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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Education and Training
6:35 pm
Fri April 18, 2014

Campaign To Get Sherman Alexie Book To Idaho Students Tops Goal

File photo of Sherman Alexie's "The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian."
Kraemer Family Library Flickr

Two women in Washington have raised enough money to send 350 copies of a controversial book by Sherman Alexie to students in Meridian, Idaho.

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Disasters and Accidents
6:24 pm
Fri March 28, 2014

The Landslide Statistic Everyone's Using Is From 1985

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

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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Military and Defense
3:21 pm
Fri March 28, 2014

Bureaucratic Snafu Delays Vietnam Vet's Medals For 44 Years

Leon Strigotte of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho.
Jessica Robinson Northwest News Network

A Vietnam vet from north Idaho on Friday received nine military honors more than four decades overdue.

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Environment and Planning
4:04 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 & Wildlife Service

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

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Environment and Planning
5:35 pm
Mon March 24, 2014

Study: Sage Grouse Habitat Slow To Rebound After Fire

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

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

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Religion and Spirituality
5:43 pm
Thu March 20, 2014

Legal Groups See Church-And-State Battleground In Idaho Town's Park

A newspaper clipping from 1972 shows the placement of a 10 Commandments monument in Sandpoint, Idaho.
City of Sandpoint

A little-known display of the 10 Commandments in north Idaho has attracted the attention of a couple of national legal organizations.

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Crime, Law and Justice
3:49 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

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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Food, Agriculture, and Animals
4:47 pm
Tue March 18, 2014

Lawsuits Charge 'Ag-Gag' Laws Violate Free Speech

The group Mercy for Animals released video in 2012 of workers at Bettencourt Dairy in Idaho abusing cows. The incident led Idaho lawmakers to outlaw surreptitious video at farms.
Mercy for Animals

A lawsuit led by the ACLU is challenging Idaho's brand new, so-called “ag-gag” law aimed at stopping undercover animal rights activists from making videos of abuse at farms and slaughter houses.

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Government and Politics
8:32 am
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

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.

Pressure through civil disobedience

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Government and Politics
5:28 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

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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