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 Casinos Upgrade
6:47 am
Fri September 20, 2013

Tribal Casinos Move Into New Territory: High-End Luxury

The hotel pool at the Kalispel Tribe’s Northern Quest Resort & Casino near Spokane.
Credit Jessica Robinson

Tribal casinos are trying to appeal to a new kind of customer – one who may not even gamble at all. Across the Northwest, one-time no-frills casinos are expanding into resort-style destinations and adding high-end amenities – spas, fine dining, luxury hotels.

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NW American Community Survey
6:19 am
Thu September 19, 2013

Number Of Uninsured Down, Poverty Rates Stagnant In Northwest

Idaho and Oregon are among the states that have seen a decrease in the number of uninsured. The drop was mainly due to an increase in the number of people enrolled in public insurance programs, like Medicaid. Those are some of the findings of new reports out Thursday from the Census Bureau.

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Lake Roosevelt Shooting
4:08 pm
Tue September 17, 2013

Park Service Investigates What Led Ranger To Shoot Boater

National Park Service

Originally published on Tue September 17, 2013 4:03 pm

The National Park Service is investigating what led a park ranger to shoot a man at Lake Roosevelt National Recreation Area near Kettle Falls in eastern Washington over the weekend.

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Northwest Dust Storm
3:58 pm
Mon September 16, 2013

Inland Northwest Shakes Off Dust In The Wake Of Desert-Style 'Haboob'

Andrew Brown National Weather Service

Originally published on Mon September 16, 2013 4:33 pm

Residents of the inland Northwest are cleaning wheat field dirt off their furniture. It's the fallout from an unusually large, desert-style dust storm that carried a wall of dirt across eastern Washington Sunday night.

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Megaloads Halted
5:00 pm
Fri September 13, 2013

Federal Judge Halts 'Megaloads' On Idaho Highway

Bett Haverstick Friends of the Clearwater.

Originally published on Fri September 13, 2013 4:58 pm

A federal judge has halted so-called "megaload" traffic through a wild and scenic corridor in Idaho.

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NW Small Towns
6:52 am
Mon September 9, 2013

Former Northwest Railroad Town Struggles To Keep Last 25 People

The town of Avery, Idaho, once reached a population of 1,100 people. It’s now down to its last 25.
Credit Jessica Robinson

Take a drive down any highway in the Northwest, and you'll pass signs for dozens of small towns. There are more than 700 cities under 10,000 people in Washington, Oregon and Idaho. Many of these towns came about because of railroads or timber or mines and now they’re trying to figure out what comes next. Today, we begin an occasional series on Northwest small towns. Correspondent Jessica Robinson takes us to a tiny town in north Idaho that's getting even tinier. 

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Terrorist Leader Killed
3:55 pm
Fri September 6, 2013

Idaho Soldier's Captor Reportedly Killed In Drone Strike

Intel Center

Originally published on Fri September 6, 2013 2:57 pm

According to news reports out of Pakistan, a U.S. drone attack has reportedly killed the militant commander believed to be holding Idaho soldier Bowe Bergdahl captive.

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End of Military Band
7:13 am
Fri September 6, 2013

NW Military Band's History Comes To End As Air Force Shifts Focus

The Band of the Northwest had a variety program from 1951-52 on KING-TV.
Credit Washington Air Guard

A military band that entertained Northwest troops heading off to the Korean War and played the dedication of Grand Coulee Dam will close their music books for good this weekend. The military is deactivating the 560th Air Force Band, based out of Spokane.

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Syria Vote
4:12 pm
Thu September 5, 2013

Risch Defends 'No' Vote On Syria, Saying U.S. Security Not At Stake

US Senate. Idaho Senator Jim Risch

Originally published on Thu September 5, 2013 3:08 pm

Idaho Sen. Jim Risch says the repercussions of a limited attack on Syria are too hazy and Americans are too war-weary to justify President Obama's proposed military strike.

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Idaho Representatives On Syria Action
4:26 pm
Tue September 3, 2013

Idaho's Republicans In Congress Aren't Sold On Syria Action

US Senate. Sen. Jim Risch of Idaho questions Secretary of State John Kerry on the Obama administration's proposed military action in Syria.

Originally published on Wed September 4, 2013 2:39 pm

Members of Idaho's all-Republican congressional delegation aren't yet committing to a position on military action in Syria. But the direction most are leaning is against a resolution authorizing President Obama to use air strikes.

A spokesman for Sen. Mike Crapo says the Idaho Republican is skeptical of authorizing military force at this point, especially without a broad international coalition.

Crapo’s colleague, Sen. Jim Risch sits on the Foreign Relations Committee, which heard the Obama administration's arguments for action in Syria.

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