The Daily Evergreen

Local hospital offers videos on mental health amid pandemic

Seven videos about mental health are available on Pullman Regional Hospital's YouTube channel.

CHERYL AARNIO, Evergreen reporter

June 3, 2020

Pullman Regional Hospital is showcasing a video series that draws attention to the effects of COVID-19 on people’s mental health. The “Mental Health Impact of COVID-19” series covers topics that everyone can relate to, including sleep, day-to-day brain health, medical care, adult and pediatric factors, and impacts on WSU operations, said Chad Sanders,...

Whitman County unemployment rates rise three percent

Whitman County unemployment rates have risen 3 percent. State unemployment rates for Washington state have risen from  5.1 percent in March to 15.4 percent in April this year.

ANDREA GONZALEZ, Evergreen reporter

June 3, 2020

Due to COVID-19, Whitman County unemployment rates increased by 3 percent from March to April this year.  Doug Tweedy, regional economist for the Washington State Employment Security Department, said Whitman County’s unemployment rate was 3.6 percent in March and 6.6 percent in April.  Tweedy sa...

Small business grant to fund multiple businesses

Jeff Guyett, Community Action Center executive director, said small business owners can apply for Whitman County and Community Action Center's Community Development Block Grant until June 4.

ANDREA GONZALEZ, Evergreen reporter

June 3, 2020

The deadline for the Whitman County and Community Action Center's Community Development Block Grant has been extended to June 4.  Jeff Guyett, Community Action Center executive director, said the grant is federally funded by the Washington State Department of Commerce.  Of the money that wa...

Schulz says fall classes will still happen

WSU President Kirk Schulz said finalized decisions about fall will be communicated to student, faculty and staff within the next four to six weeks.

SYDNEY BROWN, Evergreen reporter

May 31, 2020

The university is planning for in-person instruction come fall, but the WSU experience will likely look drastically different, said WSU officials in an online town hall Friday morning.  WSU interim provost Bryan Slinker said the university plans to reopen for fall, even though classes will not retu...

Zoom application offers updates for students, faculty

Ever since Zoom was put in place at WSU, there have been about 360,000 meetings with 1.9 million participants from July 2019 through April 2020.

JAYCE CARRAL, Evergreen news editor

May 29, 2020

Zoom users must update their application by May 30 to continue using its video services. If users do not update Zoom by that date, they will be unable to access meetings until they do so.  Jacqueline Southwick, communication manager for WSU Information Technology Services, said the update takes a few m...

WSU launches certificate program for online teaching skills

Rebecca Van de Vord, WSU's Academic Outreach and Innovation vice president and director of Learning Innovations, said certification is not required for any instructors but is encouraged.

BRADLEY GAMBLE, Evergreen reporter

May 29, 2020

The WSU Provost’s Office and WSU Academic Outreach and Innovation have launched a new distance delivery mastery certificate to improve the faculty’s ability to teach online. The certificate provides an opportunity for instructors to learn how to successfully adapt their teaching style to an online e...

Soon-to-be department chair aims to keep serving students

Ting Chi, professor and soon-to-be chair of WSU’s Apparel, Merchandising, Design and Textiles, stands in the middle of a group of students. Chi will begin as department head June 1.

CHERYL AARNIO, Evergreen reporter

May 29, 2020

WSU’s Apparel, Merchandising, Design and Textiles department is home to Ting Chi, AMDT professor and soon-to-be chair.  Chi said textiles are his passion, which he found early on in life. His grandfather was an engineer for a textile machinery company, so Chi got to know the industry as a chil...

Whitman County courthouse, jail to be renovated

Brandy Dean, director of Whitman County Facilities Management, said the Whitman County Jail will have a water control system to limit an inmate’s water use if too much is being used.

JAKOB THORINGTON, Evergreen reporter

May 29, 2020

Whitman County commissioners approved a $2-million roofing, plumbing and lighting project to upgrade the county courthouse and jail. “We are in that jail trying to repair fixtures all the time,” said Brandy Dean, director of Whitman County Facilities Management. “We are in desperate need of p...

City council purchases audiovisual equipment for City Hall

The new city hall is still under construction. The  upgraded audiovisual equipment will be installed after construction finishes.

SYDNEY BROWN, Evergreen reporter

May 27, 2020

City councilmembers approved a $141,000 purchase for upgraded audiovisual equipment in the new city hall. Some members said the ability to broadcast meetings maintains transparency, while others in the council disagreed with the expense considering the city’s financial situation.  The council app...

Science Explained: Why is hand washing more effective than using hand sanitizer?

Soap molecules have two distinct parts: a hydrophilic (“water loving”) head and a lipophilic (“oil loving”) tail. Soap disrupts the structure of viruses.

EMMA LEDBETTER, Evergreen reporter

May 27, 2020

Health officials recommend frequent hand washing as one of the best ways to prevent the spread of COVID-19 — but what is it about hand washing that makes it so effective when compared to other sanitation methods?  The answer comes down to the chemical structure of soap.  Soap molecules have...

City workers adjust to uncertainties with employment

Joanna Bailey, director of Neill Public Library, said none of the library employees have been laid off, but the majority have been furloughed.

BRADLEY GAMBLE, Evergreen reporter

May 27, 2020

Due to COVID-19 shutdowns, many staff members working for the City of Pullman have been furloughed until further notice. Furloughed employees work reduced hours but maintain benefits. Joanna Bailey, director of Neill Public Library, said 25 out of 28 library employees have been furloughed, but none hav...

Local hospital reopens all services

Pullman Regional Hospital officials decided to reopen the hospital for elective procedures because they have met all the state guidelines.

EMMA LEDBETTER, Evergreen reporter

May 27, 2020

Pullman Regional Hospital is now offering elective surgeries after pausing certain procedures due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  PRH Marketing Director Megan Guido said hospital officials decided to reopen for elective procedures because they have met all the state guidelines, including maintaining ...

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