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.
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.
A new study, based on data collected by birders around Puget Sound, shows an increase in some key seabird species.
State senators waste little time this session before starting the debate over how best to respond to the rapid increase of oil train traffic in Washington.
The Navy also wants to deploy hundreds of sonobuoys off the coastline of Washington and Oregon. That's drawing criticism from environmentalists who say the risk of harm will increase for whales and other marine life.
The Navy begins a week's worth of meetings in the Northwest to make its case for expanding its permit to conduct training and testing in coastal waters. It wants to deploy more vessels and 700 more sonobuoys per year.
John Plaza sold his motorcycle, took out a mortgage on his house and drained his 401(k) to build what’s now the second-largest biodiesel plant in the country. From there it's been a long struggle.
The J-pod of endangered orcas has a new calf - (it's a girl!) - and the family is heading out of Canadian waters towards Seattle.
The Lummi Nation presents the U.S. government with its objections to a proposed coal-shipping project on the shore of north Puget Sound, following its tribal council has voted to formally oppose the development.
There's some good news for the beleaguered orca population of Puget Sound. A calf was spotted on Dec. 30.
Communities around the region are calling for more information and assistance in dealing with the uptick in oil train traffic.
Washington Gov. Jay Inslee rolls out his plan to reduce carbon emissions and energy consumption and expand production of clean, renewable energy. He acknowledges that opposition awaits.
A Washington judge says landowners have no case in their challenge against a state rule that's stopping them from drilling a well at the expense of spawning salmon in the Skagit River.
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