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Pullman businesses adapt to Phase 2 changes

Tawny Szumlas, owner of Rico’s Pub, said employees and customers are following COVID-19 regulations, which includes wearing protection gear like masks.

CHERYL AARNIO and SYDNEY BROWN

May 22, 2020

As Phase 2 kicks off in Pullman, businesses in town must adapt to a new normal. The Safe Start plan for businesses laid out by Gov. Jay Inslee includes specific industry guidelines that businesses must follow in order to reopen, said Pullman Downtown Coordinator Jeanne Weiler. These guidelines include p...

Commission awaits approval for charter school

The Montessori School of Pullman is located inside of the Gladish Community and Cultural Center. A new charter school might open in fall 2021.

LUKE HUDSON, Evergreen reporter

May 22, 2020

Pullman could see the opening of a charter school serving kindergarten through fifth-graders by fall 2021.  Laylah Sullivan, Pullman Community Montessori head of school, said if the school is approved, it will begin serving K-5 in 2021 and add one grade per year up to ninth grade. She said star...

Pullman Depot Heritage Center grant application qualifies for review

The Pullman Depot Heritage Center will remain open during external restoration but will locate to a different room during interior restoration.

BRADLEY GAMBLE, Evergreen reporter

May 22, 2020

The Pullman Depot Heritage Center qualified as one of the applicants for the 2021-2023 Heritage Capital Grant Program in order to help pay for the center’s restoration. The center is seeking $240,000 to begin the first phase of its five-phase restoration plan, according to the Heritage Center p...

Faculty, staff told to prepare for 10 percent budget cut

WSU President Kirk Schulz sent an email to faculty and staff instructing them to prepare for budget cuts across each unit and department.

EMMA LEDBETTER, Evergreen reporter

May 20, 2020

WSU president Kirk Schulz sent an email on Tuesday to faculty and staff stating that each unit or department should prepare for a 10 percent budget cut.  Phil Weiler, vice president for marketing and communication, said this is in response to direction from Gov. Jay Inslee who said each state agen...

Town hall prepares for increase in on-site research

Colleen Kerr, vice president for external affairs and government relations, said research is a primary function of higher education.

EMMA LEDBETTER, Evergreen reporter

May 20, 2020

WSU research officials held a town hall Tuesday to solicit feedback on draft guidelines for research, scholarship and creative activities, which will allow on-site activities, like lab or office work, to gradually increase.  The goals of the new guidelines are to protect the health and well-being o...

Hospital requires patients to have doctor’s order for COVID-19 testing

Patients who want to get tested for COVID-19 must have a physician’s order.

EMMA LEDBETTER, Evergreen reporter

May 20, 2020

Pullman Regional Hospital moved away from triage testing for COVID-19 and is now requiring patients to have a physician’s order before they can get tested for the virus.  Patients who want to get tested must first meet with their primary care doctor, said Diane Whittick, infection prevention specialis...

Teaching advocacy organization adds new members for first time in six years

William Hall, far left, is an assistant professor for mathematics and statistics. Hall said he was recently inducted into the WSU President’s Teaching Academy.

BRADLEY GAMBLE, Evergreen reporter

May 20, 2020

The WSU President’s Teaching Academy nearly doubled their membership when they admitted 27 new faculty members from six colleges and 17 departments in April, which is the first time any new members have joined since 2014. The teaching academy is an organization with members that consists of facu...

Whitman County receives flood watch warning

Whitman County receives flood watch warning

JAYCE CARRAL, Evergreen reporter

May 19, 2020

The National Weather Service in Spokane issued a flood watch warning for Whitman County, according to the National Weather Service website. The warning is in effect from Tuesday evening until late Wednesday night.  Residents in the county should expect heavy, persistent rain up to two inches by Wednesday night, according to the warning. The rain will cause all water sources in the r...

Local hospital considers expanding tax base

About 55 percent of the revenue from elective surgeries is not coming in to the hospital due to COVID-19 restrictions.

ANDREA GONZALEZ, Evergreen reporter

May 18, 2020

Pullman Regional Hospital will consider expanding the hospital district in order to broaden its tax base, which is the area where people living in it can be taxed by an institution. This will be discussed during the Board of Commissioners meeting in June.  Jeff Elbracht, PRH’s Board of CommisAsione...

Board of Regents approves addition of two new degree programs

A Master of Science in Kinesiology degree and a Bachelor of Science in Viticulture and Enology degree will be available at WSU in the fall.

JAKOB THORINGTON, Evergreen reporter

May 18, 2020

Two new degree programs will be available for students in the fall to help WSU compete with other institutions that have similar programs. On May 8, the Board of Regents voted to establish a Master of Science in Kinesiology degree and a Bachelor of Science in Viticulture and Enology degree. “We...

Chemistry department now using take-home lab kits

Lab fees for summer sessions are waived for students taking chemistry courses, so they can purchase lab kits instead. The cost of each kit varies for different courses with some costing over $200. 

EMMA LEDBETTER, Evergreen reporter

May 18, 2020

WSU's Department of Chemistry is adjusting to online classes this summer by using lab kits that allow students to perform laboratory experiments at home.  Cole Mercer, lab manager for CHEM 345, said the experiments included in the kits range from measuring the melting point of hydrocarbons, which...

Whitman County waste station accepts credit cards

Whitman County’s solid waste transfer station implemented a card machine that allows customers to pay without breaking social distancing rules.

SYDNEY BROWN, Evergreen reporter

May 18, 2020

Whitman County’s solid waste drop-off locations now allow customers to pay with credit and debit cards, according to the waste station’s director.  David Nails, solid waste and recycling director of Whitman County’s solid waste transfer station, said the addition of a card machine allows cus...

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