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.
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 | Energy | EnvironmentKUOW/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.
News | local | Nation | Politics | EnvironmentKUOW/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.
Data from 235 lakes around the world showing that globally, lake temperatures are rising more rapidly than ocean or air temperatures.
Washington Gov. Jay Inslee touts his state's work on carbon reduction to illustrate what "sub-national" leaders – or "super-nationals," as he prefers – can do to combat climate change.
Washington voters will likely have a chance to decide whether to put a tax on carbon, according to initiative campaigners who say they have enough signatures to make the 2016 ballot.
Water | Science | EnvironmentKUOW/EarthFix | Dec. 2, 2015 12:15 p.m. | Seattle
Boat speed is a big problem for Puget Sound’s endangered killer whales, according to new research published Wednesday.
Lauren Linscheid of Seattle sees crows flying every day toward Lake City Way. “I want to know where they’re going and why,” Lauren told KUOW’s Local Wonder team. Reporter Ashley Ahearn was dispatched to investigate.
A conversation with William Ruckelshaus, one of two Washington’s environmental leaders who will be honored Tuesday by President Barack Obama. The late Billy Frank, Jr. will be honored posthumously.
News | local | Politics | EnvironmentKUOW/EarthFix | Nov. 10, 2015 4:45 p.m. | Olympia, Washington
Washington forestry officials have updated state guidelines for evaluating unstable slopes that, if logged, could contribute to landslides.
As international leaders head to Paris to talk about Climate Change and what to do about climate refugees, one tribe on the Washington coast plans its retreat from the rising seas.
Energy | local | Economy | Transportation | EnvironmentKUOW/EarthFix | Nov. 5, 2015 4:45 p.m. | Seattle
The newly-released text of a controversial 12-country trade agreement is a 6,000-page document with plenty to say about environmental stewardship.
A Northwest senator is behind a proposal to cut greenhouse gas emissions by going to the very start of the carbon cycle: the coal, oil and natural gas that has yet to be extracted from the ground.
A few years ago Carlo Voli quit his corporate job and decided to fight fossil fuels full-time, with the pooled financial help of his community.
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