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Courtney Flatt

Courtney Flatt began her journalism career at The Dallas Morning News as a neighbors editor. There, she also wrote articles for the Metro section, where she reported on community issues ranging from water security to the arts.

Courtney earned her master’s in convergence journalism at the University of Missouri and developed a love for radio and documentary film. As a producer at KBIA-FM she hosted a weekly business show, reported and produced talk shows on community and international issues. Her work took her from the unemployment lines, to a methamphetamine bust, to the tornado damage aftermath in Joplin, Mo.

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Recent Articles

Environment | Sustainability

Washington Residents Are Warned Their Recyclables Will End Up In Landfills

NWPR/EarthFix | Oct. 20, 2017 4:45 p.m.

Washington recyclers are worried they could soon have no place to send discarded paper and plastics. China has decided the U.S. is letting food and garbage contaminate too much of its recyclables.

Land | Environment

How Salmon Sex Shapes Landscapes And Watersheds

NWPR/EarthFix | Oct. 20, 2017 3:45 p.m.

It may have taken millions of years, but researchers have found that the way salmon reproduce has shaped our watersheds and landscapes.


Interior Department To Reopen Sage Grouse Protections: Report

NWPR/EarthFix | Sept. 28, 2017 3:15 p.m.

A hard fought compromise to protect sage grouse could be rewritten, according to The New York Times. The upcoming decision has upset many Northwest conservationists, ranchers, and lawmakers.

local | Environment | News

Northwest Researchers Look To A New Biofuel: Seaweed

NWPR/EarthFix | Sept. 27, 2017 3:45 p.m.

There’s a new type of biofuel in the works — and it could one day reduce the use of fertilizers and farming land. Northwest researchers are looking to seaweed as the next big thing in biofuel.

Nation | local | Environment | News

Jordan Cove LNG Moves To Environmental Review (Again)

NWPR/EarthFix | Sept. 27, 2017 3:45 p.m.

A liquefied natural gas project along the Southern Oregon coast is — once again — moving forward.


Leaked Memo Suggests Shrinking Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument

NWPR/EarthFix | Sept. 18, 2017 3:45 p.m.

New details about a proposal to shrink the size and loosen protections for Oregon’s Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument are being greeted with anger and dismay by opponents.


Colstrip Deal Moves Northwest Residents Closer To Coal-Free Electricity

NWPR/EarthFix | Sept. 15, 2017 5:30 p.m.

Thousands of Northwest residents will be getting less electricity from burning coal. That’s because of a new agreement to fast-track the closure of a coal-fired power plant in Montana.

local | Politics | Environment | News

Conservation Groups Raise Gorge Salvage Logging Concerns

NWPR/EarthFix | Sept. 12, 2017 4:15 p.m.

Fires are still burning across the Northwest. But people are already thinking about what's next, renewing debate of a controversial logging practice.

Fish & Wildlife | Environment | Flora and Fauna

Wildfires Are Big Trouble For The Northwest's Lynx, Pygmy Rabbits And Other Creatures

NWPR/EarthFix | Sept. 8, 2017 2:17 p.m.

As wildfires rage across the Pacific Northwest, more than just people are displaced from their homes. Animals in the wild are also feeling the effects of the flames.

Fish & Wildlife | Environment

600,000 Salmon Released Early Because Of Eagle Creek Fire

NWPR/EarthFix | Sept. 6, 2017 3:30 p.m.

To keep hatchery fall chinook salmon from dying because of the Eagle Creek Fire, Oregon officials released them early. They expect the fish to be OK.

local | News | Fish & Wildlife | Environment | Flora and Fauna

A Deadly Deer Disease In Washington Prompts Calls For Precautions

NWPR/EarthFix | Sept. 1, 2017 11:30 a.m.

A disease that can be deadly to deer has been detected in Washington. People are being asked not to give deer food or water.


Q&A: So Why Are Atlantic Salmon In The Northwest?

NWPR/EarthFix | Aug. 25, 2017 5:30 p.m.

Last weekend a net pen holding 305,000 Atlantic salmon broke apart near Washington’s Bellingham Bay. The situation has raised a few basic questions about Atlantic salmon and fish farming.

Nation | Food

'Environmental Nightmare' After Thousands Of Atlantic Salmon Escape Fish Farm

EarthFix | Aug. 24, 2017 10:02 a.m.

Officials blame the failure of a pen near Washington's Cypress Island on high tides caused by the eclipse, but that is being questioned. Fishing boats are scrambling to catch as many as possible.

Fish & Wildlife | Environment | Flora and Fauna

Fish Contamination Levels In Columbia River's Hanford Reach Prompts Advisory

NWPR/EarthFix | Aug. 23, 2017 4:25 p.m. | Richland, Washington

Six types of resident fish in Washington's Hanford Reach aren't safe to eat on a regular basis.


Officials Try To Blame Eclipse After Thousands Of Farmed Salmon Escape Into Puget Sound

NWPR/EarthFix | Aug. 22, 2017 4:25 p.m.

Commercial fishing boats are scrambling to catch as many Atlantic salmon as they can, after a net pen broke in Washington. Officials are blaming high tides caused by the eclipse.

Energy | Environment | OPB's Coverage Of The Oregon Solar Eclipse 2017

Eclipse Not A Problem For NW Solar Power Distribution

NWPR/EarthFix | Aug. 21, 2017 4:30 p.m.

While hundreds of thousands of Northwest residents were looking up, power companies were monitoring just how much solar power they lost during Monday’s sky-darkening eclipse.

History | Animals | News | Environment | Nation

Learning About West Nile To Save Sage Grouse

NWPR/EarthFix | Aug. 15, 2017 2:51 p.m.

Mosquitoes can carry dangerous diseases — like the West Nile virus. Turns out, the mosquito-transmitted virus is deadly for one of the West’s most iconic birds: the sage grouse.


Interior Department Overhauls Sage Grouse Recovery Plans

NWPR/EarthFix | Aug. 8, 2017 11:15 a.m.

The federal government has released new recommendations to protect the greater sage grouse. The guidelines will give more leeway to mining, ranching and industry groups.

Fish & Wildlife | Environment

Will Years Of Work To Save 1 Fish Run Be For Naught?

NWPR/EarthFix | Aug. 2, 2017 5:30 p.m. | Goat Rocks Wilderness, Washington

The wilderness in Central Washington has some really nice bull trout habitat. But one thing stands in the way: an impassable dam. All the work biologists put into moving the fish could be for naught.


Coming Soon To Eastern Washington: Tree-Free Paper Pulp

NWPR/EarthFix | July 28, 2017 4:10 p.m.

A company in Eastern Washington is developing a new way to make paper pulp — without trees. The mill will instead use a source abundant to the area: straw.