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Pullman Transit releases safety rules to be implemented Monday

Pullman Transit is limiting the amount of passengers allowed on buses to 10-12. Passengers must also sit only in designated areas.

BRADLEY GAMBLE, Evergreen reporter

July 3, 2020

Pullman Transit announced new rules promoting social distancing that will take effect July 6. Buses will be limited to 10 passengers, according to a document listing the new guidelines. In cases where family members or couples are traveling together, 12 passengers is the maximum. Passengers must sit in d...

Lumberyard Foodhall closes; building available for sale, lease

The Lumberyard Foodhall went up for lease this week. The space was listed for $2.4 million.

SYDNEY BROWN, Evergreen reporter

July 3, 2020

The Lumberyard Foodhall went up for lease this week, said Marie Dymkoski, executive director of the Pullman Chamber of Commerce. The food hall opened in late 2018.  The business, which occupies the Pullman Building Supply storage space, was listed for sale for $2.4 million by Kiemle & Hagood Co...

The Coug shuts down after customer tests positive for COVID-19

The Coug will be closed indefinitely after a customer was confirmed with having COVID-19.

SYDNEY BROWN, Evergreen reporter

June 26, 2020

The Coug closed indefinitely after a customer tested positive for the virus. Lance Lijewski, social media manager of The Coug, said the business shut down operations immediately and are taking measures behind the scenes to ensure employees did not contract the virus.  The business does not ...

City council adopts pool house improvements

Modifications will be made to Reaney Pool. This includes improved men’s and women’s shower stalls, as well as an accessible restroom stall.

SYDNEY BROWN, Evergreen reporter

June 17, 2020

The Pullman Lodging Tax Advisory Committee did not approve the city council grant to make changes to Main Street, which were discussed at the last council meeting. Councilmember Pat Wright said the denial was likely due to the difficulty of maintaining the parklets during the summer.  Wright said the...

Pullman police officials outline policies, policing philosophy

Pullman Police Chief Gary Jenkins said officers attended a week-long training on use of force after the department was scrutinized for using force on a former WSU football player in 2017.

LOREN NEGRON, Evergreen reporter

June 17, 2020

In Pullman Police Chief Gary Jenkins' open letter, he wrote that he is committed to holding himself and his department accountable so the tragedy in Minneapolis will not repeat itself in Pullman. “Condemnation of unacceptable conduct by law enforcement officers is not enough,” Jenkins wrote. “Law ...

Demonstrators march against systemic racism

Protesters gathered at Martin Stadium and marched to Pullman City Hall where they held a rally in support of the Black Lives Matter movement Friday evening.

JAYCE CARRAL, Evergreen news editor

June 13, 2020

Around 200 people marched and chanted from Martin Stadium to Pullman City Hall on Friday in support of the Black Lives Matter movement and the fight against systemic racism. Ivy Ndambuki, co-organizer of the march, said small communities like Pullman have the capacity for big changes. She said chang...

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 ...

WSU admin urged to take action for racist comments made by student

“If they are not doing that, then we're going to have to go ahead and hold up a petition and be an advocate to make sure that the student is no longer on campus,” ASWSU President Curtis Cohen said.

LOREN NEGRON, Evergreen reporter

June 5, 2020

Editor's note: The Daily Evergreen recognizes that the social media post depict screenshots with graphic language. It was added to provide validity and context to the story. Please view at your own risk. WSU students called for action from university administration after screenshots of a student'...

Whitman County deals with unemployment fraud

People who have been victim to unemployment fraud should file a report with the local police department, says Pullman Chief of Police.

SYDNEY BROWN, Evergreen reporter

June 3, 2020

Some Whitman County residents have filed claims about unemployment fraud in the area.  Local law enforcement have turned the claims over to Secret Service agencies and the FBI, Gary Jenkins, Pullman Chief of Police, said while addressing the issue May 26 in an online city hall. Sgt. Chris Chap...

‘I shouldn’t have to put it on a sign for people to know that I’m worthy of life’

Community members met Sunday evening at the Gladish Community & Cultural Center to protest the death of George Floyd, a 46-year-old man who was killed by police officers in Minneapolis.

JAYCE CARRAL and ANGELICA RELENTE

May 31, 2020

A demonstrator waved a pole with the American flag hung upside-down. People waved posters that read “I can’t breathe” and “A riot is the language of the unheard” in the air. About 100 demonstrators marched through downtown Pullman on Sunday in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter mov...

‘We won’t have that in our community’

Pullman community members protest the death of George Floyd on Saturday evening at Cougar Plaza.

SYDNEY BROWN and LUKE HUDSON

May 30, 2020

Pouring rain and strikes of lightning did not deter protesters from Cougar Plaza during an anti-police-violence demonstration organized by local activists Saturday evening.  Several Pullman residents across all age groups appeared on the sidewalk of Cougar Plaza for the demonstration. Signs, dampened...

Pullman businesses adapt to Phase 2 changes

Tawny Szumlas, owner of Rico’s Pub, said employees and customers are following COVID-19 regulations, which includes wearing protection gear like masks.

CHERYL AARNIO and SYDNEY BROWN

May 22, 2020

As Phase 2 kicks off in Pullman, businesses in town must adapt to a new normal. The Safe Start plan for businesses laid out by Gov. Jay Inslee includes specific industry guidelines that businesses must follow in order to reopen, said Pullman Downtown Coordinator Jeanne Weiler. These guidelines include p...

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