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.
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.
Water | Energy | Environment | News | localKUOW/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 | Environment | News | local | Battle ReadyKUOW/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.
Climate change | Pacific Ocean | Environment | News | Science | Animals | local | Battle ReadyEarthFix | 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.
The Navy now has the permits it needs to expand electromagnetic warfare training in one of the quietest places in the country.
Energy | Environment | WaterKUOW/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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A young Ugandan scientist talks about life on her family farm and what she's learned about wolves and ranchers in Washington state.
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.
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.
Nation | Energy | Environment | News | TransportationKUOW/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.
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.
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.
Climate change | Agriculture | Environment | News | local | EnergyKUOW/EarthFix | May 16, 2016 8:39 a.m. | Anacortes, Washington
Fifty-two people were arrested Sunday after camping out on train tracks that service oil refineries in northern Puget Sound. They were among hundreds of activists who demonstrated against fossil fuels in Anacortes, Washington.