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Residents step up to help at-risk community members

Eric Fejeran, United Way of Whitman County director, Alternatives to Violence of the Palouse expressed a need for toilet paper and computer webcams so their employees could work from home.

MADYSEN MCLAIN, Evergreen reporter

April 2, 2020

As developments with COVID-19 continue across the country, community organizations in Whitman County are stepping up to provide services for those in at-risk populations. Eric Fejeran, United Way of Whitman County director, said the United Way of Whitman County launched a COVID-19 Community Relie...

Organization teaches Nez Perce traditions, environmental activism

Lower Granite Dam

JOEL KEMEGUE, Evergreen reporter

March 31, 2020

Since 2015 the nonprofit organization Nimiipuu Protecting the Environment has been dedicated to educating people on the environment, Nez Perce traditions and how to preserve for future generations. Nimiipuu Protecting the Environment works closely with the Nez Perce tribe but they do not work for them. Co-...

Tai-chi, yoga instructor tells her story

Yoga and tai-chi teacher Janet Keeley-Valencia talks about her life, teaching yoga and tai-chi, and the importance of knowing your body.

JOEL KEMEGUE, Evergreen reporter

March 26, 2020

From her house in Pullman, Janet Keeney-Valenza teaches her students yoga, tai-chi and how to appreciate the body. Valenza teaches both yoga and tai-chi. She said yoga and tai-chi are not “no pain no gain” and stresses the importance of listening to your body on her students. “I always ...

Student activist on dreaming big

Frias has tried all kinds of opportunities to expand her enjoyment and wonder, she said. However, her most prized position out of all was being an orientation counselor, hearing from students how she helped them grow in the short time she had with them, she said.

MADDY BEAN, Evergreen reporter

March 26, 2020

Being able to find your authentic self is something most people strive for in college. For senior and activist Mariela Frias, she’s had a long time to discover who that is, through all the things she has been involved in at WSU. Frias, a comparative ethnic studies major, was born in Puerto Rico...

Fine Arts student adapts thesis for changing times

Q, master of fine arts student, said her artwork is funny but sad. She wants viewers to contemplate where they came from and where they are now.

EMMA LEDBETTER, Evergreen reporter

March 26, 2020

Ashley Quast, known as “Q,” said her art is a balance between whimsy and failed expectation — and her Master of Fine Arts thesis presentation is an example of just that.  Q, who will graduate in May with a Master of Fine Arts from WSU, has been studying here for two years. Since comple...

Artist inspired by fandom, fantasy

Destiny Whitcomb, local intrinsic artist and barista, discusses her favorite art mediums, upcoming projects, and her passion for art, on Wednesday afternoon at Cafe Moro.

ANNIKA ZEIGLER, Evergreen reporter

March 24, 2020

Not everyone gets the chance to turn their passion into beautiful, reputable art. Destiny Whitcomb is one of the few.  Destiny Whitcomb is a practicing artist here in Pullman. She has an extensive resume including painting, sketching, crafting, digital art, photography, fashion design, printmakin...

Tattooist’s passion for ink emerged early

Chris Peltier, tattoo artist at Blood Diamond Ink, shares stories from the beginning of his career as a tattoo artist.

ANNIKA ZEIGLER, Evergreen reporter

March 24, 2020

Blood Diamond Ink is a treasure chest of gas masks, tattoo memorabilia and artwork. Shop owner Chris Peltier said he knew he wanted to tattoo in fifth grade. His mom’s brother, Jeff, introduced Peltier to his own tattoo kit on a visit to their family home. “When it first hit me on my radar, ...

Folk artist to ‘lumber rock’ Moscow

Norman Baker and the Backroads play on March 20, 2019 at Tractor Tavern in Seattle. Baker performs his

MADYSEN MCLAIN, Evergreen reporter

March 12, 2020

Norman Baker and the Backroads, a Seattle-based folk band, will bring their original music to Moscow on Friday night at John’s Alley. Norman Baker, a singer and songwriter, is no stranger to Moscow. He said he has played several shows at John’s Alley Tavern, but it has been a few years since...

Nonprofit provides employment support for adults with disabilities

Boost Collaborative Employment Services Director Teresa Driver describes how Boost's services help those with disabilities find a way to enter or reenter the workforce on Monday morning at the Pullman Boost Collaborative Office.

ANNA YOUNG, Evergreen reporter

March 12, 2020

Community integration is no small task for adults with disabilities, but Boost Collaborative’s Employment Support Services aim to make this task a little less daunting. Teresa Driver, director of Employment Support Services, said the employment branch of Boost Collaborative starts with people ages 18 t...

Women Behind Swan Family Ink share their story

Telisa Swan, owner and tattoo artist at Swan Family Ink, tattoos an oak tree on customer Jordan Shull's shin Thursday afternoon at Swan Family Ink in Moscow.

ANNIKA ZEIGLER, Evergreen reporter

March 10, 2020

The exterior of Moscow’s Swan Family Ink is painted in a traditional beige. The inside is bursting with life, color and '90s grunge music. Swan Family Ink owner Telisa Swan gave her first tattoo at the age of 12 — to herself. She gave her second at 14 — again to herself. In 1993, shortl...

Black Lens showcases a new perspective

Black Lens showcases a new perspective

RACHEL KOCH, Evergreen reporter

March 5, 2020

Starting last January, WSU began offering copies of Black Lens, an independent newspaper that focuses on the black community in Spokane. “A newspaper that’s solely dedicated to black people is always great to see,” said Pomy Ayele, an active participant in Visionaries Inspiring Black Empowere...

Native women find solidarity in campus group

NAWA Vice President Kamapolani Garcia discusses how she reconnected with her Native heritage when she got involved with NAWA last Wednesday afternoon in the WSU Native Center.

MADYSEN MCLAIN, Evergreen reporter

March 5, 2020

Growing up in Hawaii, Kamapolani Garcia was always far away from her father’s Native Tohono O’odham heritage. Now the vice president of the Native American Women’s Association, Garcia says spending time with her late grandfather and meeting the women in NAWA helped her reconnect to, and learn...

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