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Malden, Pine City still asking for federal aid after devastating fires

Three fires destroyed over 80 percent of Malden and over 50 percent of the buildings in Pine City.
JAYCE CARRAL, Evergreen reporter January 25, 2021

Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers wrote a letter to recently-inaugurated President Joe Biden asking him to approve a major disaster declaration, which would provide relief for towns in Whitman County that experienced...

Rotaract club supports families affected by Malden fire

Rotaract members collected a variety of necessities, including sweatshirts, hats, gloves and hygiene products.
MADYSEN MCLAIN, Evergreen reporter January 22, 2021

Although COVID-19 halted projects and in-person meetings for the Rotaract Club of the Palouse, the group saw an opportunity to help families impacted by the Malden fire. The club is service-based with...

Malden still awaits federal aid, four months after fire

During Labor Day weekend, the Babb Road Fire destroyed more than 80 percent of the city of Malden. Over 100 homes were destroyed, and only 24 homes survived the fire.
STEFFI LUDAHL, Evergreen reporter January 21, 2021

As President Joe Biden begins his first few days in office, one city in Washington eagerly awaits the financial assistance that has been sitting on former President Donald Trump’s desk since September.  During...

City Council approves money for wildfire victims, budget

The 2021-2022 budget for Pullman was unanimously approved and includes $12,828,179 for transit expenditures and $15,671,838 for law enforcement.
MICHELLE PAREDES STRONG, Evergreen reporter December 2, 2020

Pullman City Councilmembers unanimously approved a total of $100,000 for families affected by the Malden and Pine City fires that will be distributed within two years during a virtual meeting Tuesday night....

A journey to find home again

The Whitman County Humane Society is treating seven cats for minor burns. The nonprofit received several donations from the community.
SANDI KOBIESA, Evergreen reporter October 14, 2020

The Malden fire more than a month ago left several families stranded. However, humans are not the only ones in need of a new home. Eight cats were taken into the Whitman County Humane Society a week...

County candidates debate on COVID-19 response, small business assistance

Tom Handy, who is running against incumbent Dean Kinzer for Whitman County commissioner, said he believes the county has a responsibility to provide grant assistance to allow businesses to thrive. 
SYDNEY BROWN, Evergreen reporter September 24, 2020

Candidates for the Whitman County Commission debated Thursday night about the county’s role in handling the pandemic, support of small businesses and developing long-term plans for rebuilding towns impacted...

‘Camaraderie’ of local groups to help with recovery from recent fires in county

People in shock after the fires took their homes  received food, clothing, bed and toiletries from local clubs and churches.
LOREN NEGRON, Evergreen reporter September 24, 2020

When fires ravaged the towns of Malden and Pine City, Rosalia residents helped each other evacuate while local clubs and churches set up donation sites and shelters within hours for the survivors. “We...

‘It all happened within a matter of 10 minutes’

About 80 percent of the homes in Malden were lost due to a fire that started on Babb Road.
MATAYA SIEMION and SYDNEY BROWN September 16, 2020

For Hannah Smith, her house in Malden was everything. Her family not only collected antiques and thrifted items that had hundreds of years of history behind them, but sometimes sold them to make a living. When...

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