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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

Animals | World | Environment | Education | Fish & Wildlife

Tracking Salmon Migration Through Music

Salmon researchers are turning to sound to learn more about the fish they're trying to understand.

Environment

Trump Budget Proposes Selling Off Bonneville Power Transmission Lines (Again)

The Trump administration wants to sell off publicly-owned utility transmission lines. The most recent budget proposal also suggests a move that could raise rates for BPA customers.

Environment

Washington 'Valve Turner' Activist Sentenced To Prison

A Washington climate activist is the first “valve turner” to go to prison for shutting off an oil pipeline. A group of Northwesterners coordinated a protest to stop Canadian oil from reaching the U.S.

Environment | News | local

Washington Could Use Taxes, Lawsuits To Oppose Offshore Drilling

Washington doesn’t want your offshore drilling. That was Gov. Jay Inslee’s resounding message at a press conference Monday, where he spoke out against a federal plan for offshore oil and gas drilling.

Energy | Environment | News | local

Washington Bill Would Ban Fracking For 10 Years

Washington is no hotbed for fracking and some lawmakers want to keep it that way. They’ve proposed a 10-year moratorium on fracking, something Oregon lawmakers also recently tried.

Environment

Cloud Seeding For Snow Actually Works, It Turns Out

Scientists are one step closer to making more snow fall during winter storms. The controversial process is called cloud seeding. There’s now evidence that it is actually working.

Energy | Renewable energy | Environment | Fish & Wildlife

Trump Eases Rules For Bird-Killing Wind Turbines, Power Lines

Most birds in the United States have been protected under federal law. But now, to benefit the energy industry, the Trump administration has made a major change to how the law is enforced.

Environment

Government Agency Says It Will Stop Killing The Beaver State's Beavers To Help Its Salmon

It took the threat of a lawsuit, but a federal agency is no longer killing the Beaver State’s beavers. Environmentalists said the practice in Oregon is a threat to more than just the state animal.

Environment

Salmon Are Losing Their Genetic Diversity. That's A Big Problem.

Ancient fish DNA helped researchers confirm that Columbia River chinook salmon have lost two-thirds of their genetic diversity, which makes it harder for the fish to adapt to changing environments.

Environment

How Drones Are Helping Washington's Moose

Biologists are testing out drones to get a better picture of moose in Washington. The drones are less expensive, safer and create less stress for wildlife than traditional counting techniques.

Environment

Invasive 'Devil Fish' Make It To Washington's Lake Roosevelt

Northern pike are an highly aggressive fish that have invaded Washington waters. A coalition of biologists is working to stop their spread, before they can harm threatened and endangered salmon.

Transportation | Climate change | Environment | Air | News

Judge Strikes Down Parts Of Gov. Inslee's Clean Air Rule

Gov. Jay Inslee’s attempt to lower Washington’s greenhouse gas emissions has suffered a setback:  A judge's ruling that the state can't implement parts of his signature Clean Air Rule.

Environment | News | Water

Landowners Illegally Drain 500 Million Gallons Of Water From Declining Washington Aquifer

Washington landowners are facing stiff penalties after illegally pumping more than 500 million gallons of water from a declining aquifer.

Environment

Trump Administration Suspends Efforts To Bring Back North Cascades Grizzlies

The Trump administration is suspending efforts to bolster the grizzly bear population in Washington's North Cascades.

Environment

'A Lot More Work To Do' To Recover Snake River Chinook, Steelhead

The federal government announced plans to help three threatened fish in the Snake River Basin. They recommend habitat improvements — but stop short of suggesting breaching the Lower Snake River dams.

Environment

Options Get Narrowed For Future Of Snake, Columbia Dams And Salmon

Federal agencies are a step closer to deciding how best to manage the Columbia River system and protect endangered fish.

Energy | Environment

Oil Train Safety Rules Getting Rolled Back By Trump Administration

The Trump administration is rolling back a requirement for trains carrying highly explosive liquids — like the oil trains that run through the Columbia River Gorge.

Environment

Washington Water Projects Get A Closer Look In Congress

New legislation aims to fast-track new dams and reservoirs. It would also push forward a basin-wide water project in the central part of the state.

Fish & Wildlife | Pacific Ocean | Environment | News

Biggest Chinook Salmon Haul Going to Sea Lions, Seals & Killer Whales

West Coast seal and sea lion populations have recovered over the past 40 years. All those extra predators may be eating more chinook salmon than people are catching, according to a new study.

Environment | News

Mount Everest Has A Poop Problem. A Team From Seattle Wants To Clean It Up.

Everyone poops. Even climbers on the world’s tallest mountain. But some Northwest volunteers have designed a way to clean up all that human waste.