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Whitman County Commissioners review marijuana ordinance draft

Whitman County Commissioner Art Swannack said one of the regulations in the ordinance requires indoor facilities to install exhaust systems to capture odors.
BRADLEY GAMBLE, Evergreen reporter December 9, 2020

The Whitman County Planning Commission finished a draft for a new ordinance regulating the growing, processing and retailing of marijuana. The ordinance will establish new zoning regulations for marijuana-involved...

WSU Tri-Cities researchers use fungi to replace chemical fertilizers

Arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi can help plants absorb light and water. They expand the plant’s root zone and act as a biofertilizer.
TRINITY WILLSEY, Evergreen reporter December 8, 2020

A team at WSU Tri-Cities is researching a type of fungus that could replace chemical fertilizers in crops. The team is working to see if applying inoculants that contain arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi...

WSU undergrads receive awards during national STEM conference

Jenna Pederson, senior general studies in biological sciences major, said she is interested in studying animal behavior and conducting drug research.
LOREN NEGRON, Evergreen reporter December 7, 2020

Two WSU students received a $175 award each for their undergraduate research projects during an annual national STEM conference. Seniors Jenna Pederson and Ezra Mead attended the Annual Biomedical Research...

Employees allege COVID-19 safety, labor law violations at Pullman Domino’s

Pullman Domino’s Pizza customers have complained about lack of mask use by employees. Customers not wearing masks are still offered service. An employee alleged that managerial staff knowingly disregards COVID mandates.

Editor's note: Some sources in this story elected to use pseudonyms in order to protect their anonymity and prevent retaliation. These sources are designated by an asterisk (*). Pullman Domino’s Pizza...

WSU creates new faculty position to research potato production, health

The new chair will research how farmers can protect potatoes from soil pathogens, said Scot Hulbert, associate dean of the College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resources Sciences Office of Research.
BRADLEY GAMBLE, Evergreen reporter November 20, 2020

After receiving a $3 million endowment from members of the potato industry, WSU created a new endowed chair position to lead research on potato production and soil health. The individual chosen as the...

WSU professor evaluates Indigenous populations’ reaction toward possible COVID-19 vaccine

As part of a panel that reviews the protocols of ongoing studies, Lonnie Nelson, associate professor at WSU’s College of Nursing, will ensure that Native American communities are accurately represented, so communities can decide how vaccines will be disseminated.
TRINITY WILLSEY, Evergreen reporter November 17, 2020

An associate professor for WSU’s College of Nursing in Spokane is concerned with the lack of Native American representation in the ongoing trials to find a COVID-19 vaccine.  Lonnie Nelson, associate...

Researchers study ashy aromas, tastes in wine affected by wildfires

Grapes from commercial and research vineyards are collected and analyzed so WSU researchers can see how wine grape quality is affected by how long they are exposed to smoke.
BRADLEY GAMBLE, Evergreen reporter November 11, 2020

WSU researchers are studying how the duration of smoke exposure from September's wildfires affected the quality of wine grapes. Grapes exposed to smoke from wildfires can develop ashy aromas and tastes...

New tool shows rural-urban gap in COVID-19 cases

The coronavirus tracking tool helps researchers understand the gaps in rural and urban areas. 
SYDNEY BROWN, Evergreen reporter November 4, 2020

As Whitman County reports 18 deaths from COVID-19 over the span of about one month, WSU researchers are looking to a new rural COVID-19 tracking tool to understand gaps in rural and urban areas.  Ofer...

Increasing sleep may reduce fear-associated memories from trauma

A WSU researcher tested the effects sleep has on rats that are exposed to trauma.
MICHELLE PAREDES STRONG, Evergreen reporter November 4, 2020

In a new study, researchers looking to ease the adverse effects after trauma used a light technique to manipulate sleep-promoting neurons in rat brains, which in return, eases adverse effects after trauma. The...

Councilmembers propose use of raw sewage technology

The non-invasive technology can measure the condition of a sewage pipe, said Kevin Gardes, councilmember and Pullman public works director.
JENAE LAXSON, Evergreen reporter October 28, 2020

Councilmembers discussed reducing possible exposure to COVID-19  from raw sewage by using non-invasive technology during a city council meeting on Tuesday.  The technology can measure the condition...

Horticulture orchard to have more crops planted

A worker picks apples in the R.B. Tukey Orchard on WSU's campus Oct. 7.
ALEXANDRIA OSBORNE, Evergreen reporter October 22, 2020

Workers began planting crops at WSU's R.B. Tukey Horticulture Orchard this spring, two years since the location was established, but the orchard will still have new crops planted. There will be a variety...

Professors design novel process for recycling drywall

Two professors in WSU's School of Design and Construction are recycling drywall to address an environmental problem.
EMMA LEDBETTER, Evergreen reporter October 19, 2020

Two WSU professors invented a process to recycle drywall into blocks, which can then be used for construction projects. Drywall is a common building material made from the mineral gypsum, also known...

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