Courtney Flatt, OPB

Courtney Flatt


Richland, WA, United States

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Past articles by Courtney:


Tiny parasite found in Northwest bighorn sheep lambs

A new study has identified the tiny parasite that’s causing stillbirths of bighorn lambs in the Northwest. → Read More


No bones about it: Students seek a Washington state dinosaur designation

If Washington students get their way, the state soon will have an official dinosaur. → Read More

Spiders, scorpions, Pacific lamprey: kids – and adults – get a peak into Washington’s wild side

Jevencia Marshall, 2, peers into a tank of juvenile lamprey at the Creep at the Reach event Friday. CREDIT: Courtney Flatt, Northwest News Network. LISTEN (RUNTIME: 1:00) READ As a… Continue Reading Spiders, scorpions, Pacific lamprey: kids – and adults – get a peak into Washington’s wild side → Read More


Wildlife officials confirm 6 wolf poisonings in northeastern Washington

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife is asking for the public’s help to find who poisoned six wolves in northeastern Washington. → Read More

Lamprey Swim Past Oregon’s Soda Springs Dam, After 10 Years Of Waiting

Two Pacific lamprey have made history. The eel-like fish have made it past the Soda Springs Dam on Oregon’s North Umpqua River. Continue Reading Lamprey Swim Past Oregon’s Soda Springs Dam, After 10 Years Of Waiting → Read More


Report to Washington State Parks Commission shows barriers for Black people outdoors

The Washington State Parks Commission says it wants more Black community members to enjoy the outdoors. → Read More


Pacific Northwest’s freshwater mussels now ‘screaming’ for help

Almost every population of Northwest freshwater mussels is declining. Researchers hope to figure out what’s going on so they can save these keystone species. → Read More


Washington’s spring black bear hunt won’t happen in 2022

The Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission voted 5-4 not to approve the 2022 spring black bear hunt. → Read More

Salmon Release In Hangman Creek 'a great thing' For Coeur d'Alene Tribe

A line of people pass buckets of summer chinook salmon to be released into Hangman Creek Read Courtney Flatt/Northwest News NetworkCoeur d’ Alene tribal members Bobbie White (left) and Vince Peone get ready to release young summer chinook salmon into Hangman Creek. A recent salmon release near Spokane will change nearly a century without salmon… Continue Reading Salmon Release In Hangman Creek… → Read More


Black bears are the target of debate in Washington, again

Black bears again may be the targets of spring hunters in Washington. After a tied vote at the Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission in November, the spring black bear hunt was postponed. Now, commissioners are reconsidering whether to reinstate the 2022 season. → Read More


Conservation groups want Washington forests managed ‘for all the people’

At a Washington state Supreme Court hearing, conservation groups argued state forest managers should log fewer trees. → Read More


Poll finds many Washington voters support removing Snake River dams

A new poll supported by environmental groups found Washington voters West and East of the Cascades support dam removal. → Read More


More renewable energy, less energy efficiency in new Northwest power plan

The draft Northwest Power Plan is dramatically different from previous versions. People can comment on the plan through Nov. 19. → Read More


Ferruginous hawks in Washington deemed endangered

The number of ferruginous hawks in Washington continues to decline. The birds face multiple threats, including wildfires, urban sprawl and loss of prey. → Read More


Hot salmon: Heat wave brings concern over river-water temperatures

Warmer waters can spell bad news for salmon, especially if the temperatures stay warm for long periods of time. → Read More


Washington joins Oregon, California, B.C. in passing low-carbon fuel standard

Changes may soon arrive at a gas pump near you thanks to new fuel standards that just landed on Washington Gov. Jay Inslee’s desk. → Read More


Public invited to comment on environmental review of Washington’s Eightmile Dam

The environmental review of a 90-year-old dam in Central Washington’s Alpine Lakes Wilderness will start soon. Eightmile Dam is considered a threat to people and property downstream near Leavenworth. → Read More


When will smoke clear out of Northwest skies? Not as soon as we’d all hoped

The weather didn’t pan out as forecasters had hoped. That means smoke should stick around until the end of this week. And, it’s not only the skies that are choked with the unhealthy levels of smoke. → Read More


Washington And Oregon State Parks Close Amid Coronavirus Pandemic

You’ll have to put off your favorite hike on Washington public lands for at least two weeks. The closure includes trails, water access sites and wildlife areas. → Read More


January Snow Gave Needed Bump To Northwest's Snowpack

The year started off with Washington and Oregon snowpack well behind schedule. What a difference a month made. → Read More