The Daily Evergreen

Free quarantine housing available to Pullman, Colfax residents with COVID-19

Jeff Guyett, Community Action Center executive director, said CAC received a $270,000 grant to help pay for motel rooms, which will be used by positive COVID-19 individuals who need to quarantine.

LOREN NEGRON, Evergreen reporter

July 10, 2020

As students return this fall, a local nonprofit is working to address the need for quarantine facilities that use funding from the state. Jeff Guyett, Community Action Center executive director, said the state’s Department of Commerce awarded the CAC with a $270,000 grant in March. The purpos...

Grab-and-go meals available through summer for children, teenagers

Richard Carbonneau, Pullman High School food service employee, stands in front of grab-and-go lunches. The meals are available for pick-up at Jefferson Elementary School.

ANDREA GONZALEZ, Evergreen reporter

July 1, 2020

The Pullman Public School District is continuing to provide grab-and-go meals to children and teenagers aged 1-18 after receiving funding for the Summer Food Service Program from the United States Department of Agriculture.  Nutrition Services Supervisor Jessie Campbell said the Summer Food Service Progr...

Board of Regents increases tuition; WSU Athletics faces $99 million deficit

WSU Athletics Director Pat Chun, left center, said the department's revenue will drop about $6 million. WSU President Kirk Schulz, far right, said he believes football will continue fall semester.

SYDNEY BROWN, Evergreen reporter

June 29, 2020

The WSU Board of Regents approved the WSU Athletics Budget, increased student tuition by 2.5 percent, and made cuts to President Kirk Schulz’s salary during the virtual meeting on Friday.  Board members approved the budget for WSU Athletics. Athletic Director Pat Chun said the department anticipat...

WSU officials solidify plan for fall instruction

WSU Interim Provost Bryan Slinker said signage will be used to direct students through hallways and maintain social distancing.

SYDNEY BROWN, Evergreen reporter

June 26, 2020

WSU still plans for in-person fall instruction, but officials confirmed the semester will move to online learning after Thanksgiving. This is among many changes addressed during the WSU COVID-19 Town Hall held on Wednesday afternoon. Class sizes will not exceed 50 students, and students will have...

WSU proposes 2.5 percent tuition increase for all students

Stacy Pearson, vice president of WSU's Finance and Administration, said 2.5 percent is the maximum amount tuition can be increased this year, as allowed by the state of Washington.

ALANA LACKNER, Evergreen reporter

June 12, 2020

WSU plans to request a 2.5 percent tuition increase for the 2020-2021 academic year. The increase will apply to all students, regardless of residency and undergraduate or graduate status. The only exception is professional students, as their tuition increase will vary from program to program, said Stac...

City council considers new parking, ‘streatery’ on Main Street

A plan was presented to Pullman City Council during the meeting Tuesday. The plan would add a bicycle lane and a pop-up trial of three temporary parking stalls on Main Street.

SYDNEY BROWN, Evergreen reporter

June 10, 2020

The Pullman City Council voted to apply for additional parking and a new streatery on Main Street during its virtual meeting on Tuesday.  The council unanimously chose to file a grant with the Lodging Tax Advisory Committee to get the funds needed for the new parking and improved plaza design. If...

Most remaining businesses now open in Phase 3

Whitman County entered Phase 3 on June 6. Several business are still closed, awaiting opening guidelines from the governor's office.

EMMA LEDBETTER, Evergreen reporter

June 10, 2020

John Wiesman, Washington's Secretary of Health, approved Whitman County to enter Phase 3 of Gov. Jay Inslee’s Safe Start Washington Plan on June 6. Phase 3 allows most remaining closed businesses to reopen once they can meet safety guidelines from the governor’s office.  Whitman County has ...

Local hospital to seek public input before expanding its district

Rueben Mayes, Pullman Regional Hospital chief development officer, said the COVID-19 fund started March 24 to help pay for the hospital’s equipment, operations and supplies.

LOREN NEGRON, Evergreen reporter

June 5, 2020

Pullman Regional Hospital has put on pause the consideration of enlarging its tax base by expanding its district boundaries.  PRH Board of Commissioners voted Wednesday evening to accept the strategic planning committee’s recommendation of engaging in a public involvement process before deciding on the exp...

Faculty, staff told to prepare for 10 percent budget cut

WSU President Kirk Schulz sent an email to faculty and staff instructing them to prepare for budget cuts across each unit and department.

EMMA LEDBETTER, Evergreen reporter

May 20, 2020

WSU president Kirk Schulz sent an email on Tuesday to faculty and staff stating that each unit or department should prepare for a 10 percent budget cut.  Phil Weiler, vice president for marketing and communication, said this is in response to direction from Gov. Jay Inslee who said each state agen...

CARES Act funding split between students, university

Phil Weiler, vice president for marketing and communications, said the money awarded to each student ranged from $500 to $1,500 depending on their financial situation.

ANDREA GONZALEZ, Evergreen reporter

May 20, 2020

WSU received $21.76 million from the CARES Act, and the money will be split between students and the university’s COVID-19 expenses.  Brian Dixon, assistant vice president of Student Financial Services, said the CARES Act was a federal law that helps address financial hardships during the pandem...

Athletic department reports $1.9 million increase in deficit

Matt Kleffner, CFO of the athletic department, said the $3.3 million loss in revenue was due to loss of proceeds from baseball games, concessions and reductions in contributions.

BRADLEY GAMBLE, Evergreen reporter

May 15, 2020

With spring sports being cancelled due to COVID-19, the WSU Athletic Department has reported a $1.9 million increase to their deficit this year. Matt Kleffner, CFO of the athletic department, said the deficit increase was caused by a lack of revenue from the NCAA. WSU lost about $3.3 million in rev...

City Council discusses Pullman reopening

Mayor Glenn Johnson said the Whitman County Health Department, Whitman County commissioners, and mayors of each city within Whitman County are backing the application for transitioning Whitman County to Phase 2.

BRADLEY GAMBLE, Evergreen reporter

May 13, 2020

Councilmembers addressed the effects of COVID-19 on the city and the possibility of Pullman moving to Phase 2 of reopening during the city council meeting Tuesday. Mayor Glenn Johnson said the Whitman County Health Department, Whitman County commissioners, and mayors of each city within Whitman C...

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