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.
A wildlife officer now has a new companion to keep him company on the trails: the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's very first enforcement dog in the Northwest.
Rice paddies are one of the biggest sources of global methane emissions — a potent greenhouse gas. Now, researchers have found a way to nearly eliminate methane emissions from rice paddies.
Inmates at a Washington prison are the first in the nation to grow sagebrush that can be used to restore an ecosystem that's vital for the survival of a native bird called the greater sage grouse.
Land use | Land | Communities | Agriculture | Environment | HealthNWPR/EarthFix | Oct. 12, 2015 midnight
Here are some tips from a soil scientist on how to avoid potential exposure if you think soil in your yard might be contaminated by old pesticides.
Science | Land use | Land | Communities | Agriculture | History | EnvironmentEarthFix | Oct. 12, 2015 midnight
Using a grant from the Fund for Environmental Journalism, EarthFix sampled and tested soil from 30 properties in Yakima and Wenatchee in Washington and Hood River in Oregon.
Land use | Land | Communities | Agriculture | History | EnvironmentEarthFix | Oct. 12, 2015 midnight
DDT was banned in 1972 because of its harm to human health and the environment. DDT can take more than 15 years to break down in the environment, meaning it leaves a toxic trace for many years. But when it replaced lead arsenate in the late 1940s, “DDT was the savior.”
Land use | Communities | Land | Agriculture | EnvironmentEarthFix | Oct. 12, 2015 midnight | Yakima, Washington
At homes and day care centers throughout Central Washington, children play in yards still contaminated by pesticides sprayed decades ago when the land was used to grow apples.
A drought plan for Washington’s Yakima basin calls for a mountain lake to be partially drained to provide more water for agriculture. That’s struck a nerve with some conservation groups and homeowners.
News | Environment | localNorthwest News Network | Aug. 24, 2015 2:31 p.m.
Weather is expected to cause more problems Monday for fires in north central Washington. The Okanogan Complex is burning more than 250,000 acres.
A juvenile inmate helping fight wildfires in North Central Washington escaped Friday after allegedly assaulting a staff member.
Wind is continuing to whip up wildfires burning in north central Washington state. After a dry cold front blew through this morning, another strong...
Some good news for anglers in Central Oregon: The state Department of Fish and Wildlife has lifted fishing restrictions on the Lower Deschutes River.
This year was supposed to be one of the biggest returns in 40 years for the endangered Idaho sockeye salmon. But it’s not turning out that way. Dam and fish managers and tribes are in a race against time to save the few remaining fish.
Eleven states in the West are working out strategies for the survival of the sage grouse. A ranch in Oregon’s Harney County has even put a wildlife biologist on the payroll to help maintain habitat for the turkey-sized bird.
Oregon and Washington officials are restricting fishing on many of the states' rivers in hope of helping salmon, trout and steelhead survive drought conditions.
Record heat that has warmed rivers in the Northwest has caused another fish die-off. The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife reports 109 wild spring chinook salmon died last week in Central Oregon.