Jessica Robinson

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5:14 pm
Wed March 20, 2013

Turkish Company Loses Bid To Trademark 'Idaho'

Idaho Potato Commission

Originally published on Wed March 20, 2013 4:58 pm

It looks like Idaho is the victor in an international trademark dispute over its most famous product. Officials in Turkey blocked a move that would have allowed a Turkish company to stamp “IDAHO” on produce, including potatoes.

For the keepers of the Idaho brand name, it's a crisis averted.

According to records on the Turkish Patent Institute's website, the agency has rejected an application to trademark the word “IDAHO”. Idaho Gov. Butch Otter also received a letter from the Turkish ambassador saying as much.

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Immigration
6:00 am
Wed March 20, 2013

Wash. town rides ups, downs of 'broken' immigration system

Minerva Alvarado owns Tienda el Campesino, which sells clothes for special occasions.
Jessica Robinson Northwest News Network

There's one word that politicians almost always use when they talk about the U.S. immigration system: “broken.” But what does that really mean?

Residents of the small town of Brewster, Wash., know. For decades, immigrants have come from Mexico, often illegally, to work the surrounding apple and cherry orchards.

Most people in Brewster's immigrant community either have heard about or remember December 1997. That was when “la migra” came. A Border Patrol plane flew overhead, vans and buses pulled up near a fruit packing facility outside of town. Lucia Dalabera remembers.

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Other News
11:45 am
Tue March 12, 2013

Navy investigates what caused jet crash that killed three

The EA-6B Prowler, used by the Navy for electronic attack.
Wikipedia Commons

SPOKANE, Wash. - The Navy says it's trying to figure out what caused a plane crash that killed three crew members Monday. The military jet went down during a training exercise 50 miles west of Spokane.

The crash happened in Lincoln County, near the small town of Harrington. There were no survivors. Aerial photos showed a gash in a farm field, ending in a crater. There's barely any wreckage visible.

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Law
9:56 pm
Wed March 6, 2013

Judge: Idaho’s ‘fetal pain law’ unconstitutional

Jessica Robinson Northwest News Network

A federal judge has declared Idaho’s so-called “Fetal Pain Law” unconstitutional. Idaho is one of eight states with a law banning abortions after 20 weeks. As Jessica Robinson reports, the case stems from a woman’s arrest under a separate statute for having an abortion.  

Judge B. Lynn Winmill says the 20-week limit on abortions is unconstitutional because it doesn’t seek to inform the pregnant woman, nor improve her health, as the Supreme Court has allowed. Rather, he writes, it’s solely intended to put an insurmountable obstacle in the path of women seeking abortions. 

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Other News
11:16 am
Tue March 5, 2013

Idaho Researchers Reveal The Terrifying Face Of Prehistoric Shark

Ray Troll

Originally published on Fri March 1, 2013 4:16 pm

Researchers in Idaho say they've finally solved a mystery surrounding a 270-million-year-old shark. After a century of guessing, scientists have put a face to the giant animal that once swam the region, back when the Northwest was underwater.

The problem was that sharks are mostly made of cartilage, which doesn't keep well over millennia. So all scientists had from Helicoprion was a curious spiral of thin, serrated blades – which various scientists imagined to be from its dorsal fin, its tale, its nose ...

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Law
4:11 pm
Wed February 20, 2013

Idaho Bills Would Keep State From Following Neighbors On Pot

National Institute on Drug Abuse

Originally published on Thu February 28, 2013 6:00 pm

Idaho is now hemmed in by four states where marijuana is legal in some form, and a panel of state lawmakers fears Idaho could be next. A state Senate committee approved a pair of measures against marijuana, including one asking the federal government to crack down on Idaho’s neighbors.

Oregon, Montana and Nevada allow medical marijuana, while Washington legalized it for recreational use.

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Other News
5:25 pm
Tue February 19, 2013

Idaho silver company says mine is safer since accidents

Jessica Robinson Northwest News Network

Originally published on Thu February 28, 2013 6:00 pm

The owner of the troubled Lucky Friday Mine in north Idaho hopes new safety upgrades will prevent future accidents. Hecla Mining announced Tuesday that it’s reopened the silver mine in Mullan, Idaho, after a year-long closure.

Hecla President Phil Baker made the announcement at a press conference in Spokane.

“It's nice to be able to give you guys a good news story.”

