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Ashley Ahearn

Most of the time we don't know where Ashley is. That's because she's usually managed to get lost or to drop her means of communication into one waterbody or another. As a newcomer to the region, Ashley brings a healthy dose of incredulity about what goes on around here. "Wait, you truck fish around dams?" or "You grow fish in a hatchery and then set them free into rivers? Is that kind of like keeping chickens?" As a transplant from Los Angeles most recently (where she got her masters in science journalism at USC) she's tended to report on rivers that are nicely cemented in, so she's very excited about all the freerange waterways up here. Radio will always be Ashley's first love (she got her start working for the show Living on Earth on Public Radio International) but she's pretty excited about this whole "multimedia" thing everyone's talking about.

Ashley's been known to develop crushes on inanimate objects such as rivers, hip waders and reliable recording equipment. At scientific conferences she sneaks pictures of the highly fashionable forms of footwear on parade, with special attention to the combination of wool socks and tevas often sported by ecologists and biologists. She then tweets those pictures, so follow her on Twitter.

We like Ashley because we know that even though she's often MIA, she always comes back with a story.

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Recent Articles

Nation | News | Environment

Kids' Climate Lawsuit Targets Washington And Its Governor

KUOW/EarthFix | Dec. 21, 2016 3 p.m.

The plaintiffs say Washington isn’t doing enough to protect their future from the threat of climate change.

History | Environment | NW Life | Think Out Loud

Battle Ready: The Military's NW Environmental Legacy

OPB | Dec. 7, 2016 noon

Seventy-five years ago, America was drawn into World War II and the Pacific Northwest answered the call with lumber, hydroelectricity, even a secret plutonium factory to arm atomic bombs.

Energy | Water | local | Environment | News

Tribe's Victory Against Dakota Oil Pipeline Celebrated In The Pacific Northwest

KUOW/EarthFix | Dec. 4, 2016 7:45 p.m.

Sunday's victory for the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe in its battle against an oil pipeline in North Dakota is big news for a tribal member living in the Pacific Northwest.

History | local | News | Environment | Battle Ready

The Plane That Won A War And Polluted A River

KUOW/EarthFix | Dec. 1, 2016 noon | Seattle

World War II spurred a plane-manufacturing frenzy on the bank of Seattle's Duwamish River. The pollution is still with us. From our series Battle Ready: The Military’s Environmental Legacy In The Northwest.

Communities | Science | Air | Land use | Health | local | Land | History | Water | Forestry | News | Fish & Wildlife | Environment

Battle Ready

OPB/EarthFix | Dec. 1, 2016 noon

The secret history of the U.S. military’s environmental legacy in the Northwest.

Climate change | local | Science | Pacific Ocean | Animals | News | Environment | Battle Ready

Growler Jets Test Rainforest Peace As NW Military Presence Grows

EarthFix | Dec. 1, 2016 noon | Olympic National Forest, Washington

The military's expanded presence in the Northwest creates new challenges for those who want quiet places to remain so. From our series Battle Ready: The Military’s Environmental Legacy In The Northwest.

Animals | Environment

Navy Granted Permits For More Growler Jet Training On Olympic Peninsula

KUOW/EarthFix | Nov. 30, 2016 2:45 p.m.

The Navy now has the permits it needs to expand electromagnetic warfare training in one of the quietest places in the country.

Energy | Water | Environment

BC Pipeline Approval Could Bring More Oil Tankers To Puget Sound

KUOW/EarthFix | Nov. 29, 2016 3:31 p.m. | Seattle

The Canadian government approved a crude-oil pipeline project that is much larger than the one generating protests in North Dakota and could bring a seven-fold increase in tanker traffic to the Salish Sea.

Animals | Environment

Why Are There So Many Rats In Seattle?

KUOW/EarthFix | Oct. 20, 2016 8 a.m. | Seattle

Seattle housholds report  signs of rats at twice the national average. The main reason? More people means more trash and food waste. "It's like a buffet for rats," says one expert.

Politics | Fish & Wildlife | Water | Environment

Puget Sound In Line For Environmental Health Boost

KUOW/EarthFix | Oct. 18, 2016 12:30 p.m. | Seattle

Advocates for a healthier Puget Sound took a big step Tuesday in getting the same kind of coordinated recovery effort that's gone to the Great Lakes and Chesapeake Bay.

Climate change | Energy | Environment

Northwest Activists Arrested After Shutting Down Canada-To-US Oil Pipelines

KUOW/EarthFix | Oct. 11, 2016 1:45 p.m. | Seattle

Protesters -- all from the Pacific Northwest -- shut down pipelines Tuesday at all five sites across the northern U.S. where pipelines deliver oil from Canada’s oil sands to American refineries.

Transportation | Energy | Environment | Election 2016

Should Carbon Emissions Be Taxed? Washington Voters Will Decide

KUOW/EarthFix | Oct. 7, 2016 9:45 a.m. | Seattle

Do you want to make energy companies pay $25 for every ton of carbon they emit? What if that meant your gas cost more and your electric bill went up? It’s a decision Washington voters are facing.

Energy | Environment

Columbia River Town One Step Closer To Hosting World's Largest Methanol Plant

KUOW/EarthFix | Sept. 30, 2016 4:45 p.m.

The world’s largest methanol plant is one step closer to construction on the lower Columbia River following the release of a report on how the project would affect the environment.


How A Ugandan Farmer Came To Washington To Study Wolves

KUOW/EarthFix | Sept. 12, 2016 5:30 p.m.

A young Ugandan scientist talks about life on her family farm and what she's learned about wolves and ranchers in Washington state.

Climate change | Transportation | Energy | Environment

Seattle Makes Strides In Reducing Its Carbon Footprint

KUOW/EarthFix | Sept. 8, 2016 10:45 a.m. | Seattle

Seattle's  greenhouse gas emissions fell by 6 percent over a  six-year period, according to a new report. It cautions that despite the progress,  the city is off the pace needed to reach 2030 carbon-cutting goals.

local | Animals | Fish & Wildlife | Environment | News

Green Crab Invaders Show Up in Puget Sound

KUOW/EarthFix | Sept. 6, 2016 4:30 p.m. | Seattle

An invasive crab native to Europe has been found for the first time in Washington's Puget Sound after growing steadily along the West Coast.


Recycler Hit With Half-Million-Dollar Fine After Dumping Electronic Waste In Hong Kong

KUOW/EarthFix | Sept. 1, 2016 1:45 p.m. | Seattle

The Washington Department of Ecology has issued a $444,000 fine to the state’s largest electronic waste recycler after an investigation showed it was dumping toxics-laced electronics overseas.

Transportation | Energy | Nation | News | Environment

Washington Fines Volkswagen For Air Pollution Violations

KUOW/EarthFix | July 28, 2016 11:45 a.m. | Seattle

Washington state regulators have issued a $176 million fine against Volkswagen for violating air quality laws by equipping diesel cars with software programmed to cheat emissions tests.   

Climate change | Energy | Environment

Washington State's Multiple Choice Test On Capping Carbon Pollution

KUOW/EarthFix | July 22, 2016 3 p.m.

Friday was the public's last chance to comment on Washington Gov. Jay Inslee's plan to limit carbon pollution from the state's biggest emitters. But with a carbon tax on the November ballot, it won't be voters' last word on the matter.

Transportation | Energy | Environment

Railroad Whistleblower In Seattle Wins $1.6M Settlement

EarthFix | May 27, 2016 4:30 p.m.

A federal jury in Seattle has awarded a former BNSF Railway worker, and whistleblower, more than $1.6 million in a case involving brake inspections for tank cars.