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.
A forest project in Northeastern Oregon is igniting a debate over what constitutes thinning for wildfire prevention and forest health. Is it a "logging loophole" or a desperately needed project?
Under a budget proposal by the Trump administration, funding for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency could be slashed — and that could hit Northwest tribes hard.
President Trump issues an executive order to rollback clean water rules. Northwest farm and industry groups are lauding the order while environmentalists say it's bad news for salmon and steelhead.
A track for vehicles was recently discovered illegally crossing the boundary into Oregon's Eagle Cap Wilderness, despite the Wilderness Act's prohibition against motorized access to such protected areas.
More than 100 people turned out Monday during a public meeting in Cle Elum to voice their opinions on reintroducing grizzly bears to Washington's North Cascades. Seven more meetings are planned.
Grizzly bears have been stirring up debate for decades in North-Central Washington communities. The public is getting a new chance to share their opinions at open houses throughout Washington.
Unusual ocean and climate conditions have significantly reduced the number of fish available for American Indian tribes and commercial fleets to catch.
Operators of the biggest dam in the Northwest will have to reduce oil spills that pollute the Columbia River under a settlement reached by the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation and an environmental group.
Washington is requiring dairies with 200 or more cows to apply for updated water quality permits. The new regulations are meant to curb water pollution from livestock manure.
Marijuana growers use a lot of pesticides — especially when these mildew- and mite-sensitive plants are grown indoors. But some are trying to deliver a cannabis high without the downer of pesticides.
Environment | Health | Science | ParentsNWPR/EarthFix | Dec. 14, 2016 11:25 a.m.
An investigation into a rare birth defect affecting babies in Eastern Washington has come to an end. The findings have left more questions than answers.
News | Forestry | Environment | Politics | EnergyEarthFix | Dec. 9, 2016 11:53 a.m.
Eastern Washington lawmaker Cathy McMorris Rodgers is emerging as President-elect Donald Trump’s choice to lead natural resources policy as interior secretary.
Google announces that all of the energy it consumes globally — including at its data center in The Dalles, Oregon — will soon operate without directly relying on fossil fuels.
local | News | Environment | Water | EnergyNWPR/EarthFix | Nov. 21, 2016 6 a.m. | Lewiston, Idaho
A longstanding debate — removing or altering the four lower Snake River dams — is back in the discussion about protect fish while still doing what’s best for all interests along the Columbia and Snake rivers.
Food | Environment | Water | Fish & WildlifeNWPR/EarthFix | Nov. 15, 2016 2:32 p.m.
People who eat fish from Washington state waters will be protected by a combination of new federal and state pollution rules.
Conservationists and fishing groups worry their voices aren’t being heard during public hearings about the future of southeastern Washington's Snake River dams.
Northwest oil train opponents are celebrating after a county in the Columbia River Gorge rejected a track-expansion request from Union Pacific Railroad.
Federal fish managers have released a new recovery plan for threatened spring and summer chinook and steelhead on the Snake River. The plan comes during renewed debate over whether the river’s dams should be removed.
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