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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.  

Ways to Connect

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The city has reached agreements with all of the opposing parties in a Castle Creek water court case. But there’s still work to be done.

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Pitkin County’s emergency alert system is getting an upgrade.

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This fall, Eagle County commissioners may ask voters to renew a property tax to fund the county’s open space program, but first, they want input.

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UPDATED Thursday, Aug. 16, 3:25 p.m.: Colorado's Air Quality Control Commission decided it would consider including provisions for zero-emission vehicles. Roaring Fork Valley officials were among those pushing for their inclusion. The commission will discuss the issue again in December, before making a final decision in March, 2019. 

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Earlier this month, the open space and trails boards for both the City of Aspen and Pitkin County agreed to move forward with plans to build a trail along Castle Creek Road. It will run just under a mile between the city trail from the Marolt housing to the campus of the Aspen Music School and Aspen Country Day School.

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The U.S. Drought Monitor shows Pitkin County is now experiencing severe-to-extreme drought and, on Monday, city council agreed to implement Stage Two water restrictions. It's the first time the city has taken this step, which is meant to protect area rivers and preserve the city’s water supply.

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The Roaring Fork Conservancy celebrated the opening of its new headquarters Friday with a special guest: Gov. John Hickenlooper.

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More than 250 people submitted comments on a proposed trail through the Crystal River Valley. Pitkin County released them Thursday; there is general support for the trail, but concerns remain.

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It’s been a few weeks since the Lake Christine Fire tore along the hillsides above Basalt and El Jebel. The flames are gone, but the evidence of the fire is clear on the blackened landscape. It’s a haunting change from the usual green or gold slopes; newspaper columnists have called this a "hellscape."

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On Thursday, the Trump administration announced rollbacks to the Clean Car Standards, which set guidelines for vehicle emissions, but Colorado officials are preparing a workaround.

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A panel discussion Tuesday will address what the changing climate means for recreation, agriculture and local economies.

Lake Christine Fire Updates

Jul 27, 2018

Update: July 29, 10:22 a.m.: All pre-evacuation notices have been lifted, due to an increase in containment--now at 72%--along with Saturday's rain. Residents are encouraged to register with both Eagle and Pitkin Counties' emergency alerts for flash-flood warnings.   

Mike McMillan / Lake Christine Fire PIO

The Lake Christine Fire continues to grow on Basalt Mountain, and hot, dry weather the past couple of days has meant increased activity. It’s estimated to be nearly 8,000 acres, and officials said it grew about 500 acres Wednesday.

 

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The FBI Director describes the Bureau’s role in national security generally and cyberterrorism and counterintelligence specifically.

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Pitkin County residents may soon see some changes in their trash bills. Officials have proposed an update to a 27-year-old ordinance governing waste and recycling.

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As the Lake Christine Fire continues to burn along the upper stretches of Missouri Heights, a handful of firefighters watched pink clouds of smoke billow on the hillside across from Spring Park Reservoir.

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Featuring the Honorable Eric Garcetti, mayor of Los Angeles, in conversation with Aspen Institute president and CEO Dan Porterfield.

Courtesy of Bureau of Land Management

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is looking for public input as it starts planning what to do with land it acquired near Carbondale last year.

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Low water levels and high temperatures are causing stress to fish in the Roaring Fork Valley, so experts are asking anglers to stop fishing in the mid-afternoon.

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The Lake Christine Fire is estimated at 5,916 acres and 30 percent contained. 

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