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Aspen Skiing Company and the U.S. Forest Service have finalized plans for an expansion of summer activities at Snowmass Ski Area.

 

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Aspen’s summer season officially kicked off last weekend with the Food and Wine Classic. It’s an iconic event — and one that also sets the bar for how to manage the far less glamorous side: taking out the trash.

 

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American Renewable Energy Day (AREDAY), has grown from a one-day expo to a nearly week-long summit. This year’s event kicked off yesterday in Snowmass. Environment reporter Elizabeth Stewart-Severy was there and shares what she learned with news director Carolyn Sackariason.

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Drivers interested in going electric can test out cars today in Aspen.

 

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Water levels on the Roaring Fork River are expected to rise next week as Twin Lakes Reservoir reaches capacity.

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Visitors at Ruedi Reservoir this summer will find new gates at the boat ramp, as officials are restricting access so they can more effectively screen for invasive species of mussels. Keeping these creatures out of the reservoir is top priority.

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The Colorado Supreme Court heard arguments Wednesday about the City of Aspen’s fee on disposable grocery bags.

 

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Two of the Roaring Fork Valley’s premier conservation organizations, the Wilderness Workshop and Aspen Valley Land Trust, are celebrating their 50th anniversaries this year. They threw a joint party in Carbondale last Friday, where Aspen Public Radio’s Elizabeth Stewart-Severy caught up with Michael McVoy, who has served on the boards of both organizations.

 

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Pitkin County is releasing plans Tuesday for a new parking area and trail at Prince Creek in Carbondale.

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This will be the first full summer that Colorado residents can legally use rain barrels to conserve water. Local organizations are helping people learn how.

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President Trump’s announcement Thursday that the U.S. is withdrawing from the Paris Agreement hit close to home.

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Pitkin County’s plan for dealing with natural hazards is due for an update. The 2017 edition will consider climate change impacts.

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Local governments in the Roaring Fork Valley have long grappled with environmental issues, including work to lower greenhouse gas emissions, protect wilderness areas from overuse, keep water in the rivers and more. For the first time in many local elected officials’ tenure, these priorities are under threat from the national administration. Elizabeth Stewart-Severy asked local officials how they are working to influence national policy.

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With summer season warming up, area wildlife agencies are reminding people to respect trails that remain closed.

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The Roaring Fork River is on Colorado’s list of impaired rivers, so City of Aspen officials are working on a plan to improve the health of the waterway. In the third conversation of a series, environment reporter Elizabeth Stewart-Severy and producer Christin Kay discuss how homes and businesses have damaged some of the important areas riparian along the river.

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Aspen City Council adopted a new management plan for Cozy Point Ranch earlier this spring. The city is now looking to sign some long-term leases on the property.

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Liz Chapman from the Aspen environmental health department has been appointed to a state commission that regulates trash and hazardous waste.

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Representatives from 27 Colorado communities took a pledge last week in Aspen to act aggressively on climate change.

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The Roaring Fork is on Colorado’s list of impaired rivers. City of Aspen officials are working on a plan to improve the health of the Roaring Fork River.

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A plan to widen the sidewalk on Castle Creek Bridge is on hold.

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