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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

Environment | Transportation | Energy

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.

Environment | Climate change | Agriculture | local | Energy | News

Climate Activists Arrested For Camping On Train Tracks Along Puget Sound

KUOW/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. 

Environment | Energy

Army Corps Denies Permit For Puget Sound Coal Export Terminal

OPB/EarthFix | May 9, 2016 11:33 a.m.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is denying a permit for the proposed coal export terminal near Bellingham, Washington.

Environment | Energy

Puget Sound Coal Port Backers Pause Environmental Review

KUOW/EarthFix | April 1, 2016 2:46 p.m.

The environmental review for what could be the largest coal export terminal in the country appears to have been put on hold.

Environment | Energy

Kalama Welcomes Methanol Project After Tacomans Say 'No Thanks'

KUOW/EarthFix | Feb. 29, 2016 5:15 p.m. | Kalama, Washington

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.

Environment | Climate change

Washington Puts Gov. Inslee's Carbon Rules On Hold

KUOW/EarthFix | Feb. 26, 2016 4:05 p.m. | Seattle

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.

Environment | Climate change | History

What Do Long-Dead Whalers Have To Do With Climate Change?

KUOW/EarthFix | Feb. 24, 2016 3:45 p.m. | Seattle

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 .

Environment | Energy

Will Methanol Be The New Aroma Of Tacoma?

KUOW/EarthFix | Feb. 18, 2016 11:45 a.m. | Tacoma, Washington

A city at a crossroads: Tacoma, Washington, considers a proposal to build the largest methanol plant in the world.  

Environment | Energy

Coal Industry’s Not Doing So Hot. Here’s What That Means For Pacific Northwest

KUOW/EarthFix | Feb. 17, 2016 5:15 p.m. | Seattle

Coal usage in the U.S. has been declining for years. That's prompted coal companies to try to export their coal to Asia via West Coast ports. But that's not looking like such a good bet for the coal industry anymore.

Environment | Energy

Inslee, Brown Among Governors To Sign Clean-Energy Accord

KUOW/EarthFix | Feb. 16, 2016 12:45 p.m.

Two Northwest governors are among the 17 state executives to sign onto a newly announced clean-energy agreement.

Environment | Energy

Tacoma's Methanol Plant Proposal Draws A Critical Crowd

KUOW/EarthFix | Feb. 11, 2016 8:45 a.m.

Hundreds of people crowded into a Tacoma convention center Wednesday night to voice concerns about a methanol refinery proposed for the city’s Tideflats.

Environment | Agriculture

Organic Farming Better Suited To Climate Change, Study Finds

KUOW/EarthFix | Feb. 3, 2016 4 a.m.

Eating organic food is on the rise, and organic farming methods set soil up to better withstand drought, according to new research.


Seattle Sues Chemical Giant Monsanto For PCB Contamination

KUOW/EarthFix | Jan. 26, 2016 2:38 p.m. | Seattle

The City of Seattle is suing Monsanto for manufacturing a cancer-causing chemical  that's contaminating the city's Duwamish Waterway.

Environment | Communities | Energy

Oil Train Blockade Activists Declare Win Despite Trespass Convictions

KUOW/EarthFix | Jan. 15, 2016 12:15 p.m. | Seattle

Five climate change activists who blocked an oil train north of Seattle are convicted of trespassing but not obstruction.


Climate Activists Who Chained Themselves To Tracks Head To Court

KUOW/EarthFix | Jan. 11, 2016 5:45 p.m. | Seattle

Five environmental activists who chained themselves to train tracks in Everett to protest oil and coal trains go to trial.

Environment | Energy

Coal Company Backing Longview Export Terminal Declares Bankruptcy

OPB/EarthFix | Jan. 11, 2016 3:15 p.m.

A key investor in a proposed coal export project on the Columbia River  filed for bankruptcy Monday.


No Power To Come From Puget Sound Tides

KUOW | Jan. 7, 2016 5:30 p.m.

A Washington utility has surrendered its federal license to install tidal turbines at the bottom of Puget Sound.

Environment | Air | Energy

Big Carbon Polluters Face New Emissions Rule In Washington

KUOW/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.

Politics | Environment | Nation | News | local

More Northwest Oil Trains Could Result From Lifting Export Ban

KUOW/EarthFix | Dec. 16, 2015 6:45 p.m.

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.

Environment | Water

Globally, Lakes Warming At An Alarming Rate, Study Finds

KUOW/EarthFix | Dec. 16, 2015 1:30 p.m. | Seattle

Data from 235 lakes around the world showing that globally, lake temperatures are rising more rapidly than ocean or air temperatures.