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

Public hearings for mosquito district, transportation upcoming

TONASKET – Plans for the formation of a mosquito control district that would include Tonasket, Oroville, Omak and Okanogan have moved forward, though there is still no guarantee that a ballot measure will be approved by the Okanogan County Commissioners.

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Tonasket makes contingency plans for fire

TONASKET – Tonasket first response agencies and Mayor Patrick Plumb met Friday evening to make contingency plans should the Carleton Complex fire become a threat to the greater Tonasket area. The fire, which was ignited by lightning Monday evening, exploded from about 18,000 acres in four separate conflagrations Thursday into a 170,000 acre nightmare by [...]

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One last push?

TONASKET – The Tonasket City Council approved a plan that all involved hope will be the final step in getting the Tonasket Water Ranch constructed in Chief Tonasket Park sooner rather than later.

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Tonasket schools set community meetings

TONASKET – The Tonasket School District has scheduled a series of meetings in order to give the community a chance to visit with Superintendent Paul Turner regarding the future direction of the school district. The meetings (which include ice cream) will be geared toward gathering information that will be used in strategic planning sessions in [...]

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Tractor Pulls and Sock Hop return

TONASKET – Big rigs, smoker tractors, a few semis, local talent and, of course, KXLY television’s Mark Peterson will be returning to Tonasket July 18-19 for the fourth annual Truck and Tractor Pulls.

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North Valley Hospital, union settle contract

TONASKET – In a sign of the North Valley Hospital District’s improving financial situation, the hospitals union employees will be receiving step increases and other improvements in the three-year contract approved the NVH Board of Commissioners at their Thursday, June 26, meeting.

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Ramsey steps down from Tonasket Council

TONASKET – Eight and a half years proved to be enough for Tonasket Council Member Jean Ramsey.
The longest-serving current council member offered her resignation at the Tuesday, June 24, meeting, effective at the end of June.

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Half-baked: Remembering my grandfather’s World War II legacy

Starting at 4:00 a.m., the mine sweeper YMS-481, along with others of its class, began its second day of clearing the waters near Tarakan City, on the east side of Borneo. Heavily fortified by the Japanese, the oil produced there was of such a high grade that it didn’t need to be refined before being [...]

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Lake Osoyoos Cup races

Jet skis filled the water at Deep Bay Park on Saturday, June 28, for the first of two days of racing. Competition continues Sunday.

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Tonasket Schools eye ACA changes

TONASKET – Tonasket School District employees may soon be feeling the full effects of the Affordable Care Act in their pocketbooks, and Superintendent Paul Turner said that he and the district’s various unions are having discussions over ways to mutually minimize those effects, he reported at the Monday, June 26, school board meeting.

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