Jessica Robinson

N3 Reporter

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Fairchild Air Force Base
8:01 am
Sat September 7, 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.
Photo courtesy of the 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 Spokane-based 560th Air Force Band, which made its last public appearance at a wind-swept ferry christening ceremony on the Columbia River last month.

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U.S. soldier held captive
3:19 pm
Fri September 6, 2013

Idaho Soldier's Captor Reportedly Killed in Drone Strike

Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl and Sangeen Zadran appear together in a 2010 Taliban video.
IntelCenter via AP Photo

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

The strike dealt a blow to the Taliban-affiliated Haqqani Network.

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slain veteran honored
4:40 pm
Thu August 29, 2013

Spokane Honors Slain WWII Veteran at Memorial Service

Michael Brown, 16, stands with his mom, Kim Brown, at the memorial for Delbert Belton. The Browns knew Belton for years and had custom T-shirts made in his honor.
Jessica Robinson

More than 300 people gathered in Spokane Thursday for the burial of World War II veteran Delbert Belton. The 88-year-old was robbed and beaten to death last week while he waited in his car.

Scores of veterans honored Delbert Belton at a cemetery in west Spokane. Friends and family remembered a man who loved to repair cars by day and go out dancing at night, and went by the nickname “Shorty.”

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crime
3:24 pm
Mon August 26, 2013

Two Teens Arrested, Charged in Beating Death of WWII Vet

World War II veteran Delbert Belton was 88 years old. This photo is part of a memorial created for Belton at the Eagles Lodge in Spokane.

Police have arrested the second teenager accused of beating to death an 88-year-old World War II vet in Spokane.

The two 16-year-old boys have been charged with first-degree robbery and first-degree murder in the case that has attracted national attention.

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drinking on campus
8:01 am
Sat August 17, 2013

U-Idaho Cracks Down on Low GPAs, Frat Parties

The University of Idaho is prepared to expel low-performing students and require permits for frat parties as part of an effort to curb underage drinking.

The announcement from the university in Moscow comes on the heels of a similar set of measures proposed just across the border at Washington State University in Pullman.

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new Keller Ferry
10:27 am
Thu August 15, 2013

Washington Christens New Boat at Inland Ferry Crossing

The M.V. Sanpoil makes its inaugural trip across the Columbia River at the Keller Ferry crossing.
Jessica Robinson

Washington's most famous ferries are in Puget Sound. But another inland ferry operated by the state has been quietly shuttling cars across the Columbia River since 1948. And on Wednesday, that ferry crossing got a badly-needed update. 

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FBI investigation
6:01 am
Wed August 14, 2013

FBI Releases Videos of Serial Killer in Effort to Find Unknown Victims

Israel Keyes

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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megaloads
1:57 pm
Mon August 12, 2013

With Second 'Megaload' Ahead, Nez Perce Seek Court Order

The first "megaload" transported by Hillsboro-based Omega Morgan, pictured here outside of Lewiston, Idaho.
Jessica Robinson

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.

The Nez Perce Tribe and Idaho Rivers United are suing the U.S. Forest Service for not stopping the enormous truck load. The narrow, twisty highway route passes through the tribe's reservation and a federally protected corridor that contains many tribal religious and cultural sites.

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how we communicate
10:38 am
Thu August 8, 2013

Census Report Reveals Language Trends in Northwest Homes

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
3:31 pm
Tue August 6, 2013

Nez Perce Attempt to Halt Oil Sands Shipment

The national debate over oil development took an unusual turn on an Idaho highway early Tuesday morning when members of the Nez Perce Tribe blocked the passage of a giant water evaporator headed for the oil sands of Alberta, Canada for two hours.

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megaloads
3:01 pm
Mon August 5, 2013

'Megaload’ to Hit the Road, Even without Federal OK

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.
Bett Haverstick Friends of the Clearwater

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. despite the fact that it doesn't have approval from the U.S. Forest Service.

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megaloads
1:50 pm
Thu July 25, 2013

Shipper, Forest Service at Standoff over ‘Megaloads’

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.
Bett Haverstick Friends of the Clearwater

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.

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blind baseball
10:06 am
Fri July 19, 2013

Beeping Balls Allow Blind Players to Step Up to the Plate

Loren Miller takes a few practice swings before coach Troy Leeberg starts the pitch. They're members of the Spokane Pride Beep Baseball team.
Jessica Robinson

It's a warm afternoon in Spokane. The smell of cut grass and barbecue is in the air. And Bee Yang is up to bat.

A teammate who has partial vision directs Yang to the plate.

There are six people in the outfield, and two blue foam pillars that are, in this game, first and third base. Yang listens for the pitch.

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spic-and-span pursuit
7:01 am
Sun July 14, 2013

Idaho's Museum Of Clean Built as Monument to Way of Life

A display of antique plungers used for washing clothes at the Museum of Clean in Pocatello, Idaho.
Jessica Robinson

There's a museum tucked away in a corner of the Northwest dedicated solely to the idea of “clean.”

In fact, it's called the Museum of Clean, housed in an old brick warehouse in Pocatello, Idaho. Turns out it’s a monument to one man's lifelong campaign to improve the world, one scrub brush at a time.

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belated burial
4:11 pm
Fri July 12, 2013

After 44 Years, Bittersweet Burial for Family of Missing U.S. Officer

Maj. Larry James Hanley
Credit: VFW Post 3377

Forty-four years have passed since Air Force pilot Larry J. Hanley died in the Vietnam War. On Saturday, his family will finally lay him to rest at a cemetery in Walla Walla.

In 1969, Hanley was 26 years old when his family learned that his plane went down over Laos.

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