Week in Review

Did you miss your news last week? Here’s a selection of the week’s top news items from across Snohomish County as they appeared in The Herald. For the full stories, go to www.heraldnet.com.

Sunday, Feb. 25

Jeans or genes, it’s all farming: Liz Soler comes from a long line of farmers and is proud of it.

Raised on an Oso dairy, the chapter president of the Arlington High School FFA plans to study agriculture in college.

Three evenings a week, she spends five hours milking and tending to the family’s 140 dairy cows. When she comes in the house around 9 p.m., she gets to do her homework.

Like generations of Swiss ancestors before her, Soler, 17, wants to work in the dairy industry.

The fact is, farming and the living-wage jobs that go with it are disappearing in many parts of the country, including Snohomish County. So for Soler that future could mean working in a research lab instead of a milking barn.

Eric Stevick and Melissa Slager

Monday, Feb. 26

A rock show of support: Anna Vinokurova lies in a hospital bed, barely able to speak, her left arm unwillingly clenched around a large, brown teddy bear.

Four months ago, on the Lynnwood woman’s 19th birthday, she was struck by a car as she walked to class at Edmonds Community College. She was studying to be a veterinarian.

She’s been hospitalized ever since.

Scott Pesznecker

Everett offers two new sites for a university: In the battle over locating a proposed new state university, Everett notched up the competition by adding two more places where a campus could go in the city.

There’s no deal yet – not even a commitment to add a new school – but others hope to put a campus down in Marysville or the northern part of Snohomish County.

David Chircop

New port office too spendy, says commissioner: The Port of Everett commission has agreed to move the agency’s headquarters to a $6.5 million building on the waterfront, despite concerns that some residents may view it as a waste of tax money.

Among those residents Tuesday was commissioner Phil Bannan, who opposed the move as costly and unnecessary.

Mike Benbow

Snowy surprise: a long drive home: It was a heavy, wet nightmare. Wednesday started with snow flurries in south Snohomish County.

Then it got worse.

The day ended with nearly 5 inches of snow in little more than an hour, slamming Everett and Mukilteo with slush, slippery roads and downtown traffic jams.

Jackson Holtz and Lukas Velush

New way to dump old meds: Doctors used to tell you to flush your old medicine down the toilet or drop it in the garbage.

But around the country and especially in the Puget Sound region, there’s a push to collect unused prescription drugs and other medications for incineration.

An experimental “drug take-back” program at seven Group Health pharmacies has collected about 300 pounds of medications since October.

The program is expected to add more locations this month.

Jeff Switzer

Fruit’s bad; prices, too: Given this region’s wild winter weather, Washingtonians may have forgotten about the freeze that hit California earlier this year.

But you’ll feel its effect on your pocket book the next time you visit the grocery store’s produce department. Oranges or avocados, lemons or lettuce, you’re still paying more for California fruits and vegetables.

Michelle Dunlop

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