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Fire department receives grant for training

Pullman’s Fire Department received $181,197 from FEMA’s Assistance to Firefighters Grant. It will be used to fund officer training and mobile radios.

SYDNEY BROWN, Evergreen reporter

August 27, 2020

Pullman’s Fire Department received $181,197 from a FEMA grant, which will fund officer training and upgraded radio systems for firetrucks. The Assistance to Firefighters Grant covers most of the cost, but the city will have to pay about $16,000 for the rest, Deputy Fire Chief Ray Lamoureux said. The...

Access Center open for some on-site testing

Access Center Director Meredyth Goodwin said the center’s employees will still be working in-person, but appointments will be over phone and Zoom.

BRADLEY GAMBLE, Evergreen reporter

August 27, 2020

The WSU Access Center reopened for students who need specific on-site testing accommodations. The accommodations are due to the nature of their disability, said Access Center Director Meredyth Goodwin. Students who need accommodations can talk to their access advisor to discuss if virtual testing...

Nonprofit distributing free masks to residents

Free masks will be distributed from 3:30-5:30 p.m. today at the Pioneer Center.

ANDREA GONZALEZ, Evergreen reporter

August 25, 2020

Rural Resources, a nonprofit organization, is distributing masks to residents at 3:30 p.m. today at the Pioneer Center at 240 SE Dexter St. Melissa Johnson, Rural Resources lead case manager, said mask distributions will be done drive-thru style until 5:30 p.m. Each person will receive two masks. ...

WSU launches new attestation system

Jill Creighton, dean of students and associate vice president of student affairs, said all individuals on WSU-owned property are expected to complete the COVID-19 attestation form.

HUNTER ORCUTT, Evergreen reporter

August 24, 2020

WSU launched a new website to help route students, faculty and guests to a new form needed to gain entrance to all university buildings and facilities.  All individuals visiting or staying on WSU-owned property are expected to complete the COVID-19 attestation form daily, said Jill Creighton, dean of students and as...

Officials urge students to follow COVID-19 restrictions after 30 individuals test positive

Officials urge students to follow COVID-19 restrictions after 30 individuals test positive

EMMA LEDBETTER, Evergreen reporter

August 22, 2020

Whitman County’s confirmed COVID-19 case total reached 172 on Saturday after 30 individuals tested positive for the virus.  All 30 individuals are aged 20-39 years. Fifteen individuals are male and 15 are female, according to Saturday’s press release from the Whitman County Emergency Operation...

Councilmembers approve technology updates for police

Police Chief Gary Jenkins said the department's five-year agreement with Axon Enterprise will expire soon. The agreement supplies the department with body-worn cameras, in-car cameras and other technology services.

SYDNEY BROWN, Evergreen reporter

August 19, 2020

Editor's Note: Coverage from the Aug. 11 meeting is included at the bottom of the article.  Pullman City Council approved an agreement with Axon Enterprise to provide and update body-worn cameras, in-car cameras and other technology services for the Pullman Police Department during its meeting Tue...

WSU extends late tuition fee deadline for students

Dave Cillay, WSU Vice President for Academic Outreach and Innovation, said WSU’s learning system helps encourage distance learning and will make classes easier to adapt to.

SYDNEY BROWN, Evergreen reporter

August 19, 2020

WSU officials announced students will not have to pay the first late tuition fee on Sept. 7, giving students who are late on tuition an extra month to pay. This announcement came during WSU’s ninth online town hall Wednesday afternoon. WSU temporarily changed its policy so students’ awards will ap...

Guide: Local resources change due to COVID-19

Women*s Center Director Amy Sharp said the center supports underrepresented voices and encourages students in their learning.

LOREN NEGRON, Evergreen reporter

August 17, 2020

The availability of resources for students on and off-campus changed slightly due to COVID-19. These resources include academic counseling, food assistance and housing support. Office of the Dean of Students Jill Creighton, dean of students and associate vice president of Student Affairs, said the...

Parents of Sam Martinez sue WSU, Alpha Tau Omega, fraternity members

WSU Freshman Sam Martinez passed away in November 2019 at the ATO fraternity house from acute alcohol intoxication.

EMMA LEDBETTER, Evergreen reporter

August 17, 2020

Alpha Tau Omega fraternity's six-year suspension is only a slap on the wrist compared to the loss Jolayne Houtz and her family will deal with for the rest of their lives, she said. “He was full of life, full of dreams and ideas,” Hector Martinez said. “He was the joy of our life.” Hout...

Dining Services launch reopening plan

Southside Dining Hall will remain open for fall, but it will be closed from 2-4:30 p.m. for cleaning. In-person seating is limited at 50 percent capacity, following state health and safety regulations.

BRADLEY GAMBLE, Evergreen reporter

August 17, 2020

WSU Dining Services put a reopening plan in place to minimize exposure to COVID-19 in dining halls. The plan includes new safety regulations and changes to operating hours.  Sarah Larson, director of residential dining and culinary services, said students must complete an online attestation that...

University staff prepare for Week of Welcome

Joni Ford, assistant director of new student programs, said WoW’s transition online occurred recently.

LOREN NEGRON, Evergreen reporter

August 17, 2020

Week of Welcome transitioned to a virtual format this year but will feature new events such as an online Fight Song Sing-A-Long and a virtual resource fair. WoW will continue until Aug. 23. Kimberly Holapa, WSU associate vice president for external engagement and strategic initiatives, said WoW is...

The Bookie operates on limited hours

The Bookie will operate at limited hours. The store will be open weekdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and weekends from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

ANDREA GONZALEZ, Evergreen reporter

August 17, 2020

The Bookie is implementing safety measures to protect employees and customers from COVID-19, including sneeze guards and counter service.  Erin Svancara, The Bookie general manager, wrote in an email that the store reopened Aug. 10 with reduced hours. It is open weekdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and ...

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