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

Help on the way: TPD to get new patrol car

TONASKET – Tonasket Police Chief Rob Burks is willing to sacrifice a bit of the future in order to satisfy a dire need in the here and now. With the Tonasket Police in danger of being paralyzed by the failure of its aging fleet of vehicles, Burks gave his blessing to the Tonasket City Council’s [...]

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Okanogan County Fair 2013 Results

Grand Champions, Reserve Champions, Special Award winners from the county fair.

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Tigers hang on to beat Kettle

TONASKET - Tonasket’s defense kept Kettle Falls at bay for nearly all of Friday’s contest, and an offense that sputter in the second half picked up a pair of key first downs in the final minutes as the Tigers held off the Bulldogs 13-7. Kettle Falls had the ball at its own 28 with 4:15 to [...]

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Hornets win shootout with Mary Walker

OROVILLE – Oroville proved in its first game of the season it could win a defensive struggle. The Hornets showed in Game 2 that they were also up for an offensive shootout. Despite allowing Mary Walker of Springdale nearly 450 yards off offense, the Hornets broke away from an early 14-14 tie to defeat the Chargers [...]

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Friday, Sept. 13 Football Scores

Caribou Trail League and Central Washington 2B League Tonasket 13, Kettle Falls 7 (NL) Oroville 49, Mary Walker (Springdale) 28 (NL) Cascade 39, Cle Elum/Roslyn 21 (NL) Chelan 42, Naches Valley 9 (NL) Cashmere 55, Goldendale 12 (NL) Cheney 42, Omak 6 (NL) Okanogan 19, Connell 6 (NL) Royal 17, Quincy 13 (NL) Brewster 52, [...]

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Rice reflects on his career after (mostly) retiring

TONASKET – Jim Rice figures he didn’t draw his gun with an intent to shoot more than half a dozen times in his 24 years as a Tonasket police officer. But those moments, while rare, certainly left a lasting impression.

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Sept. 10 & 12 Sports Scores

Caribou Trail League and Central Washington 2B League Thursday, Sept. 12 Volleyball Oroville 3, Republic 0 (25-15, 25-23, 25-21) (NL) Liberty Bell 3, Tonasket 1 (20-25, 25-21, 26-24, 25-16) (NL) Cascade 3, Okanogan 0 (25-11, 25-14, 25-16) Chelan at Omak Ephrata 3, Quincy 2 (NL) Girls Soccer Tonasket 6, Liberty Bell 3 (NL) Omak 6, [...]

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Tonasket blitzes Bridgeport in opener

BRIDGEPORT – It’s tough to predict how a team will play in its first game of the season, even if it’s against an opponent that on paper should be overmatched. Tonasket’s football team didn’t look past Bridgeport in their Friday, Sept. 6, debut, scoring three times on their first six offensive plays and rolling to [...]

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PNT hikers sought – and found – adventure

OROVILLE – Taking on a marathon backcountry trip like the Pacific Northwest Trail is not necessarily recommended for novices. But that hasn’t slowed down Brian Magelssen, Matt Marquardt and Austin Wagoner, who decided to tackle the 1,200-mile trail this summer.

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Oroville defense stifles Brewster

BREWSTER – Despite some of the fits and starts that often characterize season-opening games, Oroville’s football team ended three years of frustration with an 18-7 victory at Brewster on Friday, Sept 6. The Hornets withstood a disastrous first five minutes that included a botched punt attempt and a pass interference penalty that combined to set [...]

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