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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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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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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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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.

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In recent weeks we’ve received a few comments questioning why The Chronicle hasn’t published anything about a spat between Okanogan County commissioner candidates Salley Bull (Independent) and incumbent Jim DeTro (Republican) at this year’s Okanogan County Fair.

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If you receive our Sunday newspaper (yes, The Chronicle produces a Sunday newspaper in conjunction with the Wenatchee World), you’ve likely noticed a subtle change with our newspaper.

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It’s that time of year again when we pull out our best and compete against our neighbors in all sorts of animal, craft, cooking and what-not contests at the Okanogan County Fair.

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We are all guilty of moments of driving while distracted, whether it's using a cellphone while behind the wheel or eating or smoking, changing a CD or radio station or glancing over at a map.

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As you sit down to read this paper — be it with your morning cup of coffee or in a crowded waiting room — your election ballot is likely in a U.S. Postal Service vehicle en route to your home or post office box.

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This time of year offers a lot to local residents. But if you’re a journalist — or a resident with several children or grandchildren — this time of year can bring major headaches.

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One month after the deadly shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., four schools in the Okanogan Valley staged remembrances or walkouts.

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State lawmakers from both sides of the political aisle have pushed a bill though the Senate and House to exempt themselves from public records requests.

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It’s that time of the year again – Stampede Week – when some of us embrace the chance to show off our towns and enjoy some good ol’ rodeo action, a thrilling horse race with some incredibly brave riders, impressive dancers in colorful regalia at the powwow, carnival rides that push us to our limits and entertainment galore … and then some of us grumble at the mass influx of thousands of people into our small community and hole up until the event blows over.

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With the signing of a budget in Olympia which may or not meet the state high court’s definition of what lawmakers’ meant, you would think the bipartisan love would have lasted. But it didn’t last long.

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On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court in a 9-0 ruling allowed most of the Trump travel ban to stand, keeping immigrants from six countries out until they process and individuals can be vetted.

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Summer is officially here – June 21. Now is the time of year that kids complain about nothing to do and adults look out the windows at work longing to get out and do something – anything.

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This Memorial Day - as always - we honor our fallen soldiers, who have sacrificed all for the good of our great country in the field of battle.

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This week, county election officials across the state are accepting election filings for candidates wanting their names on the ballot.

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Omak School District is hoping for a miracle. Recent school bond measures in the area have been hit or miss, Brewster and Bridgeport were recently successful in bond attempts, but other schools like Okanogan have not been.

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We’ve had more than a few people tell us that we’re giving the Tonasket School District a hard time and not writing anything positive after the altercation that took place in a middle school classroom in January.

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A couple of weeks ago, we included a clip in our newscast that shows Tonasket basketball coach Kevin Landdeck confronting middle school teacher Jim Caddy in class about something said about the coach’s son.

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We hope the community will step up and help the Colville Tribal Police catch the vandal who did more than express hatred. In doing so, the community may help curtail racism while giving the tribal community a thumbs up for its effort to create jobs, preserve salmon and improve our communities.

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