Ashley Lay
Ashley Lay ash-lee lay (she/her/hers)
Reporter/Digital Producer

Ashley Lay expects to graduate in August 2023 with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and mass communication. Lay has worked at Iceberg Thermal and UCP of Central Arizona as a social media and marketing intern.

Latest from Ashley Lay

‘We cannot continue to scar Mother Earth’: Public shows support for proposed monument near Grand Canyon

FLAGSTAFF – Dozens of community members, tribal leaders and state officials gathered in Flagstaff to show their support for a proposed national monument around the Grand Canyon, saying the designation could protect natural and cultural resources. Critics say the monument could hurt the economy.

Nearly 200 people attend a meeting to discuss the proposed national monument near the Grand Canyon in Flagstaff on July 18, 2023. (Photo by Ashley Lay/Cronkite News)

Citizen scientists measure Sedona temps, humidity for urban heat island study

SEDONA – Those people driving around Sedona on June 24 with heat sensors mounted to their cars and bikes are citizen scientists working with NOAA as part of its effort to map heat islands throughout the world. They will measure heat and humidity along designated routes in the morning, afternoon and evening.

Hiking in the heat: Phoenix considers extending closure hours for popular trails on excessive heat days

PHOENIX – For the past two years, Phoenix officials have closed some of the city’s most popular hiking trails when temperatures have soared to cut down on the number of heat-related incidents – and the expensive rescues when hikers get into trouble. Now, they’re planning to use information they collect this summer to determine whether to make additional adjustments.

“Take a Hike, Do it Right” signs warn visitors of the dangers while hiking in hot conditions. The city limits hiking on some popular trails from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on days the National Weather Service issues an excessive heat warning. (Photo By Evelin Ruelas/Cronkite News)