Jessica Robinson

Inland Northwest Correspondent Jessica Robinson reports from the Northwest News Network's bureau in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho. From the politics of wolves to racial tolerance in small towns, Jessica covers the economic, demographic and environmental trends that are shaping communities east of the Cascades.

Prior to joining the Northwest News Network team, Jessica was the news director of Jefferson Public Radio in Ashland, Oregon, where she produced a newsmagazine on Northern California and Southern Oregon. In 2010, she took a year to study Spanish in central Mexico and reported for an English–language newspaper in San Miguel de Allende. Jessica's stories for radio and print have earned awards from the Associated Press, the Oregon Newspaper Publishers Association, and Public Radio News Directors Inc.

A Northwest native, Jessica grew up in an off–the–grid log cabin in the Columbia River Gorge. These days, when she's not agonizing over the perfect piece of tape, Jessica enjoys camping and hiking, amateur photography, and learning the etymology of words.

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Politics & Government
8:20 pm
Thu December 18, 2014

Judge To Hear Arguments Against Florist Who Declined Gay Couple

The state of Washington is suing Richland florist Barronelle Stutzman for declining service to a gay couple.
Alliance Defending Freedom

Originally published on Fri December 19, 2014 8:35 am

A closely watched court case dealing with whether religious business-owners must provide services to gay couples is headed to oral arguments Friday in Kennewick, Washington.

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Poverty and Homelessness
9:55 pm
Wed December 17, 2014

Northwest Child Poverty Rates Show Patchwork Of Economic Recovery

U.S. Census Bureau

Originally published on Wed December 17, 2014 5:40 pm

A new Census Bureau report out Wednesday indicates the economic recovery is lifting children out of poverty unevenly around the Northwest.

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potato farmers are cheering
3:49 pm
Tue December 16, 2014

Congress Puts Potatoes On The Menu In Nutrition Subsidy

Idaho Potato Commission

Originally published on Mon December 15, 2014 5:09 pm

Northwest potato farmers are cheering a small provision tucked into the newly passed federal spending package.

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alternative to salting the roads
3:56 pm
Wed November 26, 2014

Road De-Icing Researchers Say Hold The Salt, Pass The Vodka By-Product

File photo. Salt helps melt ice on roads, but it also has adverse effects on the environment.
Tech. Sgt. Jorge Intriago U.S. Air National Guard

Originally published on Wed November 26, 2014 3:03 pm

The search is on to find an alternative to salting the roads in winter. Salt helps melt the ice, but it also builds up in stream beds and drinking water.

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Wolf Management
10:21 pm
Tue November 25, 2014

BLM Reverses Decision To Permit Wolf And Coyote Hunting Derby

Gray wolf
Wikimedia

Originally published on Tue November 25, 2014 5:28 pm

Federal land managers are rescinding a permit that would have allowed a competition to hunt wolves and coyotes in Idaho.

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how end-of-life issues are handled
2:24 pm
Mon November 24, 2014

End Of Life Brings Legal Complications For Transgender People

Jennifer Gable shared self-portraits with her friends to document her transition from a man to a woman.
Courtesy Emilie Jackson-Edney

Originally published on Wed December 17, 2014 10:26 pm

Over the weekend, the story of a transgender woman in Idaho whose family had her buried as a man lit up social media.

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Music, Arts & Culture
7:47 am
Sat November 22, 2014

Northwest Trails Expect Rush Of 'Wild' Hikers -- And Those Trying To Avoid Them

Reese Witherspoon stars in "Wild."
Fox Searchlight

Originally published on Fri November 21, 2014 4:10 pm

The movie “Wild” hits select theaters Friday, December 5. It's based on a memoir by a Portland author who made a life-changing trek on the Pacific Crest Trail.

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higher levels of a stress
2:44 pm
Mon November 17, 2014

Study: Heavily Hunted Wolves Stressed Out And Having Lots Of Sex

Gray wolf

Originally published on Mon November 17, 2014 7:20 am

A new study out of Canada reveals a surprising side-effect that hunting may have on wolves.

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slowdown at West Coast ports
3:44 pm
Fri November 14, 2014

Luxury Car Part Factory Shut Down 3 Days As Materials Stalled In Tacoma

The SGL carbon fiber plant in Moses Lake, Washington.

Originally published on Fri November 14, 2014 3:09 pm

A slowdown at West Coast ports is beginning to stifle the flow of goods in and out of the Northwest.

