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Pullman police, city council officials condemn actions of Minneapolis officer

Chief of Police Gary Jenkins said a commander reads use-of-force reports and look at footage from body cameras to make sure the force was necessary and within policy.

ALANA LACKNER, Evergreen reporter

May 30, 2020

The Pullman Police Department condemned the actions of a police officer in Minneapolis who killed 46-year-old George Floyd, as well as the officers who were complicit with the murder.  Chief of Police Gary Jenkins said he believes there is no place in the force for people like Derek Chauvin, the offi...

Three power outages occur in Pullman

Three power outages occur in Pullman

BRADLEY GAMBLE, Evergreen reporter

May 30, 2020

Pullman residents experienced three power outages during a thunderstorm Saturday evening. The Avista Outage Map reported three outages in Whitman County, all in Pullman. The first outage began at 7:33 p.m., the second at 8:03 p.m. and the third at 8:45 p.m.  Fewer than five customers were affected...

Zoom application offers updates for students, faculty

Ever since Zoom was put in place at WSU, there have been about 360,000 meetings with 1.9 million participants from July 2019 through April 2020.

JAYCE CARRAL, Evergreen news editor

May 29, 2020

Zoom users must update their application by May 30 to continue using its video services. If users do not update Zoom by that date, they will be unable to access meetings until they do so.  Jacqueline Southwick, communication manager for WSU Information Technology Services, said the update takes a few m...

WSU launches certificate program for online teaching skills

Rebecca Van de Vord, WSU's Academic Outreach and Innovation vice president and director of Learning Innovations, said certification is not required for any instructors but is encouraged.

BRADLEY GAMBLE, Evergreen reporter

May 29, 2020

The WSU Provost’s Office and WSU Academic Outreach and Innovation have launched a new distance delivery mastery certificate to improve the faculty’s ability to teach online. The certificate provides an opportunity for instructors to learn how to successfully adapt their teaching style to an online e...

Soon-to-be department chair aims to keep serving students

Ting Chi, professor and soon-to-be chair of WSU’s Apparel, Merchandising, Design and Textiles, stands in the middle of a group of students. Chi will begin as department head June 1.

CHERYL AARNIO, Evergreen reporter

May 29, 2020

WSU’s Apparel, Merchandising, Design and Textiles department is home to Ting Chi, AMDT professor and soon-to-be chair.  Chi said textiles are his passion, which he found early on in life. His grandfather was an engineer for a textile machinery company, so Chi got to know the industry as a chil...

Whitman County courthouse, jail to be renovated

Brandy Dean, director of Whitman County Facilities Management, said the Whitman County Jail will have a water control system to limit an inmate’s water use if too much is being used.

JAKOB THORINGTON, Evergreen reporter

May 29, 2020

Whitman County commissioners approved a $2-million roofing, plumbing and lighting project to upgrade the county courthouse and jail. “We are in that jail trying to repair fixtures all the time,” said Brandy Dean, director of Whitman County Facilities Management. “We are in desperate need of p...

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 ...

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