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Tonasket City Council members voted last week to disband the police department temporarily and contract for services with the Okanogan County Sheriff’s Office.

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“You’ve got to be kidding me,” my wife exclaimed from the living room. I sprang from the other end of the house, running to her aid. I assumed a cat vomited on the carpet, or the dog had an accident on the kitchen floor.

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The holidays are always a wonderful time to spend time with family and friends. They offer us the opportunity to remember what’s really important in life: Family and friends.

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Although Christmas is quickly approaching, there’s still time to help give someone a very special holiday season. From food baskets to toys for youngsters, your support is truly appreciated.

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OKANOGAN - During the holidays, people trot out their best sweets for family, friends, co-workers, potlucks and bake sales.

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As we all start to comb through Black Friday shopping ads trying to figure out what gaming system or TV we’ll pick up for a steal or how many sets of 8 million thread count sheets we’ll fight complete strangers for, let’s not forget the stores on our main streets.

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Over the past two months, our Tonasket school and community have been impacted by several student issues ranging from the death of an elementary student to drug use, depression and self-harm. Unfortunately, these are issues that impact our community and schools too often.

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A ruling in Okanogan County over the Carlton Complex wildfire and the state’s related culpability highlights a dangerous double standard in Washington state: While private residents and commercial landowners can be held liable when fire starting on their property spreads onto other lands, the state Department of Natural Resources cannot be held liable.

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State high school football playoffs will follow the footsteps of state basketball playoffs with a Football Seeding Process (FSP) starting this fall. Members of the Football Seeding Committee are meeting at the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association (WIAA) office in Renton at 9 a.m. today, Sunday, to figure out who shall be seeded where in state brackets.

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There are a number of worthy candidates for office this election cycle.Having sat through debates and political forums, asked questions of candidates and read election materials, our editorial board has decided on the following endorsements.

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Last week the state Supreme Court ruled to abolish the state’s death penalty because it was inconsistently applied.

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The price of everything continues to rise. A couple of quarter and dimes here and there eventually add up to several dollars.That’s why The Chronicle’s editorial board recommends a “yes” vote on state Initiative 1634 to prevent a hike on prices at the grocery store. The initiative would prohibit local government entities from imposing any new tax, fee or other assessment on grocery items.