Environment News

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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.  

 

The Pitkin County Board of County Commissioners are formally welcoming the Trump children to town with a full page ad in today’s local papers.

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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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U.S. Congressman Scott Tipton spoke to more than 5,000 constituents for an hour Wednesday evening, in a so-called “tele town hall.”

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The U.S. Forest Service has approved a plan for an alpine coaster and other recreation options at Copper Mountain Resort. A similar plan in Snowmass is still under review.

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Last month, Congressional Republicans made initial moves to repeal a Bureau of Land Management (BLM) rule aimed at reducing methane emissions from oil and gas development. This BLM regulation is modeled, in part, after a state law in Colorado. News director Carolyn Sackariason sat down with environment reporter Elizabeth Stewart-Severy to talk about how such a repeal would affect Coloradans.

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Aspen City Council approved requests Monday night to fund two studies that are designed to analyze the risks to the town’s future water supply.

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Jay Parker knows his way around Aspen’s mine tunnels. He’s spent about 40 years working at the Smuggler Mine. On a recent tour, he added consideration of water storage to the history and geology that he provides.

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The Aspen Center for Environmental Studies (ACES) beat out two other local organizations for a $3,000 grant from Aspen Trail Finder.

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The City of Aspen is working to retain conditional water rights to build reservoirs on Maroon and Castle Creeks, and the court battle could get expensive.

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Carbondale environmental and community groups are applauding a bill that would permanently protect Thompson Divide from oil and gas development.

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Recent genetic studies on native cutthroat trout in Colorado revealed a previously unrecognized subspecies in the Roaring Fork Valley — one that is so new it still doesn’t have a name. As part of the Naturalist Nights environmental speaker series, Kendall Bakich with Colorado Parks and Wildlife will discuss how understanding the history of these trout can help preserve species diversity.

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Roaring Fork Valley native and professional runner Rickey Gates begins a 5-month journey across America today — on foot. Gates has raced on the European mountain running circuit, but last week he slowed down for a walk along the Rio Grande Trail with Elizabeth Stewart-Severy to talk about his 3,500-mile run across the country.

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Pitkin County Open Space and Trails has started the intensive process to complete a trail that will span the Crystal River Valley.  

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