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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

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

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.

Environment | local | News | Fish & Wildlife | Health

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

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.

Food | Nation

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.

Environment | local | 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.

Environment | Fish & Wildlife | local | Animals | 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.

Environment | local | Land use | News | Politics

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.

Environment | local | News | Water | Health

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.

Environment | local | 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.

Environment | local | 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.

Environment | local | 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.

Environment | local | News | Business

Troubled Oregon Mega-Dairy Up For Auction After Year Of Complaints

A troubled mega-dairy in the Columbia Basin is now on the auction block. The sale of Lost Valley Farm comes after more than a year’s worth of pollution complaints and scrutiny by regulators.

Environment | local | News | NW Life

Grazing Restrictions Could Be Lifted On Some Of Oregon's Sage Grouse Habitat

The Trump administration wants to reduce restrictions for greater sage grouse across seven states. For the imperiled birds in Oregon, that means fewer grazing restrictions in some specific habitat.

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

An Elusive Predator Will Return To The North Cascades

Washington's North Cascades will soon see the return of a small, weasel-like predator called the fisher. The carnivore has been successfully reintroduced in other parts of the state.

Environment | local | News | Nation | Politics

Conservationists Worried About House Vote To End Gray Wolf Protection

The U.S. House passed a bill that would end protections for gray wolves in the Lower 48 states. In the Northwest, that could mean protections fall to state agencies, which worries conservation groups.

Environment | local | News

These Bridges And Tunnels Save Animals' Lives — And Prevent Car Wrecks

If you’ve ever slammed on your brakes for a deer in the road, you know the heart-pumping feeling of a near miss. Northwest drivers are getting help navigating without putting wildlife at risk.

Environment | local | News | Animals

2 More Wolf Kills Authorized By Washington Officials

Washington officials have authorized the killing of wolves in two more of the state’s packs. Conservationists oppose the move. They say it could only worsen wolf-livestock conflicts.

Environment

Helicoptering In Logs For The Northwest's Largest River Restoration

It’s being called the biggest stream restoration ever in the Northwest. The Yakama Nation is using a helicopter to fly in more than 6,000 logs to create fish habitat in remote parts of Washington.

Environment | local | News | Fish & Wildlife

First Coho In 40 Years Return To Oregon's Lostine River

For the last 40 years, something has been missing from Oregon’s Lostine River: coho salmon. Now, 42 coho have made it to the waters in the last two weeks.