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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Commenter Revealed
6:01 pm
Tue July 24, 2012

Anonymous Commenter Reveals Identity

Linda Cook revealed herself as the commenter “almostinnocentbystander” on the blog Huckleberries Online.
Sandy Clemons

A lawsuit in north Idaho over anonymous comments posted in an online forum attracted national attention. Now, the commenter at the center of that dispute has unmasked herself. As correspondent Jessica Robinson reports, the case reveals a rift within the north Idaho Republican Party.

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Tracking Feral Pigs
5:32 pm
Mon July 23, 2012

Northwest States Ask Public To 'Squeal' On Feral Pigs

When domesticated pigs escape their sties, their physical appearance actually changes.
U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service

Washington, Oregon and Idaho are joining forces to track populations of feral pigs across the Northwest. These “hogs gone wild” can do massive damage to the landscape. And wildlife agents want to know where swine are on the move. They’re even launching a so-called “swine line” for people to call with sightings.

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Fatal Mining Accident
5:06 pm
Thu July 19, 2012

Report Faults Mining Company For Fatal Accident

The waste bin at Idaho's Lucky Friday Mine where an accident that killed a 26-year-old miner occurred last November.
Mine Safety and Health Administration

A new report faults managers of north Idaho’s Lucky Friday mine for an accident last November that killed a 26-year-old miner. It was one of two fatalities at the mine last year.

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New Insect In Idaho
6:28 pm
Wed July 18, 2012

Feds Confirm Mysterious Idaho Bug Is New Pest In U.S.

The elm seed bug made its first appearance in Idaho.
Idaho Department of Agriculture

Federal agriculture officials say the Northwest has the first appearance in the country of an invasive insect known as the “elm seed bug.” The pest was discovered in southern Idaho. It doesn’t pose a threat to crops or livestock. But it could prove to be a major nuisance for homeowners.

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Abortion Rally In Seattle
5:06 pm
Tue July 17, 2012

Seattle Group Rallies For Idaho Woman Charged With Illegal Abortion

Jennie McCormack, a single mother in Pocatello, Idaho, was arrested for having an illegal abortion in 2011.
Jessica Robinson Northwest News Network

An Idaho woman challenging her state’s anti-abortion laws has not received much attention from groups on either side of the abortion debate. But for the first time, one group is holding a rally to support her. It’s in Seattle Wednesday.

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Internet Comments
6:06 am
Thu July 12, 2012

Idaho Case Shows Limits Of Anonymous Comments Online

Online free speech experts say people who like to post fiery comments on the internet should take heed of a north Idaho case. A judge said this week that the right to remain anonymous does not extend to internet comments that insinuate someone committed a crime. Correspondent Jessica Robinson has more.

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Lucky Friday Mine
6:03 am
Wed July 11, 2012

Family Of Killed Miner Says Company’s Decision Caused Collapse

Larry Marek, pictured about a week before he was killed by a cave-in at the Lucky Friday Mine in Mullan, Idaho.
Photo courtesy Hayley Marek

Later this month, the Lucky Friday Mine in north Idaho will begin rehiring workers. It closed seven months ago for federally mandated safety improvements. Inspectors took a sharper look at the mine after a series of tragic accidents last year. Now, as the mine prepares to re-open, the family of one dead miner is speaking out for the first time. The family of Larry Marek told correspondent Jessica Robinson they believe the company still hasn’t taken responsibility for what happened.

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Lucky Friday Mine
5:59 am
Wed July 11, 2012

Miner’s Family Wants Company To Take Responsibility For Death

The family of a miner who was killed last year in Idaho’s Silver Valley is speaking out for the first time. In interviews with public radio, the family of Larry Marek says the the mine’s owner, Hecla Mining, hasn’t taken responsibility for its role in the tragedy. Correspondent Jessica Robinson has more.

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Potato Disease
5:54 am
Fri July 6, 2012

Detection Of ‘Zebra Chip’ Disease Makes NW Spud Growers Uneasy

Tubers infected with zebra chip disease show dark, stripelike symptoms in the tissue.
Photo courtesy USDA

A recent discovery in an Idaho potato field has Northwest spud growers worried. Researchers this week reported that insects from the Twin Falls area tested positive for bacteria that cause “zebra chip disease.”

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Wildfire Season
6:21 am
Wed July 4, 2012

Northwest Firefighters Play Waiting Game Amid Cooler Weather

A helitack crew employed by the state of Washington attended a training in Ellensberg last month.
Photo courtesy Washington Department of Natural Resources

Some firefighters from the Northwest have been sent to blazes across the West. But the firefighters still at home are playing the waiting game.

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano visited Boise Tuesday. They toured the center that coordinates national wildfire response efforts.

Some firefighters from the Northwest have been sent to blazes across the West. But as Jessica Robinson reports, the firefighters still at home are playing the waiting game.

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