About Brent Baker

Brent is a freelance sports reporter for the Gazette-Tribune and owns and operates his own high school sports website OK Valley Sports. (See it online at okvalleysports.com or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/pages/OK-Valley-Sports/172342412808987?fref=nf). 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 worked as a full time reporter/photographer at the G-T from 2011 - 2014).

Stories by Brent Baker

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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Friday, Sept. 6 Football Scores

Caribou Trail League and Central Washington 2B League Oroville 18, Brewster 7 (NL) Tonasket 44, Bridgeport 15 (NL) (corrected score) Royal 17, Cascade 14 (NL) Lynden Christian 34, Omak 3 (NL) Ephrata 28, Quincy 12 (NL) South Whidbey 28, Chelan 22 (NL) Okanogan 43, Warden  21 (NL) Cashmere at Cascade Christian (NL) – Sat. Davenport 56,  at [...]

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Is required community service self-defeating?

TONASKET – Members of the Tonasket School Board all agreed that community service was something they hoped students embrace and want to involve themselves with.

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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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