Jessica Robinson

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Law
3:46 pm
Tue December 20, 2011

Northwest white supremacist sentenced to 32 years for MLK Day bomb

SPOKANE, Wash. – The white supremacist who planted a bomb along Spokane's Martin Luther King Day parade has been sentenced to 32 years in prison. It's the maximum sentence the federal judge was allowed to hand down under the terms of a plea deal between Kevin Harpham and federal prosecutors.

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Idaho Mine Collapse
9:19 am
Tue December 20, 2011

Idaho mining accident registers as 2.2 earthquake

Federal mine safety officials have shut down the Lucky Friday Mine in Mullan, Idaho while they investigate an accident that injured seven miners
Jessica Robinson Northwest News Network

The rockburst that injured seven miners in north Idaho last week registered as a 2.2 seismic event according to the U.S. Geological Survey. That contradicts earlier reports about what could have caused the collapse. The mine remains closed while federal officials investigate the incident.

It's a matter of cause and effect. Did an earthquake trigger the rockburst at the Lucky Friday Mine ... or was the shaking caused by the collapse a mile underground?

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Diversions
12:07 pm
Mon December 19, 2011

Pastorela Shows Life Between Two Cultures In Yakima

The cast of the bilingual Yakima pastorela goes over the final scene with director Dylan Levers. Photo by Jessica Robinson

Originally published on Fri December 16, 2011 7:42 pm

YAKIMA, Wash. - There's a Mexican Christmas tradition called a "pastorela." And it's getting a new twist in Yakima. A pastorela is a play about the shepherds' search for the baby Jesus. This weekend members of the community will perform a pastorela that draws on the real-life experiences of Latinos in the Northwest.

You start to get a feel for how the Yakima pastorela is a little different when the angel Gabriel appears to a group of shepherds to announce the birth of the baby Jesus.

"Say it in English," says the children's chorus.

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Idaho Mine Collapse
9:19 am
Thu December 15, 2011

Seven miners rescued at Lucky Friday

Crews have rescued seven miners after a collapse at the Lucky Friday Mine in north Idaho. It’s the third major accident there this year. The Lucky Friday’s owner says the silver mine has been evacuated until further notice.

A rockburst occurred Wednesday evening nearly 6,000 feet underground near Mullan in Idaho’s Silver Valley. Local law enforcement and the mine’s rescue crew were called in. Twenty-five people were working in the vicinity at the time.

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Environment
4:47 pm
Thu December 8, 2011

Bad Winter Air Settles Over Northwest

A cold air inversion concentrated east of the Cascades means this could cause health problems in the Northwest. Photo by J Aaron Farr/Flickr

Originally published on Thu December 8, 2011 4:08 pm

A cold air inversion concentrated east of the Cascades is keeping the air clogged with tiny particles. And public health officials in Washington, Oregon, and Idaho warn that people trying to warm up in front of wood fires could make the pollution worse.

Here's what's going on in the atmosphere: Usually, air temperature decreases as you get higher. But in an air inversion, the opposite happens. And the warmer air acts like a lid, keeping particles concentrated near the surface.

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News
11:43 am
Mon December 5, 2011

Investigation faults unsafe conditions for Idaho miner's death

The Lucky Friday Mine in Mullan, Idaho. Photo by Jessica Robinson

Originally published on Sat December 3, 2011 7:51 am

SPOKANE, Wash. - The death of a north Idaho miner occurred last April because of safety failures on the part of the mine's owner. That's the conclusion of a federal investigation released Friday. Larry Marek was working about a mile underground at the Lucky Friday Mine in Mullan , Idaho when 70 feet of rock above him collapsed.

Marek was working in a tunnel or "stope" that was at the base of intersecting silver veins. And about an hour after he arrived at work on the afternoon of April 15, the disconnected wedge of rock between the veins came down.

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News
3:24 pm
Thu December 1, 2011

Court Documents Reveal Evolution Of MLK Day Bomber's Racist Beliefs

Recently unsealed court documents show photos on Kevin Harpham's camera of himself and Spokane parade participants last Martin Luther King Day. Photo courtesy of U.S. District Court of Eastern Washington

Originally published on Thu December 1, 2011 3:00 pm

SPOKANE, Wash. - It took white supremacist Kevin Harpham a few months to collect bomb materials. But newly unsealed documents show he was mired in the Neo-Nazi movement for more than a decade.

Harpham is the man who pleaded guilty to planting a bomb at Spokane's Martin Luther King Day parade last January. A federal judge set a sentencing hearing for Dec. 20.

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Law
12:31 pm
Wed November 30, 2011

Judge delays sentencing of MLK Day bomber

SPOKANE, Wash. - Attorneys for a Northwest white supremacist accused of planting a bomb along a parade route have won more time to look into federal hate crimes law. Accused would-be bomber Kevin Harpham had been scheduled to be sentenced Wednesday. But a federal judge in Spokane postponed the decision for another three weeks.

