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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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Wildfires across the west have forced thousands of people to evacuate and destroyed homes in suburban areas. Jennifer Balch, the director of CU Boulder’s Earth Lab, has studied the human impacts on the fire season and the expansion of the wildfire territory. She spoke with Elizabeth Stewart-Severy.

Courtesy of Holy Cross Energy

This month, a local utility is offering discounts for energy-saving water tanks for livestock.

Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper is joining forces with an organization started by Aspen Mayor Steve Skadron.

Courtesy of Pitkin County

Pitkin County commissioners are moving forward with a plan to remove loose rocks from the Ute Trail.

 

A law that passed last year in Colorado allows residents to capture and use rainwater for outdoor irrigation. As Roaring Fork Valley homeowners rely on weather patterns and natural cycles for their water supply, it's teaching them how to manage a scarce resource.

Denver Public Library and Dale Will

In 2016, Gov. Hickenlooper identified the Crystal River Valley as a key trail priority, and Pitkin County Open Space and Trails is planning the route from Carbondale to the top of McClure Pass. Elizabeth Stewart-Severy has been reporting on the process and spoke with producer Christin Kay about the latest developments.

Courtesy of Pitkin County Open Space and Trails

Pitkin County’s Open Space and Trails program leases 240 acres of agricultural land to local farmers, and now the board is considering shouldering some of the costs for tools, too.

Courtesy of U.S. Forest Service

The defendant accused of illegally growing marijuana on U.S. Forest Service land near Carbondale made his first court appearance Wednesday.

Elizabeth Stewart-Severy/Aspen Public Radio News

The Community Office for Resource Efficiency (CORE) awarded more than $700,000 to local energy programs on Wednesday.

Courtesy of Aspen Center for Physics

The Aspen Center for Physics can add another name to its list of Nobel Prize winning lecturers.

 

Courtesy of U.S. Forest Service

Last week, federal officials discovered a major marijuana grow operation in the White River National Forest south of Carbondale and made one arrest.

Brent Gardner-Smith / Aspen Journalism

This fall, voters in Aspen will decide if they’ll approve $3 million in bonds to purchase land in Woody Creek. City Council intends to buy the land regardless of the outcome of the vote.

Elizabeth Stewart-Severy/Aspen Public Radio

It’s been a particularly challenging summer season for Mountain Rescue Aspen (MRA), with eight deaths in the Elk Mountain Range, including five on Capitol Peak.

 

Courtesy of Joe Carlson

Bears Ears is one of 27 national monuments under review by the Trump administration. Recent reports indicate that Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke has recommended a drastic reduction in its size.

Last month, Pitkin County released a report detailing the environmental impacts of proposed changes at the airport. The public can skip the 250-page document and learn about the project in person this week.

Courtesy of Colorado River District

The Colorado River District has one finalist — a local water attorney — for its general manager position.

Earlier this month, Joe Seeds was rescued by a Blackhawk helicopter and a Mountain Rescue Aspen (MRA) team. He had lost his way on Capitol Peak. Seeds was back in the valley yesterday to pick up his pack and campsite from Capitol Lake and stopped by the studio to talk with reporter Elizabeth Stewart-Severy.

Courtesy of Bureau of Land Management

Hikers and hunters will soon be able to access public land acquired in a controversial land exchange earlier this year.

 

Elizabeth Stewart-Severy / Aspen Public Radio

Pitkin County officials are working on a trail that will eventually connect Carbondale to Crested Butte. They’ve released possible routes for Pitkin County’s section, which runs to the top of McClure Pass. Elizabeth Stewart-Severy took a tour of the area, exploring both the history and the future of the corridor.

Elizabeth Stewart-Severy / Aspen Public Radio

Garfield County officials are considering a proposal for 55 new gas wells in a Battlement Mesa neighborhood. Two citizen groups are fighting the development.

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