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.
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 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.
Unusual ocean and climate conditions have significantly reduced the number of fish available for American Indian tribes and commercial fleets to catch.
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.
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.
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.
Health | Science | Parents | EnvironmentNWPR/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.
Politics | Energy | Forestry | News | EnvironmentEarthFix | 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.
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.
Water | Energy | local | Environment | NewsNWPR/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.
Fish & Wildlife | Food | Water | EnvironmentNWPR/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.
Conservationists and fishing groups worry their voices aren’t being heard during public hearings about the future of southeastern Washington's Snake River dams.
Northwest oil train opponents are celebrating after a county in the Columbia River Gorge rejected a track-expansion request from Union Pacific Railroad.
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.
Starting Monday people will get a chance to weigh-in on whether four dams should come down on the lower Snake River. They’re facing renewed scrutiny because of a court-ordered analysis.
At least 10 Hanford workers were exposed to radioactive waste Tuesday at the nuclear cleanup site’s tank farm in southeast Washington.
Nestle is looking to build a commercial water bottling plant in the Northwest. Its most recent pitch is to the town of Waitsburg, Washington. The plan is tying the small community in knots.
Politics | Communities | News | local | ElectionNorthwest News Network | Aug. 4, 2016 4:40 p.m.
In a lawsuit filed Thursday the group alleges that the city is violating elections laws by not giving Latinos a fair voice in the current election system.
After residents said no to building a water bottling plant in Hood County, Oregon, Nestlé shifts focus to another small town.