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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 | local

Can Ranchers Use Conservation To Keep Sage Grouse Off The Endangered Species List?

NWPR/EarthFix | July 28, 2015 8:27 a.m. | Burns, Oregon

Eleven states in the West are working out strategies for the survival of the sage grouse. A ranch in Oregon’s Harney County has even put a wildlife biologist on the payroll to help maintain habitat for the turkey-sized bird.

Environment | Fish & Wildlife | Land

Oregon Panel Adopts Sage Grouse Rules

NWPR/EarthFix | July 27, 2015 6:04 p.m.

New rules adopted by the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission move the state a step closer to putting together a plan to protect greater sage grouse.

Environment | Fish & Wildlife

Drought Prompts Oregon, Washington To Restrict Fishing

NWPR/EarthFix | July 16, 2015 2:30 p.m.

Oregon and Washington officials are restricting fishing on many of the states' rivers in hope of helping salmon, trout and steelhead survive drought conditions.

Environment

Warm Waters Cause Central Oregon Salmon Die-Off

NWPR/EarthFix | July 15, 2015 5:15 p.m.

Record heat that has warmed rivers in the Northwest has caused another fish die-off. The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife reports 109 wild spring chinook salmon died last week in Central Oregon.

Environment

High Temperatures Prompt Cool-Water Releases To Aid Columbia Basin's Migrating Fish

NWPR/EarthFix | July 14, 2015 4:45 p.m.

Unusually warm waters in the Columbia River Basin have prompted federal officials to invoke measures to help migrating fish survive the hostile conditions.

Environment

A Central Washington Water Project Gets Senate Hearing

NWPR/EarthFix | July 7, 2015 5:15 p.m.

A warming climate is making water more scarce in places that rely on runoff from mountain snowpack. One of those places is Washington's Yakima River Basin,where stakeholders are looking to Congress for help.

Environment

With Warming Rivers, Salmon Released Early

NWPR/EarthFix | July 2, 2015 2:45 p.m.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service this week released 6 million fish from two hatcheries that feed into the Columbia River near White Salmon, Washington, about one week ahead of schedule.

Environment

Hatchery Dispute Lands Puget Sound Steelhead In Inland Lake

NWPR/EarthFix | June 29, 2015 2:38 p.m. | Rock Lake, Washington

Puget Sound steelhead will be heading to an inland Washington lake again this summer. That’s because federal officials are conducing a review of those hatchery programs. The controversy is bringing up a lot of debate about hatchery science in the Northwest.

Environment

Warming Northwest Rivers Raise Risk Of Fish Kills

NWPR/EarthFix | June 26, 2015 5:15 p.m.

Warm temperatures and low river flows are causing problems for salmon making the return migration.

Environment | Water | Fish & Wildlife

Drought In Wash. Could Bring More Sting To A Government Shutdown

NWPR/EarthFix | June 23, 2015 4:30 p.m.

Washington lawmakers have until next week to pin down a budget. If they don’t, parts of state government will shut down. In the midst of a drought, that could have ramifications for farmers and for fish.

Environment

How Invasive Plants Threaten Rare Northwest Flowers And Grasslands

NWPR/EarthFix | June 11, 2015 3:30 p.m. | Asotin, Washington

Botanists have discovered several new flowering plants in a Northwest grassland. But they've also found signs that an invasive grass could soon put these rare plants in big trouble.

Environment | Fish & Wildlife | Animals | Flora and Fauna

Cinder The Bear Returns To The Wild After Recovery From Burns

NWPR/EarthFix | June 3, 2015 3:45 p.m. | Leavenworth, Washington

 An injured bear that came to symbolize the recovery from Washington's biggest wildfire in history is now back in the forestland of the North Cascades.

Environment

3 Things To Know About Protecting The West's Greater Sage Grouse

NWPR/EarthFix | May 27, 2015 5:45 p.m.

The greater sage grouse is an iconic bird with habitat throughout 11 Western states. By the end of this September, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is expected to make a decision about whether to add the bird to the Endangered Species List.

Environment

Obama Administration Finalizes Clean Water Rule

NWPR/EarthFix | May 27, 2015 1:45 p.m.

The Obama Administration Wednesday announced a new clean water rule. The Environmental Protection Agency says it will help limit pollution in streams and wetlands.

Environment

Northwest Farmers Wary About Obama's Expected Water Rule

NWPR/EarthFix | May 22, 2015 4:15 p.m.

The Obama Administration is expected to announce a new clean water rule in the next few days, which has some Northwest farm groups worried what new regulations could mean for their operations.

Environment

Gray Wolf Photographed Near Town In Washington Cascades

NWPR/EarthFix | May 21, 2015 4:51 p.m.

Biologists have confirmed that photos taken near Leavenworth in the Washington Cascades are of a gray wolf. This is the first time a wolf has been documented in this area the Cascades since 2000.

Environment

Yakima Valley Dairies Sign Order With Environmental Groups

NWPR/EarthFix | May 20, 2015 5:30 p.m.

Several dairies accused of polluting the groundwater in Washington’s Yakima Valley will now start handling their waste more carefully. That’s because a federal judge has approved an order between environmental groups and dairies.

Environment | Flora and Fauna | News | Fish & Wildlife | Wildlife Detectives: A Special Report

Running Elk Ragged Just To Get Their Antlers

NWPR/EarthFix | May 17, 2015 7:30 p.m. | REDMOND, Ore.

A growing number people head out to wild places in search of the antlers that elk and deer shed. Some of those collectors harass these animals to death by chasing them down with ATVs.

Environment

Could Growing Marijuana Outdoors Save Energy?

Northwest Public Radio | May 5, 2015 5:30 p.m.

 A group of Washington marijuana growers are out to demonstrate that sustainable outdoor pot farms could be an environmentally responsible alternative to indoor grow operations.

Environment | News

Retiring Wood Stoves Brings Washington's Air Quality Back In Line

Northwest Public Radio | April 30, 2015 1:30 p.m.

Air pollution caused by wood stoves in Washington is in line with federal clean air requirements for the first time in seven years.