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.  

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This week, hosts Zoë Rom and Elizabeth Stewart-Severy bring you the week's news from the Roaring Fork Valley. 

Businesses are slow to get on board with a new law in Carbondale that increased the age to buy tobacco and vaping products to 21.

Elizabeth Stewart-Severy / Aspen Public Radio

Aspen Skiing Company expects top-to-bottom skiing when Aspen Mountain opens Saturday.

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As governments across the world work to address climate change, big businesses are doing the same. David Hone is Chief Climate Change Adviser at the energy company Shell. Hone is in Aspen this week, discussing the company’s plan to limit global temperature rise.

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Last year, the Trump administration reduced the size of Bears Ears National Monument by 85 percent. Now, the federal government is taking public comment on a draft management plan for the monument, and Thursday is the last day for feedback.


The clouds responsible for snow storms can be pretty inefficient, as skiers and riders know well.

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The Colorado River District has an idea that could boost the Roaring Fork water supply. A proposal for cloud seeding goes in front of Pitkin County’s Healthy Rivers Board this week.


Roaring Fork School District wants the community to help sketch a path forward, as it revisits its recent goals — and asks for input.  

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Communities looking to create less trash often turn to the three Rs: reduce, reuse, recycle.

One local company is trying to get a C for compost in there, too, and it’s getting some help from the state of Colorado.

This is Air Time, extended conversations with interesting people.

Elizabeth Stewart-Severy / Aspen Public Radio

Hunters crowd into the Basalt shooting range on a recent autumn day for last-minute practice ahead of elk and deer season. This fall, things look a little different at the range, and not just because of the fire scar that rises behind the targets where hunters take aim.

Earlier this month, a federal judge ruled that the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) needs to further analyze climate impacts as it plans for future use of public lands in the Colorado River Valley.

Garfield School District Re-2 is asking voters to approve two measures that would bring more local funding to schools in Rifle, Silt and New Castle.



Local school districts say it’s tough to attract and keep qualified teachers because of the high cost of living and low school funding, but a state ballot initiative this fall could help.

Courtesy of Katy Nelson, U.S. Forest Service

The U.S. Forest Service says a new permit system at Conundrum Hot Springs is working to help protect the ecosystem. For the first time, backpackers had to make a reservation to camp at the popular spot.

This is Air Time, extended conversations with interesting people.


Elizabeth Stewart-Severy / Aspen Public Radio

At the foot of Aspen Mountain, just off the Ajax Trail, several towering Douglas fir trees have turned brown-red and dropped their needles. They look like red ghosts in the evergreen forest.

This is Air Time, extended conversations with interesting people.

Elizabeth Stewart-Severy / Aspen Public Radio

Fire districts in rural and Western Colorado say unintended consequences from a state amendment are hurting their bottom lines. In the Roaring Fork Valley, every local fire district is asking for funding.

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This fall, Colorado Mountain College is asking voters to approve a measure that would help stabilize its funding.