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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Gas
4:14 pm
Tue December 23, 2014

Gas Prices Dip Below $2 At Some Northwest Stations

The Warpath gas station in Plummer, Idaho, has some of the cheapest gas west of the Rockies.
Jessica Robinson Northwest News Network

Originally published on Tue December 23, 2014 4:11 pm

According to AAA, the last three months have been the longest stretch of declining gas prices they’ve ever recorded in the U.S.

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Port Delay
4:12 pm
Mon December 22, 2014

'They're All Perishable': Idaho Farm Products Languish At Ports

Cranes at the Port of Seattle
Michael Adams Wikimedia

Originally published on Mon December 22, 2014 3:03 pm

Farmers in Idaho say hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of beef, potatoes, apples, cheese and other products are languishing in storage because of problems at West Coast ports.

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Bowe Bergdahl
4:33 pm
Fri December 19, 2014

Long-Awaited Report Could Dictate Next Chapter For Bergdahl

File photo of Bowe Bergdahl
U.S. Army

Originally published on Fri December 19, 2014 3:05 pm

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is due to be briefed on a report detailing the disappearance of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl.

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Discrimination Suit
7:46 am
Fri December 19, 2014

Judge To Hear Arguments Against Florist Who Declined Gay Couple

The state of Washington is suing Richland florist Barronelle Stutzman for declining service to a gay couple.
Credit Alliance Defending Freedom

A closely watched court case dealing with whether religious business-owners must provide services to gay couples is headed to oral arguments tomorrow in Kennewick, Washington.

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Poverty
5:51 pm
Wed December 17, 2014

Northwest Child Poverty Rates Show Patchwork Of Economic Recovery

U.S. Census Bureau

Originally published on Wed December 17, 2014 5:40 pm

A new Census Bureau report out Wednesday indicates the economic recovery is lifting children out of poverty unevenly around the Northwest.

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WIC and Potatoes
6:12 pm
Mon December 15, 2014

Congress Puts Potatoes On The Menu In Nutrition Subsidy

The white potato wasn't part of the WIC voucher that included other vegetables until a new spending package directed the USDA to put them back in the menu.
Credit Idaho Potato Commission

Northwest potato farmers are cheering a small provision tucked into the newly passed federal spending package.

The Women, Infants, and Children or WIC program is the provider of modest monthly vouchers for a variety of foods. WIC will cover any vegetable, except for “white potatoes.”

That single exclusion outraged the potato industry. They felt it sent the wrong message and Northwest lawmakers from both parties got on board to reverse the rule.

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Tribal Marijuana
5:36 pm
Fri December 12, 2014

Tribes Reluctant To Follow Northwest Voters On Legal Marijuana

Northwest tribes are in no rush to legalize marijuana although the U.S. Department of Justice opened the door to a legalized pot market on tribal land.
Credit Austin Jenkins / Northwest News Network

The U.S. Department of Justice this week opened the door to a legalized pot market on tribal land.

But many Northwest tribes appear to be in no rush to go in the direction of Oregon and Washington voters.

The Department of Justice said it will treat Indian tribes that legalize pot with the same hands-off prosecutorial approach that it has treated states with legal marijuana. That means there could be a potentially lucrative marijuana business on reservations even in states like Idaho, where pot remains illegal.

But the decision depends on the tribe.

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Idaho Medical Tourism
7:09 am
Mon December 1, 2014

Idaho A Medical Destination For Canadian Boomers

CNA Taylor Jasper makes up the bed in a patient room at Northwest Specialty Hospital in Post Falls, Idaho.
Credit Jessica Robinson / Northwest News Network

A hospital in North Idaho is marketing itself to Canadian tourists -- medical tourists, that is.

Most of the patients who come into Northwest Specialty Hospital in Post Falls, Idaho, are from the local area -- plus a few from Washington and Montana.

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Road De-Icing
6:53 am
Mon December 1, 2014

Road De-Icing Researchers Say Hold The Salt, Pass The Vodka By-Product

Salt helps melt ice on roads, but it also has adverse effects on the environment.
Credit Sgt. Jorge Intriago / U.S. Air National Guard

The search is on to find an alternative to salting the roads in winter. Salt helps melt the ice, but it also builds up in stream beds and drinking water.

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Wolf Derby
5:46 pm
Tue November 25, 2014

BLM Reverses Decision To Permit Wolf And Coyote Hunting Derby

Gray wolf
Wikimedia

Originally published on Tue November 25, 2014 5:28 pm

Federal land managers are rescinding a permit that would have allowed a competition to hunt wolves and coyotes in Idaho.

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