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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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Dams Vs. Salmon: Workshops Aim To Get Past 'My Study Can Beat Up Your Study' On Snake River

Salmon need our help, but solutions aren't going to come easy. That was the common thought from speakers Tuesday night in Clarkston, Washington.

News | Environment | local | Science

In SE Washington, Digging Into The Past To Find Fault Signs Of Future Shaking

Unlike the Cascadia Subduction Zone, the faults in Eastern Washington are in the upper crust, (the outermost layer of the earth). That means they’re closer to the surface and to communities.

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Another Settlement Reached Over Columbia And Snake River Dams Leaking Oil

Operators at Chief Joseph Dam in eastern Washington will now have to reduce pollution from oil spills that leak into the Columbia River.

News | Transportation | Fish & Wildlife | Animals | local

Washington Officials Warn Of Increased Vehicle Collisions During Mating Season

State wildlife officials are asking that you slow down, don’t drive distracted, use your high beams when you can, and brake a little longer if you see just one deer, since often more deer will follow.

Water | News | Environment | local | Energy

Washington's Dams Are Earthquake Ready, Managers Say

If you live at the foot of a dam – or downriver – you may wonder what could happen if an earthquake rumbled nearby. Dam managers say it’s something they’re constantly watching, but major shaking east of the Cascades shouldn’t cause too much damage.

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Northwest Tribes Call For Removal Of Lower Columbia River Dams

The Yakama Nation  called Monday for the removal of three lower Columbia River dams, in an effort to save salmon and preserve First Nations’ culture.

Environment | Fish & Wildlife | Forestry | News | Animals | Politics | local

Proposal To Restore Grizzlies To Washington Draws Hundreds Of Voices

It’s been four years since the federal government initially started asking Washington residents whether they’d like to see more grizzly bears brought into the state. And still, the heated debate continues.

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Washington Firefighter Dies From Injuries Sustained During Labor Day Weekend Fire

A Washington firefighter who was badly burned while fighting a fire over Labor Day weekend has died from his injuries.

News | Environment | local | Animals

Washington Governor Looking For Changes In Wolf Management

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee is asking state wildlife officials to “significantly reduce” the killing of wolves involved in livestock conflicts.

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Washington Ranchers Push To Create Fire Fighting Teams In 'No Man's Lands'

There are no agencies assigned to fight fires on certain stretches of Washington rangeland. Ranchers want to form their own firefighting teams – something already happening in Oregon and Idaho.

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Controversial Biofuels Project Gets Lease On Lower Columbia River

A port on the lower Columbia River has approved a controversial lease for a biofuels project.

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Could Relocating Sage Grouse Save The Birds In Washington?

Moving imperiled sage grouse from one spot to another can be hard on the birds. But after an adjustment period, research suggests they eventually get used to their new homes.

News | Environment | local | Animals

Washington Cancels Wolf Meetings Under Threats Of Violence

Threats of violence have caused Washington officials to cancel a series of in-person informational wolf management meetings.

Environment | Fish & Wildlife | News | local | Flora and Fauna | Water

Tribes Release 1st Salmon Into Upper Columbia Since Dam Construction

For the first time since dams were built on the Columbia, salmon are now swimming in the river’s upper reach. For tribes, the release is a big step toward catching fish in traditional waters.

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How Goats Are Helping Reduce Wildfire Risk In Central Washington

On one steep hillside, a Central Washington fire district is ditching the hand tools and machinery that firefighters traditionally use to thin overgrown brush. Instead, they’re turning to goats.

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5 Years After Carlton Complex, North Central Washington Rebuilds

Five years after the single largest fire in Washington’s history, people are continuing to rebuild. They’re making their communities safer for the next time a wildfire burns into town.

News | Environment | Recreation | local

Researchers Work To Control Moth Outbreak In Washington

A caterpillar outbreak in Central Washington could mean hikers see a few more downed fir needles in the next few weeks.

News | Environment | local | Animals | Sustainability

This Washington Fire District Will Use Goats To Reduce Fire Risks

Homes in one Central Washington city may be a little better protected from wildfires this season, thanks to a herd of goats.


Report: Fish Passage Above The Columbia's Biggest Dam Can Be Done

Columbia River tribal leaders pressed their case on Tuesday for returning salmon and steelhead to more than 100 miles of habitat that has been blocked for decades by two large dams.

Environment | News | Transportation | Energy | Climate change | Politics | local

Clean Fuels Proponents Move Forward With Plans In Washington

Plans for a low carbon fuel standard in Washington didn’t work out this legislative session. Now, advocates are figuring out what to do next to reduce gasoline and diesel emissions in the state.