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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

News | Environment | local

For Rural Communities, Wildfire Brings Economic Help, Hardships

Wildfire represents both risk and reward for some small communities in Washington. Walking the line between a "good fire" and a "bad fire" can be tricky.

News | Forestry | local | Sustainability | Environment | Politics | Science | Land

Learning To Live With Wildfire

The way we dealt with wildfire for much of the 20th century was mostly dead wrong. That, we've known for decades. So why do we keep getting it so wrong when it comes to living with wildfire?

News | Environment | local

A Dispute Is Brewing Over Mercury Air Pollution Along The Columbia River

A dispute is brewing between rival hazardous waste companies. One of those businesses is accusing the other of releasing mercury into the air, which is concerning to environmental groups and tribes.

News | Environment | local

Federal Officials Outline New Plan To Lower Wildfire Risk

Federal officials announced a new plan that's meant to help lower the risks of mega-fires. Northwest lawmakers are helping roll out the strategy to reduce hazardous fuels and improve forest health.

Environment | Air | local

Breathing Wildfire Smoke Every Summer Could Have Long-Term Consequences

Wildfire smoke can be annoying — it can make your eyes water, your chest burn. And over time, breathing in all that smoke every summer can be bad for your health.

News | Environment | Agriculture

Harmful Pesticide Ban Ordered By US Appeals Court

The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals has reversed a decision to allow the use of a a pesticide that can cause brain damage in children.

local | Fish & Wildlife | News | Environment | Animals

Planned Sterilization Procedure Puts Wild Mares At Risk, Advocacy Group Says

An animal advocacy group says the federal government shouldn’t perform sterilization surgeries on wild horses in southeastern Oregon to control their numbers.


Defense Bill Passes With Controversial Sage Grouse Measure Stripped Out

An important defense spending bill has passed the U.S. House — without a controversial sage grouse measure that would have banned endangered species protections for the imperiled birds.

News | Environment | local

Documents: Officials Keyed In On Cascade-Siskiyou Logging Benefits

While deciding whether to shrink Oregon’s Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument, officials focused on the land's logging potential. The information was revealed in mistakenly-released documents.


Amendment Defunding Grizzly Transportation To Washington Passes House

An amendment to prevent the relocation of grizzly bears to Washington’s North Cascades has passed the U.S. House. Conservation groups oppose the move, saying the state needs more grizzly bears.

local | News | Environment | Animals

Sage Grouse Provision In Defense Spending Bill Worries Veterans

Conservationists and some veterans are up in arms over a must-pass defense spending bill. A provision in the bill would prohibit adding sage grouse to the Endangered Species List.

News | Environment

Trump Administration Proposes Changes To Limit The Endangered Species Act

The Trump administration is proposing key changes to the Endangered Species Act. It’s a move conservation groups say could greatly weaken the way animals and plants are protected.

local | News | Environment | Animals

Washington Salmon Researcher Safe After Wolf Encounter

Thanks to quick thinking, a tree, and a helicopter, a salmon researcher was able to escape two wolves she couldn't escape. Biologists are working to figure out what, exactly, happened.

News | Environment | local

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.

News | Environment | local

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.

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

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.

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

News | Environment | local

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.

local | News | Environment | Business | Agriculture

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.

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

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.