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 week, the Bureau of Land Management completed a long-debated land exchange with the billionaire Wexner family. The federal agency traded nearly 1,500 acres of land near the base of Mount Sopris for two properties totaling 670 acres of once-private land that is close to popular recreation areas in Carbondale. Elizabeth Stewart-Severy has been following the development and spoke with producer Christin Kay about the deal.

 

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Colorado Congressman Scott Tipton (R-District 3) represents one of the largest geographical districts in the country. He sits on the Subcommittee on Mineral and Energy Resources and the Subcommittee on Federal Lands.

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The U.S. Forest Service released its assessment of the environmental impacts that will come with a new plan to limit camping in overcrowded wilderness areas.

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Pitkin County is looking for input on how to manage a historic property near Basalt.

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Spring in the mountains means more skiers in the backcountry. Earlier this month, Blase Reardon from the Colorado Avalanche Information Center discussed the unusual 2016-17 ski season at a gathering hosted by Powder to the People. Environment reporter Elizabeth Stewart-Severy shared lessons about Aspen’s snowpack and avalanche conditions with producer Christin Kay.

 

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Mount Sopris and Capitol Peak loom over McCabe Ranch, home to 450 head of cattle. This spring, the peaks are snow-capped, but the fields and pastures are dry and teeming with activity.

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A state bill that would require oil and gas drilling operations to sit farther away from school property has cleared its first hurdle.

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Warm temperatures have accelerated snowmelt, and local fire officials are advising caution with any kind of burning.

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The U.S. Forest Service faces a major backlog in trail maintenance and is now looking to identify a few key areas where it can pick up the pace.

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The U.S. Forest Service has released a draft decision that approves major recreation updates at Snowmass Ski Area.

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Congressman Scott Tipton held a telephone town hall earlier this month, where he discussed health care, energy policy and public lands. Last week, he was working on infrastructure ideas for the National Park Service and Forest Service. Environment reporter Elizabeth Stewart-Severy sat in on the phone call and has been following his work on public lands. She discussed the congressman’s policies and communication with producer Christin Kay.  

 

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A wildfire along Lower River Road yesterday threatened one home and burned about 6 acres near the Roaring Fork River. High winds spread a burning debris pile across private land. Though flames reached within 50 feet of a home, no buildings were damaged.

A renowned mountaineer and kayaker speaks Monday in Aspen, but this adventure story has a twist.

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The 2017 World Cup Finals featured all the traditional races, and one that will make its Olympic debut next year. The Alpine Team Event is starting to carve out a niche in the elite ski racing world.

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As temperatures rise into the sixties this week, World Cup officials are concerned about degrading course conditions. But so far, firm snow is holding, thanks in part to a variation of table salt.

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It’s an idyllic scene out of a ski resort ad: After a long day skiing, return home and warm your bones by the roaring fire. Donnie Lee, general manager at the Gant, knows the appeal this has for visitors.

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Alongside the swag, food, and festivities at World Cup Village at Wagner Park, ski racers and fans alike will have a chance to take political action.

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Aspen Skiing Company is running on all cylinders as the World Cup finals kick off this week. The company also recently released a sustainability report that details progress toward reducing its carbon footprint and working on environmental causes. News director Carolyn Sackariason sat down with environment reporter Elizabeth Stewart-Severy to talk about how SkiCo approaches events like World Cup and works toward large-scale change.

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Pitkin County officials are digging deep to learn more about local impacts of climate change.

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More than half a million people used Pitkin County’s public trail network in 2016.

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