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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 | Fish & Wildlife | Environment | News

Bird Advocates Question Raven-Killing Plans To Protect Sage Grouse

Biologists say ravens in one part of Oregon are eating too many sage grouse eggs. But bird advocates are questioning plans to "lethally remove" ravens to help sage grouse numbers.

local | Land use | Animals | Nation | News | Environment

In Oregon, New Sage Grouse Plans Allow For Continued Grazing

The Trump administration lifts restrictions meant to protect sage grouse across the West. In Oregon grazing restrictions are being removed in 13 areas that provide habitat for the imperiled birds.

local | Science | Health | Nation | News | Environment

Study: Potential Link Between Parkinson's Disease And A Widely-Used Herbicide

One of the country's most widely-used herbicides could be linked to an increase in early deaths from Parkinson’s disease for people who live nearby, according to new research on Washington farmlands.

Fish & Wildlife | local | Environment | Food

Food Groups, Tribes Concerned Over Genetically Engineered Salmon

Genetically engineered salmon are one step closer to winding up on store shelves, after the Food and Drug Administration lifted an import ban. That’s concerning to tribes, food groups and environmentalists.

local | Fish & Wildlife | Animals | Nation | News | Environment

Wolf-Delisting Plan Would Remove Federal Protections In Oregon, Washington

President Trump's acting interior secretary has announced plans to lift protections for gray wolves in the Lower 48. The move will likely spur controversy in the Northwest.

Animals | Fish & Wildlife | Land use | Environment | Recreation

The Way Deer Escape Wolves Could Change How Hunters Hunt

As wolves return to the Northwest, deer have taken notice. Researchers found deer in Washington change how they react when wolves are near – and that could eventually change how hunters hunt.

local | Water | Environment | News

February Storms Have Helped, But The PNW Could Still Face Drought

The Northwest has seen plenty of snow and cold temperatures these last few weeks. But forecasters say some areas this summer could still face droughts.

local | Politics | Environment | Renewable energy | News

Washington Clean Fuels Bill Clears Its 1st Big Hurdle

Washington could soon join the ranks of its West Coast neighbors, requiring fuels at the pump that produce less carbon pollution. A low-carbon fuels bill passed its first big test Monday.

local | Science | Communities | Economy | Energy | News | Environment | Renewable energy

Portland General Electric Set To Build 1st-Of-Its-Kind Renewable Energy Site

Eastern Oregon may soon be home to a next-generation renewable energy project that would be the country's first large-scale facility that combines wind turbines, solar panels and battery storage.

Fish & Wildlife | local | Health | Environment | News

To Save Endangered Species, Conservationists Want You To Wrap It Up

Before you wrap up that date with your special someone, there’s something else conservationists hope you wrap up as well. They say preventing unplanned pregnancies could help save endangered species.

local | Water | Politics | Forestry | Economy | Nation | News | Environment

Sweeping Public Lands Bill Would Protect Washington Lands, Waters

The U.S. Senate Tuesday passed a sweeping public lands bill, with measures meant to protect lands across the country. It’s expected to have a big impact on Washington’s lands, rives, and more.

Nation | Food

To Protect Imperiled Salmon, Fish Advocates Want To Shoot Some Gulls

Biologists think gulls are eating more juvenile salmon than they thought, and fish advocates are proposing to kill problem gulls. But opponents say dam modification is what's needed to protect salmon.

local | Environment | News

Federal, Washington Officials Spar Over Water Quality Regulations At Dams

Washington wants water at the Columbia and Snake river dams to meet standards to protect salmon from temperatures that run too warm. But the EPA is putting a stop to those plans.

Environment | News

To Help Orcas Catch More Salmon, Washington Plans To Increase Spill At Dams

Washington officials are proposing more water be spilled at dams during fish migration. The hope is that this would also increase the amount of food for orcas in Puget Sound.

Animals | Fish & Wildlife | Environment | local | News

To Help Salmon, Fish Advocates Want To Kill Some Gulls

For a long time, biologists did not count gulls among the predators that threatened Columbia River salmon's survival. Now, they say that was a miscalculation.

local | Politics | Land use | Environment | News

Voters' Environmental Support Climbs With Republican Presidents, Study Finds

If you think environmental policies get more support under Democratic presidents, think again. A new study finds the opposite might actually be true.

local | Water | Health | Environment | News

Study: Millions Of Americans Could Be Drinking Water High In Nitrates

More people than expected are drinking water that could be harmful to their health. That’s according to a new study that looked at a water contaminate that’s been an issue in the Northwest.

local | Environment | News

Washington Lawmakers Open Debate On Clean Fuel Standard

The gas and diesel you use to fuel your car are some of the biggest sources of greenhouse gasses and air pollution in Washington. Some lawmakers want to change that.

local | Environment | News

PGE Looks To Renewable Energy As Boardman Coal Plant Closes

The Northwest is getting closer to the end of its long goodbye to coal-fired power. The region’s first coal plant will turn off its burners in just under two years.

local | Environment | News

With Zinke Out, North Cascades Grizzly Reintroduction Plan Stalls

A controversial plan to reintroduce grizzlies to the North Cascades won't be finished this year, as anticipated. Federal officials had pushed to bring grizzlies back to wilder parts of the state.