NWPR/EarthFix reporter

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

Environment | Water

Pumping Water From A Cascades Lake to Irrigate Orchards

NWPR/EarthFix | Sept. 1, 2015 11:45 a.m. | Easton, Washington

A drought plan for Washington’s Yakima basin calls for a mountain lake to be partially drained to provide more water for agriculture. That’s struck a nerve with some conservation groups and homeowners.

News | local

Escaped Juvenile Inmate Expected To Survive

Northwest News Network | Aug. 24, 2015 2:45 p.m.

The 16-year-old escaped from a fire camp Friday night after assaulting a guard. He had stolen a gun from a truck parked near the camp.

Environment | News | local

Weather Could Cause Trouble For Washington Fire Crews

Northwest News Network | Aug. 24, 2015 2:31 p.m.

Weather is expected to cause more problems Monday for fires in north central Washington. The Okanogan Complex is burning more than 250,000 acres.

Environment | News

For Fire Crews in Chelan, Safety Is Top Priority

OPB | Aug. 23, 2015 9:35 a.m.

Fire crews Saturday had an easier time with wind in North Central Washington.


Juvenile Inmate Firefighter Flown To Seattle After Self-Inflicted Gunshot Wound

OPB | Aug. 23, 2015 9:31 a.m.

A juvenile inmate helping fight wildfires in North Central Washington escaped Friday after allegedly assaulting a staff member.


Wind Could Shift Direction Of Chelan Complex Fires

Northwest News Network | Aug. 21, 2015 4:20 p.m.

Wind is continuing to whip up wildfires burning in north central Washington state. After a dry cold front blew through this morning, another strong...


Northwest Wolf Populations Climb

NWPR/EarthFix | Aug. 5, 2015 5:30 p.m.

Wildlife experts from Oregon, Washington and California say wolf activity has been increasing in all three states.

Environment | News

Fishing Restrictions Lifted On Oregon's Deschutes River

NWPR/EarthFix | Aug. 4, 2015 4:15 p.m.

Some good news for anglers in Central Oregon: The state Department of Fish and Wildlife has lifted fishing restrictions on the Lower Deschutes River.

Environment | local

A Last-Ditch Effort To Save Snake River Sockeye

NWPR/EarthFix | Aug. 3, 2015 10:14 a.m.

This year was supposed to be one of the biggest returns in 40 years for the endangered Idaho sockeye salmon. But it’s not turning out that way. Dam and fish managers and tribes are in a race against time to save the few remaining fish.

Environment | local

Can Ranchers Use Conservation To Keep Sage Grouse Off The Endangered Species List?

NWPR/EarthFix | July 28, 2015 8:27 a.m. | Burns, Oregon

Eleven states in the West are working out strategies for the survival of the sage grouse. A ranch in Oregon’s Harney County has even put a wildlife biologist on the payroll to help maintain habitat for the turkey-sized bird.

Land | Environment | Fish & Wildlife

Oregon Panel Adopts Sage Grouse Rules

NWPR/EarthFix | July 27, 2015 6:04 p.m.

New rules adopted by the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission move the state a step closer to putting together a plan to protect greater sage grouse.

Environment | Fish & Wildlife

Drought Prompts Oregon, Washington To Restrict Fishing

NWPR/EarthFix | July 16, 2015 2:30 p.m.

Oregon and Washington officials are restricting fishing on many of the states' rivers in hope of helping salmon, trout and steelhead survive drought conditions.


Warm Waters Cause Central Oregon Salmon Die-Off

NWPR/EarthFix | July 15, 2015 5:15 p.m.

Record heat that has warmed rivers in the Northwest has caused another fish die-off. The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife reports 109 wild spring chinook salmon died last week in Central Oregon.


High Temperatures Prompt Cool-Water Releases To Aid Columbia Basin's Migrating Fish

NWPR/EarthFix | July 14, 2015 4:45 p.m.

Unusually warm waters in the Columbia River Basin have prompted federal officials to invoke measures to help migrating fish survive the hostile conditions.


A Central Washington Water Project Gets Senate Hearing

NWPR/EarthFix | July 7, 2015 5:15 p.m.

A warming climate is making water more scarce in places that rely on runoff from mountain snowpack. One of those places is Washington's Yakima River Basin,where stakeholders are looking to Congress for help.


With Warming Rivers, Salmon Released Early

NWPR/EarthFix | July 2, 2015 2:45 p.m.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service this week released 6 million fish from two hatcheries that feed into the Columbia River near White Salmon, Washington, about one week ahead of schedule.


Hatchery Dispute Lands Puget Sound Steelhead In Inland Lake

NWPR/EarthFix | June 29, 2015 2:38 p.m. | Rock Lake, Washington

Puget Sound steelhead will be heading to an inland Washington lake again this summer. That’s because federal officials are conducing a review of those hatchery programs. The controversy is bringing up a lot of debate about hatchery science in the Northwest.


Warming Northwest Rivers Raise Risk Of Fish Kills

NWPR/EarthFix | June 26, 2015 5:15 p.m.

Warm temperatures and low river flows are causing problems for salmon making the return migration.

Water | Environment | Fish & Wildlife

Drought In Wash. Could Bring More Sting To A Government Shutdown

NWPR/EarthFix | June 23, 2015 4:30 p.m.

Washington lawmakers have until next week to pin down a budget. If they don’t, parts of state government will shut down. In the midst of a drought, that could have ramifications for farmers and for fish.


How Invasive Plants Threaten Rare Northwest Flowers And Grasslands

NWPR/EarthFix | June 11, 2015 3:30 p.m. | Asotin, Washington

Botanists have discovered several new flowering plants in a Northwest grassland. But they've also found signs that an invasive grass could soon put these rare plants in big trouble.

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