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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Mythbusting Tick Extraction
5:32 pm
Fri May 23, 2014

How To Remove Ticks -- And Why A Hot Match Won’t Work

File photo of a tick

Originally published on Fri May 23, 2014 3:58 pm

Memorial Day weekend in the Northwest coincides with prime time for ticks. These arthropods can drink your blood for days without you knowing.

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It's all fun and games till someone ODs ...
8:21 am
Fri May 23, 2014

Rural Hospital Frustrated With Role As Sasquatch Festival's Emergency Room

Dr. Fernando Dietsch is the chief medical officer and E.R. director at Quincy Valley Medical Center.
Jessica Robinson Northwest News Network

Originally published on Wed December 3, 2014 5:31 pm

Over three days, the annual pilgrimage of 25,000 rollicking concertgoers to the Sasquatch Music Festival turns central Washington's picturesque Gorge Amphitheater along the Columbia River into the largest city in Grant County.

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Politics & Government
7:44 am
Wed May 14, 2014

Judge Overturns Idaho Same-Sex Marriage Ban

Originally published on Wed May 14, 2014 7:05 am

A federal judge in Boise has ruled Idaho's law banning same-sex marriage is unconstitutional.

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caribou are the last in the Lower 48 states
4:12 pm
Thu May 8, 2014

Lone Caribou Herd In Lower 48 Keeps Federal Protection

A Woodland Caribou from the Southern Selkirk Mountains population.

Originally published on Wed May 7, 2014 5:29 pm

Officials from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said Wednesday, a small herd of mountain caribou found in the Northwest will retain federal protection, but it will be as a threatened species rather than endangered.

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Farm Status
10:07 pm
Wed May 7, 2014

Farms In Northwest Fewer In Numbers, But Bigger And More Valuable

File photo of calves at a dairy operation in southern Idaho.

Originally published on Wed May 7, 2014 6:00 pm

According to newly-released data from the USDA's agricultural census, the number of farms in the Northwest is dropping.

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Environment
5:23 pm
Fri May 2, 2014

Study Finds 'Firewise' Homes Don't Reduce Wildfire Costs

File photo. A helicopter drops water on the Waldo Canyon fire on June 27, 2012.

Originally published on Fri May 2, 2014 4:32 pm

The federal government is already predicting this fire season will push firefighting resources almost $500 million over budget.

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the “Selfie Generation”
4:24 pm
Thu May 1, 2014

Millennial v. Boomer: Daughter And Mom Compare Notes On Life At 21

Millennial Zara Palmer (left) was born in 1992. Her mom, Julie, was born in 1959.

Originally published on Thu May 1, 2014 4:51 pm

If you want to know what the United States is going to be like in 30 years -- you had better look to the generation that's under 34 right now.

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Environment
9:45 am
Sat March 29, 2014

The Landslide Statistic Everyone's Using Is From 1985

Aerial photo of the mudslide in Snohomish County, Wash.
Office of the Governor Flickr

Originally published on Fri March 28, 2014 6:24 pm

The massive landslide in Oso, Wash., has shined a national spotlight on the damage this kind of natural disaster can cause.

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The run on firearms
4:17 pm
Wed March 26, 2014

How More People Buying Guns Equals More Money For Wildlife

The Pittman-Robertson Act sets an excise tax on rifles, pistols, bullets, and archery equipment to help pay for maintaining healthy wildlife populations.
U.S. Fish

Originally published on Wed March 26, 2014 4:04 pm

The run on firearms last year is turning into a windfall for conservation programs in the Northwest.

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habitat for the dwindling sage grouse
3:21 pm
Tue March 25, 2014

Study: Sage Grouse Habitat Slow To Rebound After Fire

File photo of a Greater Sage-Grouse
U.S. Fish and WIldlife Service

Originally published on Mon March 24, 2014 5:35 pm

A new study suggests creating livable habitat for the dwindling sage grouse may be trickier than originally thought.

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Death penalty cases
3:57 pm
Wed March 19, 2014

Death Penalty Costs In Idaho Difficult To Pin Down

File photo of Idaho's execution chamber
Idaho Department of Correction

Originally published on Wed March 19, 2014 3:49 pm

Death penalty cases take longer to work through Idaho's court system, but it's hard to put a dollar figure on the extra expense, according to a new report.

