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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


'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.


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.


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.

Pacific Ocean | Fish & Wildlife | News | Environment

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.

News | Environment

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.

Energy | News | Environment

A Controversial Oregon Transmission Line Gets The Go-Ahead

The federal government has approved plans for a controversial 300-mile transmission line that would cross public lands in eastern Oregon and southwestern Idaho.


Reopening The Sage Grouse Debate Has Ranchers, Conservationists Weighing Risk And Reward

The Interior Department is set on changing up an Obama-era plan to protect greater sage grouse -- an iconic western bird whose habitat is being lost to ranching, drilling and development.


Solving The Northwest's Energy Storage Puzzle

One big issue keeps popping up with renewable energy: What to do when there’s too much power on the grid? Several Northwest utilities are starting to figure out how to best store extra energy.

Fish & Wildlife | Flora and Fauna | Environment

Saving Beavers From Federal Wildlife-Killing Agency Will Help Salmon Survive: Lawsuit

Two environmental groups are suing a federal program that kills hundreds of beavers in Oregon. The groups said the practice harms more than just the state’s official animal.


Underground Fire Returns To A One-Time Landfill In Eastern Washington

It's not a Dumpster fire, but could be something far more serious: A fire may be smoldering under a landfill-turned-Superfund cleanup site in southeastern Washington.

Sustainability | Environment

Washington Residents Are Warned Their Recyclables Will End Up In Landfills

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

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

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 | News | Environment

Northwest Researchers Look To A New Biofuel: Seaweed

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 | News | Environment

Jordan Cove LNG Moves To Environmental Review (Again)

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


Leaked Memo Suggests Shrinking Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument

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

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 | News | Environment

Conservation Groups Raise Gorge Salvage Logging Concerns

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 | Flora and Fauna | Environment

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

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.