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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 | local | Environment | Recreation

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. 

News | local | Environment | Politics

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.

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

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.

News | local | Environment | Politics | Business

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 | local | Environment

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.

News | local | Environment | Technology

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...

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

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.

News | local | Environment

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 | local | Environment | 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.

News | local | Environment

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 | local | Fish & Wildlife | Transportation | 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.

News | local | Environment | Water | 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.

Sustainability | Renewable energy | NW Life | Nation | Animals | Environment | History | Land | Fish & Wildlife | Communities | News | Food | Energy

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.

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

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 | local | Environment | 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.

News | local | Environment

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.

News | local | Environment

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.

News | local | Environment

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 | local | Environment | 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.