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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


Controversial Logging Project Debated In NE Oregon

NWPR/EarthFix | March 24, 2017 6 p.m.

A forest project in Northeastern Oregon is igniting a debate over what constitutes thinning for wildfire prevention and forest health. Is it a "logging loophole" or a desperately needed project?


How Traffic Is Drowning Out Frogs' Mating Calls

NWPR/EarthFix | March 13, 2017 4:45 p.m.

The Pacific chorus frogs’ call is ubiquitous in the Northwest. But the amphibians are having more and more trouble hearing themselves. Traffic is drowning them out.


Proposed EPA Cuts Could Pose Big Problems For Tribes

NWPR/EarthFix | March 10, 2017 5:45 p.m. | Toppenish, Washington

Under a budget proposal by the Trump administration, funding for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency could be slashed — and that could hit Northwest tribes hard.

Environment | Water

Environmentalists: Trump's Clean Water Rollback Will Harm Northwest Streams

NWPR/EarthFix | Feb. 28, 2017 2:15 p.m.

President Trump issues an executive order to rollback clean water rules. Northwest farm and industry groups are lauding the order while environmentalists say it's bad news for salmon and steelhead.


Unauthorized Vehicle Track Discovered In Eagle Cap Wilderness

NWPR/EarthFix | Feb. 23, 2017 3:02 p.m.

A track for vehicles was recently discovered illegally crossing the boundary into Oregon's Eagle Cap Wilderness, despite the Wilderness Act's prohibition against motorized access to such protected areas.

Flora and Fauna | Environment | Fish & Wildlife

Washington Grizzly Bear Public Meetings Kick Off

NWPR/EarthFix | Feb. 13, 2017 8:45 p.m. | Cle Elum, Washington

More than 100 people turned out Monday during a public meeting in Cle Elum to voice their opinions on reintroducing grizzly bears to Washington's North Cascades. Seven more meetings are planned.


Grizzly Bears In The North Cascades: The Debate Is Back

NWPR/EarthFix | Feb. 12, 2017 12:15 p.m.

Grizzly bears have been stirring up debate for decades in North-Central Washington communities. The public is getting a new chance to share their opinions at open houses throughout Washington.


6 Washington Fisheries Receive Disaster Designation

NWPR/EarthFix | Jan. 20, 2017 3:20 p.m.

Unusual ocean and climate conditions have significantly reduced the number of fish available for American Indian tribes and commercial fleets to catch.


Settlement Reached To Stop Oil Spills At Grand Coulee Dam

NWPR/EarthFix | Jan. 19, 2017 4:15 p.m.

Operators of the biggest dam in the Northwest will have to reduce oil spills that pollute the Columbia River under a settlement reached by the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation and an environmental group.

Agriculture | Water | Environment

Washington Cracks Down On Mega-Dairy Water Pollution

NWPR/EarthFix | Jan. 18, 2017 4:45 p.m.

Washington is requiring dairies with 200 or more cows to apply for  updated water quality permits. The new regulations are meant to curb water pollution from livestock manure.

Business | Sustainability | Agriculture | Health | Environment

Can The Cannabis Industry Deliver An Organic, Environmentally Sensitive High?

NWPR/EarthFix | Dec. 23, 2016 12:15 p.m. | Goldendale, Washington

Marijuana growers use a lot of pesticides — especially when these  mildew- and mite-sensitive plants are grown indoors. But some are trying to deliver a cannabis high without the downer of pesticides.

Environment | Health | Science | Parents

Birth Defect Investigation In Eastern Washington Proves Inconclusive

NWPR/EarthFix | Dec. 14, 2016 11:25 a.m.

An investigation into a rare birth defect affecting babies in Eastern Washington has come to an end. The findings have left more questions than answers.

Environment | Water

Columbia River Cleanup Bill Passes Congress

NWPR/EarthFix | Dec. 13, 2016 8:45 p.m.

Congress approves legislation that's expected to trigger more environmental cleanup in the Columbia River system.

News | Forestry | Environment | Politics | Energy

Eastern Washington Rep. McMorris Rodgers Emerges As Trump's Interior Choice

EarthFix | Dec. 9, 2016 11:53 a.m.

Eastern Washington lawmaker Cathy McMorris Rodgers is emerging as President-elect Donald Trump’s choice to lead natural resources policy as interior secretary.

Renewable energy | Environment | Climate change | Energy

Google's All-Renewable Energy Plan To Include Data Center In Oregon

NWPR/EarthFix | Dec. 6, 2016 2:45 p.m.

Google announces that all of the energy it consumes globally — including at its data center in The Dalles, Oregon — will soon operate without directly relying on fossil fuels.

local | News | Environment | Water | Energy

Why The Northwest Is Debating Dams On The Snake River (Again)

NWPR/EarthFix | Nov. 21, 2016 6 a.m. | Lewiston, Idaho

A longstanding debate — removing or altering the four lower Snake River dams — is back in the discussion about protect fish while still doing what’s best for all interests along the Columbia and Snake rivers.

Food | Environment | Water | Fish & Wildlife

Washington's Fish Consumption Pollution Standards Win Partial Approval From EPA

NWPR/EarthFix | Nov. 15, 2016 2:32 p.m.

People who eat fish from Washington state waters will be protected by a combination of new federal and state pollution rules.


Conservation Groups Ask For Changes To Snake River Dams Hearings

NWPR/EarthFix | Nov. 14, 2016 4:45 p.m.

Conservationists and fishing groups worry their voices aren’t being heard during public hearings about the future of southeastern Washington's Snake River dams.

Environment | Energy | Oil Trains In The Northwest

Oil Train Opponents Hail Track Expansion Defeat In Columbia Gorge

NWPR/EarthFix | Nov. 4, 2016 1 p.m.

Northwest oil train opponents are celebrating  after a county in the Columbia River Gorge rejected a track-expansion request from Union Pacific Railroad.


New Plan Aims To Recover Threatened Snake River Salmon

NWPR/EarthFix | Oct. 27, 2016 4 p.m. | Richland, Washington

Federal fish managers have released a new recovery plan for threatened spring and summer chinook and steelhead on the Snake River. The plan comes during renewed debate over whether the river’s dams should be removed.

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