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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

Environment

Wildfire Smoke Pollution Is Worse Than We Thought

NWPR/EarthFix | June 16, 2017 11:30 a.m.

All that black smoke you see from a wildfire is full of small particles that are bad for your lungs and heart.

Environment

Washington's Largest Solar Project Coming To Tri-Cities

NWPR/EarthFix | June 12, 2017 4:30 p.m.

The Tri-Cities could soon be home to the largest utility-scale solar power project in Washington. A French company will develop the project on land formerly part of the Hanford nuclear reservation.

Environment

Interior Head Orders Reconsideration For Sage Grouse Protections

NWPR/EarthFix | June 7, 2017 4:45 p.m. | Richland, Washington

A years-in-the-making plan to protect sage grouse from extinction is being reconsidered by  U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke.

Environment

Scientists Discover The History Of Storms In Tree Rings

NWPR/EarthFix | June 6, 2017 12:15 p.m.

Turns out tree rings can do more than just tell you how old a tree is. Researchers have found they can also help track Pacific storms over centuries. That could help out water managers.

Environment

Trump's Budget Proposes Selling Off BPA Grid

NWPR/EarthFix | May 24, 2017 3:30 p.m.

President Trump’s proposed budget includes a plan to sell off the Bonneville Power Administration's transmission assets.

Environment

Culvert Case Decision A 'Win For Salmon' In Washington

NWPR/EarthFix | May 22, 2017 2:45 p.m.

A big court decision could open up new habitat for salmon in Washington and end up costing the state billions of dollars.

Sustainability | Agriculture | Environment

Weeds And Herbicides Puts An Organic Farm At Odds With Neighboring Growers In Oregon

NWPR/EarthFix | May 17, 2017 9:25 p.m. | Moro, Oregon

Sherman County, Oregon, is debating what to do about a large organic farm accused of letting its weeds spread onto neighboring fields.

News | Environment | Land | Politics

Washington AG Pledges To Defend National Monuments

NWPR/EarthFix | May 11, 2017 3:40 p.m. | Richland, Washington

In a letter to Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson is defending the state’s national monuments, including Hanford Reach.

News | Environment | Health | Science

Birth Defect Investigation Offers No Answers To Grieving Families In E. Washington

NWPR/EarthFix | May 11, 2017 9:45 a.m. | Prosser, Washington

A cluster of fatal birth defects has left several families in Eastern Washington mourning the loss of children they will never know.

News | Environment | local | Energy

Emergency Declared At Hanford Nuclear Site In Washington

Northwest Public Radio | May 9, 2017 11:15 a.m. | Richland, Washington

Some workers at a former chemical processing plant have been evacuated and about 3,000 others near the area at the center of the Hanford Site were directed to take shelter indoors.

Environment

Comment Period Announced For Hanford Reach, Cascade-Siskiyou Monuments

NWPR/EarthFix | May 5, 2017 5 p.m.

The Department of the Interior is opening up public comment periods for Hanford Reach and the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monuments.

Environment | Flora and Fauna

Kill A Juniper Tree, Save A Sage Grouse

NWPR/EarthFix | April 27, 2017 3:30 p.m.

The West's imperiled sage grouse has a better chance of survival when juniper trees are removed from its habitat, according to new research

Food | News | Environment | Fish & Wildlife

Salmon Cannon Shoots For Its Biggest Project Yet

NWPR/EarthFix | April 25, 2017 2:26 p.m.

The salmon cannon made a big splash a few years ago on local news stations and even had a cameo on HBO’s "Last Week Tonight" with John Oliver. Soon, it could propel fish into its biggest project yet.

Environment

Conservation Groups Ask To Stop Barging Sockeye Around Dams

NWPR/EarthFix | April 19, 2017 3:30 p.m.

Barging is a common way to get young salmon around dams and out to sea. But conservation groups say this practice is leaving returning adults without their homing abilities.

Sustainability | Environment | Water

The Northwest's Water Systems Need A Big, Green Fix, Report Says

NWPR/EarthFix | April 14, 2017 4:58 p.m.

Northwest communities are getting their drinking water from aging infrastructure that is costly to maintain and prone to breaking down.

News | Agriculture | Environment | local

Mega-Dairy Air Pollution Threat Puts Environmentalists On Alert

NWPR/EarthFix | April 11, 2017 4:30 p.m. | Boardman, Oregon

Mega-dairies are finding themselves in conflict with neighbors and environmentalists because of their contributions to air pollution.

Environment | Energy

BPA Stops Wind Power Generation For The First Time In 4 Years

NWPR/EarthFix | April 7, 2017 4:10 p.m.

Too much water and too much wind are a bad combination for power suppliers. Now, officials are forcing wind farms to shut down for the first time in four years. This year, there's more to the story.

Environment

Oregon's 2nd Largest Mega-Dairy Receives Key Permit

NWPR/EarthFix | March 31, 2017 3:23 p.m.

The second largest mega-dairy in Oregon has now received a permit it needed to get up and running. The dairy will house roughly 30,000 cows near the Columbia River in the Eastern Oregon town of Boardman.

Environment

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?

Environment

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.