley native Rickey Gates completed his run across the United States. Elizabeth Stewart-Severy caught up with him by phone just after he ended the trip in San Francisco.

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Interested citizens can hear updates on policy and management practices during a time of flux in the oil and gas industry on Thursday in Rifle.

 

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Last month the City of Aspen announced plans to buy about 60 acres of land in Woody Creek that would be used for a reservoir in the future. It’s part of the city’s work to explore options other than using water rights to build reservoirs on Castle and Maroon Creeks. Environment reporter Elizabeth Stewart-Severy has been reporting on the issue and talked with producer Christin Kay about the latest developments.

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