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Researchers study how often household pets contract COVID-19

Household pets like dogs, cats, hamsters and ferrets are being tested for COVID-19. In order to be tested, the animals have to be from a household where at least one person has tested positive for the virus.

EMMA LEDBETTER, Evergreen reporter

June 5, 2020

WSU researchers, in cooperation with University of Washington's Center for One Health Research, are studying how often household pets can contract COVID-19.  Katie Kuehl, veterinarian and shelter medicine clinical instructor in WSU’s College of Veterinary Medicine, said researchers are testing dogs, cats, hamsters and ferrets in households where at least ...

WSU’s Bear Center builds new cave

There are 11 bears at WSU's Bear Center. They were given a new cave, which researchers say will be used as hibernation approaches.

EMMA LEDBETTER, Evergreen reporter

June 5, 2020

The 11 bears currently living at WSU’s Bear Center have a new cave to explore in their outdoor yard. The cave is made out of a 10-foot-long culvert, or round metal tunnel, that has been compressed to make it flat on the top and bottom so it is more comfortable for the bears to lay in, said Faci...

WSU admin urged to take action for racist comments made by student

“If they are not doing that, then we're going to have to go ahead and hold up a petition and be an advocate to make sure that the student is no longer on campus,” ASWSU President Curtis Cohen said.

LOREN NEGRON, Evergreen reporter

June 5, 2020

Editor's note: The Daily Evergreen recognizes that the social media post depict screenshots with graphic language. It was added to provide validity and context to the story. Please view at your own risk. WSU students called for action from university administration after screenshots of a student'...

National Lentil Festival canceled this year

Volunteers serve lentil chili for attendees the 2018 National Lentil Festival.

ZACH GOFF, Evergreen reporter

June 3, 2020

The annual 2020 National Lentil Festival was canceled due to health concerns related to COVID-19. Britnee Christen, festival director of the National Lentil Festival, said she wants everyone in the community to stay safe.  The Lentil Festival began in 1989. In 2021, the festival committee plans to hold th...

Whitman County deals with unemployment fraud

People who have been victim to unemployment fraud should file a report with the local police department, says Pullman Chief of Police.

SYDNEY BROWN, Evergreen reporter

June 3, 2020

Some Whitman County residents have filed claims about unemployment fraud in the area.  Local law enforcement have turned the claims over to Secret Service agencies and the FBI, Gary Jenkins, Pullman Chief of Police, said while addressing the issue May 26 in an online city hall. Sgt. Chris Chap...

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...

‘I shouldn’t have to put it on a sign for people to know that I’m worthy of life’

Community members met Sunday evening at the Gladish Community & Cultural Center to protest the death of George Floyd, a 46-year-old man who was killed by police officers in Minneapolis.

JAYCE CARRAL and ANGELICA RELENTE

May 31, 2020

A demonstrator waved a pole with the American flag hung upside-down. People waved posters that read “I can’t breathe” and “A riot is the language of the unheard” in the air. About 100 demonstrators marched through downtown Pullman on Sunday in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter mov...

Housing market slows during usual peak time of sales

In Whitman County, buyers can now visit potential homes one-on-one with a realtor rather than looking at pictures online.

CHERYL AARNIO, Evergreen reporter

May 31, 2020

With COVID-19 impacting many aspects of life, people are still buying houses and signing apartment leases. The housing market slowed down because of the shutdown. This is typically the busiest time of year to sell a house, said Michael Gordon, owner and broker at Summit Realty Northwest. “The...

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...

‘We won’t have that in our community’

Pullman community members protest the death of George Floyd on Saturday evening at Cougar Plaza.

SYDNEY BROWN and LUKE HUDSON

May 30, 2020

Pouring rain and strikes of lightning did not deter protesters from Cougar Plaza during an anti-police-violence demonstration organized by local activists Saturday evening.  Several Pullman residents across all age groups appeared on the sidewalk of Cougar Plaza for the demonstration. Signs, dampened...

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