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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


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.

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

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.


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?

News | Environment | local

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.

local | News | Environment | Fish & Wildlife | Animals

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.

News | Environment | local

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.

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

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.

News | Energy | Economy | Water | Science | Environment | Politics | Fish & Wildlife | local

Washington Budget Funds Group To Study Snake River Dam Removal

Tucked into Washington's $52.4 billion budget is controversial funding for a “stakeholder group” to look into what could happen should the four Lower Snake River dams be removed or altered.

Environment | local

Springtime Mushrooms Benefit From Summertime Fires

Springtime means it’s morel mushroom harvesting season. Depending on where fires burned last summer, mushroom collecting could take you to different spots across the Northwest.

News | Environment | local

Salmon Conference Calls For Innovative Solutions To Protect Fish

What to do with the four Lower Snake River dams and how to best protect imperiled salmon have been a tough questions for decades. They were the focus at a conference on salmon in Boise Tuesday.

News | Environment | local

How Land Managers Select Prescribed Fire Areas

With wildfire season coming up, land managers are working to improve forest health and protect Northwest communities. One way is by lighting small burns, known as prescribed fires.

News | Environment

Western Washington Has A New Wolf Pack, First In Decades

There’s a new wolf pack on the western side of Washington’s Cascade Mountains. Wildlife officials say it’s the first time they’ve documented a pack there since wolves were wiped out decades ago.

Environment | local | Politics

Fuel Producers, Consumers Take Sides On Washington's Debate Over Lower-Carbon Transportation

Some Washington lawmakers want to reduce the carbon spewing from our tailpipes. Backers say it will combat climate change. But for businesses, it’s all about those who use fuel and those who make it.

News | Environment | Fish & Wildlife | Animals

Bird Advocates Question Raven-Killing Plans To Protect Sage Grouse

Biologists say ravens in one part of Oregon are eating too many sage grouse eggs. But bird advocates are questioning plans to "lethally remove" ravens to help sage grouse numbers.

News | Animals | Environment | Land use | local | Nation

In Oregon, New Sage Grouse Plans Allow For Continued Grazing

The Trump administration lifts restrictions meant to protect sage grouse across the West. In Oregon grazing restrictions are being removed in 13 areas that provide habitat for the imperiled birds.

News | Science | Environment | Health | local | Nation

Study: Potential Link Between Parkinson's Disease And A Widely-Used Herbicide

One of the country's most widely-used herbicides could be linked to an increase in early deaths from Parkinson’s disease for people who live nearby, according to new research on Washington farmlands.

Food | Environment | local | Fish & Wildlife

Food Groups, Tribes Concerned Over Genetically Engineered Salmon

Genetically engineered salmon are one step closer to winding up on store shelves, after the Food and Drug Administration lifted an import ban. That’s concerning to tribes, food groups and environmentalists.

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

Wolf-Delisting Plan Would Remove Federal Protections In Oregon, Washington

President Trump's acting interior secretary has announced plans to lift protections for gray wolves in the Lower 48. The move will likely spur controversy in the Northwest.

Land use | Environment | Recreation | Fish & Wildlife | Animals

The Way Deer Escape Wolves Could Change How Hunters Hunt

As wolves return to the Northwest, deer have taken notice. Researchers found deer in Washington change how they react when wolves are near – and that could eventually change how hunters hunt.

News | Environment | local | Water

February Storms Have Helped, But The PNW Could Still Face Drought

The Northwest has seen plenty of snow and cold temperatures these last few weeks. But forecasters say some areas this summer could still face droughts.