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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.

Tipton telephone town hall draws thousands

Courtesy of www.congress.gov

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

Tipton answered questions about healthcare, oil and gas development and public lands during the conference call. The representative from Colorado’s 3rd District sits on Congressional sub-committees for energy resources and federal lands. He said he would continue to advocate for access to public lands. Tipton also touted legislation he recently introduced that he said will diversify energy policy.

“It really does call for all of the above,” he said of his bill. “Wind, solar, geothermal, hydroelectric, oil, gas, oil shale, coal, our minerals.”

More than 55,000 people registered at Tipton’s website and received the call on Wednesday evening. He answered 16 questions. An additional 73 constituents left questions after the hour-long call, and Tipton’s staff said they plan to follow up on those issues as well.

To listen to the full town hall, click the "play" button above.

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.
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