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.


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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Northwest Science Museum
2:58 pm
Fri October 3, 2014

Founders Of Idaho Creation Museum Urge Visitors To 'Think Critically'

Stan Lutz, left, and Doug Bennett stand with a mastodon skull in the Vision Center, a smaller version of what they hope to build.

Originally published on Fri October 3, 2014 8:48 am

A group in the Boise area is in the midst of fundraising for a new attraction in the Northwest. It'll be called the Northwest Science Museum.

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train people in rural areas
3:42 pm
Tue September 30, 2014

Idaho College Gets $6.4M Grant To Train Health Care Workers

Originally published on Mon September 29, 2014 4:51 pm

Coeur d’Alene's North Idaho College received a major grant Monday to train people in rural areas for hard-to-fill jobs in the health care industry.

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photos on U.S. Forest Service land
3:19 pm
Fri September 26, 2014

Forest Service Chief Says No, You Won't Be Charged To Take Photos

File photo of Mt. Hood. The chief of the U.S. Forest Service confirmed that you will not be charged for taking photos on U.S. Forest Service land.

Originally published on Fri September 26, 2014 8:07 am

Under fire from free speech advocates and nature enthusiasts, the U.S. Forest Service, said Thursday it has absolutely no intention of charging people to take pictures on public land.

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media in the wilderness
3:08 pm
Thu September 25, 2014

Media Vow To Fight Rule Requiring Permit To Film On Public Land

A view of the Middle Fork Salmon River in the Frank Church, River of No Return Wilderness, Idaho.

Originally published on Wed September 24, 2014 5:36 pm

The U.S. Forest Service is developing a rule that would let it decide whether the media could film or take photos in wilderness areas.

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Northwest most at risk for catastrophic oil spill
3:13 pm
Wed September 24, 2014

Concern About Oil Spills In Inland Northwest Rises With Rail Traffic

File photo of an oil train

Originally published on Wed September 24, 2014 8:26 am

The coast has generally been considered the area of the Northwest most at risk for a catastrophic oil spill. But the rise in oil moving through the region by rail has raised the stakes for some inland areas.

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NPR Story
4:22 pm
Fri September 19, 2014

Long-Running Battle Over Fires Between Ranchers And Feds Reaches Truce

Idaho rancher Charlie Lyons helped form one of the first Rangeland Fire Protective Associations in the state.

Originally published on Fri September 19, 2014 2:43 pm

For years there's been a battle raging between Idaho ranchers and the federal government over whether ranchers should be able to fight wildfires.

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NPR Story
5:28 pm
Tue September 16, 2014

Idaho Resort Town Says Killing Wolves Is Bad For Its Bottom Line

The city of Ketchum, Idaho, is asking the state to consider alternatives to killing wolf populations.

Originally published on Tue September 16, 2014 3:03 pm

The resort town of Ketchum, Idaho, is asking the state to back off on killing wolves. They say it’s bad for business.

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unlawful killing of wildlife
2:24 pm
Tue September 9, 2014

Groups Plan To Sue Over Feds' Wildlife-Killing Tactics In Idaho

File photo of a coyote

Originally published on Mon September 8, 2014 4:45 pm

Four environmental groups said Monday they will sue the USDA's Wildlife Services program to stop what they call the unlawful killing of wildlife in Idaho.

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approval of its native namesake
4:07 pm
Tue September 2, 2014

Baseball Jerseys Reveal Unusual Alliance Between Team And Tribe

Josh Morgan during an at-bat at Avista Stadium.
Spokane Indians Baseball Club

Originally published on Wed December 3, 2014 5:38 pm

Football season has kicked off another round of scrutiny over how professional sports teams use Native American mascots. But in eastern Washington, a minor league baseball team has earned the approval of its native namesake.

Avista Stadium in Spokane is full of the familiar sights, sounds and smells of baseball. And then, there are things that might make you do a double take.

Re-branding in two languages

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9:57 am
Mon August 25, 2014

Why Washington Is Changing How Women Labor To Avoid C-Sections

Emily Cameron, left, her husband and their five children. Her first born was delivered by C-section at 37 weeks, which she believes was unnecessary.

Originally published on Thu August 21, 2014 3:13 pm

Public health officials across the U.S. say the number of cesarean sections being performed has gotten way out of hand. It's a life-saving surgery for complicated births, but today nearly a third of pregnancies end up as a C-section.

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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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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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