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Grocery Outlet scheduled to open in September

Grocery Outlet will be located in part of the former Shopko building.

EMMA LEDBETTER, Evergreen reporter

May 27, 2020

Grocery Outlet will be open in Pullman next to Harbor Freight Tools in September. Jennifer Hackman, Pullman’s economic development manager, wrote in an email that the building owner expects Grocery Outlet to open shortly after Labor Day.  The space Grocery Outlet will fill is about 24,000 squ...

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...

‘Know your fruit, where it’s coming from’: student describes passion for wine-making

Andrew Gerow, a senior Viticulture and Enology major, said he helped produce three wines that will be available for purchase: two Rieslings and one rosé.

CHERYL AARNIO, Evergreen reporter

May 27, 2020

A WSU Tri-Cities student was shocked to find out he received the Wine Spectator Student of the Year award. “It took a while to comprehend because it was so exciting,” said Andrew Gerow, a senior viticulture and enology major.  Thomas Henick-Kling, director of the WSU Viticulture and Enology program, said the ...

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 ...

Pullman School District receives grant to purchase eco-friendly bus

An electric bus looks similar to regular school buses, but the only difference is there is no tailpipe and the Bluebird brand logo is green.

ALANA LACKNER, Evergreen reporter

May 27, 2020

A grant from the Washington Department of Ecology will allow the Pullman School District to purchase an electric bus. The $275,000 grant comes from a settlement that Volkswagen paid to the Washington government in the wake of their emissions scandal in 2015, said Andrew Wineke, Washington Department o...

Facility sells protective barriers for customer service employees

Protective gear like acrylic shields and face masks can keep people and workers safe from COVID-19.

JAKOB THORINGTON, Evergreen reporter

May 27, 2020

WSU’s Technical Services is providing protective shields for customer service locations to keep workers safe from contracting COVID-19. “These are highly in demand right now and it’s going to be an important part of reopening the university,” said Technical Services Supervisor, Dave Savage. ...

Whitman County COVID-19 case count reaches 20

Whitman County COVID-19 case count reaches 20

EMMA LEDBETTER, Evergreen reporter

May 27, 2020

A male 20-39 years old is the most recent individual to test positive for COVID-19 in Whitman County, bringing the total up to 20 cases. The first 16 patients are fully recovered, according to a press release from the Whitman County Emergency Operations Center. Three of the most recent patients are stable and isolating at home. The investigation into the latest case is still o...

Online presentations held for incoming students

Alive Orientation will be online this summer. Presentations are in a PowerPoint format with a live feature so participants can ask questions along the way.

ANDREA GONZALEZ, Evergreen reporter

May 26, 2020

WSU’s Office of Admissions and Recruitment is offering online daily presentations for prospective and incoming students.  Randi Niehenke, associate director for the Office of Admissions and Recruitment, said the department went virtual as soon as Gov. Jay Inslee’s stay-home order was put in plac...

County candidates file for election

Incumbent Art Swannack is running for a county commissioner position. Primary elections are on Aug. 4.

JAKOB THORINGTON, Evergreen reporter

May 26, 2020

A total of 49 county candidates have filed to run in the upcoming 2020 primary election on Aug. 4. There are 38 offices available in Whitman County including Congress and state representatives, state senators, state supreme court and county commissioner positions, according to a Whitman County candidate l...

Technology to lower inflammation, may help COVID-19 patients

WSU professor Santanu Bose discovered the A9 protein. He said blocking some of the protein's function may stop over-inflammation of the lungs and help patients suffering from pneumonia caused by COVID-19.

CHERYL AARNIO, Evergreen reporter

May 26, 2020

WSU professor Santanu Bose has discovered a protein that, when some of its function is reduced, may help stop patients who are dying from pneumonia caused by COVID-19. The A9 protein causes inflammation. Some inflammation is good for the body, but in the case of a respiratory virus like COVID-19, to...

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