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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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Inslee Says Tri-Cities Has Seen 'Astronomical' Rise In COVID-19, Pushes Message For Mask Use

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee said Tri-cities is seeing an "astronomical increase" in COVID cases and encouraged the use of face masks. 

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Wildfire Starts Are Up In Washington. COVID-19 Could Be To Blame

Washington state has seen an unprecedented uptick in wildfire starts so far this year. And the coronavirus pandemic may be the unlikely culprit.

Nation | Land use | Politics | News | Economy | local | Environment

US Senate Passes Funding Boost To Conservation Fund, Help For National Parks

The U.S. Senate on Wednesday passed a bill that would further protect public lands and recreation across the country. The legislation would also help relieve a massive maintenance backlog on federal lands.

NW Life | Arts | News | Business | local

Outdoor Guides Look To Get Clients Back To Northwest Summits

It’s been a rough couple of months for outdoor recreation businesses – from mountaineering and rock climbing guides to river rafting. Outdoor rec brings in big bucks, especially to many of the rural communities that act as gateways.

Recreation | Land use | News | local | Environment | Health

Public Lands Managers Offer Advice On How To 'Recreate Responsibly' This Weekend

If you decide to go for a hike this weekend, be safe and responsible – that’s the message from state and federal officials. For other counties trying to reduce the number of COVID-19 cases in their borders, the message is: don’t come here.

Education | News | Environment | local

Washington School Districts Set To Deploy New Electric Buses This Fall

Forty new electric buses may transport students in districts throughout Washington possibly starting in the fall — assuming in-person classes are back on.

News | Environment | local | Health

Washington State Parks Reopen, And Humans Rejoin The Geese And Deer

More than 100 Washington state parks and recreation areas opened up Tuesday, providing more outdoor space for eagerly awaiting hikers and boaters.

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1 Person's Trash Is Another's Mess. So Please Stop Dumping It During Pandemic.

Washington officials say they’re seeing a “disturbing rise” of illegal dumping on roadways and at rest areas, and an increase in hazardous waste dump sites amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Recreation | News | Environment | local

Washington And Oregon State Parks Close Amid Coronavirus Pandemic

You’ll have to put off your favorite hike on Washington public lands for at least two weeks. The closure includes trails, water access sites and wildlife areas. 

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Climate Stewardship Connects Eastern Washington Faith And Farming To Legislative Action

Members of the faith community are hoping to use to push for several environmental bills in the Washington legislature this session.

Energy | Water | Nation | Renewable energy | Animals | News | Climate change | Fish & Wildlife | local | Sustainability | Environment

Feds Reject Calls To Remove 4 Snake River Dams, A Plan Aimed At Saving Salmon

Environmental groups who have pushed for years for the dams to come down to help salmon recover immediately blasted the report.

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Federal Watchdog Criticizes Energy Dept. For Hanford Cleanup, Tunnel Collapse

A new watchdog report says the federal government hasn't done enough to prevent structural failures at the Hanford Nuclear Site's aging facilities.

News | Environment | local

January Snow Gave Needed Bump To Northwest's Snowpack

The year started off with Washington and Oregon snowpack well behind schedule. What a difference a month made.

Technology | News | Environment | local

Drones, Phones, Clothes: New Technology Helps Search Teams In Northwest Woods And Mountains

Last year, Wasington's King County Search and Rescue was looking for a man who'd fallen in a very fast-moving river. They thought he might still be in...

Land | Animals | News | Climate change | Fish & Wildlife | local | Environment

Where Have All The NW's Wolverines Gone? Apparently Not On The Endangered Species List.

Conservation groups say the animals need to be listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act. Ten groups want to force the federal government to protect the elusive wolverines.

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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 | Science | local

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.

Transportation | News | Fish & Wildlife | local | Animals

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.

Energy | News | Environment | Water | local

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.