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

Tonasket council to get back to code review

TONASKET – The Tonasket City Council, in an effort to return to its long-standing attempts to update city codes, set a date for a meeting specifically dedicated to that activity during its Tuesday, Aug. 27, session.

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NVH hits warrant milestone

TONASKET – The North Valley Hospital District hit a long-awaited milestone on Thursday, Aug. 26, as its warrant debt to Okanogan County dropped to below $1 million for the first time in recent memory.

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TSD reaches agreement on TPEP

TONASKET – The Tonasket School Board approved a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on Monday, Aug. 26, that was drafted by a committee of administrators and teachers that charts the district’s course through the state-mandated Teacher/Principal Evaluation Project requirements.

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2013 Demo Derby results | Slideshow

2013 Tonasket Comancheros Demolition Derby results 1st Heat – Trophy sponsor: The Junction 1. #303 Robert Hallam 2. #71 Jake Taylor 3. #64 David Brown 4. #36c Darryl Ortuno 2nd Heat – Trophy sponsor: George Frank 1. #303 Jimmy Caveness 2. #64 David Brown 3. #4400 Brandon Weller 4. #71 Jake Taylor 3rd Heat – [...]

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Fall is coming; football is here

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The telescope and the ‘curse’

As a kid, I was a huge fan of guys like Jim Zorn, Steve Largent, “Downtown” Freddie Brown and Alvin Davis. My other childhood heroes were recognizable in a much smaller circle of “geeks;” people like Leif Robinson, David Eicher, Stephen Walther – writers and publishers of magazines like Sky & Telescope, Astronomy and Deep [...]

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Table Mountain Star Party camps out in Okanogan Highlands

Eden Valley Guest Ranch hosts group displaced by 2012 fire OROVILLE – Amateur astronomers tend to be a hardy bunch, rolling their telescopes into the night when more sane folk are tucked away in their beds. So when the site of the annual Table Mountain Star Party burned during last fall’s wildfire in the mountains [...]

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Tonasket, Oroville sports sign-ups

Tonasket on Aug. 15; Oroville on Aug. 20 Tonasket On Thursday, Aug. 15, Tonasket High School will be having its Fall Sports Registration Blitz starting at 6:00 p.m. Parent and coaches meetings begin at 6:00. Required paperwork and fees will be collected at that the conclusion of the meetings. Players are welcome to attend with [...]

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NVH proceeds with boiler replacement

TONASKET – North Valley Hospital is proceeding with the replacement of its aging boiler system, a portion of which is inoperative and will leave the hospital inadequately heated this fall if the issue isn’t addressed immediately. Kelly Cariker, who doubles as the Facilities Director and Chief Information Officer, reported on the status of the boiler [...]

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Green Okanogan e-cycle collection, July 18

TONASKET – Green Okanogan is planning a metal and e-Cycle Collection Drive on Thursday, July 18 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. They hope to do this monthly and then haul the metal to Spokane. The drop off location is on Western Avenue across from Peter James’  house (corner of Western and Division). Bring your [...]

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