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.
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.
Oregon and Washington officials are restricting fishing on many of the states' rivers in hope of helping salmon, trout and steelhead survive drought conditions.
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.
Unusually warm waters in the Columbia River Basin have prompted federal officials to invoke measures to help migrating fish survive the hostile conditions.
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.
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.
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.
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.
An injured bear that came to symbolize the recovery from Washington's biggest wildfire in history is now back in the forestland of the North Cascades.
The greater sage grouse is an iconic bird with habitat throughout 11 Western states. By the end of this September, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is expected to make a decision about whether to add the bird to the Endangered Species List.
The Obama Administration is expected to announce a new clean water rule in the next few days, which has some Northwest farm groups worried what new regulations could mean for their operations.
Biologists have confirmed that photos taken near Leavenworth in the Washington Cascades are of a gray wolf. This is the first time a wolf has been documented in this area the Cascades since 2000.
Several dairies accused of polluting the groundwater in Washington’s Yakima Valley will now start handling their waste more carefully. That’s because a federal judge has approved an order between environmental groups and dairies.
A growing number people head out to wild places in search of the antlers that elk and deer shed. Some of those collectors harass these animals to death by chasing them down with ATVs.
Air pollution caused by wood stoves in Washington is in line with federal clean air requirements for the first time in seven years.
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