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The Daily Evergreen

The student voice of Washington State University since 1895

The Daily Evergreen

The student voice of Washington State University since 1895

The Daily Evergreen

Most wildfires are started by people, but measures can be taken to reduce risk.

Defensible space around homes reduces risk of wildfire

ANDREA GONZALEZ, Evergreen reporter June 4, 2021

Earlier this year, the Washington state legislature passed the forest health bill, which provides funding for the advancement of forest management practices to reduce wildfire risks. Eastern and Western...

The western entrance of Malden, Washington, alongside Broadway Avenue scarred by remains of scorched trees, powerlines and wheatgrass on Nov. 7.

‘Our town is in a live-or-die situation’

ADALINE GRACE, Evergreen social media editor March 11, 2021

The town of Malden spent the last six months cleaning and rebuilding from a devastating fire that wiped out 80 percent of its buildings in early September. One of the biggest concerns right now is assisting...

Malden residents are still working to rebuild almost six months after the Babb Road fire.

Loans available to Malden residents in wake of fire

ABBY DAVIS, Evergreen copy chief March 2, 2021

Malden residents impacted by the fire last fall can apply for loans through the Small Business Administration until April 12.    The SBA approved a disaster declaration for Whitman County on Feb....

“It feels like a thousand-pound gorilla has been lifted off our shoulders,” Malden Mayor Dan Harwood said. 

Malden receives federal aid five months after fire

STEFFI LUDAHL, Evergreen reporter February 15, 2021

Malden has received Federal Emergency Management Agency assistance to start rebuilding after waiting nearly five months for the president to sign off on the request.  “It feels like a thousand-pound...

Three fires destroyed over 80 percent of Malden and over 50 percent of the buildings in Pine City.

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

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 members collected a variety of necessities, including sweatshirts, hats, gloves and hygiene products.

Rotaract club supports families affected by Malden fire

MADYSEN MCLAIN, Evergreen roots editor 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...

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.

Malden still awaits federal aid, four months after 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...

The 2021-2022 budget for Pullman was unanimously approved and includes $12,828,179 for transit expenditures and $15,671,838 for law enforcement.

City Council approves money for wildfire victims, budget

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....

The Whitman County Humane Society is treating seven cats for minor burns. The nonprofit received several donations from the community.

A journey to find home again

SANDI KOBIESA, Multimedia editor October 15, 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...

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. 

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

SYDNEY BROWN, Evergreen reporter September 25, 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...

People in shock after the fires took their homes  received food, clothing, bed and toiletries from local clubs and churches.

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

LOREN NEGRON, Evergreen editor-in-chief September 25, 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...

About 80 percent of the homes in Malden were lost due to a fire that started on Babb Road.

‘It all happened within a matter of 10 minutes’

MATAYA SIEMION and SYDNEY BROWN September 17, 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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