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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Tribal Land Wildfires
5:26 pm
Thu October 4, 2012

Northwest Fire Season Stretches Tribal Resources Thin

The Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs Forestry Crew battled the massive Waterfalls 2 wildfire in Oregon this year.
Inciweb

Fire crews are pushing back against a new blaze near Omak, Wash. The 5,000-acre wildfire on the Colville Indian Reservation has already destroyed two homes and forced other residents to evacuate. The Northwest’s busy fire season has taken a toll on tribal lands this year.

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Controversial Bus Ad
6:23 am
Thu October 4, 2012

Federal Court Considers Controversial NW Bus Ad

A controversial ad seen on King County buses.
Photo by Jessica Robinson Northwest News Network

The question of how free speech applies to the side of buses is before a panel of federal judges. Members of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals heard oral arguments Wednesday in a special meeting in Spokane. The case stems from a controversial ad on Seattle buses but has implications for transit systems around the Northwest. Correspondent Jessica Robinson reports.

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Latino Features third story
7:41 am
Wed October 3, 2012

Why Can't This Man Win The Northwest's Most Hispanic District?

Photo of Pablo Gonzalez.
Photo Credit: Jessica Robinson

Is the Latino candidate in Washington's first majority-minority district a shoo-in? Not so much.

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Genetically Engineered Crops
4:22 pm
Tue October 2, 2012

Study: GMO Crops Need More Herbicide To Fend Off 'Superweeds'

Charles Benbrook is a researcher with Washington State University’s Center for Sustaining Agriculture and Natural Resources.
WSU

Farmers of genetically engineered crops are dramatically increasing their use of herbicides. That’s according to a new study out of Washington State University. Researchers say farmers are spraying more in response to the rise of so-called “superweeds.”

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Bug Increase From Fires
7:25 am
Mon October 1, 2012

After The Fire, Bring On The Bugs

Photo Credit: USDA

Charred Northwest forests are already a-buzz with new life: bugs.

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Wolf Hunt Ended
5:38 pm
Thu September 27, 2012

Alpha Male Wolf In Wedge Pack Killed, Ending State Hunt

The hunt for the Wedge Pack is over. The alpha male of the pack was killed Thursday.
ForestWander Wikimedia Commons

Washington wildlife managers say the hunt for a pack of grey wolves is over. A state marksman killed the alpha male of the pack Thursday in far northeast Washington. The department has killed a total of seven wolves from the Wedge Pack since August.

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Fires Affect Hunting Season
5:19 pm
Thu September 27, 2012

Northwest Fire Season Overlapping With Hunting Season

Wildfires have closed some prime hunting grounds in the Northwest.
Dennis Stern USFS Gila National Forest

Evacuation notices around the Northwest have subsided as fire crews beat back the threat of wildfire to homes and subdivisions.

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Response To Wolf Kills
5:52 pm
Wed September 26, 2012

Wolf Kills Create Blowback For State, Conservation Group

The state’s decision to take out an entire wolf pack is causing blowback for state wildlife managers.
Northwest News Network

Washington wildlife officials killed three more grey wolves near the Canadian border Wednesday . That brings the total kill to five this week. The state’s decision to take out an entire wolf pack is causing blowback for state wildlife managers, and for one environmental organization that supported the action.

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Progress On Northwest Fires
4:55 pm
Tue September 25, 2012

Firefighters Gain Upper Hand On Northwest Fires

Successful burnout operations reduced the ground fuels, but maintained larger trees in near Sisters, Ore.
Tom Iraci InciWeb

Firefighters are making progress on several massive blazes around the Northwest. In Oregon, the Pole Creek Fire near Sisters is around 70 percent contained. Crews in central Washington are getting the upper hand on the 53,000-acre Wenatchee Complex, where another blaze flared up yesterday. And in Idaho fire bosses report minimal activity at the Mustang Complex along the Idaho-Montana border.

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Schools Cope With Smoke
6:13 pm
Mon September 24, 2012

Surrounded By Wildfires, Schools Try To Keep Smoke Out

Wildfire smoke is becoming the “new normal” for some parts of the Northwest. In central Washington, health officials are urging residents to keep their doors and windows closed and stay inside. Bad air has forced at least one school district to take some unusual measures to keep class in session.

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