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. 



Tue September 30, 2014

Saving Sagebrush Helps More Than Grouse: Deer, Local Economy Benefit Too

Mule deer bucks in velvet Seedskadee National Wildlife Refuge, also greater sage grouse habitat.
Tom Koerner U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Rolling sagebrush-covered foothills may seem like an almost commonplace symbol of the American West, but the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service calls it "one of the most imperiled ecosystems in America," threatened and fragmented by invasive species, wildfire, and development.

Loss of quality habitat has led to steep declines in the numbers of greater sage grouse, a bird that lives and breeds in the sagebrush. Because of this, many Western states are working on plans to improve and preserve the sagebrush steppe the birds rely on. Now, two new studies show that saving sagebrush can benefit more than just the grouse.

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Tue September 30, 2014
Climate Change

Colorado's Iconic Aspens Face Steep Decline From Climate Change

Aspens outside of Frisco, in Summit County, Colorado.
Nathan Heffel KUNC

In late September and early October, Coloradans swarm to the mountains, clutching cameras and phones, hoping to experience the magical transformation of aspens from green to gold.

A few decades from now, though, those glorious aspen stands are likely to be fewer, as global climate change shifts the places where aspen grow and thrive.

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Mon September 29, 2014
Weather Nerding

Climate Change Unlikely To Have Caused 2013 Colorado Floods

A car on a flooded road in Boulder during the 2013 September floods.
Dan Greenwood KUNC

After the extreme rains of 2013 hit Colorado, scientists wanted to know if the intense weather event was linked to climate change. After a year's worth of research, they have concluded that the unusual rain event was not made more likely or worsened by human-caused climate change.

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Mon September 29, 2014

Want To Grow Your Local Food Biz? Colorado-Based Distributors Offer Help

Colorado Aquaponics grows chard in its greenhouse and uses a local distributor to get their product to more markets.
Stephanie Paige Ogburn KUNC

Colorado has a vibrant local food scene. Farms grow succulent Western Slope peaches and Pueblo green chiles. Sauce companies brew pungent barbeque; picklers offer gourmet preserves.

Elizabeth Mozer, who started the Lyric Cinema Café in Fort Collins, wanted to offer those local foods to her customers. She ran into difficulties, though, when she tried to track them down.

"We were running all over, trying to find things," she recalled. "It took a lot of effort, driving all over the place."

Mozer realized other businesses interested in sourcing locally were probably having the same problem. So she and her husband started LoCo Foods, to distribute local foods. Now LoCo and another new local food distributor, Source Local, are filling in the missing link between food producers and markets and restaurants.

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Thu September 25, 2014

Looking For A Tile Cutter? Denver's New Tool Lending Library Will Have You Covered

The DTL will empower local makers like Tina Graziano of Blade & Knoll.
Lindsay Dalton

If you have ever wished you could borrow the right tool for the job, instead of shelling out for something you're going to use just once, Sarah Steiner has an idea for you.

"[Maybe] you just need this one project in your house done, but do you need a tile cutter forever?" she asked.

Most folks don't. And for those in occasional need of a bandsaw, Steiner and her co-founder Lindsay Dalton are starting a tool lending library in Denver.

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