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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Health
6:22 pm
Tue July 15, 2014

Number Of Gonorrhea Cases Increasing Outside Urban Hubs

Gonorrhea bacterium

Originally published on Tue July 15, 2014 6:12 pm

Public health officials in the Northwest say they're seeing gonorrhea infections at levels they haven't seen in years. Three counties in Washington state are now in the midst of an outbreak. Parts of Oregon and Idaho are set to top even last year's high numbers.

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The Party Next Door
9:20 am
Mon July 14, 2014

Idaho Cops Worry About Cross-Border Pot Shopping Trips

106 pounds of marijuana confiscated by the Idaho State Police
Credit Idaho State Police

Recreational marijuana went on sale last week in Washington state, but police across the border in Idaho and Oregon say that doesn't mean the pot will stay there. Law enforcement worry people will try to sneak pot products across the border – or worse, the legal market in Washington will seep into the black-market.

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angered animal rights advocates
3:55 pm
Fri July 11, 2014

The Constitution Might Have Something To Say When Police Shoot Dogs

Video screengrab from the February dog shooting incident in Filer, Idaho.

Originally published on Thu July 17, 2014 8:50 am

A handful of recent incidents where police have shot pet dogs in Idaho have angered animal rights advocates. One dog owner in the small town of Filer has issued notice that he intends to sue the city over the death of his dog, Hooch.

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Environment
6:59 am
Thu July 10, 2014

Study Finds Forests Recover 'Quickly' After Fire -- In Tree Years Anyway

Odessa Lake and subalpine forest in Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado.

Originally published on Wed July 9, 2014 5:12 pm

Fire season has come alive in the Northwest. On Monday, 20 homes in Idaho's Sun Valley area were briefly under evacuation when a fire broke out in a nearby canyon. A 5,000-acre fire north of Wenatchee, Washington, continues to threaten houses in the area.

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Fourth of July gas prices
3:45 pm
Thu July 3, 2014

Don't Expect Much Happiness In The Pursuit Of Cheap Gas This Weekend

Originally published on Thu July 3, 2014 3:02 pm

According to AAA, Americans will see the highest Fourth of July gas prices they've seen in the last six years.

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Wildfire Management
7:30 pm
Tue July 1, 2014

Report Says Lack Of Maps, Leadership Puts Firefighters In Harm's Way

File photo of fire crews working the Trinity Ridge Fire near Featherville, Idaho, in 2012.

Originally published on Tue July 1, 2014 4:29 pm

A scathing new report by a group of veteran wildfire experts called Safety Matters says too little has been done to improve firefighter safety since an Arizona fire killed 19 firefighters a year ago. 

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Politics & Government
7:41 pm
Thu June 26, 2014

Abortion Seekers Still Protected At Northwest Clinics After Supreme Court Ruling

File photo of the west face of the United States Supreme Court building in Washington, D.C.

Originally published on Thu June 26, 2014 5:38 pm

Abortion services providers say the Supreme Court’s ruling on 35-foot “buffer zones” around Massachusetts clinics won’t have much effect in the Northwest.

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Fight for Foster Daughter
4:01 pm
Tue June 17, 2014

Idaho Woman's Fight For Foster Daughter Reveals A System Of Difficult Choices

Andrea Butler of Rathdrum, Idaho, stands in the room Dee had in her home for the four-and-a-half years Butler fostered her.

Originally published on Tue June 17, 2014 1:43 pm

Adoptions are usually private affairs, sealed forever in court documents and known only to the families involved. But recently, one decision by Idaho's Department of Health and Welfare exploded into the public sphere.

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The parents of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl
3:35 pm
Tue June 10, 2014

'Awareness' No Longer The Issue For Bergdahl’s Supporters

Groups across the country distributed stickers, patches, armbands and other items to get Bowe Bergdahl’s name out during his captivity.
Courtesy of Buster Hickam

Originally published on Mon June 9, 2014 5:29 pm

The parents of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl issued a statement through social media Monday. Bob and Jani Bergdahl thanked the people who have supported them for nearly five years as they waited for their son to be freed from Taliban captivity.

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NPR Story
8:11 am
Sun June 1, 2014

U.S. Soldier Bowe Bergdahl Freed In Afghanistan

U.S. Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl

Originally published on Mon June 2, 2014 8:36 am

A U.S. soldier held nearly five years in captivity by the Taliban is returning home. This morning, President Obama announced the release of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl of Hailey, Idaho.

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