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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Community College Enrollment
6:16 am
Thu September 6, 2012

Ebbing Community College Enrollment A Promising Sign For Economy

The latest community college enrollment numbers may hold a clue to what’s happening in the Northwest’s economy. Some two-year institutions in the region are seeing the first decline in class registration since the recession. Correspondent Jessica Robinson has more.

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Trinity Ridge Fire
5:36 pm
Fri August 24, 2012

Fire Keeps Idahoans From Favorite Summer Getaway Spot

Fire crews work a burnout near Featherville, Idaho, on Aug. 22.
Boise National Forest

A cold front moving through the Northwest is expected to do more harm than good for fire crews battling massive blazes in southern Idaho. Forecasters predict very low humidity on top of winds that could reach 30 miles per hour.

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Idaho's Trinity Ridge Fire
4:24 pm
Tue August 21, 2012

Crews Prepare As Fire Creeps Toward Idaho Town

Idaho’s Trinity Ridge Fire is burning more than 90,000 acres in the forests east of Boise.
Zane Brown inciweb.org

Fire crews in southern Idaho are now at a standoff with a fire that’s surrounded the resort town of Featherville. It’s been clear for days that the town’s businesses and summer homes are in the path of the 90,000 acre Trinity Ridge Fire east of Boise. But fire managers say they have to wait for the blaze to creep to lower ground before crews can fight it head-on.

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Unsafe Fire Tactics
6:14 am
Tue August 21, 2012

Report: ‘Extremely Unsafe’ Tactics At Blaze That Killed Firefighter

Anne Veseth of Moscow, Idaho, died earlier this month fighting the Steep Corner Fire.
Photo courtesy Veseth family via U.S. Forest Service

Managers at a blaze in north Idaho were warned about hazardous conditions the day before a 20-year-old firefighter died on the job. That’s according to an informal report by the head of a federal hotshot crew, which refused to work on the fire. Correspondent Jessica Robinson has more.

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Protecting Dogs In Spokane County
5:44 pm
Fri August 17, 2012

County Takes Hard Line Against Leaving Fido In Hot Car

Officer Nicole Montano is the operations manager of the the Spokane County Regional Animal Protection Service.
Jessica Robinson Northwest News Network

One Northwest county is taking a hard line against dog owners who leave man’s best friend in the hot car this summer. Animal protection officers in Spokane County, Wash., say a prolonged trip to the mall could earn you criminal charges for animal cruelty – and a broken window.

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Talks To Free Idaho Soldier
5:24 pm
Wed August 15, 2012

NPR: Taliban Receptive To Talks To Free Idaho Soldier

This screen grab from a December 2010 video appears to show Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl in Taliban captivity.
Northwest News Network

NPR is reporting the Taliban has shown a “change of heart” that could pave the way toward the release of Northwest soldier Bowe Bergdahl. The Army sergeant from Hailey, Idaho, was captured in Afghanistan three years ago. He’s the only known U.S. prisoner of war.

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Firefighter Deaths
5:58 am
Tue August 14, 2012

Firefighting Still Dangerous, But For Different Reasons

Anne Veseth of Moscow, Idaho, died Sunday fighting the Steep Corner Fire.
Photo courtesy Veseth family via U.S. Forest Service

The U.S. Forest Service has identified a firefighter killed in Idaho on Sunday as 20-year-old Anne Veseth, of Moscow, Idaho. She was struck by a falling tree at the Steep Corner Fire southeast of Coeur d’Alene. As Jessica Robinson reports, firefighting deaths fluctuate from year to year, but the biggest source of that danger has shifted.

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Cougar Hunting Controversy
6:05 pm
Thu August 9, 2012

California Cougar Hunt Controversy 'Ridiculous' In Eyes Of Idaho Hunters

This photo of Dan Richards, the former California Fish and Game Commission president, appeared in Western Outdoor News.
Western Outdoor News

A controversy over a California wildlife official has Idaho hunters shaking their heads. The California Fish and Game commission stripped its president of his title for hunting a cougar in Idaho – which is legal in the Gem State, but not in California.

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Captive Idaho Soldier
5:18 pm
Wed August 8, 2012

Report Renews Hopes For Release Of Captured Idaho Soldier

Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl went missing June 30, 2009 in Afghanistan and was later reported captured by the Taliban.
U.S. Department of Defense

A report this week from Reuters news service raises hopes there may be progress in efforts to get an Idaho soldier in Taliban captivity back onto U.S. soil. But the news about renewed negotiations also shows Bowe Bergdahl’s freedom is a key part of peace talks in Afghanistan.

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Washington Secretary of State
6:53 am
Wed August 8, 2012

Wyman, Drew Appear Headed For November Secretary Of State Contest

Kathleen Drew is running for Secretary of State in Washington as a Democrat.
Photo courtesy Kathleen Drew For Secretary Of State

The race for Washington secretary of state this November appears to be a battle between Republican Kim Wyman and Democrat Kathleen Drew. Wyman, the only Republican in the race, swept the map with 39 percent of the vote in Tuesday night’s primary. Democrat Drew pulled in 21 percent at last count. Correspondent Jessica Robinson has more.

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