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The environment desk at Aspen Public Radio covers issues in the Roaring Fork Valley and throughout the state of Colorado including water use and quality, impact of recreation, population growth and oil and gas development. APR’s Environment Reporter is Elizabeth Stewart-Severy.

Myrin: Aspen shouldn’t ‘burn dinosaurs’

Courtesy of aspenpitkin.com

Aspen City Councilman Bert Myrin wants to know why the new police department building is slated to run on natural gas.

The $22.5-million new building for the Aspen Police Department will not be powered by the city’s all-renewable energy grid, but rather run on natural gas boilers.

City facility manager Jeff Pendarvis told council earlier this week that cost and “undue burdens” on neighbors are concerns. The building will need to be operational 24 hours a day, and Pendarvis said this makes electric power cost-prohibitive.

At Monday’s council meeting, Myrin made it clear that he isn’t buying it.

“Except in the '70s when people actually used electric and it actually worked for some reason,” he said. “I don’t know why it worked 40, 50 years ago, and now we have to burn dinosaurs.”

Myrin is now pressing City Manager Steve Barwick to review the decision for the new city-owned building to use fossil fuels.  


Aspen native Elizabeth Stewart-Severy is excited to be making a return to both the Red Brick, where she attended kindergarten, and the field of journalism. She has spent her entire life playing in the mountains and rivers around Aspen, and is thrilled to be reporting about all things environmental in this special place. 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.