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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

Land | Environment | Flora and Fauna

Washington Inmates Help Restore Greater Sage Grouse Habitat

Northwest Public Radio | Nov. 6, 2015 1:30 p.m.

Inmates at a Washington prison are the first in the nation to  grow sagebrush that can be used to restore an ecosystem that's vital for the survival of a native bird called the greater sage grouse.

Land | Environment | Communities | Agriculture | Health | Land use

Tips For Staying Safe Around Contaminated Soil

NWPR/EarthFix | Oct. 12, 2015 midnight

Here are some tips from a soil scientist on how to avoid potential exposure if you think soil in your yard might be contaminated by old pesticides.

Land | Environment | Communities | Agriculture | History | Science | Land use

NW Officials Aren’t Testing Yards Suspected Of Lead And Arsenic Contamination. So We Did.

EarthFix | Oct. 12, 2015 midnight

Using a grant from the Fund for Environmental Journalism, EarthFix sampled and tested soil from 30 properties in Yakima and Wenatchee in Washington and Hood River in Oregon.

Land | Environment | Communities | Agriculture | History | Land use

How A Banned Chemical Helped Clean Up Washington’s Orchards

EarthFix | Oct. 12, 2015 midnight

DDT was banned in 1972 because of its harm to human health and the environment. DDT can take more than 15 years to break down in the environment, meaning it leaves a toxic trace for many years. But when it replaced lead arsenate in the late 1940s, “DDT was the savior.”

Communities | Land | Environment | Agriculture | Land use

Contaminated Soil Lingers Where Apples Once Grew

EarthFix | Oct. 12, 2015 midnight | Yakima, Washington

At homes and day care centers throughout Central Washington, children play in yards still contaminated by pesticides sprayed decades ago when the land was used to grow apples.

Water | Environment

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.

local | Environment | News

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.

News | Environment

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.

News | Environment

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.

local | Environment

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.

local | Environment

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.

Fish & Wildlife | Land | Environment

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.

Fish & Wildlife | Environment

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.

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