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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

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Today's NW Wolves Have Roots In Coastal Rainforests And Rocky Mountains

New genetic research on the Northwest’s wolves finds they are descended from a mix of  two different types. That means the packs that form in our region have more genetic diversity, a key to survival.

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Record Lamprey Return A Cultural Win For Native Tribes

Lamprey disappeared from some Columbia River tributaries around the 1960s. Now, after a lot of work, a river in eastern Oregon is seeing its highest numbers of the eel-like fish in decades.

Environment | Animals | Nation | News | NW Life | local

Staying Safe In Grizzly Country

Many of the ways to stay safe in grizzly country apply to what you already do in black bear country – with some variations. Here are a few tips.

Fish & Wildlife | Environment | local | Nation | News | Animals

What Washington Can Learn From Montana's Grizzlies

People in Montana say what’s happened with grizzlies in their state could be a guide for Washington, where the bears are in big trouble but on the verge of getting reinforcements.

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Lawmakers Push To Deploy More Drones This Wildfire Season

Lawmakers press public lands agencies to maximize their use of drones to monitor and maybe even help fight wildfires.

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A Year's Worth Of Controversy Hasn't Put This Oregon Dairy Under ... Yet

One of the Northwest’s largest dairies has faced some big troubles in its first year. The rise and rapid fall of Lost Valley Farm deeply frustrated environmentalists and shocked the community.

Economy | Environment | local | News | Business | Politics | Energy

Trump Administration Says It Won't Sell Off BPA Transmission Lines

The Trump administration has abandoned its bid to sell off the Pacific Northwest’s publicly owned utility transmission lines, according to Republican Congressional members who were briefed on the decision.

Technology | local | News | Environment | Recreation

Cellphone Service Is Coming To Mount Rainier, Despite Pleas To Protect Solitude

There won’t be any cellphone towers — but there could soon be cell signals at the most popular place at Mount Rainier.

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Environmental, Animal Groups Ask To Shut Down Oregon Mega-Dairy

Environmental and animal welfare groups sent a letter to Oregon officials, asking them to shut down a controversial mega-dairy.

News | Environment

Now There's A Plan To Relocate Or Kill The Olympics' Non-Native Mountain Goats

Mountain goats in the Olympic Mountains could soon be a thing of the past. The non-native goat population has rapidly grown over the past 14 years.

Fish & Wildlife | local | Environment | News

1st Wolverine Mother Found In Washington's South Cascades

For the first time in recent history, a mother wolverine has been spotted in Washington's south Cascade Mountains.

local | Energy | Environment | Business | News

NW Company Is 1 Step Closer To Building Small Nuclear Reactors

When it comes to nuclear energy, one Northwest company think smaller power plants are the future.

Environment

Vote Expected Soon On Bill To Protect Snake River Dams

A vote is expected this week on a bill to leave the Snake River dams as they are. The bill is in response to a federal judge’s order to consider removing the dams to protect salmon.

Health | local | News | Environment

Health Officials Want You To Prepare For Wildfire Smoke Now

For some people with heart and lung problems, wildfire smoke can be especially unhealthy and sometimes deadly. Experts say people can prepare for smoky air by buying an air filtration system.

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Captive-Raised Lambs Could Be The Best Thing To Happen To Bighorn Sheep

Bighorn sheep aren’t doing that well. One big reason is pneumonia. But these animals are getting help from an unlikely place: a prison in eastern Washington.

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A Butterfly Only Found In The Northwest Is Headed For Endangered Species List

The island marble butterfly can only be found on a small patch of land in Washington’s Puget Sound. The federal government wants to add it to the Endangered Species List.

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Will These Sage Grouse Be ‘Nevermore’ With Egg-Stealing Ravens In Their Midst?

The West's greater sage grouse are in trouble  for all kinds of reasons. Researchers are starting to look into an unusual threat: predatory ravens.

Environment | local | Nation | News | Climate change | Politics

Oregon, Washington Sue EPA Head Over Alleged Clean Air Act Violations

The lawsuit, filed by 14 states, Chicago and Washington, D.C., says Pruitt is ignoring an Obama-era methane rule.

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Study: It's Possible To Replace Snake River Dams With Renewable Energy

Lower Snake River dams could be replaced by a variety of renewable energy resources, according to a new study by the NW Energy Coalition.

Animals | local | Environment | News

Appeals Court Affirms Order For More Spill Over Dams To Help Columbia River Salmon

The federal government will have to spill more water over Columbia and Snake river dams starting Tuesday in an effort to help young salmon migrating to the ocean.