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Ashley Ahearn

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Paradise Fire Presents A Difficult Puzzle For Washington Firefighters

Friday, July 17, 2015

Over 1,600 acres of old-growth rainforest have burned in Washington's Olympic National Park. As Ashley Ahearn of KUOW reports, the wildfire is expected to persist through the rest of the summer.

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Parched Northwest Raises A Variety Of Concerns

Thursday, June 11, 2015

The usually-snowy peaks of Olympic National Park are a deep green. That means less snowmelt in rivers that provide water for farmland, and spawning grounds for more than a million fish.

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In Northwest, A Push To Protect Forest As Geothermal Projects Near

Monday, April 20, 2015

The Forest Service is set to open more than 80,000 acres for clean, renewable geothermal power in Washington state. But environmentalists are worried about damage to streams and old-growth forests.

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Specialists Monitor Conditions To Predict Northwest's Water Supply

Monday, March 30, 2015

Snow levels are at record lows for Washington and Oregon. That could create problems later on in the dry season when there's no more snow to feed rivers that depend on snowmelt.

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Critics Take Aim At Port Of Seattle's Lease With Shell Oil

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

The Port of Seattle has leased space to Shell Oil to dock ships and store Arctic drilling rigs in the off season. City officials and environmentalists question that decision and want Shell out.

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Washington State County Unsure If It Can Take Wave Of North Dakota Crude

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Once a booming timber area, Grays Harbor County is the site of three proposed oil terminals. The local fishing industry sees the uptick in oil movement as a big risk, with limited economic benefits.

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Shrinking Glaciers Could Squeeze Washington's Water Supply

Friday, November 21, 2014

Washington state is home to more glaciers than any other state in the lower 48. And they're receding faster than ever before.

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Colossal Dam Removal Project Frees Washington's Elwa River

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Two dams blocked the river for more than 100 years. The lower dam is completely gone and the last 30 feet of the upper dam were blown up this week. Now, the river is returning to life.

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Washington Mudslide Creates Environmental Hazards

Tuesday, April 08, 2014

The Environmental Protection Agency and state Department of Ecology have moved in to monitor water pollution and hazardous materials. Residents living in the area have expressed concerns.

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Climate Change Could Spell Final 'Chuckle' For Alpine Frog

Wednesday, August 07, 2013

The Cascades frog used to occupy alpine zones from California to the Canadian border, but its range is shrinking as global temperatures increase and snowpack declines. Scientists are hiking deep into the mountains of the Northwest to study the tiny frog, which makes a call that has been described as a "chuckling" sound.

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Dam Removal Ushers In New Life In Washington State

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

New life is coming to Washington State's Olympic Peninsula. Two dams along the Elwha River are being removed, bringing a rush of sediment downstream and exposing hundreds of acres of once-submerged land. The dams were built in the early 1900s to power nearby timber mills. But they blocked salmon migration and their power is no longer needed, so they're coming out. This story originated as part of the public media collaboration, EarthFix.

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Controversy Over Northwest Coal

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

The Northwest has long been a major source of exports. Timber and paper once dominated the Northwest market; these days, it's all about coal. Demand for coal has dropped in the United States, but the clamor for coal in Asia's growing markets has American companies lobbying for controversial coal terminals along the train tracks in Washington and Oregon to transport coal mined in Montana. Explaining this coal controversy is Ashley Ahearn, an environmental reporter for KUOW in Seattle, and a contributor to their "Coal in the Northwest" series.

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