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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7:24am

Wed August 27, 2014
Politics

Citizens Ballot Review Gets Test Drive With Colorado GMO Label Measure

An car decorated with an anti-GMO message at a rally in Washington, D.C.
Daniel Lobo Flickr-Creative Commons

Colorado voters will have extra help making up their minds about a ballot initiative to label genetically modified foods.

A new effort, the Colorado Citizens Initiative Review, will produce a voter guide on Proposition 105, a ballot measure that proposes labeling foods containing genetically modified ingredients. The review is a pilot project aimed at helping voters better understand complicated ballot measures.

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5:00am

Tue August 26, 2014
Water

In Colorado, Conversation About Lawn Water Use Begins

Colorado water experts are discussing how much water should be used for watering new lawns.
Robert Couse-Baker Flickr-Creative Commons

As Colorado plans for a future with more people and less water, some in the world of water are turning to the problem of lawns.

In the 2014 legislative session, state senator Ellen Roberts (R-Durango) introduced a bill [.pdf] that would limit lawns in new developments if they took water from farms.  Although the bill was changed dramatically before it passed, that proposal opened up a statewide conservation about how water from agriculture and the Western Slope is used – particularly when it is growing Front Range grass.

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5:00am

Mon August 25, 2014
Energy

Solar For The 99 Percent

Volunteers Ken Weisbrod, right, and Abdourazak Yonis measure a roof for a Grid Alternatives solar installation.
Stephanie Paige Ogburn KUNC

In southwest Denver, just blocks off a stretch of West Evans Avenue liberally dotted with auto repair shops and paint stores, a ladder stretches up the side of a small, one-story tan house. Workers atop the roof wield tape measures and oil crayons, calling off numbers and making marks outlining a setup for solar panels.

The house belongs to Erika Caraveo, a short, soft-spoken woman who offers child care services as her main means of income. Normally, Caraveo couldn't afford the cost of a solar installation.

"I'm the only one paying the bills. I'm a single mom," she said.

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8:59am

Fri August 22, 2014
Energy

See The Burn: New Map Shows Flaring In Your State

A well site flares outside of Longmont, Colo., in Weld County, June 2014.
Jim Hill KUNC

Flaring – the practice of burning natural gas, often when it's produced as a byproduct of oil drilling – has come under scrutiny in recent years. In part this is because new oil plays are resulting in a lot of gas being flared off.

A new map released by the group SkyTruth uses U.S. satellite data to show flaring in the United States You can see flaring between March and August 2014, and zoom in and out to see flaring in specific locations.

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10:49am

Thu August 21, 2014
Food

National Push To Label GMOs Comes To Colorado Ballot

A "March Against Monsanto" rally last May in Denver, where activists called for GMO labeling legislation.
Luke Runyon KUNC and Harvest Public Media

Colorado voters will decide in November whether foods containing genetically modified ingredients should be labeled in the state, after an initiative officially garnered enough signatures to go on the ballot.

The ballot initiative comes on the heels of unsuccessful labeling initiatives in Washington and California, and a successful GMO labeling bill that was passed in Vermont.

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