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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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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.

local | Environment | News

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.

local | Environment | News

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.

Animals | local | Environment | News

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

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.

local | Environment | News

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.

local | Environment | News

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.

local | Environment | News | Recreation

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.

Animals | local | Environment | News | 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.

Environment

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 | Energy | News | Transportation | 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.

Renewable energy | Environment | Fish & Wildlife | News | Animals | Climate change | Science | local

To Drive Eagles Away From Deadly Wind Turbines, Researchers Turn To Sound

Researchers are working on new ways to keep birds – particularly eagles – away from deadly wind turbine blades by using audio and visual signals.

local | Fish & Wildlife | Environment | News | Water

The Fight Is On To Save Columbia River Salmon From A Toothy Invader

The fight to save Columbia River salmon could hinge on a major battle taking place in the basin’s biggest reservoir. It pits biologists against a fish: The invasive northern pike.

local | Fish & Wildlife | Environment | News | Energy

Will A New Energy Project Lure Eagles To Their Death?

A proposed energy storage project in the Columbia Basin is drawing concern from bird advocates. They’re worried new water ponds could attract eagles that could then be struck by nearby wind turbines.

Environment | NW Life | News | Technology | Sustainability | local

Oregon's Oldest Large Wind Farm Could Get Tech Upgrade

Oregon’s oldest wind farm could soon be getting an upgrade. New technology could help the wind farm in Eastern Oregon work more efficiently.

Environment

What Happens When Wind Turbines Get Too Old?

Driving across the Columbia Basin, you may have noticed more wind turbines rising from the landscape to generate energy. But what happens when these turbines break down? Or get too old?

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Washington, Federal Officials Sign Agreement To Protect Forests

State and federal officials signed an agreement to protect Washington’s forests and wildlife. The plan would combine resources to fight destructive wildfires and threats to forest health and salmon.

Animals | Fish & Wildlife | Environment | News | local

It's 'All Hands On Deck' To Protect Columbia River Salmon From Invasive Northern Pike

Washington is taking an "all hands on deck" approach to stopping northern pike. The invasive fish are two dams away from reaching prime salmon habitat on the Columbia River.

local | Environment | News

Poll: Northwest Residents Are More Concerned About Wildfires

More people in Oregon and Washington are worried about wildfires than they were four years ago, according to a new poll.

Renewable energy | Environment | Communities | News | Climate change | local

Large Grid Storage Project Near Klamath Falls Gets Federal Approval

The $800 million project in southern Oregon gets the greenlight as its developers plan to start a larger, similar project in south-central Washington.