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delays could have long-term consequences
6:05 pm
Thu November 13, 2014

Northwest Apples, Hay And Potatoes Caught Up In Port Slowdown

Port of Seattle

Originally published on Thu November 13, 2014 4:58 pm

A slowdown in operations at ports up and down the West Coast is choking off the flow of apples, Christmas trees, potatoes and other Northwest products to foreign markets.

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recognize indigenous musicians
3:36 pm
Wed November 12, 2014

Nez Perce Drummers' Mix Of Old And New Earns Music Award Nod

Lightning Creek are from Lapwai, Idaho.

Originally published on Wed November 12, 2014 3:15 pm

The Native American Music Awards recognize indigenous musicians from the U.S., Canada and Latin America. It is considered to be the Grammys of Native American music.

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trend in crime rates
3:16 pm
Tue November 11, 2014

Overall Crime On The Decline, But Watch Your Car

Originally published on Tue November 11, 2014 8:26 am

New statistics out Monday from the FBI show violent crime continues to decrease in Washington, Oregon and Idaho.

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Keeping heavily-used river banks from eroding
12:57 pm
Tue November 4, 2014

'Soil Burritos' Hold Together Northwest River Banks More Like Nature Does

Soil wrapped in biodegradable coconut fiber is layered on willow branches at the Kahnderosa Campground in north Idaho.
Jessica Robinson Northwest News Network

Originally published on Mon November 3, 2014 5:02 pm

The Environmental Protection Agency is testing out a new technique for keeping heavily-used river banks from eroding into the water.

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new six-hour miniseries
3:03 pm
Fri October 31, 2014

HBO Searches Tribal Communities For Actress To Play Sacagawea

Donna Reed played Sacagawea in the 1955 film 'The Far Horizons.'

Originally published on Fri October 31, 2014 4:13 pm

HBO is planning a new six-hour miniseries on the Lewis and Clark expedition.

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same-sex marriages
4:30 pm
Fri October 24, 2014

Coeur d'Alene Says Hitching Post Is Exempt From Gay Rights Law

The city of Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, says the Hitching Post, a for-profit wedding chapel owned by two ministers, doesn't have to perform same-sex marriages.

Originally published on Fri October 24, 2014 11:11 am

The city of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, said a for-profit wedding chapel owned by two ministers doesn't have to perform same-sex marriages.

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under an international treaty
4:49 pm
Wed October 22, 2014

B.C. Energy Minister Says U.S. Has A Good Deal In Columbia River Treaty

The Columbia River at Rowena, Oregon.

Originally published on Wed October 22, 2014 7:44 pm

A little-known fact about Columbia River dams is that a valuable chunk of the power generated on the U.S. side goes to Canada under an international treaty.

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owners don’t want to perform gay marriages
4:48 pm
Wed October 22, 2014

Idaho Wedding Chapel That Refuses To Marry Gays Sets Off Conservative Alarm Bells

The Hitching Post wedding chapel in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho

Originally published on Tue October 28, 2014 7:54 am

Religious conservatives around the country are rallying to the defense of a wedding chapel in north Idaho whose owners don’t want to perform gay marriages.

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marriage licenses to same-sex couples
4:09 pm
Wed October 15, 2014

Already-Married Gay Couples Celebrate State Recognition In Idaho

Juli Stratton and her wife were married in California, but their license should now be legally recognized by Idaho.

Originally published on Wed October 15, 2014 3:57 pm

County clerks in Idaho officially began issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples today. But those couples aren’t the only ones celebrating.

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the “death and taxes” category
3:40 pm
Tue October 14, 2014

Three Effects Of Legalizing Gay Marriage In Idaho (Besides Gay Marriage)

File photo of the Idaho Capitol Building in Boise

Originally published on Tue October 14, 2014 5:45 pm

The Idaho attorney general has asked his legal staff to start looking at what implications gay marriage will have for the state.

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gay marriage ban
3:01 pm
Mon October 13, 2014

Court Request Delays Marriages For All But A Few Gay Couples In Idaho

Katherine Sprague (left) and Tabitha Simmons and were the first couple in line for a marriage license in Latah County, Idaho, on Friday.

Originally published on Mon October 13, 2014 2:55 pm

Same-sex couples in Idaho are awaiting one more court decision Monday on the state's on-again, off-again gay marriage ban.

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