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Friday, October 18, 2013 | Vol. 112, No. 42 | | 50¢

In the Herald

Erickson runs uncontested

Heroin in kitsap Part two in a series

Heroin: injecting crime into Kitsap

Kitsap week KCMT rehearses “Annie” — Inside


sports Poulsbo runner breaks record — Page 8


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“It never occurred to me that I wouldn’t have an opponent,” Erickson said. “I’m honored and flattered because I think that’s kind of an endorsement that no one wants to run against me.” With her first term in office almost behind her, the mayor reflects on the past four years, and looks ahead to coming challenges.

When Chief Alan Townsend left his job at the Port Orchard Police Department in April to head the Poulsbo police force, he was fairly well apprised of the issues that Kitsap communities face. “Being that I was in the county for the last 14 years, I was pretty knowledgeable about the crimes around the county,” he said. “The expectation was an assortment of property crimes and drug related crimes with the occasional violent crime; very similar to most small cities.” The chief, however, was in for one shock. “But the heroin thing has been a huge surprise,” Townsend said. “If you talk to most people who have been in law enforcement for the last 25 years, much like me, I think they would all be surprised by the increase in heroin, a drug that used

See MAYOR, Page A7

See HEROIN, Page A2

Poulsbo Mayor Becky Erickson is running unopposed to keep her job at city hall.

Poulsbo’s mayor reflects on past, looks ahead BY RICHARD D. OXLEY

POULSBO — As Poulsbo Mayor Becky Erickson saw this year’s campaign season over the horizon, she figured she better

Adison Skaarer adds carrots to the cart as her mother, Kasi watches.

start getting prepared for another run. “I went to order up my fliers and got 1,000 printed up,” she said. “I was moving forward like I was going to have campaign.” But over the past few months, Erickson has found herself campaign free. She is running uncontested to keep her job at Poulsbo’s city hall.

Kipp Robertson / Herald

During shutdown, cuts in food stamps mean hard choices for families By LESLIE KELLY Bremerton Patriot

Leslie Kelly / Bremerton Patriot

For most families, $36 doesn’t seem like a lot of dough. For Kasi Skaarer and her family, it sometimes means the difference between having meat or cereal for dinner.

Skaarer’s family is one of hundreds of families in Kitsap County who rely on food stamps to be able to eat. A mother of two young children, with a working husband, she knows she has only a guaranteed $668 each See food stamps, Page A3

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North Kitsap Herald, October 18, 2013  

October 18, 2013 edition of the North Kitsap Herald

North Kitsap Herald, October 18, 2013  

October 18, 2013 edition of the North Kitsap Herald