Stephanie Paige Ogburn

Reporter

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. 

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2:52pm

Thu July 17, 2014
Energy

Greeley Injection Well Possibly Linked To Quakes, Regulators Require Changes

Trucks delivering waste water to an injection well in Platteville, Colo. The site pictured is not involved in any current seismic activity.
William Ellsworth USGS

The Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission is requiring operators of a Weld County injection well to alter how wastewater is disposed of in that well, saying they believe the well may be linked to recent earthquakes in the area.

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8:44am

Thu July 17, 2014
Politics

New Ad Campaign Aims To Persuade Pols Conservation Matters

A view from the popular Indian Peaks wilderness area, outside Boulder.
Chad K Flickr-Creative Commons

Western voters have said they care about conservation and protection of public lands.

Now, an advertising campaign by the Denver-based group Center for Western Priorities aims to persuade elected officials – and those up for election – that land and water conservation is an issue that could affect their candidacy.

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3:58pm

Tue July 15, 2014
Air Quality

Research Flights Over Front Range Part Of A Bigger Air Quality Effort

Researcher Gabriele Pfister in front of the C-130 plane the National Center for Atmospheric Research will be using to measure air quality.
Stephanie Paige Ogburn KUNC

When Front Range residents look to the skies for the next few weeks, they may see something unusual – a NASA P-3 airplane buzzing just a thousand feet above.

The plane is one of three research aircraft plying the skies, as scientists from NASA and the National Center for Atmospheric Research work to learn more about air pollution in Colorado.

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5:00am

Mon July 14, 2014
Environment

The Plants In This Garden Tell You When The Air Is Dirty

A tulip poplar leaf with ozone damage.
Danica Lombardozzi National Center for Atmospheric Research

What if you could look at the plants in your garden in order to learn if the air around you is clean or dirty?

At the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, scientists have planted a garden that does just that.

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12:40pm

Fri July 11, 2014
Energy

Colorado BLM Improves Its Record On High Risk Well Inspections

A well being drilled in Western Colorado in 2009. Two hundred high priority wells on federal land in Garfield County went uninspected between 2009 and 2012.
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

About a month ago, the Associated Press broke the news that four in 10 new "high-risk" oil and gas wells on public lands went uninspected from 2009 to 2012.

In Colorado at least, the agency in charge of such inspections says it has been able to improve that record in 2013, following a critical report by the Government Accountability Office [pdf].

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