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Flood advisory issued for Whitman county

Flood advisory issued for Whitman county

LUKE HUDSON, Evergreen reporter

September 10, 2019

The U.S. National Weather Service in Spokane issued a flood advisory warning for Whitman and Latah counties until 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday. Pullman, Colfax, Albion, Colton and Uniontown could experience flooding, according to the advisory. Most flood deaths occur in vehicles, according to the advisory. To reduce the risk of injury, keep aw...

Pullman experiencing slower wildfire season

Pullman Fire Chief Mike Heston said wildifre season usually starts in July and lasts until August. This year, dry conditions caused more than 50 wildfires in western Washington in June, a month earlier than expected, but the season will last until some point in September.

CAITLIN KOONCE, Evergreen reporter

September 6, 2019

Washington has seen fewer wildfires this year than expected, according to officials at the Pullman fire department. Pullman Fire Chief Mike Heston said this wildfire season in Pullman was predicted to be similar to 2015, with lots of fires and smoke. This year, the wildfire season is slower because...

Fraudulent phone calls reported in Palouse area

Peter Mundt, director of community relations and marketing at Gritman Medical Center, says they have received reports of scammers falsely claiming to be employees at the non-profit.

LOREN NEGRON, Evergreen reporter

September 5, 2019

Gritman Medical Center has received about five reports of fraudulent phone calls from scammers pretending to be hospital employees within its service region since Aug. 22. Peter Mundt, director of community relations and marketing at Gritman, said the scammers use a technique called spoofing to mask...

Officers will patrol dunes to minimize littering

ANDREA GONZALEZ, Evergreen reporter

August 23, 2019

Law enforcement will patrol specific areas along the Snake River this weekend following a major littering problem. Whitman County Sheriff’s Sgt. Chris Chapman said officers will patrol the Dunes and Granite Point. He said a lot of trash has been found in the past years along the Snake River. Chapman...

Workshop to train animals for crisis response

HOPE Animal-Assisted Crisis Response, a  non-profit will offer a training for therapy animals this weekend in Pullman. The teams that will be trained give comfort to people in times of crisis or disaster.

CAMERON SHEPPARD, Evergreen reporter

August 23, 2019

HOPE Animal-Assisted Crisis Response will host a three-day certification workshop for crisis-response therapy animals and team members this weekend in Pullman. Renee Piper, an area coordinator for HOPE AACR, said the workshop is one of many across the country designed to give comprehensive training...

Police offers active shooter training

Steve Hansen, WSU assistant chief of police, says those who are not involved with law enforcement should still be prepared in case of an active shooter situation.

LAUREN ELLENBECKER, Evergreen reporter

August 21, 2019

It is important for WSU students and staff to be aware of their surroundings in the case of a potential active shooter situation, according to campus police. Steve Hansen, WSU assistant chief of police, said WSU police officers are trained to address these threats, but people who aren’t in law enforcement...

Campus police no longer housing firearms for students

The WSU police department used to hold guns deemed legal by the state for students before the gun law changes. They previously stored between 50 and 70 guns.

JAKOB THORINGTON, Evergreen reporter

August 19, 2019

The WSU Police Department is no longer providing firearms storage to students. The change is due to a new gun law in the state that took effect in July. Initiative 1639 was adopted by Washington voters in November 2018. The new law prohibits the purchase of a semi-automatic assault rifle by a person...

Pullman School District updates security in several schools

Joseph Thornton, director of operations at the Pullman Public Schools district, said the safety project cost $40,000 total for three schools.

JAKOB THORINGTON, Evergreen reporter

August 12, 2019

The Pullman School District has upgraded security measures at three of its elementary schools to ensure staff always knows who’s coming into their buildings. The security changes were implemented at Sunnyside, Franklin and Jefferson elementary schools. The schools received electronic locks, cameras...

‘A beautiful setup for predators’

Public records show some grad students who experienced behaviors consistent with stalking did not see outcomes.

MAGGIE QUINLAN and RACHEL SUN

July 18, 2019

Editor’s note: The Daily Evergreen left out names of professors and students to protect the women who filed complaints. Some WSU professors who students accused of sexually harassing them are still employed at the university, public records show. The Office of Equal Opportunity investigated two prof...

Thunderstorm watch issued

Weather service expects hail the size of ping pong balls will come this afternoon.

JAKOB THORINGTON, Evergreen reporter

June 26, 2019

The National Weather Service has issued a severe thunderstorm watch today for the Palouse. Its forecast is predicting frequent lightning, winds up to 70 mph and hail reaching the size of ping pong balls.  Mark Turner, a spokesperson at the Spokane National Weather Service said that Pullman can expe...

Pullman High School to use concussion detecting sensors

Chris Franklin, Assistant Principal of Athletics and Activities at Pullman High School, speaks on how the donation from the Pullman Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center Community Investment Fund will go towards outfitting student athletes with special sensors meant to gather data on concussions during a Chamber meeting Tuesday afternoon at the Gladish Community Center.

GABRIEL BRAVO, Evergreen reporter

June 13, 2019

Pullman’s Community Investment Committee presented a $10,000 grant to Pullman Regional Hospital and Pullman High School to help fund health and safety initiatives Tuesday. This would be part of the Athlete Intelligence Cue Sensor program. The grant will help fund concussion-sensing equipment for...

Fire department cautions residents of fluff fires

Large piles of cotton can be seen at the location of a fire that broke out between two houses on Hillside Drive May 22. The cotton is highly flammable and can easily spread, making fires difficult to put out.

JAYCE CARRAL, Evergreen reporter

May 30, 2019

After a fire occurred around Hillside Drive last week, the Pullman Fire Department is cautioning Pullman residents of seasonal cottonwood fluff fires. Deputy Fire Marshal Tony Nuttman said cottonwood fluff fires occur frequently from the middle of May to mid-June. Nuttman said if Pullman residents...

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