The Daily Evergreen

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 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 by the Washington state fires.  Incumbent Dean Kinzer and business owner Tom Handy answered each...

‘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 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 talk of first responders, and we think those are the firefighters,” said Barbara Bothman, Rosalia ...

District 12 searches for more volunteers

Whitman County Fire District 12 is accepting applications for firefighters, volunteers and EMS/EMT/first responders.

SYDNEY BROWN, Evergreen reporter

September 22, 2020

A local fire department depends on new recruits to help stem the recent Washington state rural fires and compensate for the additional transportation burden on Whitman County fire departments.  Whitman County Fire District 12 accepts applications from anyone who can pass a background check and h...

Whitman County confirms one new COVID-19 case

Whitman County confirms one new COVID-19 case

CHERYL AARNIO, Evergreen deputy news editor

September 16, 2020

One individual tested positive for COVID-19, bringing Whitman County’s total to 1,066. The new patient is female and aged 20-39 years, according to a press release from the Whitman County Emergency Operations Center. The patient is stable and self-isolating. Concerns about air quality have hind...

Whitman County confirms 11 new COVID-19 cases

Whitman County confirms 11 new COVID-19 cases

JAYCE CARRAL, Evergreen news editor

September 15, 2020

Eleven individuals tested positive for COVID-19, raising Whitman County’s total to 1,065 cases.  Of the new patients, two females and two males are aged 1-19 years, according to a press release from the Whitman County Emergency Operations Center. Seven patients are aged 20-39 years; one is female and six are male. They are all stable and self-isolating.  ...

Community Center to host blood drive next month

The blood drive will occur from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 17 at the Gladish Community and Cultural Center at 115 NW State St. Room 211.

MICHELLE PAREDES STRONG, Evergreen reporter

September 15, 2020

The Gladish Community and Cultural Center will be hosting a blood drive with the American Red Cross from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 17 at 115 NW State St. Room 211.  There are 29 spots designated for blood donors and only two spots are currently open, said Mary Kress, Red Cross blood donor recruitment ...

Local organizations accept donations for those affected by wildfires

Local nonprofits are accepting donations to help those affected by the wildfires across Whitman County.

ANDREA GONZALEZ, Evergreen reporter

September 14, 2020

The United Way of Whitman County and other community partners are accepting financial donations for those affected by the fires in the county.  The United Way of Whitman County has been working with the Rosalia Lions Club and Assembly of God Church in Rosalia, said Eric Fejeran, executive direct...

WSU suspends all campus operations due to air quality concerns

WSU suspends all campus operations due to air quality concerns

BRADLEY GAMBLE, Evergreen reporter

September 11, 2020

WSU suspended all operations today at noon due to worsening air quality caused by heavy smoke from regional fires. All in-person and online educational activities are canceled, according to the WSU alert. Faculty and staff are advised to leave campus unless they are designated as essential personnel and ar...

Officials urge residents to practice fire safety

Smoke rises from a wildfire outside of Rosalia. This was one of multiple fires that started Monday around the Palouse.

ANDREA GONZALEZ, Evergreen reporter

September 8, 2020

As wildfire season continues, officials urge residents to practice fire safety by fully extinguishing recreational fires, having an evacuation plan and wearing masks in smoky areas. The wildfire season can begin as early as April in eastern Washington and be much later in western Washington, said Ru...

App may help asthma patients during wildfire season

Researchers hope to enroll 60 students in a study to determine whether asthma app is beneficial. The app includes a feature for young adults to share symptom-prevention tips.

EMMA LEDBETTER, Evergreen reporter

August 26, 2020

Researchers at the WSU College of Nursing are testing a new app that may help young adults with asthma manage their symptoms during wildfire season.  Wildfire smoke can exacerbate asthma symptoms. Wildfires are becoming an increasing problem in the Inland Northwest, said Julie Postma, the study’s prin...

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