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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Israel Keyes Investigation
5:09 pm
Tue August 13, 2013

FBI Releases Videos Of Serial Killer To Find Unknown Victims

FBI. Israel Keyes, suspected of 11 murders, killed himself in December 2012.

Originally published on Tue August 13, 2013 5:08 pm

The FBI is hoping a more detailed timeline and newly released video will revive a stalled investigation into a serial killer suspected of 11 murders -- four of them in Washington state. Israel Keyes committed suicide last year in an Alaska jail cell before agents could identify all his victims.

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Washington State University
5:55 pm
Mon August 12, 2013

Friday Classes, Calls To Parents Among WSU's New Anti-Drinking Tactics

Originally published on Mon August 12, 2013 5:53 pm

A new effort to address binge drinking at Washington State University could include more calls to parents, more Friday morning classes, and training in CPR for students themselves.

The university in Pullman, Wash., took a hard look at campus drinking culture after a freshman died of alcohol poisoning last fall.

A task force assigned to the issue found that the number of students drinking isn't going up. But there is more extreme drinking in a small segment of the student population.

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Transporting Megaloads
5:39 pm
Fri August 9, 2013

Nez Perce Seek Court-Ordered Roadblock With Second 'Megaload' On Horizon

Jessica Robinson Northwest News Network

Originally published on Fri August 9, 2013 4:40 pm

Nightly protests on Idaho's Highway 12 delayed but did not stop a huge piece of oil equipment crossing the state. The so-called “megaload” passed through a scenic river corridor and entered Montana on Friday.

Now, the Nez Perce Tribe is asking a federal judge to prevent more extra-large shipments.

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Language Census
6:38 am
Thu August 8, 2013

Where Are The Foreign Language Households In Washington State? Not Where You Think

This map shows the distribution of Spanish-speaking households in 2011.
Credit US Census Bureau

New figures from the U.S. Census Bureau show the Northwest has fewer people who speak a foreign language at home than the country as a whole. But the highest concentrations of foreign speaking households in the region are not where you might expect.

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Megaloads
3:40 pm
Mon August 5, 2013

'Megaload' To Hit The Road, Even Without Federal OK

Bett Haverstick/Friends of the Clearwater. A member of the environmental group Friends of the Clearwater took this photo on July 22 at the Port of Wilma of what appear to be Omega Morgan’s 'megaload' shipments.

Originally published on Mon August 5, 2013 3:02 pm

The head of the Nez Perce Tribe says he's "shocked" by the "audacity" of an Oregon shipper that plans to haul extra-large loads through a protected stretch of Idaho. The company says it will start moving a so-called "megaload" Monday night. That’s despite the fact that it doesn't have approval from the U.S. Forest Service.

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Northwest Fires
4:13 pm
Wed July 31, 2013

Thunderstorms Expected To Spread Wildfires, Start More

Douglas Forest Protective Association. A fire in the Douglas Complex in southern Oregon.

Originally published on Wed July 31, 2013 3:31 pm

Fire managers are bracing for a round of thunderstorms that could create erratic fire behavior across the Northwest. Storms are expected from Challis, Idaho, to Grants Pass, Ore., starting Wednesday.

Sarah Levy at the Northwest Coordination Center in Portland says in some places, firefighters are digging additional lines in anticipation. But then there's the other concern – that more fires will start.

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Northwest Fires
5:05 pm
Mon July 29, 2013

Homes Destroyed As Northwest Fire Season Lives Up To Forecasts

Washington Interagency Incident Management Team #4. A view of the Colockum Tarps smoke plume from Wenatchee, Wash. on July 28, 2013.

Originally published on Mon July 29, 2013 5:02 pm

A fire that started Saturday morning near Wenatchee, Wash., is now burning more than 30 square miles in rugged terrain. Five homes have been consumed in the blaze and the residents in another 60 are being told to evacuate.

It's one of nearly two-dozen major fires now burning across the Northwest.

Forecasters predicted a higher-than-normal fire season this year in parts of the region, and so far it's right on target.

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Bowe Bergdahl
5:17 pm
Fri July 26, 2013

Supporters Of POW Turn Billboards Into Call To Action

Jessica Robinson Northwest News Network

Originally published on Fri July 26, 2013 4:59 pm

Supporters of a U.S. soldier being held by the Taliban are trying to keep his name front and center with the public.

Bowe Bergdahl of Hailey, Idaho, has been a prisoner of war for the last four years.

Keith Lasseigne motions to the roof of a building in downtown Spokane. “We have a Bring Bowe Home billboard above us.”

Where you might normally see an ad for fast food or beer, the billboard instead says, “No one left behind,” and “Call your Congressman.”

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Megaloads
4:06 pm
Wed July 24, 2013

Shipper, Forest Service At Standoff Over 'Megaloads'

Bett Haverstick/Friends of the Clearwater. A member of the environmental group Friends of the Clearwater took this photo on July 22 at the Port of Wilma of what appear to be Omega Morgan’s 'megaload' shipments.

Originally published on Wed July 24, 2013 4:02 pm

An Oregon shipping company and the U.S. Forest Service appear to be at a standoff over whether huge pieces of oil equipment will pass through a scenic stretch of Idaho. These so-called “megaloads” are ultimately headed to the oil sands of Alberta, Canada.

The Forest Service says it can’t authorize shipments that are as wide as two lanes and the length of five semi-trailers to use a protected portion of Highway 12. At least, not without a lengthy review.

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NPR Story
3:57 pm
Fri July 19, 2013

States' Status Update On Wolf-Elk Relationship: It's Complicated

Mongo/ Wikimedia

Originally published on Fri July 19, 2013 8:39 am

The presence of wolves may mean hunters can't count on finding elk in favorite hunting spots, but that doesn’t necessarily mean there are fewer elk. That was the message from wildlife managers in three Northwest states Thursday in an online public meeting.

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife asked managers from Montana and Idaho to dish out some advice from their experience trying to find a balance among prey like deer and elk, wolves, and hunters.

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