Heroin: Relatively cheap, drug’s use is rising on Whidbey

Detective Carl Seim with the Oak Harbor Police Department holds more than 74 grams of black-tar heroin he seized from a drug dealer. He said it’s worth about $5,000. - Jessie Stensland / Whidbey News-Times
  • Apr 18, 2014 at 3:44PM

Once considered a drug for rock stars and hardcore users, heroin has gained a troubling prominence on Whidbey Island, as it has in many communities across the nation. While heroin may not be as popular — or perhaps as destructive — as methamphetamine, Detective Carl Seim with the Oak Harbor Police Department said he worries that the relatively inexpensive but powerful high from black-tar heroin will make it a plague upon the community.

VAQ-130 returns home to Whidbey Island

  • Today at 3:00AM updated at 11:59AM
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Aircrew of Electronic Attack Squadron 130 Zappers were welcomed home with open arms Thursday following a nine-month deployment. “He’s gonna see his daddy today,” said Katelin Grant of her 16-month-old son, Benjamin.

Letters

AARP tax program helps local economy | Letter

  • Today at 1:00AM updated at 6:43AM

Editor, Tax season is officially over, and we can’t let it go by without thanking the AARP Tax-Aide volunteers who provided weeks of free tax assistance for individuals at Sno-Isle Libraries in Oak Harbor, Coupeville and the South Whidbey Senior Center.

Letters

Hospital officials' memories ‘suspect’ | Letter

  • Today at 4:00AM updated at 6:09AM

Editor, I believe it’s time for a little history lesson regarding the Whidbey News Time’s article, “Hospital board to consider Bayview property sale.” The article notes that, “As for the wide gulf between the county’s assessed value of the property in 2007 and the purchase price, the circumstances remain unclear. None of the current commissioners were on the board at th

A Dutch revival: Oak Harbor High’s culinary arts students bring back Holland Happening dinner

  • Today at 3:00AM

Nobody ever said restoring an Oak Harbor tradition as big as the Dutch Dinner would be easy. For Nathan Yoast, the effort actually brought him to tears. Yoast couldn’t take it anymore Wednesday as he set down his knife and rinsed his eyes after chopping dozens of onions in the culinary arts class at Oak Harbor High School.

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