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.
The Northwest's drought and the threat of climate change are giving new momentum to a decades-old proposal for a new reservoir in Western Washington.
Energy | Environment | WaterKUOW/EarthFix | Aug. 25, 2015 8 a.m. | Seattle
A wildfire in the North Cascades has damaged transmission lines, leading Seattle City Light to shut down power generation at three dams on the Skagit River.
As river levels drop and water temperatures rise, Northwest states are limiting fishing in the hopes that will help more wild salmon and trout survive the summer drought.
The Northwest’s historic drought has brought wildfire to a rainforest in Washington’s Olympic National Park, where dry, hot weather could allow the fire to burn until the fall rains.
Harvesting Dungeness crab and razor clams is a major economic driver in coastal communities in the Northwest. What happens when it’s shut down because of toxic algae?
The West Coast is experiencing the largest bloom of toxic algae in more than a decade, prompting wide-ranging closures of commercial crab and shellfish harvesting and causing some very weird behavior in wildlife.
The White House says it will make $110 million available to help Western states suffering from the effects of drought.
Railroads share little information about oil train traffic with Washington state. So a former NSA employee has decided to monitor oil trains in his community, noting each one on a website he built.
The peaks of the Olympic Mountains are a familiar sight on the western horizon for people in the Puget Sound region. Well into summer, those mountains are usually snowy white. But not this year.
Pacific Ocean | Fish & Wildlife | Flora and Fauna | Environment | News | Wildlife Detectives: A Special ReportKUOW/EarthFix | May 16, 2015 5:30 p.m. | MUKILTEO, Wash. --
Pinto abalone were near extinction by the end of the 1990s in Puget Sound. But with a little help from science, their wild populations are slowly rising.
Tribal leaders from British Columbia, Montana and all over Washington state gathered in Seattle Thursday to demand that the federal government deny permits for the largest coal export terminal in the U.S.
Water managers had hoped late snows or heavy spring rains would help fill reservoirs and streams after a largely snow-free winter in the Northwest. But that’s not how things turned out.
Seattle City Council members take testimony on a resolution urging the Port of Seattle to reconsider its controversial decision to host Shell Oil’s Arctic drill rigs.
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.
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