Stephanie Paige Ogburn


Stephanie Paige Ogburn has been reporting from Colorado for over five years, primarily from the Western Slope.

She was previously a reporter at ClimateWire, an editor at High Country News and a reporter at the Cortez Journal. Now based in Denver, Stephanie is enjoying the many amenities of city life, and getting used to traffic. When not reporting, she enjoys backpacking, mountain biking, growing food, cooking, and spending time with her family. 



Mon September 15, 2014
Craft Beer

At Hop Harvest, Colorado Craft Brewers Are All About Wet Hopping

Michel Watkins feeds fresh hops into a hop picker that farmer Glen Fuller imported from Europe.
Stephanie Paige Ogburn KUNC

It's a warm, late-August day on Glen Fuller's Western Colorado farm, and a whiff of something vaguely citrus wisps through the air.

It's the smell of hops. The lush vines climb 18-feet high, drooping with cone-shaped flowers, nearly neon in their greenness. Fuller is in the middle of harvest, cutting vines by the row and feeding them through a machine to remove the aromatic cones. Many of his hops will be used nearly immediately, as Front Range brewers gear up for a seasonal brew called a "wet hopped beer."

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Thu September 11, 2014
Colorado Flood

This Map Shows Parts Of Boulder County Susceptible To Landslides

The 2013 rains catalyzed hundreds of landslides; this large one, which wiped away buildings, took place on the northwest side of Twin Sisters Peak outside Rocky Mountain National Park.
Jonathan Godt U.S. Geological Survey

The devastating 2013 floods have left their mark on Colorado's landscape, and that includes an increased risk of landslides in areas that received heavy rains.

"In some of the areas, the soil became unstable. It moved, but it didn't totally fail and flow down the slope. So it's at a reduced strength, and those areas are unstable," said Karen Berry, who directs the Colorado Geological Survey and is the interim state geologist.

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Wed September 10, 2014
Colorado Flood

Years Of Work Still To Come For Flood-Damaged Colorado Roads

The 2013 floods wiped out roads in narrow canyons, including U.S. 34, in Larimer County, and U.S. 36, in Boulder County.
Capt. Darin Overstreet U.S. Air National Guard

The massive September floods of 2013 tore houses from their foundations and washed away roads as if they were made of sand, not asphalt.

While the Colorado Department of Transportation was able to re-open all damaged roads before Dec. 1, 2013, those roads still need a lot more work before they will be able to withstand future floods.

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Tue September 9, 2014

New Oil And Gas Commission Has Significant Industry And Government Representation

A drill site in Frederick abuts a residential neighborhood, August 2013. The growth of drilling near Front Range population centers has prompted bans and calls for more local control of drilling.
Jim Hill KUNC

Governor John Hickenlooper announced the 19 members of a task force whose goal is to address some of the recent controversy around energy development in the state.

The task force will examine land use issues and what role local governments have in regulating oil and gas activities within their boundaries. The creation of a task force is part of an agreement struck by the governor in order to avoid a citizen vote on oil and gas related ballot initiatives during the November 2014 election.  The governor and many others were concerned that passage of the ballot initiatives could have extremely negative consequences for the state.

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Tue September 9, 2014

Colorado Experiment To Move Beyond Grade Levels Taps Into Larger Ed Movement

Samuel Mann Flickr-Creative Commons

A few years ago, a school district in Colorado did away with grade levels – instead of being a kindergartner, a third grader, or a sixth grader, students began to be defined by how much they knew.  

Starting in the 2009-2010 school year, Adams County School District 50, a 21-school district serving 10,000 students in the Westminster area that had struggled academically, began implementing a system they called competency-based education. Students, regardless of their age or grade level, are now tested into levels in areas like math and literacy, and then learn at their own pace.

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