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Grassroots organization connects volunteers with neighbors in need

Some residents on the Palouse wanted to help their neighbors by initiating an organization that delivers groceries to those in need.

EMMA LEDBETTER, Evergreen reporter

May 26, 2020

About 70 Pullman and Moscow locals are volunteering to deliver groceries to their neighbors in need through a grassroots organization called Palouse COVID-19 Mutual Aid. Delaney Piper, the organizer behind the group and a history masters student at WSU, said volunteers primarily focus on grocery deliveries. Howeve...

Local police address crime in wake of COVID-19

Gary Jenkins, Pullman chief of police, said the department has minimized contact officers have with residents by writing tickets for some violations instead of making arrests.

SYDNEY BROWN, Evergreen reporter

May 22, 2020

Crime in Pullman dropped sharply between March and May of this year, according to Gary Jenkins, Pullman Chief of Police. Jenkins said the department saw nearly a 29 percent drop in crime during the COVID-19 shutdown. Some reports mentioned concern about a rise in domestic violence cases. Jenkins sai...

Record rainfall seen in Pullman

The sky on Thursday afternoon. The amount of rainfall was reported around 1 a.m. Thursday.

JAYCE CARRAL, Evergreen reporter

May 22, 2020

A record was broken in Pullman for the amount of rainfall to hit the area in one day by 0.27 inches, according to a Facebook post by the U.S. National Weather Service Spokane Washington.  The previous record was 0.98 inches in 1912, according to the post. The record rainfall is now 1.25 inches. ...

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...

Whitman County hits 19 confirmed cases of COVID-19

Whitman County hits 19 confirmed cases of COVID-19

EMMA LEDBETTER, Evergreen reporter

May 20, 2020

A male 20-39 years old tested positive for COVID-19, bringing Whitman County’s confirmed case count to 19. The most recent patient, as well as the two individuals who tested positive before him, are stable and isolating at home, according to a press release from the Whitman County Emergency Operati...

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...

CARES Act funding split between students, university

Phil Weiler, vice president for marketing and communications, said the money awarded to each student ranged from $500 to $1,500 depending on their financial situation.

ANDREA GONZALEZ, Evergreen reporter

May 20, 2020

WSU received $21.76 million from the CARES Act, and the money will be split between students and the university’s COVID-19 expenses.  Brian Dixon, assistant vice president of Student Financial Services, said the CARES Act was a federal law that helps address financial hardships during the pandem...

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...

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