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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Transportation
5:15 pm
Wed October 29, 2014

Transportation Officials Say 3,000 Rail Crossings In Washington Go Un-Inspected

Credit U.S. Department of Transportation

Washington’s rail safety regulator says there are about 3,000 rail crossings in the state that inspectors have never looked at. That's because they're on private land.

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Government and Politics
5:14 pm
Tue October 28, 2014

Idaho Governor Faces Two Hurdles: Wealthy Democrat, Fed-Up Republicans

Democratic challenger A.J. Balukoff speaks about his plan for education in Coeur d'Alene.
Credit Jessica Robinson / Northwest News Network

A favorite joke in Idaho -- at least among Republicans -- is that Idaho's Democrats could hold their convention in a phone booth.

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Government and Politics
3:03 pm
Mon October 27, 2014

National GOP Group Drops $500K Into Idaho Governor's Race

TV cameras focus on Idaho Governor Butch Otter (top left) and Democrat A.J. Balukoff (top right) at the gubernatorial debate in Coeur d'Alene on October 3.
Credit Jessica Robinson / Northwest News Network

New campaign finance reports show a national Republican group has spent more than $500,000 trying to re-elect Gov. Butch Otter in Idaho.

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Government and Politics
7:38 am
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.
Credit Jessica Robinson / Northwest News Network

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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International Affairs
4:46 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.
Credit Jessica Robinson / Northwest News Network

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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Government and Politics
8:09 am
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
Credit Jessica Robinson / Northwest News Network

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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Government and Politics
3:57 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.
Credit Jessica Robinson / Northwest News Network

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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Government and Politics
3:05 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
Credit JSquish / Wikimedia

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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Government and Politics
3:05 pm
Mon October 13, 2014

Gay Marriage In Idaho Cleared To Start Wednesday Morning

Tabitha Simmons (left) and Katherine Sprague received a marriage license in Latah County, Idaho, on Friday.
Credit Laura Flowers

Same-sex couples in Idaho can start getting married and have those marriages legally recognized by the state starting Wednesday morning.

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Government and Politics
8:09 am
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.
Credit Laura Flowers

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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