Thirty-seven-year-old Kevin Harpham is accused of planting a homemade bomb in a backpack in downtown Spokane last Martin Luther King Day.

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News
4:11 pm
Tue November 29, 2011

Spokane MLK Day Bomber To Face Sentencing

Recently unsealed court documents show photos on Kevin Harpham's camera of himself and parade participants on Martin Luther King Day. By U.S. District Court of Eastern Washington

Originally published on Tue November 29, 2011 3:55 pm

The man who planted a pipe bomb along the route of Spokane's Martin Luther King Day parade faces sentencing before a federal judge Wednesday. Kevin Harpham could spend between 27 and 32 years in prison under a plea deal reached with prosecutors.

Thirty-seven-year-old Kevin Harpham pleaded guilty to attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction and a federal hate crime charge. The FBI arrested him in March in what they deemed a case of domestic terrorism.

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Economy
9:23 am
Mon November 28, 2011

Bell ringing fills need for jobless woman

Kari Turner is a Salvation Army bell ringer in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. Photo by Jessica Robinson

Originally published on Tue March 5, 2013 11:06 am

COEUR d’ALENE, Idaho - One of the traditional sounds of the season also represents a job opportunity for many unemployed workers. Last year, Salvation Army bell ringers collected $142 million in spare change in those little red pots. One bell ringer has found that every little bit helps.

“My name is Kari Turner, and I'm a bell ringer.”

Kari stands just inside the sliding doors at the K-Mart in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho.

“When the doors open it gets a little breezy, but I bundle up pretty good.”

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News
11:43 am
Fri November 18, 2011

White House Shooting Suspect Had Idaho Arrest Record, End-Of-World Theories

This Sept. 13 mugshot of Oscar Ramiro Ortega-Hernandez was taken at the Bonneville County Jail in Idaho Falls. Courtesy of the Bonneville County Sheriff Dept.

Originally published on Thu November 17, 2011 7:54 pm

The Idaho man accused of trying to assassinate the president had a history of minor arrests in his home state and recently developed conspiracy theories about the end of the world. Those are some of the details that are beginning to emerge about Oscar Ramiro Ortega-Hernandez.

Ortega-Hernandez's arrest record includes petty theft, possession of drug paraphernalia and misdemeanor domestic violence. He also appeared in court in 2010 for a child support hearing.

The Associated Press reports Ortega-Hernandez has a 2-year-old son with his ex-fiance.

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Mentally Ill Juveniles
9:10 am
Thu November 17, 2011

Brotherly bond clouded by schizophrenia

Dell May, at age 7, holds his new-born brother Ben
Zoe Cooley

Some of the longest relationships are the life-long ties between siblings. But that connection can get complicated when one sibling suffers from a mental illness.

Many support programs don’t focus much on the sibling relationships. Northwest News Network reporter Jessica Robinson recorded the story of two brothers: one in Moscow, Idaho, the other in Anchorage, Alaska. One has schizophrenia. The other grew up in the shadow of it.

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News
5:17 pm
Wed November 16, 2011

ACLU: Idaho conceals execution procedure from witnesses

Idaho renovated a cell block at the state's maximum security prison to serve as the execution chamber for Paul Ezra Rhoades. Photo courtesy of Idaho Department of Correction

The American Civil Liberties Union says Idaho is violating a federal court's ruling on execution procedures. The state is set to execute convicted murderer Paul Ezra Rhoades by lethal injection on Friday morning.

The Idaho Department of Correction allows witnesses at executions, including members of the press. But only after the execution team has secured the inmate to the table and inserted two IV lines.

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Other News
11:24 am
Wed November 9, 2011

Would-be first plastic bag ban in Idaho goes down

Voters in a small Idaho town have defeated what would have been the state's first ban on plastic grocery bags. The measure in Hailey, Idaho went down with only 42 percent in favor in Tuesday’s election.

It was a group of local teens that collected the signatures to get the bag ban on the ballot. Lex Shapiro is co-president of the high school environmental club. She says her group’s campaign was out-funded by the plastic bag manufacturer Hilex Poly, which owns a nearby plastic bag plant.

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Health
4:57 pm
Mon November 7, 2011

Suicide-prone West suffers from stigma, few services

Image by the American Association of Suicidology

Idaho is releasing a new plan that seeks to combat the state's high rate of suicide. Idaho ranks sixth in the nation for suicide, according to the latest figures. Oregon's not far behind at number 12. It's part of a trend in the West, where the suicide rate is higher than the national average.

Alaska typically tops the list, followed by the Lower 48's intermountain states. Experts say, frankly, they're not sure why. But many have a hunch about the factors: isolation, depression-inducing climates, and lack of access to mental health services.

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