2018 One year ago today

Kenzi Hansen of Harvard earned a spot in the National Junior High Finals Rodeo later this month thanks to her performance at the Idaho state competition last weekend at Pocatello. Hansen, an eighth-grader at Potlatch Junior/Senior High, won the state pole bending title. … After a solid day in the heptathlon, Washington State redshirt senior Alissa Brooks-Johnson is in 11th place at the NCAA Track & Field Championships at Hayward Field on the University of Oregon campus.

2014 Five years ago today

The Washington State University campus was crowded with future Cougars and their parents on the last day of “Alive,” the required freshmen and transfer student orientation, advising and registration program. While future freshmen met with faculty and advisers and locked in their fall course schedules, some of their parents were breathing sighs of relief at the news of President Barack Obama’s expansion of the 2010 Pay As You Earn program. … Two local organizations received grant money to identify and preserve an increasingly rare feature of the Palouse. First Wind awarded $40,000 to the Palouse Conservation District and about $16,000 to Palouse-Clearwater Environmental Institute at the end of May to take on projects with the purpose of preserving Palouse Prairie habitat in Whitman County.

2009 10 years ago today

Washington State University officials want to expand and enhance the Knott Dairy Center. All they need is a way to pay for the improvements. College of Agriculture, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences Associate Dean Pete Jacoby said the facility on Country Club Road serves as a dairy, as well as a teaching and research laboratory. ... Leaders in the Pullman Planning Department are considering creating another zoning designation that would allow for more versatility in development. Planner Pete Dickinson said some mixed-use developments already exist in the downtown area and along Grand Avenue, but a new zoning designation could increase flexibility in building and allow for more uses in one condensed area.

1994 25 years ago today

Rwanda’s civil war is threatening to cause a humanitarian crisis in the neighboring African nation of Tanzania. Already threatened by drought, northwest Tanzania, which shares a long border with Rwanda, is being flooded with refugees escaping the civil war. Americans must help solve the Rwandan crisis for the simple fact neighboring countries cannot, Abel Mwambunga said this morning at a Washington State University press conference. … Washington State’s search to replace a baseball coaching legend has led to two of college baseball’s top coaching minds. Pepperdine head coach Andy Lopez toured the WSU campus and athletic facilities, becoming the first candidate participating in an onsite interview. Cal State Fullerton assistant coach George Horton is also a finalist for the Cougar post.

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