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legislative session
3:43 pm
Tue March 18, 2014

Protests And Arrests, But Is Idaho Any Closer To Gay Rights Law?

Add the Words protesters encircle the upper level of the rotunda at the Idaho Capitol. They put a hand over their mouth to symbolize how they've been "silenced" by lawmakers.
Jessica Robinson Northwest News Network

Originally published on Tue March 18, 2014 8:34 am

This winter, protests hit the Idaho Capitol at a level rarely seen in Boise. Gay rights activists blocked entrances and were marched away in handcuffs.

They want Idaho's Republican-controlled legislature to pass an anti-discrimination law similar to those in Oregon and Washington. It would make it illegal for employers, landlords and most businesses to discriminate based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

But lawmakers plan to wrap up the session this Friday without ever printing the bill.

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NPR Story
9:28 pm
Mon March 10, 2014

Idaho Students Make Last-Ditch Effort To Kill Guns-On-Campus Bill

File photo of the campus of Boise State University
Laura Gilmore Flickr

Originally published on Tue March 11, 2014 4:13 pm

Idaho university students are making a last-minute attempt to stop a measure that would allow people to carry concealed weapons on campus.

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The worst train in America
6:21 pm
Fri March 7, 2014

Passengers Wait Hours For Empire Builder, America's Least Reliable Train

Amtrak's Empire Builder rolls past the Izaak Walton Inn in Essex, Mont.

Originally published on Fri March 7, 2014 10:00 am

The worst train in America is right here in the Northwest: the famed Empire Builder.

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partial government shutdown last October
4:14 pm
Mon March 3, 2014

National Parks Report: Nearby Towns Lost Nearly $500M In October Shutdown

File photo of an entrance to Mount Rainier National Park
Tom Banse Northwest News Network

Originally published on Mon March 3, 2014 4:03 pm

According to a National Park Service report, towns around national parks lost an estimated $414 million during the partial government shutdown last October.

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Idaho Considers Guns on Campus
7:20 am
Fri February 28, 2014

Idaho Colleges Ask Lawmakers To Consider Fiscal Side Of Guns On Campus

Administrators at North Idaho College, a community college in Coeur d’Alene, have joined other state colleges and universities in opposing a proposal to allow guns on campus.
Jessica Robinson Northwest News Network

Originally published on Fri February 28, 2014 6:32 am

State colleges and universities across Idaho are appealing to state lawmakers' fiscally conservative side in an attempt to sideline a proposal to allow guns on campuses.

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NPR Story
5:10 pm
Wed February 26, 2014

Death Of Northwest Family Shows Hazards Of Carbon Monoxide

Carbon monoxide detector
Judy van der Velden Flickr

Originally published on Wed February 26, 2014 6:56 am

Local officials say the deaths of a Pocatello, Idaho, couple and their teenage sons is one of the worst tragedies in recent memory in the southeast Idaho community.

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Northwest Hate Groups Shrink
8:37 am
Wed February 26, 2014

Report: Neo-Nazis, Skinheads And Other Hate Groups Down In Northwest

Members of the Aryan Nations march in Coeur d' Alene, Idaho in 2004.
holotone Flickr

Originally published on Tue February 25, 2014 4:58 pm

An annual count released Tuesday by the Southern Poverty Law Center revealed that the number of active hate groups in the Northwest dropped dramatically in 2013.

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New Plan to Right Wildfires
7:12 am
Tue February 25, 2014

Obama Backs Northwest Senators' Plan To Fund Firefighting Like Disaster Aid

The Beaver Creek Fire near Sun Valley, Idaho, covered more than 100,000 acres in 2013.
Jessica Robinson Northwest News Network

Originally published on Tue February 25, 2014 7:22 am

Fighting wildfires would be funded more like hurricane and flood response under a proposal out of the Northwest that won President Obama's endorsement.

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34,000 signed up in Oregon
3:38 pm
Mon February 24, 2014

High Enrollment In A State With No Love For Obamacare

Stethoscopes/Wikimedia

Originally published on Fri February 21, 2014 6:09 pm

The latest figures on who's signing up under the federal health care law tell a surprising story about one of the most conservative states in the country.

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