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 mining regulation to small town gay rights movements, Jessica covers the economic, demographic and environmental trends that are shaping places 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 spent a year in central Mexico and reported for an English-language newspaper in San Miguel de Allende. Jessica's investigative and feature stories have earned awards from the Society of Professional Journalists, the Idaho Press Club, the Radio Television Digital News 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.

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Environment and Planning
4:44 pm
Thu January 22, 2015

Idaho Biologists Count Fewer Wolves But More Breeding Pairs

State biologists can confirm at least 22 breeding pairs of wolves in Idaho.
Titleist46 Wikimedia

Idaho biologists say the number of wolves is likely declining, but their count of breeding pairs of wolves -- a key number used to measure the health of the state’s wolf population -- has actually gone up.

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Environment and Planning
6:00 pm
Wed January 21, 2015

Estimates Show Wolf Pairs In Idaho Nearing Minimum Requirement

FIle photo. Idaho biologists estimates there are between 15 and 25 breeding pairs of wolves in the state.
Denali National Park and Preserve

Editor's note: find the latest information on this story here.

Idaho biologists say the state’s wolf population likely continued its decline in 2014 -- and that may be because few of them are breeding.

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Government and Politics
4:43 pm
Fri January 16, 2015

Supreme Court Gay Marriage Cases Will Decide Idaho

UpstateNYer Wikimedia

The U.S. Supreme Court Friday agreed to take up cases challenging gay marriage bans in Michigan, Ohio, Tennessee and Kentucky.

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Disasters and Accidents
3:10 pm
Fri January 16, 2015

Smaller Wildfires Bring Larger Cost To Idaho Taxpayers

File photo from the 2014 Elk Complex Fire that raged southeast of Boise.
Inciweb

Idaho lawmakers had a bit of sticker shock Friday over the state’s firefighting costs.

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Government and Politics
7:55 am
Thu January 15, 2015

Gay Rights Bill To Get First Hearing In Idaho Legislature

File photo of protesters on the upper level of the rotunda at the Idaho Capitol in March. They put a hand over their mouth to symbolize how they've been 'silenced' by lawmakers.
Jessica Robinson Northwest News Network

A gay rights proposal known as the “Add the Words” bill will be heard for the first time in the Idaho legislature.

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Government and Politics
3:19 pm
Tue January 13, 2015

Idaho Democrats Say Otter's Budget Proposals Sound Familiar

Idaho's Democratic lawmakers delivered their response to the governor's state of the state address on Tuesday.
Jessica Robinson Northwest News Network

Idaho Democrats predict more common ground than usual at the state Capitol this year.

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Government and Politics
5:46 pm
Mon January 12, 2015

Idaho Governor Pledges To Continue Fight Against Gay Marriage This Year

Tabitha Simmons (left) and Katherine Sprague received one of the first marriage licenses in Idaho in October.
Laura Flowers

Idaho's governor vowed in his state of the state address Monday to continue the legal fight against gay marriage.

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Government and Politics
5:08 pm
Mon January 12, 2015

Idaho Governor Calls For Reversal Of Recession-Era Cuts To Schools

Idaho Gov. Butch Otter speaks to reporters after his state of the state address on Monday.
Jessica Robinson Northwest News Network

The governor of Idaho said now that the state's economy is looking up, it's time to reverse the some of the belt-tightening measures made during the recession.

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Health and Medicine
4:31 pm
Fri January 9, 2015

Idaho Could Legalize One Form Of Medical Marijuana

Clare, Alexis and Micheal Carey are urging the legislature to legalize a cannabis extract for their daughter.
Adam Cotterell Boise State Public Radio

Legalizing marijuana in Idaho has been a complete no-go, even as its neighbors have started licensing pot dispensaries and retail shops.

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Government and Politics
2:52 pm
Thu January 8, 2015

Expect Schools, Roads To Be Major Issues At Idaho Capitol

File photo of the Idaho State Capitol in Boise.
Lordchadwick79 Wikimedia

Republican leaders in the Idaho legislature appear poised to take up measures this year that would boost education funding and make overdue repairs to the state’s roads and bridges.

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