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Idaho Wildfires
4:06 pm
Tue February 19, 2013

Forest Service gives different picture of young Idaho firefighter's death

US Forest Service

Originally published on Thu February 28, 2013 6:01 pm

The U.S. Forest Service says the death of a 20-year-old firefighter in Idaho last summer was a “chance” occurrence. The new report is in sharp contrast to the findings of federal workplace safety investigators.

The newly released report determines fire managers did not violate any safety protocols at the fire where Anne Veseth died. She was killed when a 150-foot fire-damaged cedar came crashing down last August. The young firefighter from Moscow, Idaho, was working the Steep Corner Fire in the northwest part of the state.

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Other News
1:00 pm
Fri February 15, 2013

Forest service gives different picture of firefighter's death

Anne Veseth, 20, was a Forest Service firefighter from Moscow, Idaho. She was killed at a fire in August 2012.
U.S. Forest Service

The U.S. Forest Service says the death of a 20-year-old firefighter in Idaho last summer was a “chance” occurrence. The new report is in sharp contrast to the findings of federal workplace safety investigators.

The newly released report determines fire managers did not violate any safety protocols at the fire where Anne Veseth died. She was killed when a 150-foot fire-damaged cedar came crashing down last August. The young firefighter from Moscow, Idaho, was working the Steep Corner Fire in the northwest part of the state.

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Sports
3:25 pm
Thu February 14, 2013

Skijoring: Where two cultures collide ... in more ways than one

Jessica Robinson Northwest News Network

Originally published on Thu February 28, 2013 6:02 pm

SANDPOINT, Idaho - The sport of skijoring sounds like an awesomely bad idea someone cooked up on a long winter's night. Picture this: You navigate an obstacle course, on skis, while being pulled by a galloping horse. Yet equestrian skijoring has taken off as a sport in the snowy climes of Switzerland, Canada, and now, parts of the Northwest. This weekend, teams will go ski-to-ski and hoof-to-hoof at a competition in Sandpoint, Idaho.

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Other News
4:42 pm
Tue February 12, 2013

Inspectors finds unsafe conditions led to firefighter's death

Anne Veseth, 20, died fighting a wildfire in Idaho in August 2012.
AP

Wildland firefighting has always been dangerous but new standards in the last few decades have made fatalities rare. So it was news when a 20-year-old wildland firefighter was killed six months ago in northwest Idaho.

Now several government investigations into the death of Anne Veseth are coming out. Correspondent Jessica Robinson obtained the first one. It finds Veseth died under hazardous conditions that could have been avoided.

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Politics
4:53 pm
Tue February 5, 2013

Northwest immigrants take the oath of citizenship

Jessica Robinson Northwest News Network

SPOKANE, Wash. - As Congress prepares for a debate over immigration reform, one group of immigrants in the Northwest quietly completed their paths to citizenship Tuesday. Fourteen people became U.S. citizens at a ceremony in Spokane, Wash.

One of them was Mukti Ryan. She wanted to be able to travel more easily with her American husband and daughter, even though she had to give up her Indian citizenship.

“India doesn't allow dual citizenship, so I can't call myself an Indian citizen anymore," Ryan says. "It's a bittersweet feeling.”

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Environment
5:17 pm
Mon February 4, 2013

Study: big game is getting smaller

Library of Congress

If Teddy Roosevelt were to go big game hunting today, he might bring home slightly less-impressive trophies. That's because, according to a new analysis, the horns and antlers of North American wildlife have shrunk over the last century.

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Environment
5:39 pm
Thu January 31, 2013

Gonzaga University pledges zero emissions as 'moral imperative'

Jessica Robinson Northwest News Network

SPOKANE, Wash. - Leaders at Gonzaga University are asking What Would Jesus Do about climate change? The Jesuit school in Spokane, Wash., has adopted a plan for zero greenhouse gas emissions by the year 2050.

Over the next four decades, Gonzaga University plans to make a dramatic switch to green energy, some of it generated at new facilities on campus. Meeting the goal will also require major cuts in energy use. Car travel to campus by students and faculty, and Zags basketball trips to away games are all part of the final emissions tally.

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Education
11:38 am
Wed January 30, 2013

Do we still need to learn cursive?

Rich Christen at the University of Portland has studied the history of teaching cursive handwriting. He keeps a fountain pen at his desk.
Colin Fogarty

Cursive handwriting may soon go the way of the card catalog and the film projector. Schools are moving to new curriculum standards that put more emphasis on typing skills. But not everyone is ready for the cursive alphabet to become a relic. Jessica Robinson reports the Idaho legislature is considering a statewide cursive mandate.

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