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.
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.
Agriculture | Climate change | local | News | Environment | 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.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is denying a permit for the proposed coal export terminal near Bellingham, Washington.
The environmental review for what could be the largest coal export terminal in the country appears to have been put on hold.
A small city on the Columbia River is open for business when it comes to producing and shipping methanol, despite controversy over a similar project elsewhere in the Northwest.
Washington state regulators are setting aside the rules they’ve been working on to limit the amount of greenhouse gases that can be emitted into the air.
Log books from 19th century whaling ships are treasure troves for modern-day climate scientists. They’re mining these old volumes for day-to-day weather and sea-ice reports from the Arctic region in the .
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Two Northwest governors are among the 17 state executives to sign onto a newly announced clean-energy agreement.
Hundreds of people crowded into a Tacoma convention center Wednesday night to voice concerns about a methanol refinery proposed for the city’s Tideflats.
Eating organic food is on the rise, and organic farming methods set soil up to better withstand drought, according to new research.
The City of Seattle is suing Monsanto for manufacturing a cancer-causing chemical that's contaminating the city's Duwamish Waterway.
Five climate change activists who blocked an oil train north of Seattle are convicted of trespassing but not obstruction.
Five environmental activists who chained themselves to train tracks in Everett to protest oil and coal trains go to trial.
A key investor in a proposed coal export project on the Columbia River filed for bankruptcy Monday.
Air | Environment | EnergyKUOW/EarthFix | Jan. 6, 2016 12:03 p.m. | Seattle
New carbon pollution rules in Washington will pack the biggest wallop for cement makers, oil refiners and paper mills.
Congress could soon pass spending and tax legislation that would extend tax credits for renewable energy and funding for conservation efforts, but would lift the 40-year ban on crude oil exports.