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Pandemic leads to underwhelming end to college career

Pandemic leads to underwhelming end to college career

LAUREN ELLENBECKER, Evergreen reporter

April 9, 2020

Soon-to-be graduates reflect on the loss of a milestone in their life and face the uncertainty of their future prospects, which have been complicated by the coronavirus pandemic. System-wide WSU students received an email from Kirk Schulz on March 25, which stated May commencement would be postponed...

ASWSU funds community bench

ASWSU funds community bench

JAKOB THORINGTON, Evergreen ASWSU reporter

April 9, 2020

The former location of Theta Xi will see a community bench added to its green space by the end of May. “This used to be the place of Theta Xi fraternity where my dad went back in like the ‘80s,” Kathryn Fitzgerald, Bees and Trees project planner, said. “Now we have the potential to just con...

Residents challenge food insecurity head-on

Residents challenge food insecurity head-on

LAUREN ELLENBECKER, Evergreen reporter

April 9, 2020

Community members challenge food insecurity in Washington’s most food insecure county by addressing its origins and the stigma surrounding it.  More than 37 million people in the U.S. face food insecurity, according to the United States Department of Agriculture Economic Research Service (USDA). Fo...

Pullman Transit works with COVID-19 impact

Pullman Transit works with COVID-19 impact

ANGELICA RELENTE, Evergreen reporter

April 7, 2020

The Coug B Express route is usually full in the morning.  On March 23, Tabitha Ries, Pullman Transit driver, only had a total of 36 passengers during her eight-hour shift. “It’s super strange,” Ries said. As the number of public transit passengers decrease over time, drivers lik...

Instructors describe their transition to online teaching

Instructors describe their transition to online teaching

BRADLEY GAMBLE, Evergreen reporter

April 7, 2020

While most students and professors worried about how to resume lectures and exams through online instruction, chemistry professors worried about continuing their labs. WSU announced all classes would be transitioning to online instruction following spring break on March 11, due to COVID-19. Ryan Rice, chemistry laboratory supervisor, said the chemistry department came up ...

Car pursuit, chase on foot leads to arrest

Car pursuit, chase on foot leads to arrest

LAUREN ELLENBECKER, Evergreen reporter

April 3, 2020

A high-speed pursuit involving an armed Idaho man ended peacefully in Pullman Wednesday evening. Deputies from the Whitman County Sheriff’s Office received a vandalism complaint around 7:30 p.m. at Nisqually John Landing on Wawawai Road, according to a press release from the Whitman County She...

Hospital temporarily reduces employee pay following COVID-19 preparations

Hospital temporarily reduces employee pay following COVID-19 preparations

JARED BRADLEY, Evergreen reporter

April 3, 2020

Pullman Regional Hospital is preparing for COVID-19 by purchasing more equipment and lowering employee wages by 25 percent. According to a press release from PRH, the reduction will begin April 11 and will continue for 60 days. Pay was reduced because of the hospital’s commitment to a no layoff pol...

Gov. Inslee extends stay-at-home order until May

Gov. Inslee extends stay-at-home order until May

LUKE HUDSON, Evergreen reporter

April 2, 2020

Gov. Jay Inslee extended the emergency stay-at-home order until May 4, in an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19 in Washington. The order will last until 11:59 p.m. on Monday, May 4, according to the announcement. This means Tuesday, May 5 will be the first day since March 23 — when the order began — that nonessential business will be open. ...

Officials share concerns about COVID-19 patients

Officials share concerns about COVID-19 patients

ANGELICA RELENTE, Evergreen reporter

April 2, 2020

As the health department in Whitman County continues to provide updates on confirmed COVID-19 cases, Pullman officials questioned its reasoning behind not releasing any identifying information during the online city council meeting Tuesday night. Councilmember Brandon Chapman said he knows of other counties that...

ASWSU still to celebrate Earth Month

ASWSU still to celebrate Earth Month

JAKOB THORINGTON, Evergreen ASWSU reporter

April 2, 2020

All of the ASWSU’s Environmental Sustainability Alliance’s (ESA) planned events for Earth Month were cancelled because of COVID-19, but the virus will not stop them from celebrating the Earth and its environment. ESA Chair Patrick Robichard said the department is pivoting its celebration since t...

Pullman Transit adjusts routes to comply with state order

Pullman Transit adjusts routes to comply with state order

BRADLEY GAMBLE, Evergreen reporter

April 1, 2020

Pullman Transit will adjust routes until May because fewer people are riding buses. According to the press release, the Crimson Express and Gray Express routes will continue to operate with one less bus each, at 30-minute frequencies. The Coffee route will be suspended because some stops are shared by the Silver ...

Idaho earthquake sends shockwaves as far as Pullman, Albion

Idaho earthquake sends shockwaves as far as Pullman, Albion

LUKE HUDSON, Evergreen reporter

March 31, 2020

A series of earthquakes shook the Challis National Forest and surrounding areas of Idaho about 78 miles northeast of Boise on Tuesday evening.  The largest of them, which was 6.5 on the Richter scale, was the strongest quake Idaho had seen since 1983, according to the U.S. Geological Survey webs...

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