Jessica Robinson

Inland Northwest Correspondent

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 and Medicine
3:13 pm
Fri August 29, 2014

Lawyer Argues State Had Time To Prepare For Boarding Ruling

A lawyer for psychiatric patients who successfully challenged a practice known as “boarding” says the state of Washington doesn’t deserve extra time to start following mental health laws.

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Lifestyle, Leisure, and Sport
8:07 am
Fri August 29, 2014

Baseball Jerseys Reveal Unusual Alliance Between Team And Tribe

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

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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Health and Medicine
4:36 pm
Thu August 28, 2014

Hospital Near The Gorge Hoping For A Mellow Dave Matthews Concert Weekend

File photo of Dr. Fernando Dietsch, ER director at Quincy Valley Medical Center.
Credit Jessica Robinson / Northwest News Network

This weekend Dave Matthews returns to the Gorge Amphitheater in central Washington for his annual three-day concert. But it won't be much of a holiday for doctors at a local hospital.

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Disasters and Accidents
4:32 pm
Fri August 22, 2014

Wildfires Still Rage Amid Mudslides In Central Washington

Crews build a fire line at the Carlton Complex.
Credit InciWeb

The National Weather Service says slow-moving storms creeping through Central Washington could bring another round of mudslides this evening.

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Military and Defense
3:25 pm
Thu August 21, 2014

GAO Finds Bergdahl Prisoner Swap Broke Federal Law

File photo of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl
Credit U.S. Army

An independent government investigation out Thursday finds the Pentagon broke the law when it swapped five members of the Taliban for Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl of Idaho.

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Health and Medicine
3:13 pm
Thu August 21, 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.
Credit Emily Cameron

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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Environment and Planning
5:02 pm
Wed August 20, 2014

EPA Says Idaho Must Clean Up The Air In The Silver Valley

File photo. Wood stoves are a major contributor to air pollution throughout the Northwest.
Credit Steve Douglas / Flickr

The EPA has given the state of Idaho notice that a corner of the Idaho panhandle isn't meeting stricter new air quality standards. The agency intends to change that by forcing the state to reduce what are called “fine particulates” in the air.

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Environment and Planning
8:03 am
Wed August 20, 2014

North Idaho Set To Begin Negotiations Over Water Rights

Lake Coeur d'Alene, Idaho.
Credit Jessica Robinson / Northwest News Network

The state of Idaho is preparing to establish water rights in the northern part of the state. It's a relatively water-abundant area, not prone to the sort of conflicts that have erupted elsewhere like Oregon's Klamath Basin.

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Health and Medicine
7:35 am
Wed August 20, 2014

Labor Intensive: Letting Women Push Longer To Avoid C-Sections

Spokane mom Kelly with her newborn son Colton. Kelly and her doctor waited out 18 hours of labor to avoid a C-section.
Credit Contributed photo

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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Health and Medicine
4:12 pm
Thu August 14, 2014

Washington Races The Clock To Find New Beds For 200 Psychiatric Patients

The state of Washington is scrambling to find beds for an estimated 200 mental health patients by August 27. That's when the state must comply with a Washington Supreme Court ruling that said detaining psychiatric patients in emergency room beds is unlawful.

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