Ashley Ahearn http://klcc.org en Workers Question Safety Culture Of Railroad Hauling Volatile Crude Oil http://klcc.org/post/workers-question-safety-culture-railroad-hauling-volatile-crude-oil <p>Crude oil shipments by rail increased by more than 80 percent, nationally, last year.<br />Most of it is coming from the Bakken oil fields of North Dakota. That crude is more flammable than other types of oil, and has been shown to catch fire and explode when trains derail. More than 15 trains of Bakken oil move through some parts of the Northwest each week, en route to refineries and terminals in Washington and Oregon. Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway transports the majority of that oil. Wed, 02 Jul 2014 14:51:50 +0000 Ashley Ahearn 16704 at http://klcc.org Workers Question Safety Culture Of Railroad Hauling Volatile Crude Oil Scientists Close In On What’s Killing Sea Stars http://klcc.org/post/scientists-close-what-s-killing-sea-stars <p>On the west coast sea stars, or starfish, are dying by the millions. Scientists have called the disease Sea Star Wasting Syndrome, and it’s decimated populations from Mexico to Alaska. But scientists aren’t exactly sure what’s causing the die-off. This spring, the epidemic has spread into Oregon, and now, Hood Canal and the San Juan Islands in Washington.</p><p></p><p></p> Mon, 30 Jun 2014 15:30:03 +0000 Ashley Ahearn 16558 at http://klcc.org Scientists Close In On What’s Killing Sea Stars Inside The Box: Part 2 Of The Portable Classrooms Investigation http://klcc.org/post/inside-box-part-2-portable-classrooms-investigation <p></p><p>Students around the Northwest go to school every day in portable classrooms. These classrooms are an affordable solution to budget-strapped districts that need more space.<br /><br />But they can be bad for student health and performance. That’s why some districts are moving away from portable classrooms. One district in Spokane has found a solution.</p><p>Courtney Flatt brings us part 2 of our special series "Inside the Box".</p> Fri, 06 Jun 2014 05:16:59 +0000 Courtney Flatt & Ashley Ahearn 15084 at http://klcc.org Inside The Box: Part 2 Of The Portable Classrooms Investigation School Districts Explore Solutions For Excessive Portable Classroom Use http://klcc.org/post/school-districts-explore-solutions-excessive-portable-classroom-use <p></p><p>Thousands of students in Washington and Oregon go to school in what are known as “portable classrooms”.<br /><br />These temporary structures were a quick solution to the problem of growing population and lack of funding for school facilities in parts of the Northwest.<br /><br />But many of these “temporary” structures are still around. They’re not environmentally friendly or healthy places for students to learn.<br />&nbsp;</p> Thu, 05 Jun 2014 22:49:51 +0000 Ashley Ahearn 15075 at http://klcc.org School Districts Explore Solutions For Excessive Portable Classroom Use Living in the Shadow of Landslide Risk http://klcc.org/post/living-shadow-landslide-risk <p>The landslide in Oso, Washington served as a devastating reminder of one fact of life in the Northwest: landslides happen.</p><p></p><p></p> Thu, 03 Apr 2014 13:46:53 +0000 Ashley Ahearn 11057 at http://klcc.org Living in the Shadow of Landslide Risk Landslide Science Not Connecting With County Planning Decisions http://klcc.org/post/landslide-science-not-connecting-county-planning-decisions <p>The Northwest is a region prone to landslides. That, of course, is on many people’s minds as the town of Oso, Washington recovers from the tragic slide that happened there this past weekend. There is a lot of scientific data and maps showing where landslides have occurred in the past. The question is whether or not it’s getting used.</p><p>Bonnie Brown sent me a picture of the cabin her parents built on the Stillaguamish River in the 70s.</p> Wed, 26 Mar 2014 03:43:29 +0000 Ashley Ahearn 10517 at http://klcc.org Landslide Science Not Connecting With County Planning Decisions Stalking Puget Sound Steelhead with Science http://klcc.org/post/stalking-puget-sound-steelhead-science <p>Steelhead in Puget Sound have been listed as “threatened” under the Endangered Species Act since 2007.</p><p></p><p></p> Fri, 21 Feb 2014 14:43:20 +0000 Ashley Ahearn 8591 at http://klcc.org Stalking Puget Sound Steelhead with Science As China's Shellfish Import Ban Drags On Northwest Chefs (re)Learn How To Cook A Geoduck http://klcc.org/post/chinas-shellfish-import-ban-drags-northwest-chefs-relearn-how-cook-geoduck <p></p><p></p><p></p> Wed, 29 Jan 2014 15:28:47 +0000 Ashley Ahearn 7249 at http://klcc.org As China's Shellfish Import Ban Drags On Northwest Chefs (re)Learn How To Cook A Geoduck Scientists Say Stop Worrying About Fukushima Radioactivity In West Coast Fish http://klcc.org/post/scientists-say-stop-worrying-about-fukushima-radioactivity-west-coast-fish <p></p><p></p> Tue, 28 Jan 2014 16:27:06 +0000 Ashley Ahearn 7174 at http://klcc.org Scientists Say Stop Worrying About Fukushima Radioactivity In West Coast Fish Information Gap In Northwest Oil Train Emergency Response http://klcc.org/post/information-gap-northwest-oil-train-emergency-response <p>More oil is moving along Northwest railways. The Bakken Oil fields of North Dakota are booming. But Bakken oil is explosive at relatively low temperatures. There have been several oil train accidents since the boom began, one of them costing the lives of 47 people in Quebec.</p><p>That’s prompted KUOW’s EarthFix team to take a look at how prepared the Northwest is for the rise of oil train traffic. Ashley Ahearn reports.</p> Mon, 13 Jan 2014 21:04:51 +0000 Ashley Ahearn 6365 at http://klcc.org