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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Accordion Competition
6:19 am
Thu October 25, 2012

Polka Is Out, Even At World Accordion Competition

Spokane accordionist Yev Nosov, 24, is one of the U.S. musicians competing at the World Trophy Accordion Championship this year.
Credit Photo by Jessica Robinson / Northwest News Network

This week, the Northwest is hosting a historic event – historic, at least, in the word of accordion music. The top players from 19 countries are competing in Spokane at the World Trophy Accordion Championship. It's the first time the prestigious international competition has come to the United States. As Jessica Robinson reports, U.S. accordion players feel they've got something to prove.

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'Megaload' Transportation
5:21 pm
Mon October 22, 2012

New 'Megaload' To Travel Idaho Scenic Route

U.S. 12, between Lewiston and the Forest Service Boundary in North Central Idaho.
Idaho.gov

A 260-ton piece of equipment is winding its way through the inland Northwest this week. The Idaho Department of Transportation gave the green light to a shipper moving water purification equipment into Canada.

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Washington Unemployment
4:25 pm
Wed October 17, 2012

Washington Unemployment Ticks Down

Washington’s jobless rate dropped just slightly in September. State economists Wednesday pegged unemployment at 8.5 percent. That erases a small uptick in August.

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Voting Methods
4:13 pm
Mon October 15, 2012

Early Voting Makes Vote-By-Mail States Look Like Late Comers

Early voters in Idaho still get “I voted” stickers, as shown by Kootenai County elections worker Marla Lewis.
Jessica Robinson Northwest News Network

Voters in Oregon and Washington will start receiving ballots in the mail late this week. This is the first presidential election to be conducted entirely through the postal service in Washington.

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Idaho School Reform
6:21 am
Mon October 15, 2012

School Reforms Tested At Idaho Ballot Box

Coeur d’Alene music teacher Tim Sandford displays his political convictions in his yard. He says the ballot fight over new education laws in Idaho has created a “toxic” environment for teachers.
Photo Credit: Jessica Robinson

Idaho is considering whether to keep three education laws that overhaul everything from how teachers are paid to how kids learn in the classroom.

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Hanford Case Dismissed
4:18 pm
Fri October 12, 2012

Judge Dismisses Hanford Whistleblower Case

Walt Tamosaitis blew the whistle on the U.S. Department of Energy’s waste treatment plant at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation in southeast Washington.
Anna King Northwest News Network

A federal judge this week dismissed a lawsuit by a high-level whistleblower against a contractor at the Hanford nuclear site. A former manager there had voiced safety concerns about the design of a plant meant to treat millions of gallons of radioactive waste.

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Hanford Cleanup
4:58 pm
Tue October 9, 2012

Report: Hanford Unprepared For Early Start On Cleanup

Hanford Waste Treatment Plan's Pretreatment Facility as seen from the center of the construction site.
U.S. Department of Energy

A new report says plans to get an early start at cleaning up some radioactive waste at Hanford may not work the way managers envisioned. The document is the latest criticism of a project to treat waste at the southeast Washington nuclear site.

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Media Savvy Kids
6:12 pm
Mon October 8, 2012

Program Aims To Make Kids More Critical Of Junk Food Ads

Researchers aim to make kids less susceptible to junk food advertising.

Researchers in Washington are trying a new approach to the growing problem of childhood obesity. They plan to teach kids to be more media savvy, and less susceptible to all those junk food ads.

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Snowfall Forecast
3:59 pm
Mon October 8, 2012

Northwest Skiers Bank On Early Forecasts Being Wrong

A light dusting of snow fell on Oct. 2 at Schweitzer outside of Sandpoint, Idaho.
Schweitzer Mountain Resort

Weather forecasters say the current dry spell in the Northwest may turn into a dry winter. But the region’s ski areas aren’t buying it. They’re banking on enough snowfall for winter sports.

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Wounded Grizzly Bear
5:16 pm
Fri October 5, 2012

Wounded -- And Possibly Cranky -- Grizzly Bear Loose In Idaho

A wounded grizzly bear is on the loose in Idaho.
Bryan Harry NPS.gov

Idaho wildlife officials are worried a wounded grizzly bear on the loose could be a danger to people. A group of hunters shot the bear after it charged them in the eastern part of the state, across the border from Yellowstone National Park. Apparently, both the hunters and the bear were after the same elk.

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