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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Vietnam War Pilot
4:33 pm
Fri July 12, 2013

After 44 Years, Burial Is Bittersweet For Family Of Missing U.S. Officer

VFW Post 3377

Originally published on Fri July 12, 2013 4:27 pm

The family of a missing Air Force pilot will finally lay him to rest Saturday at a cemetery in Walla Walla. The military retrieved the remains of Major Larry J. Hanley, 44 years after he died in the Vietnam War.

In 1969, Hanley was 26 years old when his family learned that his plane went down over Laos.

“All these years we anticipated that he would not come back alive, but you still wanted to know what happened,” says Darlene Allen of Kirkland, Wash., one of Hanley's older sisters.

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Idaho Democrats
5:58 pm
Thu July 11, 2013

Idaho Democrats Look For New Recruits On Latino, LGBT Issues

Originally published on Thu July 11, 2013 5:38 pm

Democrats in Idaho are hoping to breathe new life into the party in this overwhelmingly Republican state. Party leaders are hitting the road with an appeal to Latino, gay and lesbian, and female voters.

In the last few months, Idaho Democrats have established caucuses to represent the interests of Latinos, gays, lesbians and transgender people, and Mormons. That's in addition to existing women's and veterans’ caucuses the party is trying to bolster.

Democrats are holding meetings and training sessions in nine cities across Idaho.

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Oil Megaloads
5:29 pm
Wed July 10, 2013

'Megaloads' Opponents Count On Federal Hurdles To Halt Trucks

Imperial Oil

Originally published on Wed July 10, 2013 5:20 pm

Oil companies still may find a way to move huge, so-called “megaloads” through a scenic corridor in Idaho, once traveled by Lewis and Clark. But for now at least, opponents of the extra-large shipments are hoping government red tape has closed that option.

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Northwest News
6:14 am
Fri July 5, 2013

How To Stay Cool When It's Too Hot

Jamie Burton of Spokane lives in an old apartment building that doesn't have AC. At night she takes the fan out of the window and makes "homemade AC" using a bowl of ice.
Credit By Jessica Robinson

The heat wave that's hit the Northwest is expected to linger on through the weekend keeping temperatures above 100 in Boise; in the 80's in Seattle; close to 90 in the Tri Cities. In this normally temperate region, a lot of people don’t have air conditioning. Jessica Robinson went in search of alternative cooling techniques – and the answer to that age-old question: is it better to point the fan out the window or into the room?

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Firefighter Deaths
5:03 pm
Mon July 1, 2013

19 Firefighter Deaths Send Chill Through Northwest As Heat Wave Strikes

National Interagency Fire Center

Originally published on Mon July 1, 2013 4:53 pm

The loss of 19 firefighters in Arizona is sending a chill through the firefighting community in the Northwest. Fire season is about to begin here -- ushered in by a heat wave sweeping the region.

Word spread fast among wildland firefighters in the Northwest. “We are saddened but [must] honor our fallen by continuing with the job at hand,” wrote the hotshot crew out of Union, Ore., on Facebook.

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Richland Florist
5:49 pm
Fri June 28, 2013

Court Hears Case Of Florist Who Refused Flowers To Gay Wedding

Anna King Northwest News Network

Originally published on Fri June 28, 2013 5:39 pm

A lawsuit against a Washington florist who refused to do the flowers for a gay couple's wedding went to court Friday. Attorneys for the Richland florist disputed the state's claim that her refusal on moral grounds violated consumer protection law.

Attorneys for florist Baronelle Stutzman argue the state shouldn't be in court at all. They say claims of discrimination against gays and lesbians should first be reviewed administratively by the Washington Human Rights Commission.

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Fire Season
4:57 pm
Thu June 27, 2013

Goodbye Rain, Hello Northwest Fire Season

Boise National Forest

Originally published on Thu June 27, 2013 4:33 pm

Say goodbye to the rain. The Northwest and parts of Canada are about to see an abrupt shift from unseasonably cool weather to record-breaking temperatures, in some areas. Triple-digit highs are expected to settle over the region for the next week.

According to federal forecasters, it's going to be a tough wildfire season in the West. But here in the Northwest, it's been hard to see that prediction through all the rain.

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Same-Sex Marriage
5:53 pm
Wed June 26, 2013

Effect Of DOMA Ruling Murky For Idaho, Oregon Couples Married Elsewhere

Charli Deltenre

Originally published on Wed June 26, 2013 5:48 pm

It's still not clear what the Supreme Court's ruling on the Defense of Marriage Act will mean for many same-sex couples in the Northwest. That's because of new legal questions surrounding the hundreds of couples who have marriage licenses from Washington state but live in states like Idaho and Oregon that have banned same-sex marriage.

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Dentist Shortage
5:27 pm
Tue June 25, 2013

Study: Idaho, Oregon Among Top 10 States Facing Dentist Shortage

A study finds Oregon and Idaho are among the top 10 states with the worst shortages of dentists.
Credit Gelmini / Wikimedia

Oregon and Idaho need more dentists. That's according to a new study out Tuesday from the Pew Charitable Trusts. It puts Oregon and Idaho among the top 10 states with the worst shortages.

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Idaho POW
6:49 am
Mon June 24, 2013

Parents Of Idaho POW Call For Diplomatic Solution With Taliban

Jessica Robinson Northwest News Network

Originally published on Mon June 24, 2013 10:17 am

The parents of America's only prisoner of war in the current conflict in Afghanistan are urging the U.S. to reach a peace agreement with the Taliban and bring their son home. The end of June marks the fourth year Idaho soldier Bowe Bergdahl has been in captivity.

On Saturday his parents spoke out at a rally Bowe's hometown held in his honor.

Jani and Bob Bergdahl talk of a son who sought adventure in travels around the world. At 20, they say, he took apart and rebuilt his 1978 KZ-1000 motorcycle.

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