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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Arts
8:14 am
Fri May 30, 2014

Gorge Amphitheater In Violation Of State Health Regulations

File photo of the Gorge Amphitheater in central Washington.

Originally published on Thu May 29, 2014 5:39 pm

One of the largest concert venues in the Northwest is in trouble with the Washington State Department of Health. The Gorge Amphitheater turns into a small city during summer music festivals like Sasquatch and Paradiso.

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The Birds
7:53 am
Wed May 28, 2014

Environmentalists See Chance To Quash Idaho Raven-Killing Experiment

File photo of a common raven

Originally published on Wed May 28, 2014 7:18 am

A plan to poison 3,500 ravens in Idaho won’t proceed this year as state wildlife managers had hoped. The idea is to stop the ravens from eating the eggs of the imperilled sage grouse.

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Blood-Sucking Bugs
8:06 am
Tue May 27, 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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Overloaded Quincy Hospital
7:49 am
Wed May 21, 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 May 21, 2014 8:31 am

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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Around The Northwest
10:08 pm
Mon May 19, 2014

Pocatello Vote Seen As Test Of Gay-Rights Measures In Idaho

File photo of the Pocatello City Council hearing testimony from gay rights supporters at one of several public hearings in April 2013.

Originally published on Mon May 19, 2014 4:57 pm

Voters in Pocatello, Idaho will decide the fate of the city’s non-discrimination ordinance Tuesday.

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Agriculture Trends
8:14 am
Thu May 8, 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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Threatened Species
8:13 am
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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Valley Fever
8:19 am
Tue May 6, 2014

Source Of Fungal Illness Discovered In Eastern Washington Soil

Coccidioides’ tube-shaped cells living in the soil can break into spores and go airborne.

Originally published on Tue May 6, 2014 8:57 am

A disease-causing fungus thought to be confined to the deserts of the U.S. Southwest has been discovered in soil samples from eastern Washington.

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Fireproofing Homes
8:11 am
Mon May 5, 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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Abuse On Campus
8:10 am
Fri May 2, 2014

WSU, U-Idaho Under Investigation For Sex Assault Complaints

Originally published on Thu May 1, 2014 7:09 pm

Washington State University and the University of Idaho are among the schools under investigation over their handling of sexual assault cases.

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Retail Business
9:10 am
Wed April 30, 2014

Tough Choices Ahead For Coldwater Creek Workers

The Coldwater Creek store in Kennewick, Wash.

Originally published on Tue April 29, 2014 3:45 pm

The Idaho Department of Labor is holding a session this week to help hundreds of people in north Idaho who will lose their jobs when Coldwater Creek goes out of business.

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Transportation
6:13 pm
Mon April 28, 2014

Partial Derailment Of Empire Builder Sends One To Hospital

File photo of Amtrak's Empire Builder in eastern Minnesota.

Originally published on Mon April 28, 2014 6:03 pm

An Amtrak train carrying passengers from Chicago to Portland and Seattle "partially derailed" in eastern Montana Monday afternoon.

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Government
7:07 am
Fri April 25, 2014

Military Says Efforts To Bring Idaho POW Home Not Disorganized

A video released by the Taliban in 2010 shows a man believed to be Bowe Bergdahl.

Originally published on Thu April 24, 2014 4:29 pm

There is mixed news this week on the fate of American prisoner of war Bowe Bergdahl. The Associated Press is reporting efforts to bring home the Northwest soldier are in disarray.

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Government
9:11 am
Thu April 24, 2014

Entire City Council In Idaho Town Faces Recall Effort Over Shooting Of Dog

Originally published on Wed April 23, 2014 6:59 pm

A group of citizens in the small Idaho town of Filer started gathering signatures this week to recall the mayor and the entire city council.

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Controversial Literature
8:08 am
Mon April 21, 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

Originally published on Fri April 18, 2014 6:35 pm

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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