Stuff by Elizabeth Key

  • Locations: News Published

    It’s elemental: fire, lightening, wind and water

    Fire and water are opposites, but when it comes to weather, they are interconnected. Large wildfires can generate their own weather systems. Weather travels through vertical columns in a convective process, but fire and weather are almost cyclical in nature as they create and destroy one more →

  • Locations: News Published

    Sun showers in the sunflowers

    The Basalt Community Garden is blooming in Southside, just west of Basalt High School. In its 10th year of operation, the half-acre garden has reached capacity. Currently, almost 100 garden plots are traversed by bark mulch paths supporting a whole new crop of gardeners. Gayle Shugars, one of the garden’s… read more →

  • Locations: Columns, Opinion Published

    My personal burn scar: An appeal for volunteer firefighters

    It was July 3, 2018, when we fled our Hillcrest home and the hotshots were called in. We watched from Willits as the choreographed fire dance began; flames popped up and the chopper released rains of red retardant. The hillside was studded with brush fires crowning our more →

  • Locations: News Published

    PitCo Landfill gets creative to curve capacity constraints

    The Pitkin County Solid Waste Center (PCSWC) was originally established, in its current location, as the Aspen Free Dump in 1965. For years since, the community has received public service announcements about the landfill nearing peak capacity. 

    The landfill has been pushing recycling and innovation to stymie… read more →

  • Locations: News Published

    Picking fresh figs on Basalt Mountain

    The slice of the Roaring Fork Valley population that inhabits a small portion of Eagle County often finds its boundaries baffling, inefficient and frustrating. The State Legislature evidently didn’t consider the watershed or topography when they drew Eagle County’s borders back in 1883. Jerome Osentowski, in turn, probablyread more →