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.


Northwest News
7:31 am
Wed April 15, 2015

Idaho To Join Handful Of States That Charge Electric Car Owners Extra

A Tesla Model S.
Credit Ryan Block / Flickr

The federal government and many states have offered car buyers incentives to venture into the electric car market. But now some states are going in a different direction -- they’re charging owners more.  Idaho recently approved one of the country’s highest fees for electric cars.

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Idaho Tax Bill
4:40 pm
Mon April 13, 2015

Idaho Lawmakers Approve Gas Tax Increase, Adjourn Session

Idaho's gas tax is set to increase by 7 cents per gallon.
Kristen Steele Flickr

Originally published on Mon April 13, 2015 8:28 am

Idaho’s gas tax is set to go up 7 cents per gallon under a bill now awaiting the governor’s signature.

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Idaho Legislative Session
7:57 am
Mon April 13, 2015

Idaho Lawmakers Adjourn, But Child Support Issue Could Bring Them Back To Capitol

Credit Public Domain / Wikicommons

The Idaho legislature adjourned its overtime session over the weekend. But the failure of lawmakers to address an issue having to do with child support payments could bring them back to the Capitol.

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Idaho Tax Bill
5:16 pm
Fri April 10, 2015

Idaho Legislature Nears Gas Tax Deal, Adjournment

The Idaho House and Senate have reached a tentative agreement on raising the state's gas tax.
JSquish Wikimedia

Originally published on Fri April 10, 2015 6:12 pm

Idaho’s gas tax could go up 7 cents per gallon under a proposed deal between the House and Senate.

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5:16 pm
Thu April 9, 2015

Day One Of Negotiations Over Idaho Roads Funding Ends Without Deal

The Idaho House and Senate will try to find a compromise deal on roads funding.
Famartin Wikimedia

Originally published on Thu April 9, 2015 5:13 pm

A special committee in the Idaho legislature assigned to find a compromise deal on roads funding ended the day Thursday with plenty of frustration but, still no deal.

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3:13 pm
Wed April 8, 2015

Idaho Senate's Gas Tax Plan Is A No-Go In House

The Idaho Senate approved a 10-cent hike in the state's gas tax. Flickr

Originally published on Wed April 8, 2015 2:48 pm

The ping-pong of transportation plans between the Idaho House and Senate promises to make this a long week at the Capitol.

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Flight Of The Lawmakers
4:40 pm
Mon April 6, 2015

'Is This Seat Taken?' Carry-On Politics Of Idaho Lawmakers

North Idaho Republican lawmakers wait for their flight home at the Boise airport. From right: Rep. Ron Mendive, Rep. Vito Barbieri, Rep. Heather Scott, and Sen. Mary Souza.
Jessica Robinson Northwest News Network

Originally published on Mon April 6, 2015 10:21 am

On Friday afternoons, the crowd at the B gates of the Boise Airport includes a lot of familiar faces from the Idaho capitol.

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Instant Horse Racing
3:40 pm
Mon April 6, 2015

Idaho Governor Vetoes 'Instant Racing' Repeal, Override Fails

The Greyhound Park and Event Center in Post Falls, Idaho, is one of three locations that have installed 'instant racing' machines since 2013.
Jessica Robinson Northwest News Network

Originally published on Tue April 7, 2015 9:21 am

Idaho Governor Butch Otter has vetoed a repeal of so-called “instant horse racing” and has asked Idaho lawmakers to come up with a different strategy for dealing with the gambling machines in the state.

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Idaho Infrastructure
6:28 am
Fri April 3, 2015

Idaho Senate To Prepare Counter Offer To House On Roads Funding

The Senate Transportation Committee takes testimony on infrastructure funding.
Jessica Robinson Northwest News Network

Originally published on Thu April 2, 2015 3:44 pm

The Idaho Senate is teeing up for a new round of negotiations Monday on how to fund much-needed repairs on roads and bridges.

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Teacher Pay
4:19 pm
Thu April 2, 2015

Idaho Governor Signs Bill To Boost Teacher Pay

Idaho Gov. Butch Otter signs the ''career ladder'' bill with lawmakers who backed the bill looking on.
Office of the Governor

Originally published on Thu April 2, 2015 4:31 pm

Idaho teachers could start seeing raises as soon as next fall after Governor Butch Otter signed a pay plan known as the “career ladder” into law Thursday.

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