About Brent Baker

Brent is a reporter for the Gazette-Tribune. Prior to working at the G-T, he was the sports editor for Sunrise Publishing from 2000-2005 in Michigan. He subsequently owned and operated Buckland Media, a high school sports website, in Michigan until 2010. He and his wife Kim, who have an adult son, moved to Tonasket in 2010. Brent started work at the G-T in 2011.

Stories by Brent Baker


Pay now, or pay later; don’t give Alternative/Outreach the short shrift

A few years ago, my buddy Phil (a youth pastor) and I led a group of high school students on a church mission trip to Monterrey, Mexico. For nearly two weeks we split time working with various construction projects and interacting with younger kids in various areas around the city.

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Oroville girls to Sweet 16 | Updated

WENATCHEE – The Oroville girls basketball team had swept Lake Roosevelt in their two regular-season contests. But that didn’t mean a thing Saturday as the Raiders pushed the Hornets into overtime before Oroville pulled away to a 51-38 victory. The Hornets reached the regional round of 16 for the first time in school history. Oroville [...]

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Juarez is state runner-up; three Tigers, one Hornet medal | Mat Classic Day 2

TACOMA – Tonasket sophomore Jorge Juarez got his first shot at a state title on Saturday, Feb. 22. Unfortunately for the 132-pounder, that shot came against three-time state champion Josh Crager. Make that: four-time state champion Josh Crager. Juarez battled into the third period, giving up three takedowns and a three-point nearfall while scoring a [...]

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Tonasket’s Rawley, Juarez reach semifinals | Day 1 final update

Three Tonasket wrestlers, three Hornets survive into second day at Mat Classic   Rundown of Caribou Trail League and North Central Washington area Class 1B/2B wrestlers   1A Team: 1. Blaine 65; 9. Quincy 33; 14. Chelan 30; 16. Tonasket 24; 24. Omak 12; 29. Okanogan 9; Cashmere 9; Cascade 7; 40. Brewster 4.   [...]

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Oroville girls fall in district title game

WENATCHEE – A staunch defensive effort wasn’t enough for the upset Wednesday, Feb. 19, as the Oroville girls basketball team dropped a hard-fought defensive battle to White Swan, 45-31. The Hornets held White Swan to 14 points below its average, and its lowest point total since a December lost to Sunnyside Christian, but had to [...]

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Tonasket looks to extend slower speed zone

TONASKET – The Tonasket City Council is looking to extend the 35 and 25 mile per hour speed limit zones on the south side of town and discussed making the request of the Washington Department of Transportation at their Tuesday, Feb. 11, council meeting.

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Fest, but no fish

Third straight skunking prompts change MOLSON – The fish were biting at Sidley and Molson Lakes. Two weeks ago, anyway. By the time the Northwest Ice Fishing Festival commenced Saturday, Feb. 15, the 5,000 or so Rainbow Trout that had been planted and nurtured through the winter had done their vanishing act for the third [...]

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Body of woman recovered from river

TONASKET – The body of a woman who apparently jumped off Tonasket’s Fourth Street Bridge was found the evening of Wednesday, Feb. 12, in the Okanogan River about 300 yards south of the bridge.

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Four Tigers, four Hornets heading to state wrestling finals

Mat Classic XXVI State finals brackets Final brackets for Class 1A District 6/7 regional Tonasket’s Collin Aitcheson (120 lbs), Jorge Juarez (132), John Rawley (182) win regional titles; Vance Frazier (106) finishes fourth to clinch state finals berths. Dyllan “Peaches” Walton (126) finishes fifth and is an alternate. Full bracket   Final brackets for Class [...]

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Tonasket and Oroville regional wrestling brackets

Wrestling Brackets (incl. Tonasket) at Freeman for Saturday, Feb. 15 –  Class 1A District 6-7 Regional 2014 Wrestling Brackets (incl. Oroville) at Kittitas for Friday & Saturday, Feb. 15-16 – Class 1B/2B Eastern Regional 2014

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