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, Sept. 24
Fight to attract voters begins: It’s not who voted. It’s who didn’t vote. With the primary behind them, Democratic U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell and Republican challenger Mike McGavick can now focus on capturing support from all the folks who didn’t participate Tuesday. And that’s a lot.
Roughly one-third of the state’s 3.3 million registered voters were predicted to mark a ballot for the primary. November could see half of the eligible voters take part – putting another 500,000 potential votes into play.
Monday, Sept. 25
Science WASL may wait: The science part of the WASL could end up on the back Bunsen burner as a high school graduation requirement.
School board members across the state and some Washington lawmakers say a delay is needed because schools already have their hands full.
Tuesday, Sept. 26
Plane nails speeders: The Washington State Patrol said Monday it will continue to routinely use an airplane to catch aggressive drivers who are treating I-5 like a raceway.
Since July the State Patrol has used its Cessna to pinpoint aggressive speeders on I-5 north of Smokey Point.
Wednesday, Sept. 27
Mukilteo’s population could double: Mukilteo could boast the second largest population in Snohomish County if it annexes all of the areas targeted in a recent study.
Picnic Point, Lake Serene, Meadowdale, Lake Stickney and areas north, south and west of Paine Field are included in the study of possible annexations. Those areas have a combined population of 21,645, compared with Mukilteo’s current estimated population of 19,797.
Thursday, Sept. 28
Flight museum takes off slowly: The Future of Flight Aviation Center has yet to meet anticipated ticket sales since opening late last year, falling behind the center’s goal by roughly 44,000 visitors at the end of July.
But the numbers don’t have either center or county representatives nervous. Instead, they tout Future of Flight’s success as a host for meetings and special events, particularly for aerospace executives. About 230,000 people were predicted to come through the museum’s doors this year. That’s not likely to happen.
Friday, Sept. 29
Woman attacked twice by teens: A crowd of teenagers near Mariner High School pulled a woman from her car and attacked her after she honked at them to get out of her way. Sheriff’s deputies came, and the melee stopped.
The teens, some believed to be gang members, caught up with the woman an hour later. They again pulled her from her car and beat her, sending her to the hospital, Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Rich Niebusch said. The woman was released from the hospital Thursday night.
Scott Pesznecker and Diana Hefley
Saturday, Sept. 30
That’s Cavelero, not Cavalero: The Lake Stevens School District is trying to correct a persistent spelling error. Sometime between 1884 – when Italian immigrants set down roots in Snohomish County – and the 20th century, the “a” crowded out the “e” in the Cavelero family name, and the spelling “Cavalero” was used for geographic names.
This week, the school board affirmed that it will name its new eighth- and ninth-grade school Cavelero Mid High School instead of Cavalero Mid High School.