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.
Port Angeles could offer Shell's Arctic drilling rig will make its first Washington stop in Port Angeles. The city on the Olympic Peninsula could offer a warmer welcome than it's expected to receive in Seattle.
The Washington House gives its approval to a bill that would set higher oil train safety standards.
New research details how increased vessel traffic noise could make life harder for endangered marine mammals.
Leases on federal forestland in Washington could provide key access to companies wanting to tap the earth’s heat for electricity generation.
The Swinomish Tribe has filed a lawsuit against BNSF Railway to stop oil trains from moving through reservation lands in Washington's Skagit County.
Washington Gov. Jay Inslee has been pushing for limits on carbon emissions, but his cap-and-trade legislation has faced an uphill battle. Now one group says it’s time to take the issue to the voters.
Seattle's Alaskan Way Viaduct Tunnel project is more than a year behind schedule. As local frustration mounts, one engineering firm has a fresh idea that could mean good news for urban salmon recovery.
Washington regulators say the region's biggest oil-train operator should be penalized after failing to comply with reporting requirements following 14 spills of hazardous materials, including crude oil.
Environmentalists are suing, the mayor and city council have launched an investigation, and angry protesters packed the Port Commissioners' meeting, but the Port of Seattle is standing strong in its decision to host Shell Oil.
The orcas commonly spotted in the waters of Puget Sound during the summer lead a much more mysterious life in the winter time. Researchers are back from an ocean cruise with clues to demystify the orcas' winter activities.
As any skier will attest, it’s been a bad year for snow. What’s that mean for the rest of us?
Tired of oil trains moving through the Northwest? How about a pipeline? New legislation could fund the study of a CascadiaXL pipeline to move oil from the middle of the country to the Washington coast.
What would hundreds of trains and ships filled with oil each year mean for jobs, the future of fishing, and the quality of life? Those are questions confronting a coastal community in Washington.
The review of a controversial coal export terminal near Bellingham, Washington, will continue despite a direct request from a nearby tribe to halt the process.
How many crew members should be required aboard an oil train? New legislation recommends more than there are currently.
Shell Oil wants to build more tracks at its refinery in Anacortes, Washington, to receive oil by rail. At a packed hearing in Skagit County on Thursday, more than 100 people turned up to comment on the proposal.
Environmental groups are asking the Port of Seattle to reconsider a controversial lease to Shell Oil for arctic drilling operations.
Governor Jay Inslee has been pushing for a “polluters pay” carbon reduction plan for the majority of his time in office. Tuesday marked the first time that plan went before the state legislature.
Two leading Washington state senators - a Republican and a Democrat - sit down to talk climate change, baby goats and Santa Claus.
The largest container terminal in the Northwest will pay a fine and reduce the amount of polluted runoff it discharges into Puget Sound.